A Record Year for The Tourers

2019 was a record year for the tourers: 137 touring rides covering just over 4500 miles. That’s 17 more than in each of the previous two years and 34 more than in 2016.

Ideally, we should run 150 rides per year; that’s because we try to run three touring rides per week, on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. However, we sometimes have to cancel rides due to inclement weather. The fact that we’re cancelling fewer rides these days may, perhaps, have something to do with climate change. So, if we achieve 150 touring rides in a year, it may not necessarily be good news for the planet!

For now, the good news is that we’ve got 2020 off to a good start. Just as we did in 2019, our first ride of the year was to Molly’s Café on the promenade at Rottingdean. The route we take to Molly’s makes for a reasonably easy ride as it’s a round trip of 20 miles, starting and finishing at the Martello Tower in Seaford, and is graded as a 3B.

Our touring rides this year will largely be run in similar fashion to the past couple of years whereby the Tuesday rides will be about 20 to 25 miles, the Thursday rides usually between 40 and 50 miles and those on Sunday will be about 35 miles, give or take a few miles. However, we sometimes do longer rides such as to Littlehampton which is a round trip of 70 miles.

This year the Tuesday rides may have optional extensions to the route, after the café stop, which will be led by Dave Sutton. Dave is training for JOG-LE (John O’Groats to Land’s End) so needs to do the extra mileage. I’ll lead the shorter ride back to the finish.

I’m pleased to say that we have a third touring ride leader: Carol Bryant. Carol recently became a ride leader and is keen to lead some rides this year. In fact, as the numbers on our touring rides increase, we’re finding it useful to have two ride leaders on a ride with one leading and the other acting as Lanterne Rouge.

If you haven’t been on one of our touring rides then why not give us a try. The rides are sociable, always include a café stop and we cycle at a ‘moving’ average speed of about 12½ mph. That’s about the right pace for being able to chat with a fellow cyclist without getting out of breath and also to admire the scenery yet, sufficiently fast to get some decent exercise.

Our next ride will be to Horam on Sunday, a round trip of 31 miles. Details are on the Rides Calendar.

Happy Cycling New Year

Clive Aberdour

Charity Nominations for 2020/2021

 

 

Have you made your nomination yet?

If not, you’ve got just over a week to do so!

All nominations to be made by 30th December 2019

See here for more details and here to see the nominations so far

A Highly Convivial Tourers’ Christmas Meal

A record number of 36 were at the Cycle Seahaven Tourers’ Christmas Meal in the British Legion yesterday evening. It was our fifth year in succession at the Legion and we’ll certainly be returning there for our Christmas meal next year. It’s terrific value for money and the bar and serving staff are amazing: excellent service.

There’s often some entertainment and this year the Seaford Streamers Ukulele Ensemble played as we dined; it all made for a highly convivial evening. It was a great way to round off our record breaking CSH Tourers’ year; there’ll be more about this in a post at the end of the year.

Merry Christmas everyone,

Clive

Petition to ESCC to reinstate £5m of Walking and Cycling funding, taken from the 2018/2019 budget.

Cycle Seahaven is one of several local cycling clubs that make up the Cycle East Sussex (CES) Group. We would encourage you to support CES  their bid to try and make East Sussex County Council reinstate £5m of Walking and Cycling funding, taken from the 2018/2019 budget. This is in the light of local councils committing to carbon reduction targets and a shift to active travel.

In 2014 East Sussex County Council made a successful bid to the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) for £6M from the (Government funded) Local Growth Fund. to deliver a ‘Package of Walking & Cycling Routes in Hastings & Bexhill between 2018 & 2021′

In 2018 ESCC asked the SELEP to alter the allocation to transfer £3M to fund new road schemes, leaving only £3M for walking & cycling routes. ESCC then budgeted to allocate less than £900,000 for 3 schemes.

If a fair share of the original £6M SELEP funding had been allocated for walking & cycling schemes  it would have enabled almost all of the Hastings Greenway and the walking & cycling routes approved by ESCC and Hastings Borough Council to have been constructed by 2021

Ring fenced Walking and Cycling Capital funding was used to cover an overspend in road building in Hastings and Bexhill. £2m (out of £9m) from Eastbourne & South Wealden and £3m (out of £12m) from Hastings & Bexhill. Now there is only limited funding for a small number of schemes.

