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Hackney Cyclists diary 2011

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

January 2011

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

Wednesday 5th
Monthly Hackney LCC members' meeting
See ourmeetings page for details.

Monday 10th
Hackney Bicycle Film Society presents 'Pee Wee's Big Adventure'
Eccentric man-child Pee-Wee Herman embarks on the big adventure of his life across the US mainland, as he sets out to find his beloved bike, when it is stolen in broad daylight.

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

Entry to the film society is free, but you must be a member to attend. To renew your membership of the film society for 2011, or to join for the first time, please supply your name, address and occupation by email to hbfs2011@gmail.com

Tuesday 12th
Stoke Newington self-help maintenance workshop
See workshop site for details.

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

Wednesday 19th
Free security tagging at Well Street Common
Come and have a security tag fitted inside your bike's frame, for free, courtesy of Hackney police.
>> 11am to 3pm, at the junction of Gascoyne Road and Meynell Road E9, just south of Cassland Road.

Saturday 22nd
Burns Night
Our ever-popular annual Burns Night fundraising supper and dance. Details and tickets.


February 2011

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

Wednesday 2nd
Monthly Hackney LCC members' meeting
See our meetings page for details.

Tuesday 8th
Stoke Newington self-help maintenance workshop
See workshop site for details.

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


March 2011

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

Wednesday 2nd
Monthly Hackney LCC members' meeting
See our meetings page for details.

Tuesday 8th
Stoke Newington self-help maintenance workshop
See workshop site for details.

Sunday 13th
Hackney Cyclists Ride to Thames Barrier
Ride with us to the Thames Barrier to see the exhibition and find out how the barrier operates.

Meet at 10am London Fields, Lamb Lane entrance for a ride along the Greenway and through Beckton Park, with a café stop at the Barrier Park on the North side of the river. We will then cross on the Woolwich Free Ferry and ride to the Thames Barrier Visitor Centre and cafe near Charlton. After visiting the exhibition we will return by a similar route possibly finishing at the Inn on the Park (Victoria Park) if time allows.

The price to go in to the exhibition is as follows: Adults £3.50 (£3 for disabled adults); Seniors (60 plus) £3.00 (£2 for disabled seniors) ; Students (16-18 and in full time education) £3.00 (£2 for disabled students); Children (under 16) £2 (£1.50 for disabled children); Under 5s free.

Extra pick up point for Tower Hamlets: 10.20 at the Victoria Park cafe near Crown Gate West. Newham people in the know can meet us on the Greenway by the "Temple of Sewage" approx 10.40 if you prefer.

Ride difficulty: Easy. Distance: 25 miles

Contact: Siobhan 07775 753307

Photo by O.F.E, kindly made available for us to use under a Creative Commons non-commercial sharealike licence.

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

No More Lethal Lorries campaign logo

Wednesday 30th
'Day of Action' for No More Lethal Lorries campaign
Across London, LCC will be running stalls at which volunteers will collect signatures to add to our No More Lethal Lorries petition. If you see one of our stalls, please stop and sign. If you have some time to help during the morning or evening peak hours, please let us know via the LCC's volunteer form.

In Hackney, we will be running two stalls - one at the paved area at the Broadway Market end of London Fields and one in De Beauvoir Square. Both stalls will be in the evening to catch returning commuting cyclists focusing on the time slot of 5:30-7:30pm. We will have refreshments and it will be the first Wednesday evening of British Summer Time. We look forward to meeting you whether you stop for an hour to sign or for an hour to help with our stall.


April 2011

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

Wednesday 6th
Monthly Hackney LCC members' meeting
See our meetings page for details.

Tuesday 12th
Stoke Newington self-help maintenance workshop
See workshop site for details.

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

Thursday 21st
An evening at Café Oto to commemorate Daniel Cox
Bedfordshire five-piece the Grubby Mitts originally arranged this as the launch party for their single 'To a Friend's House'. Following the recent tragic death of their close friend Dan Cox on the crossroads at Dalston, they have changed the emphasis of the evening to a celebration of Dan. All are welcome, and all money from the concert will go to the London Cycling Campaign. Johnny Parry, one of Dan's favourite musicians, will now also perform on the night.

8pm. More info and booking.





Friday 22nd
Hackney Cyclists Ride to Brunel Engine House Museum
Join us for a social ride on Good Friday, taking in the Tower Bridge Experience and Brunel Engine House (Rotherhithe) en route. This will be approx 25 miles and will involve some riding on major roads (notably Tower Bridge!)

Meet at 10am London Fields, Lamb Lane entrance, or alternatively, there will be a pick-up point on the Mile End Green Bridge at about 10.30am.

Entrance to the Brunel Engine House Museum is £2 per adult, and to the Tower Bridge Experience is £8 per adult. Both of these are entirely optional. There will also be café stops along the way, and if time allows a pub stop when we return to Hackney.

