February 2016

3 February 2016 at 10:21 pm

Ellen writes… Well, we managed to make it through this January without needing to cancel any rides: quite an achievement, I feel! My highlight of the January rides was definitely the medium ride on the 16th: a cold but bright Saturday morning. As we stopped to recover our breath at the top of the hill out of Barton, we looked up and saw a “smile in the sky” a rare circumzenithial arc that looks like a bright upside-down rainbow, high in the sky. It’s caused by light scattered off ice crystals and is only seen occasionally in cold and bright conditions. Here’s a picture of it:

Arc

Photo by Liz Matthews

The Oxford Civic Society has a talk this month, which looks as if it will be of interest to many of us, especially those who have cycled in Cambridge recently and discovered that far more people use cycles there! See bottom of this newsletter.

SATURDAY 6th FEBRUARY: SHORT AND STEADY RIDE: TO SANDFORD FOOD MARKET

Meet at 9.45am at Bonn Square at the end of Queen Street for a prompt 10am departure. We will ride down St Ebbes to the river Thames towpath south to beyond the ring road and then onto the cycle path by the railway to Sandford Lock. On the other side of the river, we will take refreshments at Sandford Village Hall where we can enjoy their new bigger cafe area and the weekly food market. Check out the Talking Shop project website below.

You can order food online to collect on the day if you wish. See website below.

From there we will return to Oxford via Littlemore, Rose Hill, Iffley village and Meadow Lane. This flat ride is 9 miles long and will be taken at the pace of the slowest rider, so please don’t be shy if you’ve not been on a bike for a while. The ride leader is Clare Farley.

SATURDAY 13th FEBRUARY: MEDIUM RIDE: A RIDE FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

This mixed social ride will feature romantic memories for Isis riders, as well as a couple of famous/fictional proposals of marriage. Bring your partner and relive those heady days. The ride will be between 12 and 15 miles long and taken at a moderate pace. There is one hill, up to Headington. We’ll stop briefly at various locations, to recall the stories associated with them.

Meet at the Sheldonian Theatre at 10.45am, for a departure at 11am. We will stop for a lunchtime snack at the Fishes at North Hinksey, or if people prefer, at the Vaults and Gardens café at the end of the ride. The route will be as flexible as possible, to accommodate the weather and ground conditions, and also to include any more nominations received by the leader, Jane Carlton Smith (janecs@phonecoop.coop) .

Please contact Jane with your romantic memories – it’s not too late – or to find out more, if you need to.  You can ring me on 07833 731253 if you’re running late and need to meet up with us.

SATURDAY 20th FEBRUARY: LONG RIDE: A TRIP TO TACKLEY

Meet in Broad Street in front of the Tourist Information Office at 11am for an 11.15am start. The ride will leave Oxford using Sustrans routes 5 and 51. It will continue through Hampton Poyle and Bletchingdon and onto Kirtlington then onto the track down to Pigeon Lock. We will continue on the Sustrans route off-road to Tackley where we will stop for refreshments at the village shop.

The return journey is via Woodstock, returning to Oxford down the A44 cycle track. This route includes several sections of off-road tracks. Most have a good surface (in the dry) but there is one section just before Tackley Station that is probably not suitable for bikes with very narrow road tyres.

This route (which is approx. 26 miles long) does include a couple of hills in either direction which can be taken at your own pace or walked. The ride leader is Lilia Bonacorsi (mobile 07890 731542, email lilia_bonacorsi@hotmail.com).

If you would like to shorten the ride to the outward journey only, there are trains back to Oxford from Tackley at 13.26, 15.26 and 17.26.

SUNDAY 28th FEBRUARY: JOINT ISIS/OXFORD CITY CTC RIDE TO WATERPERRY GARDENS

Meet at 9.15am for a prompt 9:30am departure from outside the Oxford Campus Stores in Broad Street, Oxford. We will leave through the University Parks and Headington and take the back roads route to Waterperry via Stanton St John and Worminghall. The return journey to Oxford will follow country roads searching for spring flowers in Great Milton and Cuddesdon and we will continue traveling along country roads and cycle paths as much as possible. The entire trip will be approximately 24 miles, will be taken at a steady pace and has several hills or ‘undulations’ which will be taken at a gentle pace or can be walked. The ride leader to coffee and back will be Lucy Wright (lucy.wright@ceu.ox.ac.uk).

OTHER CYCLING INFORMATION

Team Beryl

Team Beryl invites women and trans folk into the Broken Spoke workshop on the first Thursday of every month from 6-9pm. Please join us to take part in a FREE mini-class on our monthly theme, work on your own bike in a safe space, and enjoy plenty of tea, biscuits and good company!

For information about this month’s Beryl’s Night, please visi: http://bsbcoop.org/what-we-do/beryls-night/

Oxford Civic Society: Restoring Oxford as the UK’s Cycling Capital

Thursday 11 February
Speaker: Professor Danny Dorling
Ship Street Centre (The Bastion), Ship Street
Coffee/tea 7.30pm, talk 8pm (free to all)

By 2011 Oxford had dropped to third place in terms of the proportion of its population travelling by cycle each day. So what would it take to restore Oxford to its rightful place as the capital of everyday cycling in the UK? This talk by Danny Dorling, Professor of Geography at Oxford University, takes a somewhat irreverent look at the recent history of planning in the city and at ways to counter the jams. Danny is a very entertaining speaker.

 

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