Come along to Darlington Cycling Campaign's Pedal Picnic this Sunday! The pedal picnic is an alternative to a "critical mass". The aim is to stimulate discussion on cycling around Darlington using the infrastructure that we have. It is designed for everyday cyclists, and is more a social, rather than a sports, event.
Meet at the Arts Centre, Vane Terrace at 1pm(1300hrs) this Sunday (22nd August).
Bring a bike, some food or food to share and some waterproofs,just in case of inclement weather. The route I have in mind and have already "test" ridden, is to leave the Arts Centre and head to Cockerbeck Park/LNR, using the advisory route(yellow) on the Tees Valley Cycling map, Darlington. On leaving Cockerbeck, we shall cycle around the edge of Branksome until the off-road cycle path is reached. This path is then followed to Westpark where we shall stop and picnic. After the picnic the route follows West Auckland road, on the roadside cyclepath, until the junction of Brinkburn Road. We'll then follow the advisory route back to The Arts Centre via Willow Road, Pierremont Road, Pierremont Crescent, Millbank Road, Cleveland Avenue, Trinity Road and ending back at the Arts Centre.
For those who would like to join a critical mass ride, the nearest event is organised by the soon-to-be-born Newcastle Cycling Campaign on the last Friday of every month.
Edit: A low turnout, but a lovely day. Darlington will always be in the forefront of the "slow town" movement, so these things will take time to develop. Unperturbed, the organisers are meeting on 31 August to plan the next ride. Watch this space!