ESCC should be supporting active travel by restoring funding, to reduce the carbon footprint and improve the health of the county.

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This e-Petition runs from 03/12/2019 to 14/01/2020.

This is the link. https://democracy.eastsussex.gov.uk/mgEPetitionDisplay.aspx?ID=500000030&RPID=503265005&HPID=503265005

 

Have you seen the new Feedback Page?

We now have a Feedback Page up and running!
You can access this from either the ‘Your Feedback’ link on the menu, or here.

This is something that has come about since the survey earlier in the year.
We look forward to your constructive comments! 

The Committee

 

Nominations Closed. Nominate your Charity for 2020/2021

 

 

All nominations to be made by 30th December 2019

 

 

All nominated Charities will appear on the Charity Page: here

Voting will take place via Google Forms throughout January. The winning Charity will be announced at the AGM in February 2020.

 

Please note: nominations can be made by Club Members only. One nomination per member. To join, see here.

 

 

Have your say on infrastructure deficiencies in our area

South Coast Alliance for Transport and the Environment (SCATE)

SCATE held a very positive meeting with the National Park authority about our Transport Vision and the need to promote more sustainable transport within and to the Park (for the Park’s own sake and for carbon reduction reasons).

SCATE agreed to draw up a network of on road routes that are needed for sustainable transport; primarily for cycling, but can include walking (crossing major roads), bus routes and links to train stations.  This will then be presented to the Park Authority to create an official map and to work with them to achieve changes where they can be made.

So if you know of a missing link that is deterring you, or is very unpleasant or dangerous to use, please let us know about it (you can tell us about as many as you like).  For example, if you live in Lewes you might want to nominate the A273 going out of Lewes through Offham – it’s a fast and busy road and a barrier to people cycling out to Hamsey, or the quiet lanes around Cooksbridge.

Please email Vic Ient on sussexcampaign@gmail.com with your suggestions.  Please name the road and specify the section where you feel something needs to be done.  If possible say what the main issues are and what would make it feel safer and more pleasant to use the route: suggestion! s could include:

  • segregated cycle lanes
  • off-road cycle track
  • lower speed limit
  • green lane implementation (changing the feel of the road to one where walking and cycling are to be expected)
  • better road crossing (could be for people walking as well as cycling)
  • any other suggestions you have 

If you feel a particular location or road should have a bus service (and isn’t currently served) let us know about it and any other infrastructure needed, such as bus stops.  If a place is currently served by bus but poorly and needs improvements, let us know where these are too and what could be improved.

Finally, any trains stations which need better links to the National Park – what deters you or others from using them?

Many! thanks in advance – please share with others who might have suggestions and maybe quiz people who drive too to get a sense of what stops them from leaving their car at home.

Kind Regards

SCATE

Email Problems – Resolved.

This problem has now been resolved.

NOTICE:

We have recently moved servers and have found a glitch with some emails. 

Microsoft have blacklisted the server to which we have been moved, therefore if you are using the facilities on the website to send a message, or are sending a mail directly to a cycleseahaven email account, please be aware that the recipient MAY NOT receive it at present. 

An update will be made when the issue has been resolved. 

 

Another Record for the Tourers

2019 is turning out to be a good year for  touring rides. There have been more such rides than at this time in any previous year. Also, there is an upward trend of cyclists participating in them.

Today’s ride to Horam attracted thirteen Cycle Seahaven members, a record number for a touring ride. It’s good to see the numbers gradually increasing on our touring rides, not only on Sundays but also on our Tuesday and Thursday rides.

All our rides include a refreshment stop;  today we stopped at Tpodz Café in Horam which used to be Wessons. It’s become one of our favourite cafés over the past few months.

Today’s ride was a round trip of 33 miles and, as usual, the cycling was mostly along quiet country lanes and even included a short section of the Cuckoo Trail. All in all this was a very pleasant ride.

Our rides this week will be to Muddles Green on Tuesday and to Bexhill on Thursday. Details are on the Rides Calendar.

Happy cycling,

Clive Aberdour