Leisurely rides

This article was published in 2006, in Newsletter 66.

Although Cambridge Cycling Campaign is not a cycling club, we do have cycling social events, including the long-running series of leisurely rides. These are on the second Sunday of each month this summer. Each ride starts at 1pm from Reality Checkpoint, the lamp post in the centre of Parker’s Piece, Cambridge. See rides for details.

The rides are always taken at a leisurely pace and we won’t leave anyone behind. The routes are mostly along the quieter roads, but occasionally we need to ride on short sections of busy road. We are usually back in Cambridge by around 6 pm, but this can be earlier or later depending on how the group is feeling on the day. We usually stop for tea and cakes somewhere, and occasionally take the train, so bring some money if you want these. In the summer we’re usually back well before dark, but bring lights if you need to cycle on somewhere afterwards. Please bring water, and be prepared for weather – either protection from sun or summer showers.

These rides are organised by Cambridge Cycling Campaign and are run in association with Sustrans. They are open to everyone, and everyone is welcome to bring their roadworthy bike on the ride. They are led by a volunteer Sustrans ranger.

11 June: Cambourne

This ride will explore the routes to and from this new settlement to the west of Cambridge. We shall tour around Cambourne itself to discover for ourselves how attractive it is for cycling. There is an Everyday Sports event happening on Parker’s Piece that day. There are some events for cyclists, including Cycle Security Coding, so please arrive early if you’d like to indulge in those.

9 July: Cambridge Open Studios

Every July, Cambridge artists throw open their studios to the general public at weekends. What better way of enjoying a Summer Art festival than a bike ride around five or six of the studios? This is a great opportunity to experience art and enjoy interesting homes and gardens. Some of the artists have works about bicycles, so don’t forget your cheque book if you might be tempted.