New cycle facilities at Seaford Rail Station

Seaford train station has been given new multi-tier cycle parking, a maintenance stand equipped with tools and a floor-standing pump.

Parking for 20 bikes has been provided using Cyclepod’s Easylift+ system. Instructions how to access the top layer are posted on a blue sign just above eye level, attached to a nearby roof support (shown below).

There’s a handy floor pump, which should make tyre inflation a doddle. Remember to check the walls of your tyres to find the recommended pressure.

A selection of tools has also been provided, including hex keys, spanners and screwdrivers. These are all secured by a strong steel wire to prevent theft.

 

Cycle racks, pump and tools at the terminus end of the platform

Cycle racks, pump and tools at the terminus end of the platform

Selection of tools

Selection of tools

Cyclepod instructions

Cyclepod instructions

ICE

Ice is clearly a hazard for cyclists. It can catch out even the most experienced of us and in late Winter the roads can be unexpectedly slippery. Also, the temperature a few miles inland can be 2 or 3 degrees lower than along the coast. As a ride leader the possibility of ice is one of those things I have to consider when deciding if a planned ride should go ahead or be cancelled.

The latest weekly email newsletter “CycleClips” from the CTC (Cyclists’ Touring Club) has a couple of good links on the subject of Ice. (You may already have seen these links if you’re a CTC member). They are:

http://www.ctc.org.uk/blog/metoffice/ice-time-ride-reading-signs

http://www.ctc.org.uk/news/20160115-ctc-aa-say-stay-safe-icy-roads

It’s certainly worth clicking on them and having a read.

Safe cycling,

Clive

Riding two-abreast

Should we ride two abreast on public highways? Many road users think not, but may not appreciate the benefits for everyone in doing so.

Highway Code rule 66 includes the statement “never ride more than two abreast, and ride in single file on narrow or busy roads and when riding round bends”. The confusion for some is that narrow, busy and the curvature of a bend is not stated, and for good reason. As responsible road users we all have a duty of care to others so everyone must make a judgement on the prevailing conditions to maximise safety for everyone. Safety and consideration is more important than speed.

Here’s an explanatory video that makes things a lot clearer.

The relevant sections of the highway code for cyclists (which must be understood by all road users) can be read from this link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-highway-code/rules-for-cyclists-59-to-82

Please share this with others that use the road so they can understand the reasons why sometimes we must ride two abreast.

Free cycle maintenance session

This Wednesday 21st October there’s a free cycle maintenance session in Brightonukbyk
Wednesday at 6:00pm at Ubyk, 24 Sydney Street, Brighton BN1 4EN
Click the below link for more details and to sign up.

https://www.facebook.com/events/964468623591531/

Keep your bike safe when using GPS devices

If you use a GPS unit or an app on your smartphone to keep track of your cycling then you may want to invoke the privacy options. After a spate of thefts Dorset police are urging cyclists to do this in order to hide the start and finish point of their rides so that the location of their bike is kept hidden: http://www.dorset.police.uk/default.aspx?page=8903

Popular apps include Strava, RideWithGPS and Endomondo, each of which has the option to set a Privacy Zone. Your whole ride will still be logged and visible to yourself, but others will not be able to see the start and end points – thus hiding where your precious steed is likely to be kept.

UPDATE: Most of these apps require you to log in via a PC to be able to change the Privacy Zone, as it can’t often be done via smartphone.
Thanks to Andy Derbyshire for the above update.

Keep safe and enjoy your ride.

 

Prepare for longer rides

HowToMenusWith the brighter evenings and good weather many of you are undertaking longer journeys or even going on epic adventures by bike.  Cycle Seahaven have a number of articles to help you prepare you and your bike,  including maintenance and nutrition.  From our menu hover over ‘How To’  and choose the relevant option. You can find articles on what tools and spares you need to carry or what to eat before/during/after a ride. There are also maintenance tips and advice on saddle height.

If you have any advice or tips you’d like to share then add them to the comments section below,  or email them to us from our CONTACT page at http://cycleseahaven.org.uk/contact/  (use the ‘general’  option).

 

Life Saving Helmet Stickers Come to Sussex

The Sussex Safer Roads Partnership is supporting the rollout of QR code stickers that carry personal information about the rider.  This is important if someone is involved in an accident.  The stickers are designed to be fixed to a crash helmet and can be scanned by emergency services for personal and medical information.

Throughout 2015, SSRP will be demonstrating and educating motorcyclists/cyclists at events across the region on the use of technology to enable faster sharing of critical personal information in emergencies, with free iCEQR stickers being given out to the first 5000 visitors to their stand.

More information about the initiative can be found at one of the following events;

  • June 13th / 14th – Eastbourne Cycle Festival
  • June 16th – Brighton Biker Night
  • June 25th – 28th – Goodwood Festival of Speed
  • July 11th / 12th – Eastbourne 999
  • July 26th – Bexhill Motofest
  • August 18th – Brighton Biker Night
  • August 22nd / 23rd – Shoreham Air Show

For more information visit www.sussexsaferroads.gov.uk or jump direct to the iCEQR page: http://www.sussexsaferroads.gov.uk/news/in-case-of-emergency-stickers

 

Salts Development Consultation

The Salts Recreation Ground in Seaford is the subject of a two week consultation starting tomorrow,  2nd April. Cycling facilities are included in some of the designs on display at The Salts Café,  so pop along and have your say.

More info can be found on the Seaford Town Council website,  here:  http://www.seafordtowncouncil.gov.uk/news/The-Salts-Play-Area-Consultation-to-start-for-Easter!!.aspx

The Salts Development plan that underpins the above consultation can be downloaded from here: http://www.seafordtowncouncil.gov.uk/The-Salts-Recreation-Ground.aspx

Folding bikes for city commuters

Carlton Reid is an almost evangelical advocate for cycling and also guest writes for motoring.co.uk Carlton has previously released an unexpectedly popular Kickstarter book ‘Roads were not built for cars’. His latest article in motoring.co.uk is bound to cause some ‘effect’ with its readership by stating that car commuters should ‘Buy a folding bike and keep it in the boot. Park on the outskirts of the city and cycle the rest of the way in.’. You can read the full text of this amusing (to cyclists) article here:

http://www.motoring.co.uk/car-news/-if-you-can-t-beat-em-join-em_66132