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Hackney LCC diary 2013

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Regular weekly / monthly events


January 2013

Tuesday 1st
Hackney self-help maintenance workshop
See workshop site for details. NB The Hackney Bike Workshop volunteers are committed and hardy folk, but since it's New Year's Day, it's probably worth checking with them to find out whether it's actually happening!

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

Wednesday 9th
Monthly Hackney LCC members' meeting
NB Postponed from Wednesday 2nd. See our meetings page for details.

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

Saturday 19th
Hackney LCC Ride to Thames Barrier POSTPONED
Due to the bad weather conditions and more snow forecast, this ride will be postponed until February. Sorry!

Saturday 26th
Hackney LCC Burns Night fundraising dance
We have found a venue and it's ON! Info and tickets.


February 2013

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.

Sunday 17th
Hackney LCC 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 finishing at the Inn on the Park (Victoria Park).

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 Newham will be on the Greenway at the "Temple of Sewage" (near the junction with Canning Road, Stratford) at approx 10.30am.

Ride difficulty: Easy. Distance: 25 miles

Contact: Siobhan 07775 753307

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


March 2013

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.

Wednesday 13th
'Alternative routes' workshop with the Canal and River Trust
Nowadays the Regent's Canal towpath is often uncomfortably busy with cycle traffic at peak times. We are working with the Canal & River Trust to try to improve conditions on local streets to the north and south of the canal in order to attract some of that peak traffic, and to make the area more walkable and cycleable generally. We are holding a workshop to look at ways of achieving this aim. We are especially keen to work out how our local streets can be 'filtered' to discourage and prevent through motor traffic, creating a near-ideal environment for walking and cycling. This will be a practical, hands-on session with large-scale maps to draw on, and you are invited to come along and help us! Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. If you'd like to come, please RSVP to Rosie.Tharp@canalrivertrust.org.uk or call 020 3204 4435 during office hours.
>>7-9pm at St Anne's Community Hall, Hemsworth Street (just off Hoxton Street), N1 5LF
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Sunday 31st
Hackney LCC Ride to Stave Hill Ecological Park and the Oxford vs. Cambridge goat race
Ride with us to Stave Hill Ecological Park in Rotherhithe and back, mainly off road, taking in some urban waterways in search of Easter chicks. There will be a lunch stop at a café, and a visit to Stave Hill Ecological Park in Southwark, before we return north of the river for the annual with a visit to the Oxford v Cambridge Goat Race at Spitalfields City Farm at 4.30pm.

Meet at 10am London Fields, Lamb Lane entrance

Ride difficulty: Easy. Distance: 25 miles

Contact: Siobhan 07775 753307


April 2013

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.

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.

Friday 26th to Sunday 28th
The Miniature Forest at Holywell Row
Perfunctorily used for motorbike parking today, the public space at Holywell Row in South Shoreditch must have been a centre of street life in the past, and has the potential to be that again. In our contribution to the Shoreditch Space and Place Shaping Plan 'How to make Shoreditch better for walking and cycling' (jointly written with Hackney Living Streets), we identified this as being an ideal location for place-led design.

This weekend architectural firm Ridley Buchanan will be exploring this potential by clearing the space and installing a temporary structure entitled the Miniature Forest. "We have created the Miniature Forest to test ideas for the reinvention of Holywell Row as a secluded picnic and performance spot," they say. "We imagine that the square might become an intimate, natural, green oasis in defiance of the surrounding urban environment. Join us to contribute and enjoy live acoustic entertainment."

>>The installation will be in place all three days, with performances including Morris dancing from 7-9pm on Friday 26th.
Location: Holywell Row, Shoreditch. OSM | Streetview

Sunday 28th
Stoke Newington Common plant sale and bike fixing day
Stoke Newington Common Users Group is holding its first plant sale and bike fixing day of the year, in conjunction with Lea House and Hackney Tree Nursery which grow good quality plants in their own nurseries. Second-hand books and refreshments will be on sale, and, as ever, there will be at least one 'Dr Bike' mechanic on hand, paid for out of the user group's own fundraising, to tune up people's bikes ready for the glorious cycling opportunities of the warmer months.
>>1-4pm Stoke Newington Common


May 2013

Wednesday 1st
Monthly Hackney LCC members' 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
See workshop site for details.

