Marvellous Climate Safe Streets ride on Saturday April 23rd. 89 riders, including about 12 marshals, weather OK, and good reception from people we passed. Ride started at Cutty Sark with about 45 riders. Led by Philippa they processed to Folkestone Gardens where about 20 more cyclists joined and Alex took over the lead. The ride reached Southwark Park at 10.40, only 10 minutes behind schedule. About 25 more riders joined here and with Bruce leading headed for Cutty Sark. A large group like this can easily lose its tail, but marshals did a great job keeping the group together and getting them efficiently across roads at junctions.
At Cutty Sark we had a 15 min break. A number of riders left at this point but most restarted on the Greenwich Loop. This included part of the Greenwich to Woolwich Cyclway that is subject to a TfL Survey at the moment (please find a few minutes to complete this, https://haveyoursay.tfl.gov.uk/greenwich-woolwich). Back at Greenwich most riders headed for lunch or home. A group of about 20 rode back to Folkestone Gardens and 7 of them rode on to Southwark Park. Back there at 1.44pm, just 14 min behind the planned finish time. Rather impressive.
A lot of people were involved in the planning and execution. The LCC Climate Safe Streets Champions, including Simon in Southwark and Walker in Greenwich played an important part. Unfortunately Simon damaged his ankle just before the ride so missed it – very bad luck. Several Southwark Cyclists vounteered to marshal and some of the people who did our recent Ride Leaders Course were involved.
Everyone enjoyed themselves. A few people amongst the onlookers may now see that there is a connection between reducing the carbon footprint of transpost and getting on your bike.
Great video at https://twitter.com/i/status/1517897400974823430