Sunday, May 29, 2005

"York Rally" is the biggest cycle festival in the UK.

Some of you may be aware of the York Rally, billed as the "biggest cycle festival in the UK". This year's takes place on June 25 and 26 on York Racecourse.

  • Over Fifty Exhibitors and Traders
  • Lots of HPV's, tandems, mtb, tourers, freight bikes, trailers to view or try out
  • Racing heats and finals and a chance for youngsters to try their skills on the track.
  • Cycle rides for all abilities - view pics from the 2004 family ride
  • Like-a-bike Challenge for 3 to 6 year olds
  • Cyclists Service at the Central Methodist Church
  • Grand parade of two thousand through York to the showground
  • Jubilee G8 Bike Rides - MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY Rickshaw
  • UK Emergency Services Cycling Conference and Bike Handling Display
  • Jo Baxter and the Unicycle Display Team
  • Mike Healey's Skills Training Arena for kids and teens
  • Bygone Bikes' Display of Historical and Classic Cycles
  • Thousands of campsites on the showground
  • Entertainments
  • Santana Challenge Charity Treasure Hunt
  • Company of Cyclists Bike try-Out Roadshow
  • Free Arena Events
  • Large Covered Restaurant
  • Children's Entertainments including Bo-Clown and York Woodcraft Folk
  • Huge Auction of Bikes & Equipment

And its run by volunteers so events are FREE

If anyone is thinking of taking a car there, one cyclist in Darlington, Robert Dixon, is looking for a lift to bring back any bits and pieces that he buys on the day (there's loads of second hand bike parts sold on the weekend), and has approached the Cycling Campaign for help. If anyone can help him with a lift, please phone him direct on 07949 405236.
More details about the York Rally at

Friday, May 20, 2005

Darlington Cycling Campaign May Meeting Minutes

Here is a short resume of the Cycle Campaign meeting held on 18th May:

The Smithfield Rd.-Parkside Cycle Path closure, as well as a list of other matters arising from our previous meeting, was raised at the Cycle Forum. Members expressed concern that the police representative at the forum was the most consistent opponent of any pro-cycling proposals. This, it was felt, severely restricted the forum’s ability to articulate a cyclists’ perspective – and explains the need for a strong voice from the Cycling Campaign. It was agreed to approach the council’s Cycling Officer to get a clearer explanantion of the role of the Police Rep on the Cycling Forum

Richard reported that information had come in about an online advocacy group, BUMP, in Worcester ( Mike agreed to trawl the internet for any further clues as to groups in Peterborough/ Worcester. Richard to contact BUMP.

from cycle forum meeting: The forum claimed that bike racks were installed at Darlington Memorial, but members have still to find them. Tim to enquire what is really going on with hospital estates manager Kevin Oxley. Anthony added that racks are also needed at the Crematorium. Members will raise this at next forum.

The group agreed to organise rides on the second Sunday of each summer month meeting at 2pm in the Market Place, starting 12th June. On this date, Anthony Millet will organise/lead rides along the cycle routes in the south east of the town, South Park, Eastbourne etc. On July 10th, Richard Grassick will organise/lead rides along the cycle routes in the west of the town, hospital, West Cemetery etc, ending with a visit to the Pumping Station (Tim Stahl to host!). Rides in August and September to be finalised at next meeting.

The meeting expressed concern at the dwindling numbers of people attending meetings. It was agreed Richard would write to people on the mailing list asking them to say why they can’t/won’t attend. Are meetings so important? Do we put the stress on other aspects of the group? Richard will seek answers.

The next meeting will be held on 19th July at 7pm, in the upstairs room of the Red Lion, Priestgate.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Bike takes the strain of internal mail

Bike takes the strain of internal mail: "From May 31 a specially-made trike, which can carry up to 200 kilos of post, will be used to collect, sort and deliver some of the internal mail for three Darlington Council departments"

Bike To School Success

Bike To School Success: "Bike To School Success

18/05/05 A DARLINGTON school involved in Bike to School Week had the second highest number of riders in the country."

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Darlington Cycling Campaign Minutes of April Meeting

Darlington Cycling Campaign Group

Minutes of Meeting 20th of April 2005 at Red Lion, Priestgate

In Attendance:

Sally Forth (Treasurer)

Richard Grassick (chair)

Peter Lumley

Anthony Millett

Bill Morrison

Tim Stahl

Beatrix Wupperman (secretary)

1. Apologies for absence

2. Minutes 1st March 2005 and Matters arising

3. Travel Summit March 2005 (Anthony, Beatrix, Ruth, Tim)

4. „Bike to School week“ (Anthony, Peter, Richard, Ruth, Tim)

5. Cycle Forum 26th April 2005

6. Report by the Treasureress Sally

7. Elections: Secretary

8. Any other business

  1. Next meeting

  1. Apologies for absence

Colin Lowe, Peter Roberts

2. Minutes of meeting held on
March 1st 2005 and matters arising

The attending members agreed the minutes.

