ULEZ Expansion

Last weekend, a group of doctors and medical professionals cycled 253 km around the edge of London, closely following the new ULEZ boundary. Dr. Mark Hayden, one of our Redbridge marshals, organised the event. LCC members from across London accompanied the group on sections of the route. RCC rides co-ordinator Haydn met them on the north side of the Dartford Crossing and cycled with them to the end of their ride at Harold Hill. For more about  “Ride for their Lives” and the reasons health professionals are supporting initiatives that reduce air pollution, have a look at their website.

Cycle lockers at Woodford and South Woodford stations

Lockers have (finally!) been installed at both stations and are live!

Woodford Station lockers

South Woodford Station lockers

Prices start at £2 for a day pass, and can be booked via the Spokesafe app. Downloadable from Spokesafe.

If there are other parts of the borough where you’d like to see lockers, please let Spokesafe know, or contact us directly.

March Newsletter Out Now

The March 2023 Redbridge Cycling Campaign newsletter is out. There are success stories –  the Woodford New Road cycleway extension is being built and the Women’s Freedom Ride was a great success. Read the latest about the Ilford to Barking cycleway and five new School Streets schemes now in the offing. And don’t forget to have your say with our petition to Sadiq Khan and LB Redbridge consultations. Click here to access the newsletter.

07.03.2023 Redbridge cyclists brave cold, punctures, falls and reversing buses to join Women’s Freedom Ride!

On Sunday 5th March around 1000 cyclists, mostly women, assembled at Marble Arch to cycle around Central London in celebration of cycling by women and to demand better and safer infrastructure so that more women can gain the freedom to cycle without harassment and road aggression. 

This is such an important motivation for us at the Redbridge Cycling Campaign. We firmly believe that cycling is for everyone, all genders, families, novices, returners and more. No matter what your level of fitness or cycling skills, we are here to help you. On our rides, no-one gets left behind.

We want everyone to use their voice to join our campaigning effort to encourage the council and demand better when it comes to getting around our borough on bikes. We are passionate about encouraging and empowering women and girls to ride!

Women and allies demanding better!
Source: LCC

About Redbridge Feeder Ride:

On Sunday around 40 of us set off towards central London on quiet roads and cycle paths. It was fantastic to see so many of our Redbridge riders that also represent many other fantastic cycling communities in our borough such as Redbridge Cycle Sisters, JoyRiders and Black Women On Wheels! For the first time ever we were led by a UNICORN, otherwise known as Julia who is one of our experienced cycle leaders as well as a ride leader with JoyRiders, who co-organised last Sunday’s Women’s Freedom Ride.

RCC riders with the Unicorn, that is as rarely seen as good cycling infrastructure!

This was a team effort – Haydn and Jeremy planned the route and took care of admin processes behind the scenes that each of our rides for LCC has to have. The ride was expertly marshalled by our marshal team, who deserve a huge applause for helping everyone on our rides to gain confidence and get to important events by bike – without them we wouldn’t have any rides in Redbridge. We solute you marshalls! 

Some of our marshalls

To say it was an eventful ride, is an understatement! We had quite a few punctures, medical emergencies, flying fall into daffodils, sudden bus reversal, loss of panniers to name a few!!! But we had a marvellous bunch of riders that took it all in stride! Some made their own way from Victoria park, some returned home by train, some brave souls cycled with us back to Wanstead Park, Valentines and Fairlop. We made it to the Hyde Park Corner just in time to join the main ride. Thanks to everyone for all their support on quite a challenging but hugely exciting day!

OUTRO: A Note about Punctures:

Given the range of wheel sizes on bicycles these days it is always worth carrying a spare inner tube for your bike. Even the standard 700 tyres come in different widths these days. We will always do our best to help you continue your journey safely and our marshalls definitely had a busy day of trying to fix as many punctures as possible! We also recommend that you look to buying the best tyres you can afford. Many are puncture resistant, but they are more expensive than a standard tyre. And of course don’t forget to check your wheels for shards of glass regularly, pump them to the right pressure and have your bikes regularly serviced – all helps to be puncture free for a very long time! Happy Riding!

Kevin saving the day for 100th time:)

Until next time!

04.03.2023 Women’s Freedom Ride Last-Minute Places

If you’re quick, places are still available on tomorrow’s Women’s Freedom Ride in Central London. London Cycling Campaign increased the number, so if you tried before and didn’t succeed, it’s worth trying again. And we’d love to see you on our ride from Redbridge to join the main ride (and bring you safely back!) Don’t forget to book places on both rides if you need them. Booking links are on our rides page here.

It’s going to be cold like today so dress accordingly. There won’t be much time to stop at a cafe, so we’re recommending you bring something to eat. And one correction: the Elizabeth Line will be closed east of Stratford, so come with us or cycle part of the way.

See you tomorrow!