February Cycle Count

Spokes will be carrying out the first of its three cycle counts of the year between the 26th and 28th of February.  We are looking for volunteers to record the numbers of cyclists between 07:30 – 09:30 on any one of these days. There are 17 sites covered by the count, from Hungerford in the west to Tilehurst in the east.

As an incentive for turning out in the month of February and for Spokes to show its appreciation, all those who volunteer to take part in the count will be entered for a prize draw – the winner will receive £50 of Banjo vouchers. The draw will be made during Spokes monthly meeting in April.

Cycle counting is important for Spokes, since the funding that we receive from West Berkshire Council helps to fund our activities and is the main reason that we are able to offer membership for free.

So if you are able to help, please contact William on 01635 529 909, 07890 575 498 or use the contact form.

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Reporting Potholes

It’s at this time of year when most potholes occur. Water gets into cracks in the road surface, freezes and expands, causing the surface to fracture. Large potholes can present a real threat to cyclists’ safety, so it’s important to report defects when you spot them.

Fortunately, there’s a great new website and smart phone app that lets you do this quickly and easily called Love Clean Streets. When you report a problem, they refer it to the appropriate local authorty and then let you know what’s being done about it.

It only takes 40 seconds to make a report. Simply take a photo of the problem with your smart phone (the app will automatically register the location) then choose the report category and submit. It’s that simple! You can then log on to the website to track progress.

You can also use it to report other problems such as missing signs, defective streetlights and overhanging vegetation. We really like this app and would encourage all Spokes members to give it a try.

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Spokes Forums

We now have online forums integrated with our main website, effectively replacing our previous Ning site. These provide somewhere for people to get together to discuss cycling related issues, ask questions, exchange ideas and make suggestions for how we can help make cycling in West Berkshire fun, fast, easy and safe for everyone. We have separate forums for Events, Infrastructure and Training, with an additional General forum for all other matters. The forums are really easy to use, you just need to register via the link at the bottom of the page and then log in. You can contribute to existing topics or start new ones in any of the forums.

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New website

Welcome to the new West Berkshire Spokes website.  We are hoping to add some great new functionality over the next few weeks, including an online forum to replace our Ning site. Our web editor is still getting to grips with WordPress, so please bear with us if there are a few glitches along the way!

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