Matters Arising

The Smithfield Rd.-Parkside Cycle Path will be closed. The group had a letter from the Council confirming this. Here a cycle path will be blocked with the argument of anti-social behaviour of kids living nearby. The Group opposed the decision, but could only delay the procedure. We shall protest on the Cycle Forum at the 26th of April 2005. Questions connected: How many footpaths or roads have been closed because of anti-social behaviour? Which are the alternatives for cyclists now? How do the councillors (Williams and Wallis) explain their decision? Which role does the police play here? Should they not protect the majority of reasonable cyclists against anti-social behaviour from all sides?

3. Town on the Move travel summit 15th and 16th of March 2005

Anthony Millet, Ruth Gill, Tim Stahl and Beatrix Wupperman attended the Summit. Anthony, Tim and Beatrix reported. All of them were impressed by Werner Brög from Socialdata, München. Brög had pointed out that the support of cycling is the major strategic starting point to support sustainable transport in Darlington. Tim was especially impressed by Brög’s obvious praise for Darlington and its inhabitants.

Beatrix reported that Brög has offered to support the Group if it wants to host a cycling congress in Darlo, maybe inviting similar Cyclicng Campaign groups from the other “towns on the move”: Peterborough and Worcester. Beatrix and Richard will try to find out about cycling campaign groups in P. and W.. (At the Cycle Forum Greg McDougall (Town on the move officer) offered to help in this matter).

Another suggestion was to install a 20-miles-per-hour-zone round and in the centre of Darlo. Werner Brög reported that lethal accidents of kids in Graz (Austria) were reduced to zero after Graz introduced 30-kmh-zone in its centre.

Beatrix and Tim also mentioned the impressive speech and picture show of Ryland Jones from Sustrans. He offered to repeat this at a group meeting as well.

4. “Bike to school week”

Richard and Tim reported that they heard nothing from the organiser so they were not able to attend or help (“Bike to school week” (18th to 22nd of April)).

Anthony Millett, Peter Roberts, Richard Grassick, Ruth Gill and Tim Stahl had put themselves on the list, which was be forwarded by Beatrix to the organizing officer Louise Neale.

5. Cycle Forum 26th of April 2005

Richard pointed out that this is an open meeting, so everybody can attend. Anthony, Beatrix and Richard are definitely going to. They are asked to mention:

- Advanced stop at North Road (B&Q), North RoadWhessoe Road, no green light filter (how to report broken lights)

- Bike racks at hospital still missing (not enough)

- crossing Haughton/McMullen Road, no crossing possible from cyclepaths

- Cemetery Lane: no traffic lights at the end of it, over Carmel Rd. but further down instead on a narrow pavement, causing turning bike problems for pedestrians

- Building works around the station: no cycle paths though a lot of space, building work at Parkgate on a “Planned-off-road-cycle-route”.

- Smithfield Rd.: Closing of cycle path

Next date of Cycle Forum: 26th July 2005, 18.00, Townhall with bikes

6. Report by the Treasurer

The last meeting had agreed an annual membership fee of £ 5. The Treasurer already got various cheques but could not yet open an account due to signature of the founding members under the constitution. This will happen soon. The treasurer asked the members to send their subscription fee. Cheques should be made payable to: Darlington Cycling Campaign, as the account will have that name, and sent to Sally Forth, 77 Stanhope Road, Flat 3, Darlington DL3 7SF.

7. Elections: Secretary

Beatrix pointed out again, that she is leaving Darlington at the beginning of May, though will be returning regularly, hopefully for occasional meetings. So far nobody stood for the position, but it has to be sorted in the next meeting.

10. Any other business

The group agreed to organize summer cycle rides in order to critically explore and plan a cycle route network for cyclists. The rides will be done to record the group’s views about specific routes, how cyclists are treated in specific locations on these routes, and to add our reccomendations for improving them. Dates to be agreed at next meeting. (Peter Lumley from Darlington Free Wheelers also attended and was very happy to collaborate).

If members want to complain to the council about cycling, cycle path etc. conditions, they can do this by calling 01325 388 777

9. Date of next meeting

The next meeting will be at Wed, 18th of May, 7 p.m. at the Red Lion, Priestgate, upstairs room.

Friday, May 13, 2005

Darlington Cycling Campaign May Meeting

The next meeting of Darlington Cycling Campaign will take place upstairs in the Red Lion, Priestgate, on Wednesday 18th May,starting at 7pm. Main topics of discussion will be:

  • Links with groups in Worcester and Peterborough
  • Have you paid your £5 membership yet?
  • Beatrix is going back to Germany. Any takers for post of secretary?
  • Planning routes and dates for summer cycle rides along Darlo cycle routes.

All welcome!

