News

30 May 2016

Dear All
I’m going to be away for the next two rides and the newsletters will be sent to you by Roger. So for ride details, ride reports and anything you’d like included please from now on send it to Roger at hinton@clara.net as well as to me (so that can keep up with things). But the main thing is to let Roger know.

We’re now OK until September apart from 24 July. If you’d like to take that one on please let Roger (and me) know.

Egrets Way – Sue (Priest) reports

Saturday 14th May, saw the official opening of a new section of the Egrets Way, the planned cycle route (mainly off road) between Lewes and Newhaven. Dozens of cyclists of all ages turned up to ride the new hard surfaced track from Southease to about half a mile from Piddinghoe, which cuts out about a mile and a half of the busy C7. A further half mile can be cut out by cycling through Piddinghoe village.
After the official opening, there were a number of guided rides and refreshments and entertainment provided at the youth hostel in Southease.
The Ouse Valley campaign group has worked hard to get this section of the route open and it is to be welcomed as an important strategic stage in the overall project. There are still difficulties with landowners objecting to some parts of the route but the strategy is to work one step at a time to complete each section as it becomes possible.
Lewes Clarion members had a great day out in the sun and enjoyed creating their own route – http://travelloglewes.co.uk/index.php?page=egrets-way-peacehaven-plotlands-and-the-seaside – including an ice cream by the seaside. Excellent way to finish.

Sue
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A couple of extracts from Cycling UK (ex-CTC) ‘Cycle Clips’ that caught my eye.

Derisory Funding for Cycling

Government funding for cycling is set to fall to 72p per head (the equivalent of just two pints of milk) for residents in England outside of London by 2020/21, compared to funding of £86 per head for motorways and major roads (equivalent to a magnum of champagne per person!). Since the launch of #morethanmilk over 1,800 emails have been sent to MPs in England, asking them to support a joint letter to the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin MP. As one of our members put it in an email to us this week: “We used to ride on the left of the road. Now we ride on what’s left of the road.”
Anyone for an amphibious bike?

It’s normally the preserve of Q’s gadget workshop in a blockbusting James Bond movie. But this incredible Dutch inventor has just cycled across the Atlantic in his six-metre long amphibious ‘bike’ and is now continuing his journey in a true cycle around the world! The inventor, Ebrahim Hemmatnia, says his travels are aimed at encouraging the “free exchange of ideas” across the world. This Bond-esque bike is laden with gizmos and high-tech design. The foam core body is covered with a carbon fibre skin. It has solar panels to power the desalinator, provide navigation lights and enable Ebrahim to use the satellite phone. The bike even has a rechargeable motor which can be powered by pedalling, but then putting motors on a bicycle can feel a bit like cheating at times …

Ian

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