Contact: Siobhan 07775 753307

Photo by Failing Angel, kindly made available for us to use under a Creative Commons non-commercial sharealike licence.


May 2011

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

Wednesday 4th
Monthly Hackney LCC members' meeting
See our meetings page for details.

Tuesday 10th
Stoke Newington self-help maintenance workshop
See workshop site for details.

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

Wednesday 18th
'Exchanging Places' cycling and lorries awareness event
Take a few minutes out of your journey to climb into the cab of a lorry and watch for a police cyclist riding up the left side of the vehicle (behaviour which you are advised not to copy). You'll be surprised by just how little you can see from the driver's seat.
>>7am to 10am at Shoreditch Fire Station forecourt, Old Street EC2.





Sunday 22nd
Well Street Common May Festival
If enough volunteers come forward, we will run a stall at this popular local fair. One of the great attractions will be grasstrack racing, arranged by Cycling Club Hackney, starting from 1pm. Free entry, prizes available.


June 2011

Wednesday 1st
Dr Bike and bicycle ID chipping
A mechanic will be on hand to check your bike over and do any simple maintenance tweaks needed to get your bike into safe working order. The LBH Community Safety Team will also be offering free bike chipping. Organised by Hackney Council's own Bicycle User Group.
>> 8am to 11am, between Hackney Service Centre and 2 Hillman Street, E8

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

Wednesday 8th
Monthly Hackney LCC members' meeting
See our meetings page for details.

Sunday 12th
Arcola Cycle Sunday
A fun-packed afternoon of artist-led bicycle events, including a mass bingo bike ride, a graffiti tour of East London, a game of Capture the Flag, a bicycle treasure hunt, and the 'Tour de Dalston' ride from Toynbee Hall in Spitalfields to Dalston. There'll also be workshops on how to repair and customise your bike, and discussions about cycling in the borough (featuring Hackney LCC activists). The day will culminate in a Rollapaluza Party in the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden with food provided by the People's Kitchen. More info at Arcola Energy.
>> Events run from 2pm to 10pm. See flyer for full details.

Tuesday 14th
Stoke Newington self-help maintenance workshop
See workshop site for details.

Wednesday 15th
Cycle Pit Stop
The first of the council's Cycle Pit Stops this year will offer a team of mechanics to check and tweak your bike, anti-theft ID chipping, and a session of 'Exchanging Places', which gives you the opportunity to get up into the cab of a lorry and see the world from a truck driver's perspective.
>> 4pm to 7pm, Hoxton Street and Pitfield Street crossroads, near the Britannia Leisure Centre. Map

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

Saturday 18th
Riding in Circles -- Beginners' Bike Polo
(First day of Bike Week 2011 -- but then again, in Hackney every week is bike week)
If you'd like to give the fun and accessible sport of cycle polo a try, this is your chance. Drop by Hackney Downs and join in the fun. Absolute beginners welcome. Bikes, mallets and balls will be available to borrow on the day. For more info see the Bike Week event page and the the LFGSS Forum thread.
>> 11am to 6pm, Hackney Downs Map

also Saturday 18th
Bike the Bounds of the borough
Led by Oliver Schick, this annual Hackney LCC ride is about 20 miles long in total and takes in very varied cityscapes, from the green beauty of the Lower Lea Valley to Old Street roundabout. We normally proceed at a very slow pace, and the ride is suitable for all. There are only a few busy sections, and it will be safe for children to come along. All are welcome! We ride anti-clockwise around the borough, finishing with drinks at the Princess of Wales pub at Lea Bridge. It normally takes around five hours, depending on the size of the group, and we do a few stops along the way.
>> 12pm outside Hackney Town Hall

also Saturday 18th
Goldsmiths Row Bike Day
Running alongside Hackney City Farm and Haggerston Park, Goldsmiths Row is the newly car-free southern cycling gateway to the borough, leading up to the delights of Broadway Market and London Fields. On Saturday 18th, the City Farm is co-ordinating a bike day here, which will include free basic maintenance and advice courtesy of Bike Yard East; pedal-powered DJs courtesy of Magnificent Revolution; Bikeoke (you power the soundsystem and sing along to your favourite karaoke hits!); a bike heap challenge in which you are invited to build a bike trailer from bike scrap (bring your own if you have it) using no tools; Rollapalloza roller racing; slow bike races; stalls, info and more!
>> 11am to 4pm, Goldsmiths Row E2 Map

Wednesday 22nd
London Fields cyclists' breakfast
Join us bright and early for the main Hackney LCC event of Bike Week 2011. 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

Thursday 23rd
Hackney schools 'Bike Across the Borough' ride
The Learning Trust and Hackney Council are jointly organising a mass school students' bike ride from Finsbury Park to the Olympic Park View Tube. The ride will go right across the borough, with meeting points in Clissold Park, Hackney Downs and Well Street Common. Participating school groups will be offered the help of a Hackney cycling instructor to take them from their school to join the main ride, at designated meeting points, as it proceeds in 'critical mass' style to the View Tube. More details
>> To register your interest in Bike Across the Borough, call Rob Sambrooks on 020 8820 7302 or Laura White on 020 8356 8470, or email sta@hackney.gov.uk

Sunday 26th
Grasstrack racing at Haggerston Park
All are welcome to try their hand at grasstrack racing, arranged by Cycling Club Hackney. Starts at 1pm. Free entry, prizes available.


