by Bruce Lynn December 29, 2017
Report by Bruce Lynn, Healthy Rides Co-ordinator.
Healthy Rides are our most successful project. Come and join us. They are great.
They are called “healthy” because cycling is healthy. Lots of gain with no pain. Healthy Rides are fun, easy-paced (ie slow). They are welcoming and educational. You make friends (or not if you don’t want to), learn about your environment, and get fitter. Off-road, back-streets, safe and friendly.
And they run pretty well every Saturday morning. We rode 50 Healthy Rides in 2017, and only missed 3 Saturdays (Easter, Dec 30th and the Pru Ride London Saturday). For the pedants, yes there are 52 weeks but there can still be 53 Saturdays in 365 days. We plan to do 51 rides in 2018
The rides are booming but there is still space for you and your family if you have one. The average turn-out in 2017 was 18.9 that’s a record and 15% up on last year.
All the rides are advertised individually on the special web site (www.healthyrider.weebly.com) with information on cycling and health. They are also posted on the LCC events pages, the East Dulwich Forum, Lets Ride,and SC Events Calendar). Bruce led about half the rides with some brilliant support from six other ride leaders, like Harry who researched popular rides on Charlie Chaplin, Southwark and Lambeth prisons, and Brixton murals.
All this success doesn’t mean there isn’t room for you. There is. It’s all free, everyone is welcome, no need to book, just turn up. If you have not tried a Healthy Ride, then be sure to do so in 2018. If you are already a rider, then we look forward to riding with you again in the New Year.
The programme for 2018: two-hour rides three times a month starting at 10am from:
1st Saturday – Dulwich Park Cafe;
2nd Saturday – benches outside Canada Water Library;
4th Saturday – at the foot of the Arch in Peckham Square
3.5+ plus rides start at 9.30 every 3rd and, 5th Saturday. Starting points vary.