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Volunteers wanted for York Rally ride, 23 June

From Andrew Richardson

I have agreed to lead a D ride from York Rally on Saturday 23rd June. I have asked for this to be listed as a ride with York Wednesday Wheelers, with me as leader. I believe that the start time is at 9.10 from the Rally Headquarters on the Knavesmire.

The ride will be about 37 miles with a coffee stop in Stamford Bridge (there are several coffee shops now) after about 25 miles. Back by lunchtime.

It would be good if a few Wheelers were to join us, and I would appreciate a couple of volunteers to act as a ‘tail end Charlie’ and a second leader if the group is too big, and needs to be split. Please let me know if you are willing to help. I will supply you with the route in advance, but basically it is as below:

Outward route via Millennium Bridge, Walmgate Stray, Osbaldwick, Murton, Warthill, Upper Helmsley, Buttercrambe, Skirpenbeck, Bugthorpe, Youlthorpe, Gowthorpe, Full Sutton, Stamford Bridge (where there are a number of options for coffee).
Return via Route 66 to Dunnington, Murton, Osbaldwick, the cyclepath to James St then cutting through to Blue Bridge Lane and the riverside back to Millennium Bridge.

Survey of cycling near misses

Nearmiss

Those of you who like statistics might like to glance at this nicely presented survey of cycling near misses in London.

It turns out, that it would be, on average, 400 years before a regular UK commuting cyclist would experience death or a serious injury. In contrast, s/he is likely to experience a ‘very scary’ incident once every week (this is London!) So they surveyed near misses to get more data, like they do for flight safety analyses.

The same lady has done some interesting work on how to influence cycling policy see the video on her website here.

Something to take home from the Christmas Lunch

ICEcard

I will bring a pack of these In Case of Emergency cards to the Christmas Lunch next week. Hope you like the colour, I was going for a medical theme.

The idea is that you fill it in and have it with you when you cycle with us. Put it in your saddle bag, tool kit or wallet. The main thing is that it is always with you when you cycle. If you would like one for each of your bikes just ask – well within reason! I know how many bikes some of you have.

Andrew

Knaresborough, Summer Bridge, 6/7/17

We enjoyed a ride of about 120 km to summer bridge and back. There were a few challenging climbs ups such as Dacre Banks on the way to lunch and a tough climb up Hartwith Bank but we were rewarded by a long downhill and following wind on the return to York. My thanks to those who rode with me and were such good company.

Nick Folkard