Summer Rides in Darlington

Here is a timetable of all known summer cycle ride activities, including those organised by Darlington Freewheelers and Town on the Move. I have made suggested dates for our own events that would fit in with these, which will be confirmed at the May meeting of Darlington Cycling Campaign. All Darlington Freewheeler rides start from Darlington Market Place at 7pm. Contact Peter Lumley on (01325) 356226 for further information.


Tuesday 17th. Darlington Freewheelers Ride via Heighington

Tuesday 24th Darlington Freewheelers Ride via Sadberge

Tuesday 31st Darlington Freewheelers Ride via Piercebridge


Thursday 2nd Family Green Lanes Cycle Ride Start: Dolphin Centre 11:00 am
Duration: 2.5 hours. Aimed at parents with their children, this ride will take in the green lanes around
Darlington and quiet back roads. The ride is a good way for parents to gain confidence in riding on the roads with children, which they can then use by going out on more rides throughout the summer.

Sunday 5th 50 Mile Trial Ride Start: Dolphin Centre 8:30 – 9:30AM
Finish time: 12:30PM – 1:30PM This 50 mile cycle ride is an ideal way to prepare for the longer rides later in the year.

Tuesday 7th Darlington Freewheelers Ride via Eaglescliffe

Sunday 12th Darlington Cycling Campaign Cycle Route Tour 1

Tuesday 14th Darlington Freewheelers Ride via Hornby

Wednesday 15th Evening Cycle Ride to Walworth Gate Start: Dolphin Centre 6:30PM
Duration: 2.5 hours. An easy going ride on quiet roads cycle paths to Walworth Gate.
It is advised that you bring lights in case of unforeseen circumstances, and to help you getting back from the end of the ride.

Sunday 19th Cycle Treasure Trail Start: Asda, Whinfield Road, 10:30AM
Duration: 1.5 hrs. Meet at Whinfield Road Asda for a treasure trail around Skerningham Woods nature reserve. There will be a prize for the first to complete the trail.

Tuesday 21st Darlington Freewheelers Ride via Bishopton

Tuesday 28th Darlington Freewheelers Ride via East Layton


Sunday 3rd 70 Mile Trial Cycle Ride Start: Dolphin Centre 8:30 – 9:30AM
Finish time: 2:30Pm – 4:00PM. Heading out towards the Cleveland Hills this is a natural progression from the ‘Round 50’ and includes a climb up Clay Bank. Check in and lunch stop at the The Dog and Gun in Potto.

Tuesday 5th Darlington Freewheelers Ride via Whinney Hill

Sunday 10th Darlington Cycling Campaign Cycle Route Tour 2

Tuesday 12th Darlington Freewheelers Ride via Bolam

Saturday 16th Company of Cyclists Venue: Town Hall forecourt 10:00AM – 4:00PM
Free -try out of different types of bikes (including some wild and wacky ones). There will also be opportunities to talk to bike experts. Under 16s must be accompanied by a parent / guardian.

Tuesday 19th Darlington Freewheelers Ride via Yarm

Tuesday 26th Darlington Freewheelers Ride via Caldwell


Tuesday 2nd Darlington Freewheelers Ride via Redworth

Thursday 4th ‘Pupils & Parents’ Schools Ride Start: Dolphin Centre 10:00AM
Duration: 3 hours. A ride from the town centre to a nearby green space, using quiet back roads and some surfaced off road routes. Activities will be arranged for arrival at the site.

Sunday 7th Castles Trial Cycle Ride Start: Dolphin Centre 8:30 – 9:30AM
Finish time:
3:00PM – 5:00PM. This 85 mile ride takes in some of the region’s most scenic countryside and is linked by castles. There is a stop for lunch in Thirsk market place.

Tuesday 9th Darlington Freewheelers Ride via Croft

Sunday 14th Darlington Cycling Campaign Cycle Route Tour 3

Tuesday 16th Darlington Freewheelers Ride via Moulton

Sunday 21st Salters Circular Off Road Cycle Ride Start: North Road Station, 11:00AM
Duration: 3 hours. A ride around the countryside to the North of the town, following mostly quiet roads and with a sizeable portion of off road riding. This is a ride for those with a mountain bike, looking to find new routes to ride near the town.

Tuesday 23rd Darlington Freewheelers Ride via Aycliffe

Wednesday 24th Nature Reserves Cycle Ride Start: Dolphin Centre 1pm
Duration: 2.5 hours. A ride from the town centre for children with accompanying adults, visiting a local nature reserve. The ride will go along quiet roads and off road cycle lanes, with activities arranged by the countryside team upon our arrival.

Tuesday 30th Darlington Freewheelers Ride via Manfield


Sunday 4th Hell of the North Trial Road Ride Start: Dolphin Centre 8:30 – 9:30AM
Finish time:
4:30PM – 6:30PM. This is a challenging 100 mile ride which is only for experienced cyclists. The ride goes through some spectacular scenery and lunch is in Kirby Stephen.

Tuesday 6th Darlington Freewheelers Ride via Headlam

Sunday 11th Darlington Cycling Campaign Cycle Route Tour 4