What we do
We meet in Walthamstow on the 2nd Sunday of each month for a sociable cycle ride; due to the popularity of our rides we now run right throughout the winter. We sometimes run additional rides – see our special events page for more details.
Our monthly rides
Our aim is for a relaxed and enjoyable afternoon travelling by bicycle and exploring the nooks and crannies in and around our borough (Waltham Forest). Frisbees sometimes materialise when we hit a suitable open space.
Our pace is easy, and the maximum distance we do is 15 miles there and back. We will do our best to tailor our route to the abilities of those who turn up, so the distance we cover might be considerably shorter.
We keep together as a group and ‘top and tail’ the ride with marshalls – an experienced ride leader at the front, an expert marshall at the back to keep cars out of our convoy, and we have a mix of more confident adult riders and marshalls on the right hand side to act as a buffer zone. When on busier residential streets or urban roads we cluster together to form a tighter bike bus which is pretty much impenetrable by cars. When crossing busy junctions we block motor traffic from both directions to ensure safe passage across by our riders.
We plan to stop off at a cafe at about half time, but we recommend you bring a snack and some water (to cover the unlikely event our plans are thwarted or if you have young people who need frequent refuelling). Plus of course a bicycle, and any children you can round up. In the winter months, please remember your lights.
A flyer you can print and give to people you know is here.
We have been running these rides since 2004. You can see some of our routes here: http://www.bikely.com/listpaths then search for “walthamstow family”.
At 1pm on the 2nd Sunday of each month; we aim to get back around 5pm, but we sometimes extend to 6pm in the summer months.
2015: 11 January, 8 February, 8 March, 12 April, 10 May, 14 June, 12 July, 9 August, 13 September, 11 October, 8 November, 13 December.
We start our rides at the Orford Road/Church Lane junction, E17 9RW, next to the old postbox opposite the Ancient House… see the map.
Cancellations – we’ve never had one yet!
Sometimes when poor weather is forecast people contact us just before a ride asking if its going ahead. So you need to know we have never cancelled one due to adverse weather conditions.. we’ll be there whatever the weather.
The only possible circumstance for us doing so would be where the authorities had advised the general public against venturing outside (eg due to extreme weather conditions), or if all of our ride leaders were unexpectedly indisposed.