Cycle ride: The Delights of Newham, 18 May 2013

Where: The Delights of Newham (Greenwich feeder)
When: Saturday 18 May 2013
Meet: 09:00 @ Cutty Sark Gardens, SE10 9LW (by the foot tunnel entrance)

Our friends in Newham are currently running a series of Saturday rides, with support from the borough council. After speaking recently with Bernard McDonnell and Emma Harper of Newham Cyclists, I thought it would be nice to engage in a spot of inter-borough cycling group liaison in the form of a feeder ride from southeast London.

So, here we go. I shall lead a feeder ride this coming Saturday to join our Newham friends at Stratford Station. The Newham ride sets off at 10:30, and is preceded by a Dr Bike session for those in need of safety-related bicycle tweaking and tuning.

Features of the Newham ride…

We shall set off from Cutty Sark Gardens in Greenwich at 09:00, giving us time to reach Stratford and allow for Dr Bike stuff prior to the main ride. As for the route to Stratford, we shall cross the Thames through the Greenwich Foot Tunnel before wending our way through the Isle of Dogs to Limehouse. From there we could follow the Limehouse Cut, but the canal path is very narrow in places, and the surface a little loose. I therefore propose that we stick to quieter roads northeast up to the Bow roundabout, which we will negotiate via the pedestrian crossings – a safety policy with the interests of less experienced cyclists in mind. From the Bow roundabout we cycle up the busy High Street to Stratford Station.

The Newham ride will end around 15:00, so we should be back in Greenwich before 16:00.

Please ensure that your bikes are in working order, with tyres pumped up hard and free of embedded debris that could cause punctures. Bring a spare inner tube or two, puncture repair materials, water and snacks, and lights.

RSVP, but it’s OK to turn up unannounced on the day.