July 2011

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

Wednesday 6th
Monthly Hackney LCC members' meeting
See our meetings page for details.

Tuesday 12th
Stoke Newington self-help maintenance workshop
See workshop site for details.

Saturday 16th to Sunday 17th
Dunwich Dynamo XIX
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

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

Saturday 30th
London Open bike polo tournament
The biggest polo tournament in London this year, with more than 45 teams expected, and possibly more, will take place on Hackney Downs. More details as we have them.

Sunday 31st
Grasstrack racing at Mabley Green
All are welcome to try their hand at grasstrack racing, arranged by Cycling Club Hackney. Starts at 1pm. Free entry, prizes available.

also Sunday 31st
London Open day two
Second day of the cycle polo tournament.


August 2011

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

Wednesday 3rd
Monthly Hackney LCC members' meeting
See our meetings page for details.

Sunday 7th
Ride with Hackney Cyclists to the Kirkaldy Testing Museum
Continuing in this year's theme of relatively short inner-London rides to off-beat attractions, our August social ride will be to the Kirkaldy Testing Museum in Southwark. David Kirkaldy was a pioneer in materials testing, and is perhaps best known for his work on investigating the cause of the famous Tay Bridge disaster. His masterpiece was the Kirkaldy Testing Machine - a monster of a device that is 47 feet long and weighs 116 tons. This machine is kept in the museum in Southwark.

This easy-paced ride can be made longer or shorter depending on the fitness levels of the participants. It will involve some road riding including Tower Bridge. The museum is run by volunteers and they ask for a donation of £3 per person.

Meet at 10am London Fields, Lamb Lane entrance, or at 10.30am at the The Pavilion Café in Victoria Park

Ride difficulty: Easy. Distance: approx 20 miles

Contact: Siobhan 07775 753307

Photo by Ian Mansfield of IanVisits, kindly made available for us to use under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic licence.

Tuesday 9th
Stoke Newington self-help maintenance workshop
See workshop site for details.

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

Sunday 27th
Grasstrack racing at Hackney Downs
All are welcome to try their hand at grasstrack racing, arranged by Cycling Club Hackney. Starts at 1pm. Free entry, prizes available.

also Saturday 27th
Summer Cycle-in Cinema at Hackney City Farm
Come on down to Hackney City Farm for a night of outdoor film and pedal power. Bring your bike, your friends, a blanket and an FM radio if you have one. Courtesy of cycle power generation experts Magnificent Revolution, the audience will be powering up '80s classic The Princess Bride, a swashbuckling tale of humour and chivalric romance. Specially designed bike generators will be set up and ready for anyone who would like to bring their bike and participate. With bike or without, everyone is encouraged to have a go. The soundtrack will be broadcast over a low-power FM transmitter, so please bring an FM radio to the screening. Many mobile phones have a built-in FM radio, and if you're stuck you can borrow a receiver from the organisers for a small deposit. The event is free, with a suggested donation of five pounds. Refreshments will be available, including alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and locally sourced snacks.
>> 8pm, Hackney City Farm, 1A Goldsmiths Row, London E2 8QA Map Event details






September 2011

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

Wednesday 7th
Monthly Hackney LCC members' meeting
See our meetings page for details.

Tuesday 13th
Stoke Newington self-help maintenance workshop
See workshop site for details.

Sunday 18th
Ride with Hackney Cyclists to the Crossness Pumping Station
Join us for an outing to Crossness Pumping Station, incorporating the Greenway and the Woolwich Ferry en route. The pumping station was built as part of Joseph Bazalgette's ambitious solution to the problem of sewage and disease in London. It is an impressive working museum, with restored, operational beam engines, and is a fine example of Victorian engineering.

Meet at 10am London Fields, Lamb Lane entrance. Alternative meeting point on the Greenway next to the Temple of Sewage (Abbey Mills Pumping Station), near Stratford. If you wish to join the ride at this point, please try to be there by 10.45 as we will not be stopping there for long!

Ride difficulty: Easy. Distance: approx 30 miles

Contact: Siobhan 07775 753307

Photo by Steve Cadman, kindly made available for us to use under a Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 2.0 Generic licence.

