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Jakub
On April 3, 2020

Here’s our newsletter for April. If you want it to your inbox, then sign up here.

I hope you’re doing well during this difficult time. As part of our response to COVID-19, we’ve postponed our face to face events, including group rides and Dr Bikes for the foreseeable future, following the government’s current guidance. However we have been trying some new things to try to adjust to the situation and to continue to support cyclists across the borough. We’re also holding our next meeting online, so read on.

Solo Rides

While we’re spending most of our days indoors, it’s still important to exercise daily. Per the current government guidance, this can include a daily walk or bike ride. Since our group rides are on hold, we have introduced short Healthy Rides you can do by yourself (or with people from your household). We have three short rides for the month of April that start in different parts of the borough.

Our Next Meeting

Our April meeting will be held online on the evening of Wednesday the 8th. As always, all are welcome. If you’d like to attend, please send an email to southwark@lcc.org.uk and we’ll send you an invite link. We start with our committee meeting from 6.30-7.20pm followed by our general meeting at 7.30pm.

In the general meeting, we will be brainstorming about how to decarbonise Southwark’s roads. This brainstorm will build on our vision and strategic priorities to develop a roadmap for our 2025 goals. For more details on the meeting, see here.

Cycling Advice

Are you or someone you know a key worker who’s riding a bike for the first time to get to work? Or someone who’s thinking of cycling to get their daily exercise now that the roads are mostly quieter? London Cycling Campaign has started to offer advice for new cyclists and are available to answer your questions.

We’re also able to help with Southwark specific questions, including route planning for anyone making new journeys by bike, and by answering simple technical questions if you think you need to bring your bike to the shop. Either email us at southwark@lcc.org.uk or get in touch on twitter @southwarkcycle.

Climate Report

London Cycling Campaign has just launched their “Climate Safe Streets” report. It’s a great detailed analysis and sets of proposals to lay out how London’s next Mayor and its boroughs can create a new, zero carbon, healthier and more efficient system for road travel that will render it unnecessary for most Londoners to ever own a car again after 2030. Be sure to give it a read.

Thanks for reading and stay safe,

Jakub

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