We had a go at doing a few rides and events last year in Lichfield and more are planned for 2015. Happening again will be The Lichfield Jolly in June and The Alternative Sheriffs Ride in September. Throughout the year there will be a host of other rides and happenings. Cycle Rides For All looks like going ahead for a sixth year, Lichfield Fixed Gear are still going strong and there is lots stuff around the local cycling clubs and shops to join in with too. First up will be the Cycle Jumble in February. For our part we try to concentrate on the fun, friendly and totally free end of the spectrum. More details will be found on the What’s On 2015 page on this site.
Cycle jumble back again on February 7th 2015 at Martin Heath Hall in Lichfield. After last years successful event Martin Cartwright is going through it all again to bring a range of cycling bargains both new and old. Stalls cost a tenner and ten have gone already. Entrance is £1.50 and more details can be had from Martin, contact details on the poster above.
Spotted some new signs on NCN 54 this morning by the Doctor Johnson pub, opposite the end of Netherstowe Lane. I’ve been out with the local Sustrans Rangers before and admire their voluntary efforts. Less impressed though with the Sustrans staff, who had to be dragged kicking and screaming into correspondence over Abnalls Lane recently. It is after all their route on their national network. Leading up to these new signs is a fairly poor stretch of cycle path on the national route. We don’t cycle on here with our kids, we go up Fecknam Way and Scotch Orchard for a better surface without the need to constantly give way to traffic. We don’t use NCN 54 through town either, preferring to cycle over the moving cobbles of Market Square instead of riding through Woolies car park. I wrote a piece on infrastructure and cycling in Lichfield a while ago. The Rangers concentrate on signposting, clearing foliage and suggest reroutes and improvements, but from talking to them they come up against the intransigence of local authorities and in my opinion, a lack of vision and support from Sustrans to back them up.
Managed a pleasant ride out in blustery conditions today. Packington Moor was busy with cyclists, a bunch leaving as we got there on their return to Sutton Park. A chat over some warm food about plans for next year and back home as the wind got strong enough to slow progress even when going downhill.