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

Wednesday 22nd
European Car Free Day
This year's it's the turn of Ashwin Street in Dalston to go car-free for the day. Clearing out the cars will be sure to enhance what is already quite a buzzing little street, but there'll be some extra attractions to keep you busy if you drop by, including: another chance to see selections from the Hackney Bike Portraits exhibition; giant street games; eco-workshops; stalls; an 'exchanging places' session giving you the chance to see what you can and can't see from the cab of lorry; a street café with early bird discount on coffee and tea before 10am; free bike health checks from 8am to 10am and from 4:30 to 6:30pm; free bicycle security tagging from 8am to 11am; and bicycle maintenance workshops starting at 2:30pm and 3:30pm. For perspectives on the car-free day phenomenon, see the European Commission's offical European Mobility Week site and the World Car-free Network.

>> From 8am to 6:30pm, Ashwin Street, Dalston Map


October 2011

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

Wednesday 5th
Monthly Hackney LCC members' meeting
See our meetings page for details.

Saturday 8th
DIY bicycle generator workshop at Hackney City Farm
Magnificent Revolution facilitates this workshop for those interested in learning the ins and outs of pedal power generators. Their workshops balance theory and hands-on experience. Participants can discover how to use their own bike as part of a small power station, capable of powering computers, stereos, TVs and other small household appliances. Cost: £45/ £35 concession. Full details and booking.
>> 10am to 5pm, Hackney City Farm, 1A Goldsmiths Row, London E2 8QA Map

Sunday 9th
Autumn Cycle-in Cinema at Hackney City Farm
The series of al fresco audience-powered showings of 1980s cinema classics at Hackney City Farm continues this month with Labyrinth, a dazzling film of gothic fantasy and adventure from Jim Hensen, George Lucas and David Bowwwwwwwwwwwwwwie. A film for all the family. Specially designed bike generators will be set up and ready for anyone who would like to bring their bike and participate. The soundtrack will be broadcast over a low-power FM transmitter, so please bring an FM radio to the screening. Many mobile phones have a built-in FM radio, and if you're stuck you can borrow a receiver from the organisers Magnificent Revolution for a small deposit. The event is free, with a suggested donation of five pounds. Refreshments will be available, including alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and locally sourced snacks.
>> Gates open 7pm, show starts 7.30pm, Hackney City Farm, 1A Goldsmiths Row, London E2 8QA Map Event details

Background image by Bike Hugger, kindly made available for us to use and remix under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic licence.

Tuesday 11th
Stoke Newington self-help maintenance workshop See workshop site for details.

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


November 2011

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

Wednesday 2nd
Monthly Hackney LCC members' meeting
See our meetings page for details.

Tuesday 8th
Stoke Newington self-help maintenance workshop See workshop site for details.

Sunday 13th
Ride with Hackney Cyclists to Lesnes Abbey
Join us for an outing to Lesnes Abbey in Abbey Wood. We will travel out via quiet roads and the Greenway, crossing on the Woolwich ferry, and riding along the Thames path on the south side. We will return using a similar route and finish at the King Edward 7th in Stratford. Lesnes Abbey has an interesting history. Its ruins are found in a rural-like setting next to ancient woodland.

Meet 9.30am at London Fields, Lamb Lane entrance. A second meeting point will be on the Greenway next to the Temple of Sewage (Abbey Mills Pumping Station), near Canning Road. If you wish to join the ride at this point, please be there by 10.00am!

Ride difficulty: Easy. Distance: approx 30 miles

Contact: Siobhan 07775 753307

Photo by Alex Drainville, kindly made available for us to use under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic licence.

Monday 10th
Hackney Bicycle Film Society presents 'The Bicycle Corps'
At the end of the 19th century, many military experts believed that the bicycle could replace the horse as a means of transporting troops. The 25th Infantry, made famous by Bob Marley as the Buffalo Soldiers was chosen to test that theory. On June 14 1897 a small group of African-American soldiers, led by white officers and accompanied by a local newspaper reporter, departed Fort Missoula, Montana. Forty-one days and over 1,900 miles later, they reached their destination, St Louis, Missouri, after travelling over every kind of rugged terrain and bad weather. This documentary film looks at how the Bicycle Corps came into being, and details the progress and hardships of their amazing journey.

The film will be preceded by a talk by Adam Thompson about the Vietnam war and the critical role of the bicycle in the victory of the Viet Minh both against the French at Dien Bien Phu and US forces via the Ho Chi Minh trail.

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

Entry to the film society is free, but you must be a member to attend. To renew your membership of the film society for 2011, or to join for the first time, please supply your name, address and occupation by email to hbfs2011@gmail.com

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


December 2011

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

Wednesday 7th
Monthly Hackney LCC members' meeting
See our meetings page for details.

Tuesday 13th
Stoke Newington self-help maintenance workshop See workshop site for details.

Tuesday 20th
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 Hackney LCC members' 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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