Plenty going on this weekend in Lichfield on two wheels. First up on Friday evening (30th October) is the Halloween Mass, meeting at Speakers Corner at 8pm for a ride round the city finishing at a secret location and maybe even a drink or two. All welcome and the blurb says dress to impress!
On Sunday morning (1st November) meeting at Speakers Corner at 10:30am, the first Lichfield Re:Cycle winter ride takes place. The volunteers will be riding along with anyone who would like to gain encouragement or support to cycle year round in varying weather conditions. The ride length and duration will be decided on the day to meet the needs of whoever turns up. There is a Facebook event for the ride here.
Finally, later that day is the fun, free and family friendly Halloween Ride. Again meeting at Speakers on Dam Street, this time at 3pm. Following the successful Kidical Massive last month, this event is a short ride/parade suitable for all on bikes, scooters, in buggy’s or even on foot. Get dressed up and join in the fun as we take the short trip to Beacon Park.
Man of many talents, our Simon reports on his busy month…
“Following April`s 30 Days of Biking, September came in close, with a whole stack of bike related fun! First up, (I missed Critical Mass due to house moving duties) was our 3rd Alternative Sheriff’s Ride, another sunny day, another great turn out of some 35. Lichfield`s “proper” Sheriffs ride see 50 – 60 on horse back riding the City border, and is a tradition that dates way, way back. We wanted to make the event more inclusive and so the Alternative was born! I managed several commutes, but the longest ride was the St Giles Hospice event, 100km, which I managed in 4 hours (& 47 seconds), a great event and one I would recommend. Next up Kidical Mass, the world wide day of cycle action, for kids! We had another great turnout, not far of the numbers London saw! A short ride for all on scooters, bikes and balance bikes following the rickshaw to the park for cake and fun. Lichfield Re:Cycle at Huddlesford Gathering, we were not sure what to expect as our first major event, but we had interest all day and some bikes to collect and some leads to follow….. another good day. Our bikes on show turned some heads, with my vintage/ratty fixie described as, and I quote “the best bike in the world”. The Cycle Show, still not sure about this one, each year I go, each year I say never again, but there is lots to see, all bright and beautiful and most interesting the fact that high end manufacturers are now building new “vintage” style bikes! Along side all of this, work on the vintage bikes continues…….”
Next year Simon is doing the 3 Cities Challenge, cycling from London to Brussels, via Amsterdam and Breda doing 300 miles over 4 days and raising funds for Regain. You can support him through his Facebook page here.
Curborough sprint course has pedal powered racing on both days this weekend. On Saturday there is a round of British Pedal Car Racing, a 7 hour endurance race from 1pm into the dusky late evening.
On Sunday the British Human Power Club are holding races starting at 11am on mainly recumbent cycles in their in their many varied forms. Not sure if there is a charge to view either event but if you are passing might be worth popping in for a look.
Join the volunteers from the Cycle Rides For All for the last ride of 2015 this Sunday (27/9/15). Meet at Freedom Cycles at 10am for the 12 miles round trip through the Sittles to Fradley Junction for lunch before returning to Lichfield along NCN 54. The ride is free and suitable for all.
For more details call Freedom Cycles on 01543 411633 or Karl Sproston at Lichfield District Council on 01543 308846.
Some great photos of last Saturdays Kidical Massive ride courtesy of Howard Reeves Photography.
I am sure there will be more Kidical Mass rides in the future. You can find out more on the Facebook page here and more details about the next fun ride for Halloween here.
As part of events happening worldwide on the same day, on Saturday 19th September there will be a Kidical Massive bike ride in Lichfield. This short ride from Speakers Corner to Beacon Park is perfect for families and youngsters on their bikes, stabilisers, scooters or balance bikes.
Meeting at 1:30pm for fun and then riding together at 2pm around Market Square, along Bore Street, down Bird Street and finishing at the playground in Beacon Park. The ride will be led by an Indian rickshaw and there will be a stilt walker, balloons, free cake and bicycle mounted sound system to accompany those taking part. The event is free and more details can be found on Facebook here.
It is almost two years since a couple of people knocked round the idea for rescuing some unwanted and unloved bikes and at the same time trying to encourage more people to enjoy the many benefits of cycling. The progress can be seen on the posts collected on this page of the Lichwheeld website here.
Now the project has it’s own website and along the way has become a constituted group with ten trustees and currently at least a dozen volunteers (more always welcome!). What has been done could easily be achieved in towns and cities the length of the country and by recording what we have done, perhaps others may be inspired to follow.
So now posts about the project will appear on a new Blog page on the Lichfield Re:Cycle website, starting with the story of the family in the photo above who were loaned five bikes so they could cycle together.
Regular updates can be found on the Lichfield Re:Cycle Facebook page too. Word of mouth and social media have really helped spread word about the project and what it can do, putting us in touch with people who have helped the project develop to where it stands now. Here’s to seeing where it goes in the next couple of years.