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


June 2013

Sunday 2nd
Roll Up On Bikes: Hackney's end-to-end treasure hunt
Discover the treasures of Hackney on bike or foot by taking part in this one-off treasure hunt. Includes visits to local secrets, ground-breaking projects, tasters of local food and drink and encounters with friendly folk. The treasure hunt takes approximately 1.5 hours by bike and you can roll up to start any time between 11am and 5pm at the crypt of St Peter's church, De Beauvoir, where a SoundAdviceUK Acoustic Sunday will be taking place. £5 suggested donation per head. Maximum team size of six people. Teams can be made of up friends or strangers! All funds raised go towards the Building Man co-operative.

>>St Peter's church, De Beauvoir, N1 4DA Map
Start any time between 11am and 6pm.

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.

Thursday 6th
Second annual Hackney Cycling Conference
The Hackney Cycling Conference seeks to further the debate on cycling by bringing together politicians, professionals, academics and campaigners from across the many disciplines and sectors that are involved in influencing an increase in cycling in the UK. Confirmed speakers include: Andrew Gilligan, London Cycling Commissioner; Prof. Phil Goodwin, University of the West of England and author of the APPCG report Get Britain Cycling; Dr Adrian Davis, Public Health and Transport consultant at Bristol City Council. Register (£25 including lunch)

Sunday 9th
Hackney LCC social ride to Markfield Beam Engine
Join us for an easy ride taking in Clissold Park and Finsbury Park and a cycle/pedestrian route along an old disused railway line, returning via Markfield Beam Engine in the Lea Valley. Approximately 20 miles. The Historic Beam Engine will be operating on that day and there will be a classic car meeting in the grounds of the museum.

Meet at 10am London Fields, Lamb Lane entrance.

Ride difficulty: Easy. Distance: 20 miles

Contact: Siobhan 07775 753307

also Sunday 9th
Open Garden Squares Weekend ride visiting Hackney and Tower Hamlets
Our colleagues in the Westminster LCC group are leading a ride from Covent Garden via quiet streets to visit various delightful private, hidden and little-known gardens in the boroughs of Hackney and Tower Hamlets as part of Open Garden Squares Weekend.

Please note that although the ride is free, a ticket is required for admission to the gardens. You can buy this on the day for £12 or in advance for £10.

>>Ride starts at 10am from Covent Garden Piazza in front of St Paul's Church. If you'd rather not go to the West End to join the start of the ride, you can meet them at the first stop, which is St Mary's Secret Garden, Pearson Street E2 8EL. They aim to be there about 11.30am.

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

Saturday 15th
Hackney Cycling Showcase
Many organisations -- voluntary, statutory, academic and commercial -- are involved in the broad project of promoting cycling in our borough. We are bring together a few of these in London Fields to showcase their work. Attendees include:

>>11am to 5pm, London Fields

Sunday 16th
Finsbury Park Festival of Cycling
Three boroughs -- Hackney, Haringey and Islington -- are pitching in together to put on a big free cycling event in Finsbury Park. Activities will include a criterium race around the park (in which you can compete if you like, with prizes on offer), a guided leisure ride, bike polo, Dr Bike, cycle-powered smoothie-making, Pedal Power Cycling Club for teenagers and adults with learning disabilities, and lots of other displays and activities.
>>12 noon to 6pm, Finsbury Park, N4

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

Wednesday 19th
London Fields cyclists' breakfast
Join us bright and early for fresh coffee, croissants and even porridge, and while you're eating, let Dr Bike give a quick diagnosis of your bike's state of health.
>> 7am to 9am, London Fields, E8

 

Saturday 22nd
Bike the Bounds of Hackney ride
The great annual circumnavigation of the borders of our diverse borough. It's a bit like the ancient tradition of beating the bounds of a parish on foot, except that the London Borough of Hackney is considerably bigger than a parish so it's best done by cycle. The ride typically takes 4-5 hours, depending on ride participants, and is about 20 miles long. We aim to finish around 4pm or so at the Princess of Wales pub at Lea Bridge. It's family-friendly (there are only a few bits which are too difficult for children; e.g. we go around the north-eastern corner of Old Street roundabout, but this is easily circumnavigated) and offers very varied land- and cityscapes, from the lush common land of the Marshes along the River Lea to the hustle and bustle of Old Street. If you've always wondered where the borough begins and ends, this is your ride.

>> Starts at 12 noon from Hackney Town Hall

 

July 2013

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.

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.

