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Wednesday 28th February: Rides Cancelled

The Met Office are forecasting several hours of heavy snow in the morning and into early afternoon, coupled with temperatures well below freezing, for areas including York, Ripon and the Malton area.  In view of this, the leaders of both Ride 1 (me) and Ride 2 (Andrew Richardson) have decided to cancel their scheduled rides.

Individuals are free to ride if they wish.  The route published for Ride 1 sticks to roads advertised as being treated, other than Waterside, Knaresborough.  That is no guarantee that they will all have been treated on the day or that the treatment will have been sufficient to keep them safe for cycling.

Proposal to ban cycling on road west of Hull

From Ian Hagyard:

Could you put this link onto the website as if this proposal by Highways goes through it really could become the thin end of the wedge for many roads banning cyclists.

This is on the Cycling UK weekly emails, and they’ve made it easy for you lodge an objection with a standard letter template.

For Sale: Brand-new Shimano Tiagra Components

Murray Walsh-Banks is offering for sale the following components, all brand-new, being items he doesn’t require from a group-set he bought.  Pictures below.

  1. Brand New set of Shimano Cranks with Chainrings, Compact Double 50/34 with 172.5mm   Cranks. Looking for £50
  2. BB RS 500 Bottom Bracket for the above  – £13
  3. Set of Shimano 4700 Brake Calipers – £28



Charity Ride

The new web site must be getting a certain abount of readership from beyond the circle of the WW membership, because I’ve received the following request to publicise a charity ride:

On july14th/15th myself and my colleague Dave are cycling from Howden to Seascale and back for two charities magic moments for autistic kids and Hull and East Yorkshire Mind, we have called our event 350 miles of madness on Facebook and wondered if you could ask your members to like and share the page so we can raise as much as possible , I did the three swans sportive last year which gave me the fundraising bug and any hep you can give to spread the word about our ride would be fantastic”

Survey of cycling near misses


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.

Ride of the Year 2017

As announced at the Christmas Lunch, the result of Wednesday Wheelers’ vote for Ride of the Year is:

1st   Phil Marsham 21st June    Holme-on-Spalding-Moor & Humber Bridge
2nd  Dave Bean       27th Sept     Kilnwick Percy & Fridaythorpe
3rd= Garry Millard    31st May      Pocklington & Beverley
3rd= Patrick Hollier  30th August  Wetherby & Fewston