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Hackney Cyclists diary 2010

Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov | Dec

January 2010

Tuesday 5th
Hackney self-help maintenance workshop
See workshop site for details.

Wednesday 6th
Monthly meeting
See ourmeetings page for details.

Tuesday 19th
Hackney self-help maintenance workshop
See workshop site for details.

Saturday 30th
Burns Night
Our ever-popular annual Burns Night fundraising supper and dance. Details and tickets.


February 2010

Tuesday 2nd
Hackney self-help maintenance workshop
See workshop site for details.

Wednesday 3rd
Monthly meeting
See our meetings page for details.

Monday 8th
Hackney Bicycle Film Society
First meeting of the Hackney Bicycle Film Society. On the bill, A Sunday in Hell, the 1978 film about the Paris-Roubaix cycle race. To be followed by bicycle games. Cost: Free but a small donation to the Hackney Cyclists workshop will be requested. For those who are wondering Why the Hackney Bicycle Film Society is meeting in the London Borough of Camden, organiser Adam Thompson says: "The answer is simple. We are internationalists and recognise no borders and will be bound by no parochial sensibilities." So there you go!
>> 7pm, The Calthorpe Arms, 252 Grays Inn Road, London, WC1X 8JR

Tuesday 16th
Hackney self-help maintenance workshop
See workshop site for details.


March 2010

Tuesday 2nd
Hackney self-help maintenance workshop
See workshop site for details.

Wednesday 3rd
Monthly meeting
See our meetings page for details.

Tuesday 16th
Hackney self-help maintenance workshop
See workshop site for details.

Wednesday 24th
After-work ride
Organised jointly with Tower Hamlets Wheelers, our evening social ride this month will start outside Hackney City Farm, to look at the junction of Goldsmith Row, Hackney Road, Columbia Road and Warner Place to discuss what could be done to improve these very busy cycle crossing points and approaches up to them. Then we'll have a scenic and relaxed group ride for 3-4 miles, dipping into both boroughs as we make our way east. In respect for Shivon Watson who was killed while cycling to work on 10th March, we'll be laying flowers at the site of the incident at the junction of Victoria Park Road and Lauriston Road. The ride will then finish at the nearby Royal Inn on Park at around 9pm, where coincidentally the London Fixed Wheel and Single Speed forum (East) meets every Wednesday.

Flyer

>> 6.30pm, outside Hackney City Farm, junction of Hackney Road and Goldsmiths Row


April 2010

Tuesday 6th
Hackney self-help maintenance workshop
See workshop site for details.

Wednesday 7th
Monthly meeting
See our meetings page for details.

Monday 12th
Hackney Bicycle Film Society presents 'The Flying Scotsman'
On the bill tonight, The Flying Scotsman, the remarkable true story of Graeme Obree. In 1993, as an unemployed amateur, Obree broken the world one-hour record on a bike of his own revolutionary design, which he constructed out of scrap metal and parts of a washing machine.

Entry is free, but you must be a member to attend. If you are not a member you can apply for membership by supplying your full name, address and occupation by email to hackneybicyclefilmsociety@gmail.com
>> 7.30pm, The Calthorpe Arms, 252 Grays Inn Road, London, WC1X 8JR

Tuesday 20th
Hackney self-help maintenance workshop
See workshop site for details.

Wednesday 21st
Social ride - Rivington Street to Olympus Square
Continuing our effort to run one evening ride a month, starting with a discussion of a particular street location, we will meet on Shoreditch High Street to have a look at Rivington Street where Hackney council is planning to reintroduce two-way cycling. We will then make our way via back streets to join Cycling Club Hackney at their social evening at their base near Hackney Downs. Food, music and turbo training are promised there!

>>Meet at 6.30pm, outside Shoreditch Church, Shoreditch High Street.


May 2010

Tuesday 4th
Hackney self-help maintenance workshop
See workshop site for details.

Wednesday 5th
Monthly meeting
See our meetings page for details.