Wednesday 17th
'Exchanging Places' cycling and lorries event at Goldsmith's Row
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 may be surprised by just how little you can see from the driver's seat.
>>4-7pm, Goldsmith's Row, off Hackney Road Map

Saturday 20th to Sunday 21st July
Dunwich Dynamo XXI
From Hackney overnight to the beach at Dunwich in Suffolk. Info from the London School of Cycling.
>> Riders gather in London Fields around 8pm


August 2013

Saturday 3rd
Guided ride from Hackney to RideLondon FreeCycle
Around 50,000 people are expected to take part in this year's revival of the mass-participation central London ride that started with the London Freewheel in 2007. If you'd like to cycle to and from the event in company, we are leading a guided ride to the event from Hackney town hall, and a return ride from St Paul's cathedral.
>> Meet at 9.45am for a 10am departure from Hackney Town Hall. Return ride leaves St Paul's cathedral at 3pm.

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.


September 2013

Sunday 1st
Bike and hike jumble sale
Jonathan Edwards is organising a 'bike and hike' jumble sale. If you have cycling and/or hiking/walking gear to sell, there are 10 stalls available at a cost of a tenner each. Please contact Jonathan on 07946 261165 for more information. Or just come along and pick up some second-hand bargains!
>>10am to 2pm, Hackney City Farm, 1A Goldsmith Row E2 8QA

Monday 2nd September
Guided ride to LCC's Space For Cycling protest ride
If you'd like to ride in company from Hackney to the London Cycling Campaign 'Space For Cycling' protest ride past Parliament, timed to coincide with a debate on the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group's 'Get Britain Cycling' report, join the Hackney Cycling Campaign's guided ride from London Fields.
>>Meet 5pm at the crossroads of the main two paths in London Fields for a 5.30pm departure.

Alternatively, if you will be closer to the centre of London, you might like to go directly to the main protest ride assembly point, which is Jubilee Gardens, on the south bank of the Thames at 6pm for a 6.30pm departure.

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.

Sunday 22nd
Cable Street Mural 2 photo by Peter Thwaite Creative Commons Attribution Share-alike licence 2.0 London murals ride
Join Hackney LCC on Sunday 22nd September for a ride around London visiting a variety of murals including The Battle of Cable Street mural in Shadwell (pictured, right) and Nuclear Dawn in Brixton, and finishing at the Hackney Peace Carnival Mural in Dalston, where we can have a drink at the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden. There will be a stop for lunch at a café on the way. Please be aware that the ride will include some sections of main road.

Meet at 10am London Fields, Lamb Lane entrance.

Ride difficulty: Moderate (because we will need to maintain a good pace in order to get around to all the murals). Distance: 30 miles

Contact: Siobhan 07775 753307

also Sunday 22nd
Car Free Day celebration in Mare Street Narroway
Once upon a time the Narroway in Mare Street -- the historic and contemporary heart of Hackney town centre -- was part of a large one-way traffic system, rather like old Shoreditch one-way system and the still unfortunately extant Stoke Newington one-way system. Fortunately the old Hackney one-way system was dismantled in the late 1980s. Southbound buses still used the Narroway until this summer, when Hackney Council and Transport for London, with our enthusiastic support, began an experiment to re-route the buses.

Our counterparts in Hackney Living Streets, the local pedestrian lobby, are holding an event on 22nd September -- internationally celebrated as Car Free Day -- to mark the removal of all through motor traffic from the Narroway, and to maintain the pressure for the current experimental re-routing of the buses to be made permanent. We fully support this aim, and will have a stall at the event. Activities will include a children's treasure hunt, swing dancing classes, Zumba dance demonstrations, drawing workshops and historical guided walks.


October 2013

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

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Wednesday 2nd
Hackney LCC annual general meeting, featuring Carlton Reid
Our annual general meeting this year will feature a presentation by Carlton Reid, travel writer and editor of Bikebiz and BikeHub. Carlton will be giving the inside skinny on his eagerly anticipated new book, Roads Were Not Built For Cars, which earlier this year achieved more than four times its crowd-funding goal, towards which Hackney LCC was the largest single contributor among hundreds of backers.

Original research undertaken for Roads Were Not Built For Cars reveals how motoring actually owes a massive and largely forgotten historical debt to cycling and its pioneers. Carlton's talk - like his book - will aim to show how the hidden history of who first lobbied for better roads can inform the future.

All welcome!

The meeting will start with a brief formal session during which we will hold our annual elections for chair, secretary and treasurer. LCC members resident in the borough are invited to consider standing for these posts, or to volunteer to join our committee in another capacity of their choosing such as events or rides co-ordinator.

