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

A busy day for Cycle Seahaven

Saturday, 20 July 2019 was the busiest day for Cycle Seahaven so far this year.

During the morning we hosted the annual ‘Women’s Festival of Cycling’ Ladies Ride. The club trailer was used to transport the bikes to Heathfield after which the ladies cycled back along the Cuckoo Trail to Seaford, via the Arlington Tea Rooms.

At Peacehaven’s Big Park the Dr Bike mechanics were ready and waiting for whatever the locals had to offer. This was followed by the second ‘members-only’ maintenance workshop, this second one focused on puncture repairs.

At the same time we ran two Ride the Downs rides from Big Park, with four return riders and two new riders. Two of whom joined the club making a total of nine new members in the last week.

Meanwhile, in Friston Forest, the CSH family ride got underway with kids of all ages doing their thing and enjoying the single tracks. 

And if all that wasn’t enough we finished the day with the CSH summer BBQ.  It was great to see so many road riders there! Good food, good beer and great company. 

What an amazing day! Thank you to all the people that helped make it happen.

 

A New Type of Ride: Easy Touring

If you’d like to cycle on one of our touring rides but feel they’re a bit too long and/or a bit too quick then you’re in luck! A new type of touring ride is being launched which may appeal to you.

Called ‘Easy Touring’, these rides will be shorter and slower than our normal touring rides. They will be less than 20 miles, the pace will be an average of 11 mph whilst cycling and the terrain of such rides will be less hilly. As usual a café stop will be included, an essential part of our touring rides.

The first such ride will be next Tuesday, 11th June. The distance will be 18 miles and include a café stop at Upper Dicker. Full details are on the Rides Calendar.

Easy Touring rides will initially be held on an occasional basis but if they prove popular then they will be organised on a weekly basis.

Happy cycling,

Clive Aberdour

Ticks are becoming more prevalent in East Sussex – The risk is severe.

East Sussex is one of the worst areas in Europe for disease-carrying ticks, a new study has revealed.

The report has been compiled by experts from across Europe, including scientists from the University of East London who combed through all recorded incidents of ticks found carrying the bacteria which causes Lyme disease, spanning seven years between 2010 and 2017.

After plotting the data on a map, the south of England appears as one of just a handful of areas in Europe where the risks are severe. The tick which causes the trouble is called ‘Ixodes ricinus’.

Writing in the International Journal of Health Geographics, the study’s authors said: “The distribution of I. ricinus continues to expand northwards in latitude and upwards in altitude in Europe.

“Climate trends and the density of key hosts for the adults of the tick, have been pointed as the main factors behind the spread of I. ricinus.”

The danger zone — covering London, Kent, East Sussex and parts of Essex — is on a par with Northern Italy, Romania, Switzerland and Norway when it comes to ‘very high’ populations of the blood-sucking critters.

Meanwhile, the report also warns climate change is set to increase the number of ticks further.

The data also said areas with a low and gradual rise in spring temperatures, as well as a big rise in spring vegetation, were locations where the blood-suckers thrive.

The authors add: “The highest prevalence occurs in areas of 280°–290° Kelvin (6.85ºC – 16.85ºC) of mean annual temperature – around central Europe and southern parts of Nordic countries – and a slow spring rise of temperature, together with high mean values and a moderate spring rise of vegetation vigor.”

Meanwhile, other maps looked at how predicted increases in temperature caused by climate change could see ticks carrying a certain strain of the bacteria which causes Lyme disease becoming widespread across the UK – and much of the rest of Europe.

The bacteria which the ticks carry, and which in turn causes Lyme disease, is called ‘Borrelia burgdorferi s.l’.

Whether you’re travelling abroad this summer, or you’re simply out and about in one of the UK hotspots identified by this study, you should use a chemical repellent containing DEET (N,N-Diethyl-m-toluamide) to keep the creatures at bay.

You should also wear light-coloured protective clothing that covers the skin, as well as tucking your trousers into your socks.

What’s also vital is that you check your children and pets for any sign of a bite. A typical Lyme rash, spot looks like a bullseye on a dartboard.

And don’t assume that ticks only live in the forests or wild outdoor areas – they could just as easily be lurking in long grass in your garden, just waiting for you to walk past so they can hitch a ride…

 

If you want more information about Lyme Disease and it’s treatment click the NHS link here

If you have a tick the NHS recommend:

  • Use fine-tipped tweezers or a tick-removal tool – you can buy these from some pharmacies, vets and pet shops.
  • Grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible.
  • Slowly pull upwards, taking care not to squeeze or crush the tick. …
  • Clean the bite with antiseptic or soap and water.

Eliza Ellie’s fitness campaign attempt two….

Go riding

Get fit

Challenge yourself

Have fun

The spring is officially here and just like a bear waking up from the winter sleep, I am too starting to feel more alive (although coffee helps with that greatly…)

My last year’s plan to get bike fit has gone somewhat skewed due to injuries, but this year I am determined to make it work. And if I can make it work – so can you!

Yes, you…

and you…

and you too!

And yes, I am pointing to make it more dramatic!

So here is the deal:

Over the next few months and until the end of July I will be putting up rides to not only get us started but also to improve our fitness, discover great routes and maybe even get you to enter an event!? Perhaps you have already signed up for some awesome event like the SDW or looking to participate in this year’s Beachy Head Sportive?

Yes? – Start training!

No? – Sign up and start training!

Simples.

 

The kick-off will be on the Easter Monday (TOMORROW!) and then one or two rides a week. Keep an eye on the calendar and Facebook.

