News, and subs renewal

Dear All

As promised last time, I’m including the entire schedule I’m proposing for next year – see after ‘Future Rides’ below. Do let me know if you discover any snags or mistakes.

The first date is 8 January. This is only a few days after our New Year ride on 3rd January. So far I’ve had no objections to this to date for the NY ride. I considered not including 8 January for the first ‘proper’ ride but then I decided to see if anyone offers a ride for that day. If no one does we can wait till 22nd Jan.

So, anyone want to take on either of the January rides? Or even both!

Somehow or other I managed to label Anne’s report in the last issue (15 November) as having taken place on 27 November – which would be a good trick if one could pull it off. Apologies all round – especially to Anne.

As many of you know I’m not a great fan of ‘off road’ cycling but we have quite a few members who are keen on it. So I thought it might be a good idea to include this piece from a recent edition of ‘Cycle Clips.’

Off-Road cycling off-limits on Rights of Way?
Today we published the preliminary results from our Off-Road cycling survey, which found that 74% of the 11,500 respondents consider current rights of way in England and Wales unsuitable for off-road cycling.

Under current laws cyclists have a right to use a mere 22% of England’s rights of way network, and 21% in Wales. Whether a route is a footpath, a bridleway or a byway is generally determined by its history of past usage, and not at all by its suitability. This can mean cycling may be permitted on an unrideable muddy bridleway but not on a tarmac-surfaced footpath, even where it is used privately by motor vehicles. You can see our full policy on cycling off-road here.

Meanwhile, on a legally accessible stretch of fantastic off-road cycling in South Wales, a Mountain Bike leader from Afan Valley Bike Shed, was left fearing for his life after hitting barbed wire strung out across a forest trail. Ben Threlfall shared his story on this BBC Radio Wales interview on Tuesday, where we expressed relief at Ben’s rapid recovery, as well as anger at this callous criminal act.

Very worrying – that last bit.

I’m repeating Julian’s message about subs and his renewal form has gone out with the newsletter.

Ian

Membership subscriptions for 2017

The subscription is unchanged at £8, all of which will be passed on to the National Clarion Cycling Club, as in 2016.

Prompt payment would appreciated. Membership ceases if payment is not received.

Please complete the form attached with this newsletter and return it to me at the address on the form.

If you prefer to pay by BACS, details of which are shown on the form, please use your surname as reference.  If you want to save a stamp and not send me the form, then email me at: arkell@arkell.info to confirm your payment via BACS. Payment by PayPal is not possible.

Julian

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