>> 7.30pm, New Kingshold Community Centre, corner of King Edward's Road and Ainsworth Road, E9 7JE. Map

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

Thursday 10th
Fawcett Youth and Community Bike Club
Tonight Hackney Cycling Campaign is pitching in with Interlinkx CIC to present the weekly bike maintenance workshop at Fawcett Estate in Clapton. If you have a problem with your bike or you'd like to learn a few tips about cycle maintenance, come along!
>> 6-8pm, Fawcett Estate (Garage 8), Upper Clapton Road, London E5 9DG. Map

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

Tuesday 29th
Hoxton Ward Forum
Proposals for where the Central London Cycle Grid will pass through Hoxton are on the agenda at the Hoxton Ward Forum. Come along and talk to local councillors and Hackney Streetscene officers about the plans.
>> 7pm, Carole Young Community Hall, Cranston Estate, off Mintern Street / New North Road, London N1 5EH Map


November 2013

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.

also Wednesday 6th
Queensbridge Ward Forum
Proposals for the Central London Cycle Grid also appear on the agenda of the Queensbridge Ward Forum. Local residents are invited to come and talk to local councillors and Hackney Streetscene officers about the plans.
>> 7pm, Regents Estate Pensioners' Hall, 33 Brougham Road, London, E8 4PD Map

Thursday 7th
Free cycle pit stop in Stoke Newington
Get your bike safety-checked and security-marked for free, courtesy of Hackney Council, and get practical support and information to help you get around by bike in comfort this winter.
>> 4pm-7pm, outside Stoke Newington Fire Station, Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16Map

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

Thursday 14th
Free cycle pit stop in Hackney
Get your bike safety-checked and security-marked for free, courtesy of Hackney Council, and get practical support and information to help you get around by bike in comfort this winter.
>> 4pm-7pm, Mare Street Narroway, Hackney town centre Map

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

Thursday 21st
Free cycle pit stop in Hoxton
Get your bike safety-checked and security-marked for free, courtesy of Hackney Council, and get practical support and information to help you get around by bike in comfort this winter.
>> 4pm-7pm, Pitfield Street / Hoxton Street / Whitmore Road / Hyde Road crossroadsMap

Saturday 23rd
Ride with Hackney Cyclists to Lesnes Abbey
Join us for an outing to Lesnes Abbey in Abbey Wood. We will travel out via quiet streets and the Greenway, crossing on the Woolwich ferry, and riding along the Thames path on the south side. Lesnes Abbey has an interesting history. Its ruins are found in a rural-like setting next to ancient woodland.

Meet 10am at London Fields, Lamb Lane entrance. It will be possible to join en route as we cycle through Newham along the Greenway, or at the Woolwich Arsenal Café where we will stop for tea/coffee at approximately 11.30am. There will also be a lunch stop at a café near the Abbey.

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 25th
'Vision for Hackney' workshop
We are developing a series of documents, maps and drawings which will set out our ideas for improvements to the streets and built environment of our borough, with the aim of making it more walkable, cycleable and generally liveable. We have divided the borough into 14 localities, and each will have a vision document to cover it. We warmly invite all members and supporters of the London Cycling Campaign in Hackney to come to this workshop, read the drafts, and discuss together what improvements they would like to see in the localities they are interested in. The workshop will start with a short introduction before breaking into groups to focus on the localities. Refreshments will be provided.
>> 7pm-10pm, Nisbet House Community Hall, Crozier Terrace, Homerton, E9 6AJ Map

Thursday 28th
Free cycle pit stop in London Fields
Get your bike safety-checked and security-marked for free, courtesy of Hackney Council, and get practical support and information to help you get around by bike in comfort this winter.
>> 4pm-7pm, London Fields, by the Martello Street entranceMap


December 2013

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.

Thursday 5th
Street Talk: John Dales on cycling lessons for London
The Movement for Liveable London presents an evening with John Dales, director of Urban Movement, who will talk about Transport for London's International Cycle Benchmarking Study, which studied a number of cities where cycling has been growing strongly in recent years, including Berlin, Dublin, Malmo, Minneapolis, Munich, Nantes, New York, Seville, Stockholm and Utrecht. John will present the study's findings and consider the lessons for London and the UK. Subject to availability Phil Jones, Managing Director, Phil Jones Associates and Mark Strong from Transport Initiatives, who were also part of the study team, will join John for the discussion.
>> 7pm, Look Mum No Hands, 125-127 Mare Street, London E8 3RH Map

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.




REGULAR EVENTS

Hackney LCC members' monthly 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 & Tower Hamlets weekly LCC drinks

A totally informal social get-together. Every Thursday from 7pm at the Royal Inn on the Park. All welcome.

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.

The Bike Project bike fixing sessions

The Bike Project refurbishes old bikes and donates them to refugees. Every Thursday evening, 6-9pm, starting 7th March 2013, volunteers are invited to come and help fix donated bikes. Location: Workshop 44, 44 Marlborough Avenue, London E8 4JR. For more 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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