All rides will be off-road. I intend to start rides at a slower pace and shorter distance to break into this fitness malarkey slowly, and build up both the speed and mileage as we get fitter with each ride. We will cover our local SDW tracks and parts of the MTB sportive. I may even throw in a homing pigeon ride for extended fun. Watch this space!

I hope to see you on these rides whether you want to get fit or already are an awesome athlete. Riding a bike is great fun, but even more fun with friends, so let’s do it together J

“WHAT is sportive?” you might think…

It’s a posh way of saying that a group of cyclists get together for an organised ride. It’s a non-competitive event and you ride against yourself.

if you want to contact Ellie you can do so using the following here  

JUST IN CASE you are interested, the sportive supported by the local South East Mountain Biking is here:

https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/195400/Beachy-Head-MTB-Sportive-2019

Message from the Chair

I would like to thank everyone that attended the AGM last night. It was at times a little challenging but nevertheless very productive.

I’m grateful to those of you who voted to discuss the proposed changes to the constitution, despite a valid and legitimate challenge to defer it. The vote saved the committee a significant chunk of time and because of the number of attendees (75 in total),  it was perhaps more inclusive than doing it at a later date in an EGM.

For those of you that were disappointed by the decision to proceed with that item, I acknowledge that it was missing from the agenda. Sometimes things that are so obvious are overlooked because they are not given a second thought.

I probably made some other procedural errors but I don’t profess to be an expert in such things. Hopefully, my enthusiasm (and that of the committee) to progress things on behalf of the club compensates for this.

I also hope the majority of you felt that the subsequent proceedings were productive and gave individuals a chance to voice their opinions. As I said last night, the committee would welcome constructive criticism on any changes you think are necessary (this applies to anything the committee does, not just the constitution). There will be further opportunity to have your say.

We have taken on board the points raised and we will happily consider any further suggestions. Any additional constitutional changes will be made available to the membership in accordance with the EGM rules.

Finally, I would like to thank Denis Bass and his helpers for his culinary skills and all of you for attending and making the evening the success was.

I look forward to riding with you in the near future. 

Guy

Overworked, without pay, so a little help please!

Hi everyone.

This is Cycle Seahaven’s 10th year and membership is at a record high. We are not far off having 400 members but we can only achieve this if those of you that haven’t renewed do so now. There are about 70 of you that haven’t.

Denis Bass, the Membership Secretary and Treasurer, literally spends hours and hours of his free time chasing those that haven’t paid. So, PLEASE help to reduce his workload by making sure you have renewed your subscription for this year before the end of January. Annual membership is £8 for individuals, and £14 per household, reduced by £1 if you pay by standing order (CSH’s preferred option). It’s not a lot so little help sending your payment would GREATLY appreciated (and keep Denis looking young and fresh)!

If you’re not going to renew please let Denis know by emailing him using the following link and selecting ‘Membership’: https://cycleseahaven.org.uk/contact/ If you’re prepared to tell us why you’re leaving we would welcome the feedback.

If you are going to renew, or you can encourage a few friends to join, please use the following links.

The member who encourages the 400th member to join get a year’s free membership.

Payment methods are described below.

Membership page https://cycleseahaven.org.uk/membership/

Standing order form https://cycleseahaven.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Bankers-SO-Forms-2019.pdf

Individual membership form https://cycleseahaven.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/2019-Individual-Application-Form.pdf

Household membership form https://cycleseahaven.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/2019-HH-membership-application-form.pdf

Payment methods

Pay Pal Our online Shop

Cash      Pay cash at Mr Cycles Seaford

Cheque Payable to Cycle Seahaven and taken to Mr Cycles by Seaford railway station or by post to: Cycle Seahaven Treasurer, 12 Bowden Rise, Seaford, BN25 2HZ

Standing Order  Setting up a standing order ensures that your membership is renewed automatically each year – this saves us administration in chasing renewals. Just complete the appropriate Standing Order Form and post to the Treasurer at the address above.

BACS     By BACS transfer to:

Cycle Seahaven, Lloyds TSB

Sort Code 30-65-37

Account 22902360

There may be a delay in posting your membership card using BACS

Mobile payment (payM)

Send payment to 07788428082 with text or email to denis stating what the payment is for.

Thank you for your help and support.

Guy (Chair CSH)

Cycling UK Affiliate Membership

It has just come to my notice that by becoming an affiliate member of Cycling UK you do not get all the benefits of being a full member. I mention this in case anyone is deciding to become an affiliate member as a result of reading the article in the Cycle Seahaven newsletter about Cycling UK.

When the newsletter was published, we weren’t aware of this limitation; it’s not obvious on the Cycling UK website. However, when corresponding with Cycling UK on another matter it transpired that two of the benefits are not included with affiliate membership: the six issues of Cycle magazine a year and the free cycling related legal advice.

I have complained to Cycling UK and advised them that I feel their website is misleading on this matter.

Clive

Another Super Tourers’ Christmas Meal

Thirty-two of us, a record number, were at the Cycle Seahaven ‘Tourers’ Christmas meal in the British Legion yesterday evening. It was our fourth year in succession at the Legion so it’s become something of a tradition.

That’s hardly surprising as the meal is excellent value for money, the drink is competitively priced and it’s a very relaxed atmosphere in the Legion. No doubt we’ll be making a return visit next Christmas!

The touring rides will continue throughout this festive season, weather permitting, although not on Christmas Day or Boxing Day! The next planned ride will be on Sunday, 23rd December to Lakeside Café at Horam. After Christmas, the first touring ride will be on Friday, 28 December.

Merry Christmas everyone,

Clive