Monday 10th
Hackney Bicycle Film Society presents 'Live Bicycle'
Cyclists in Rome were late comers to the concept of Critical Mass, with the event only starting to happen seven years ago. But having taken 'massa critica' to their hearts, they decided to go one step further and hold an 'interplanetary critical mass' which happens each May and attracts thousands from across European and has now been emulated in Madrid in April and Paris in July. This documentary describes the 2006 Ciemmona ('critical mass big').

Entry is free, but you must be a member to attend. If you are not a member you can apply for membership by supplying your full name, address and occupation by email to hackneybicyclefilmsociety@gmail.com
>> 7.00pm, Look Mum No Hands, 49 Old Street, London EC1V 9HX
Map

Tuesday 18th
Hackney self-help maintenance workshop
See workshop site for details.

Wednesday 19th
Social ride
Details TBC

>>Meet at 6.30pm, location TBC


June 2010

Tuesday 1st
Hackney self-help maintenance workshop
See workshop site for details.

Wednesday 2nd
Monthly meeting
See our meetings page for details.

Monday 14th
Hackney Bicycle Film Society presents 'Bicycle Dreams'
Documentary by filmmaker Stephen Auerbach, tells the story of the Race Across America (RAAM), an epic 3000‐mile bicycle race that challenges riders to cross the country in just ten days. First held in 1982, RAAM is considered the most challenging sporting event in the world. Top competitors ride over 300 miles per day and sleep only a few hours each night. With little prize money at stake, the fundamental goal of the race is simply to finish, a challenge half of all riders fail to meet.

Entry is free, but you must be a member to attend. If you are not a member you can apply for membership by supplying your full name, address and occupation by email to hackneybicyclefilmsociety@gmail.com
>> 8pm, The Nevill, 31 Nevill Road N16 8SL (NB change from usual venue and time).

Tuesday 15th
Hackney self-help maintenance workshop
See workshop site for details.

Thursday 17th
Stoke Newington traffic meeting
Leswin Area Residents' Association (LARA) is holding an open meeting to discuss traffic calming measures and the removal of the Stoke Newington gyratory. All interested local residents and neighbourhood groups are invited. More information on LARA's blog, which includes a pretty good summary of Hackney LCC's position.
>> 7pm, St. Paul's Church Hall, corner of Stoke Newington High Street and Evering Road N16

Sunday 20th
Tree Musketeers 'Tree Wheel'
Cycle ride starting from Abney Park Cemetery looking at Hackney's trees. Suitable for all levels of fitness as the ride is slow with many stops.
>> 10.30am to about 1pm. Meet at the Stamford Hill entrance of Abney Park Cemetery.

Wednesday 23rd
London Fields cyclists' breakfast
Join us bright and early for our main event of Bike Week 2010. Breakfast on fresh coffee, croissants and even porridge, and while you're eating them, let Dr Bike give a quick diagnosis of your bike's state of health.
>> 7am to 9am, London Fields, E8

also Wednesday 23rd
Social ride
Very gentle, slow-paced social ride around east London on quiet local roads and off-road routes finishing at 9pm with a visit to a local alehouse.
>>Meet at 6.15pm, Hackney town hall, Mare Street E8 1EA or, if you prefer, 6.40pm, Hackney City Farm, 1a Goldsmiths Row E2 8QA

Thursday 24th
Southgate Road commuter cooldown
Hackney and Islington local LCC groups will be dishing out maps, information, snacks and juice to homeward-bound commuters where the popular east-west London Cycle Network route 8 crosses the borough boundary.
>>5.30pm to 7.30pm, Junction of Northchurch Road and Southgate Road

Friday 25th
Feeder ride to Tower Hamlets Wheelers Glamour Ride
Get glammed up and join us for a ride down to Mile End to join up with our neighbours the Wheelers for their legendary annual Glamour Ride.
>>Meet at 6.15pm, Hackney town hall, Mare Street E8 1EA


July 2010

Tuesday 6th
Hackney self-help maintenance workshop
See workshop site for details.

Wednesday 7th
Monthly meeting
See our meetings page for details.

Tuesday 20th
Hackney self-help maintenance workshop
See workshop site for details.

