Wanted – riders for charity ride

We were recently contacted by Parity for Disability who provide life-changing services for profoundly disabled people living in Berkshire, Hampshire and Surrey.

They are looking for an enthusiastic team of local cyclists to take part in their fundraising ride from Farnborough to its French twin town, Meudon, which is on the outskirts of Paris.

Participants will leave for Portsmouth on 5th September 2013. After an overnight ferry crossing to Le Havre, they will travel through scenic Northern France, stopping overnight at Vernon before arriving on Saturday 7th September at Meudon.

The event will be a real adventure, and will help raise thousands of pounds towards services for local people with multiple disabilities.

For more information, please contact organiser, Kimberley Norris, on 01252 375581 or kimberley@parityfordisability.org.uk


EuroVelo 2 – Galway to Moscow (via West Berkshire)

Have you ever got on a cycle route and wondered how far it goes or where you would end up if you followed it all the way to the end? Many people will be familiar with National Cycle Network Route 4, which goes from London to Fishguard. NCN4 runs east-west through West Berkshire and is well used by local cyclists and long-distance tourers alike.

However, what you may not know is that most of NCN4 also forms part of EuroVelo 2, which connects Galway with Moscow, via many of Europe’s major / capital cities, including: Dublin, London, The Hague, Berlin, Warsaw and Minsk. EuroVelo incorporates national and regional cycle routes into a single European network. It currently consists of over 45,000 km of bike paths with more planned – when completed it will total over 70,000 km.

The aim behind EuroVelo is to encourage large numbers of people to give cycling a try, and promote a shift to healthy and sustainable travel for daily trips and cycling touring. Cycle tourism is big business in Europe, with increasing numbers of our European cousins coming over to the UK. So next time you are pottering along the K&A towpath, you might just meet someone who’s doing a much longer journey!


Give us your ideas for new cycle routes

West Berkshire Council have asked Spokes for ideas for new cycle routes and facilities in the local area, so they can start working up schemes in advance of any funding becoming available from central government.

We are hopeful that funding for cycling schemes may be significantly increased following publication of the Get Britain Cycling report and it would be good to have schemes already prepared that we can pull off the shelf, so we can make the most of any funding opportunity.

If you have any ideas for new / improved cycle routes, cycle parking or any other scheme that would benefit local cyclists, then please let us know. You can use the contact form, or suggest an idea for discussion on the forum. We are hoping to compile a list to send to the council by 15th May.


Get Britain Cycling

On 24 April, the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group published the findings of their inquiry on how to Get Britian Cycling. Copies of the summary and main report can be accessed via the links below:

The report suggests that the UK should aim for 10% of all journeys to be undertaken by bicycle by 2025. In order to achieve this, it recommends that spending should be increased initially to £10 per head of population.

It advocates more segregated cycling facilities and lower speed limits in line with the successful Dutch model. It also suggests that all children should be offered cycle training.

A petition campaigning for the report’s recommendations to be implemented can be found below – we’re urging all our members to sign it:


Dr Bike

Spokes are running another Dr Bike session at Newbury Farmers Market on Sunday 5th May, where we will be doing bike checks and carrying out routine maintenance FREE OF CHARGE.

Our bike doctors can check and sort a variety of minor problems such as: punctures; noisy chains; slipping gears; squeaky brakes; and frayed cables.

If we can’t fix it on the spot, then we will tell you what needs doing and point you in the direction of your local bike shop. Remember that Spokes members get 10% discount on parts.