Wednesday 21st
Social ride -- up the river Lea
A leisurely ride from London Fields up the Lea towpath, to take advantage of a long and, we hope, warm and dry summer evening. After ambling north for an hour and a bit, we'll turn round again, aiming to end up at the waterside Anchor and Hope at around 9pm.
>>Meet at 6.30pm, at the Lamb Lane entrance to London Fields

Saturday 24th to Sunday 25th
Dunwich Dynamo XVIII
From Hackney overnight to the beach at Dunwich in Suffolk. Info from the London School of Cycling and Southwark Cyclists.
>> Riders gather in London Fields around 8pm


August 2010

Tuesday 3rd
Hackney self-help maintenance workshop
See workshop site for details.

Wednesday 4th
Monthly meeting
See our meetings page for details.

Tuesday 17th
Hackney self-help maintenance workshop
See workshop site for details.

Sunday 22nd
Shoreditch Sisters W.I. annual summer picnic and bike ride
The Shoreditch Sisterhood W.I. is "an East London based Women's Institute that aims to provide a modern voice for today's women." They are holding their annual summer picnic in Victoria Park and for the first time some will be cycling to the event from the London Fields area. Details.

>>Ride will depart at [START TIME TBC] from the Cat & Mutton, Broadway Market, to arrive for the picnic at 1pm in The Glade, Victoria Park.




September 2010

Wednesday 1st
Monthly meeting
See our meetings page for details.

Tuesday 7th
Hackney self-help maintenance workshop
See workshop site for details.

Tuesday 14th
Stoke Newington self-help maintenance workshop -- new regular event!
St Michaels and All Saints Church Hall
22-24 Northwold Road
London N16 7ED
7pm - 9pm
See workshop site for details.

Monday 13th
Hackney Bicycle Film Society presents 'Breaking Away'
Peter Yates's flag‐waving film stands with To Kill a Mockingbird and American Graffiti as one of the best films about small‐town Americana. Dave Stohler (Dennis Christopher) and his three friends‐‐ex‐football star Mike (Dennis Quaid), wily comedian Cyril (Daniel Stern), and tough kid Moocher (Jackie Earle Haley)‐‐are doomed to live in the college town of Bloomington, Indiana. Stohler escapes into a world of Italian bicycling, picking up the lingo, the accent, and a good share of the talent of his heroes.

Entry is free, but you must be a member to attend. If you are not a member you can apply for membership by supplying your full name, address and occupation by email to hackneybicyclefilmsociety@gmail.com
>> 7.30pm, The Calthorpe Arms, 252 Grays Inn Road, London, WC1X 8JR

Tuesday 21st
Hackney self-help maintenance workshop
See workshop site for details.

Wednesday 22nd
Goldsmith's Row Car Free Day
Goldsmith's Row will be motor-free for the day, between Hackney Road and Kay Street. Activities co-ordinated by LB Hackney in the car-free zone will include a temporary alfresco City Farm café, giant jenga, skittles, tug of war, and of course Dr Bike.

This car-free experiment is a prelude to a proposed re-jig of this stretch, which would see motors excluded permanently, the well-meant but problematic cycle track removed (except the stub leading to the crossing of Hackney Road), the footways widened both sides, and cycles returned to the carriageway with full permeability restored, including the right to turn left and right onto Hackney Road.

Part of the purpose of the day is to demonstrate that a perfectly good alternative route exists for motorised traffic, via Pritchard's Road, and thus that the sky will not fall in if, as we hope, this street becomes a permanently car-free gateway to the borough.

>> 7:30am to 5:30pm, Goldsmith's Row, next to Hackney City Farm.

Saturday 25th
ProstateUK Race for Last Place
Slow cycle race in London Fields. Bring your own bike or use one provided. Try as many times as you like to travel 10 metres along a set course as slowly as possible without putting your foot down, leaving your lane or stopping completely. Finish last and you could win £100 of cycling vouchers, while raising money for the fight against prostate disease. There will also be free bike health checks, food and drink stalls and bike related information, courtesy of Hackney Council's Streetscene department. Registration for the Slow Cycle is £10. Kids race for free in the under 12's race at 11am. To register for the Slow Cycle, visit the Race for Last Place blog or phone 020 8394 7965.
>> From 11am, London Fields E8.

also Saturday 25th
Bike the Bounds of Hackney
Our annual ride around the perimeter of the borough, or as near as we can get to it. The ride lassos LB Hackney in an anti-clockwise direction, except that at present we can't do the part of the ride through the Olympic zone, so we have to miss out a small chunk of the borough.

The purpose of the ride? Many people don't know where their local borough begins and ends, and there is a lot of history behind the boundaries from their start as parish boundaries, then as London Metropolitan boroughs, and then as London Boroughs (LB Hackney, for instance, was composed from LMBs Hackney, Shoreditch, and Stoke Newington, hence why we have three town halls in the borough).

The ride takes around four hours at a very moderate pace, is about 20 miles long, and is suitable for all, including children. We'll be riding at the pace of the slowest rider and won't be leaving anyone behind. The ride will finish at the Princess of Wales pub on Lea Bridge Road for post-ride drinks.
>> Leaves at 1pm from Hackney town hall, Mare Street E8. Please arrive a little earlier so we can start promptly.


October 2010

Tuesday 5th
Hackney self-help maintenance workshop
See workshop site for details.

Wednesday 6th
Monthly meeting
See our meetings page for details.

Sunday 10th
Ride to Barnes Wetlands Centre
A ride to Barnes Wetlands Centre, described as "the best urban wildlife site in Europe." Spot wildlife such as kingfishers and bitterns and explore attractions that include a 'bird airport' observatory, bat house and adventure playground.

The route will take us via Regents Park and Hyde Park and will incorporate lunch and tea stops. Returning by a similar route in the afternoon. Approximately 30 miles in total.

Admission to the centre is £9.95 per waged adult (concessionary rate of £7.40 for full-time students, unemployed people, and those over 65 years). The Wetland Centre is very well equipped for cycle parking, with 50 secure bike cages in addition to standard cycle racks. Don't forget to bring a lock.

>> Meet at 10am at the Lamb Lane entrance to London Fields. Please contact Siobhan for information 07775 753307

Monday 11th
Hackney Bicycle Film Society presents 'Beijing Bicycle' and 'Hoima Bicycle' - special showing in aid of Re~Cycle
Young men in packs, machismo, class divisions, violence, and indifference. Guei arrives from the country: toothbrushes, hotel foyers, and Qin, a rich neighbour in high heels, dazzle him. He gets a job as a messenger. The company issues him a bike, which he must pay for out of his wages. When it is stolen, Guei hunts for it. A student, Jian, has it; for him, it's the key to teen society ‐ with his pals and with Xiao, a girl he fancies. Guei finds the bike and stubbornly tries to reclaim it in the face of great odds. But for Jian to lose the bike would mean humiliation. The two young men ‐ and the people around them ‐ are swept up in the youths' desperation.

PLUS Hoima Bicycle -- a short documentary about the bicycle taxi drivers of Boima, a rural town in Uganda.

Entry is usually free, but this special special showing is a fund-raiser for Re~Cycle, the charity bringing bicycle aid to Africa, and your generous donations are requested. You must be a member to attend. If you are not a member you can apply for membership by supplying your full name, address and occupation by email to hackneybicyclefilmsociety@gmail.com

>> 7.30pm, The Calthorpe Arms, 252 Grays Inn Road, London, WC1X 8JR

Tuesday 12th
Stoke Newington self-help maintenance workshop -- new regular event!
St Michaels and All Saints Church Hall
22-24 Northwold Road
London N16 7ED
7pm - 9pm
See workshop site for details.

Tuesday 19th
Hackney self-help maintenance workshop
See workshop site for details.


November 2010

Tuesday 2nd
Hackney self-help maintenance workshop
See workshop site for details.

Wednesday 3rd
Monthly meeting
The main business of our meeting this month will be the election of committee members for the year ahead. As advertised in the current London Cyclist, elections will be held for chair/co-ordinator, secretary and treasurer. Please contact the current co-ordinator (details on our intro page) if interested, or just turn up. See our meetings page for details of time and place.

Monday 8th
Hackney Bicycle Film Society presents 'The Bicycle Thief'
Antonio Ricci, unemployed for over two years, is overjoyed when he's finally given a job putting up posters. There's a catch, though ‐ he needs a bicycle as a requirement of the job, so he pawns the family linen to get a pawned bicycle back. He goes off to his first day's work, truly happy for the first time in years ‐ and the title of this 1948 film gives away what happens next.

Entry is free, but you must be a member to attend. If you are not a member you can apply for membership by supplying your full name, address and occupation by email to hackneybicyclefilmsociety@gmail.com
>> 7.30pm, The Calthorpe Arms, 252 Grays Inn Road, London, WC1X 8JR

Tuesday 9th
Stoke Newington self-help maintenance workshop -- new regular event!
St Michaels and All Saints Church Hall
22-24 Northwold Road
London N16 7ED
7pm - 9pm
See workshop site for details.

Tuesday 16th
Hackney self-help maintenance workshop
See workshop site for details.

Thursday 27th
Cycle Pit Stop in London Fields
Get your bike checked over on the way home, courtesy of Hackney Council's Streetscene department. Four or five skilled mechanics will be on hand to assess and tune your pride and joy. And to increase the chances of you getting your bike back if it is stolen, the TfL Cycle Task Force will be there doing free security-tagging. Nearby in Lamb Lane, Hackney's road safety team and Met police commercial vehicle experts will offer you the chance to jump up into the cab of a large lorry and get the driver's eye view. And if there's a queue for service -- (this is usually a very popular event!) -- Groundwork East London are there to entertain and engage you. Last but not least, make sure you take advantage of teh cut-price accessories that will be on offer, including those all-important front and back lights for these dark nights.
>>3pm to 7pm, London Fields


December 2010

Wednesday 1st
Monthly meeting
See our meetings page for details.

Tuesday 7th
Hackney self-help maintenance workshop
See workshop site for details.

Monday 13th
Hackney Bicycle Film Society presents 'Belleville Rendezvous'
Belleville Rendezvous is a Belgium-Quebec-France coproduced 2003 animated surreal adventure film written and directed by Sylvain Chomet. The film tells the story of Madame Souza, an elderly woman who goes on a quest to rescue her grandson Champion, a Tour de France cyclist, who has been kidnapped by the French mafia for gambling purposes and taken to the city of Belleville. She is joined by the triplets of Belleville, music hall singers from the 1930s, who she meets in the city, and her obese hound dog, Bruno.

Entry is free, but you must be a member to attend. If you are not a member you can apply for membership by supplying your full name, address and occupation by email to hackneybicyclefilmsociety@gmail.com
>> 7.30pm, The Calthorpe Arms, 252 Grays Inn Road, London, WC1X 8JR

Tuesday 14th
Stoke Newington self-help maintenance workshop -- new regular event!
St Michaels and All Saints Church Hall
22-24 Northwold Road
London N16 7ED
7pm - 9pm
See workshop site for details.

Tuesday 21st
Hackney self-help maintenance workshop
See workshop site for details.






REGULAR EVENTS

Hackney LCC members' meeting

All members of the LCC are welcome to come to our Monthly meeting on the first Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm. More details here.

Hackney self-help cycle maintenance workshop

Sort your bike out! First and third Tuesdays of every month. Details.

Stoke Newington self-help cycle maintenance workshop

A new regular workshop, in collaboration with Transition Town Stoke Newington. Second Tuesday of every month. Details.

Little Green Ride

There is a strong Hackney element in the Little Green Ride, an easy paced ride of around 30 miles mostly on quiet Hertfordshire lanes with a stop at a country pub for lunch. Riders meet at Finsbury Park mainline station ticket hall at 9:45 on the third Sunday of every month. Contact Stephen Taylor on 07977 235735.

Please see the LCC rides and events page to find out the new dates for this and other rides all across London.

You might also like to subscribe to the 'lccrider' email list (an information-only list, not a discussion forum). You can then get information, post messages about your rides and put them into the automatic calendar reminder system. To subscribe send an email to lccrider-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Tower Hamlets Wheelers rides

Our neighbouring LCC borough group, Tower Hamlets Wheelers, have a very active rides programme. Check out the Wheelers' rides diary.


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