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Summer events

July 10th, 2017

In the last 2 weeks, Cycle Southend have been busy around town! Sunday 1st July saw our annual Tweed ride. A jolly time was had by all as we cycled in our vintage get-ups along the Prittlebrook, seafront and down to Southchurch Park for a sunny afternoon tea. Check back to find out more about our 2018 Anniversary Tweed spectacular! Saturday 8th July saw us with our North Shore Track in Chalkwell Park at The Village Green. We were joined by Cycle UK to help with the track as well as the Ideas in Motion South East Essex Travel advisors. Another sunny day with lots of visitors!

Bikeability!

May 17th, 2017

Always great to get some feedback for our schools on the success of our Bikeability program. In Southend we offer Bikeability training to all students at schools in the Southend Borough. Level 1 is usually offered in year 4, followed up by Level 2 in year 6. Make sure you get your place, check with your school office if you have not received a consent form and check that your school has accepted the offer of Bikeability from us. In the meantime, practice, practice, practice! All free Bikeability is dependant on DFT funding, but all training is available at cost to all schools. For those that may miss out we run courses in the School Holidays too. Check out our event and activities page for the next dates. Bikeability isn’t just for kids, we can teach your Mums and Dads too! Cycle Training or buddying up with one of qualified Instructors is also available, just contact us!

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Use the seafront cycle path to visit the Poppies wave!

April 20th, 2017

The poppies wave is here until June, you can visit any time by bike. The Wave has been designed against the fantastic backdrop of the Thames Estuary. The spectacular sculpture features a sweeping arch of bright red poppy heads suspended on towering stalks, which will rise up from Barge Pier to create a spectacular wave towards the Thames Estuary. You can pick up the cycle path anywhere from Chalkwell Shelter to Shoebury East Beach, drop us a line if you would like us to post you a map of all cycle routes in Southend.

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Reduce cycle theft project!

April 20th, 2017

A groundbreaking partnership project is set to reduce cycle theft on the C2C train line. The British Police have reached out to both The Comfy Saddle and Cycles UK to help them reduce cycle theft on the C2C line, in partnership with the Southend Road Safety unit and Cycle Southend of Southend borough Council. The group will be offering free cycle marking and entry on to the bike register database, at the majority of train stations from Shoebury to Upminster. Bicycle marking , using the BikeRegister Selectmark system reduces the risk of theft and also significantly increases the likelihood that stolen bicycle will be returned to it’s rightful owner. The dates of the Southend area events are: Leigh on Sea 17th May Shoeburyness 24th May Chalkwell 14th June Thorpe Bay 28th June Westcliff 12th July Southend East 26th July Southend Central 9th June. 6.00-8.00am

A guided bike ride to the Poppies wave

April 10th, 2017

A guided bike ride to the Poppies wave

Wave has been designed against the fantastic backdrop of the Thames Estuary.

The spectacular sculpture features a sweeping arch of bright red poppy heads suspended on towering stalks, which will rise up from Barge Pier to create a spectacular wave towards the Thames Estuary.

This will be a leisurely ride using mainly cycle paths and shared space along the seafront. We will stop for 30 minutes to admire the installation before returning to Chalkwell Shelter via the same route. You may opt to stay for longer and make your own way home.

This ride is best suited to road, mountain or hybrid bikes. Remember to bring a drink, spare inner tube and wear clothing appropriate for the weather.
Meet at Chalkwell Shelter at the bottom of Chalkwell Avenue, SS0 8HW
Good Friday.14th April Starts at 10.00am

Poppies Wave coming to Southend

March 20th, 2017

12th April – 25th June 2017 Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and 14-18 NOW are pleased to present Poppies: Wave by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper at Barge Pier, Gunners Park, Shoeburyness, Southend-on-Sea, as part of 14-18 NOW’s UK-wide tour of the iconic poppies. Wave is one of two breath-taking sculptures, initially conceived as the key dramatic sculptural elements in the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London during the summer and autumn of 2014. HOW TO GET HERE We would encourage visitors to access the site via public transport where possible please. For information regarding travel to and within Southend please visit www.ideasinmotionsouthend.co.uk where you’ll find available service information, links to useful advice, and details on how to plan your journey. By Bicycle National Cycling Network Route 16 connects Basildon with Shoeburyness along the Southend seafront off-road cycle route from Chalkwell to Shoeburyness. Temporary cycle parking will be provided close to Barge Pier. Cyclists wanting assistance in planning their route to view Poppies: Wave in Southend-on-Sea can contact Cycle Southend – email cyclesouthend@southend.gov.uk , visit www.cyclesouthend.co.uk or call 01702 215338. If you would like to hire a bike from Southend Central Station and ride to Poppies: Wave please call 01702 340864 or visit at www.comfysaddle.co.uk . A useful travel map can be found at www.ideasinmotionsouthend.co.uk By Train: Two direct train lines operate between London and Southend: the c2c line from Fenchurch Street to Shoeburyness Station (this train also stops at Southend Central) and the Greater Anglia line from Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria. On both lines the journey into Southend-on-Sea will take approximately 45 minutes to an hour. The closest train station to Barge Pier is Shoeburyness Train Station via the c2c Fenchurch Street line. Barge Pier is approximately a 20 minute walk away from Shoeburyness Train Station. If you arrive at Southend Victoria, the journey to Barge Pier can then be made via the Number 9 bus from outside the station or by walking to Southend Central Train Station and taking the c2c line directly to Shoeburyness Train Station. For more information and to view train times: •C2C 08457 678765 www.c2c-online.co.uk •Greater Anglia 0345 600 7245 (option 8) www.greateranglia.co.uk

How to learn to ride a bike-top tips!

February 8th, 2017

Learn To Ride at Any Age! Ditch the stabilisers! * Choose an area with plenty of open space, preferably on a hard surface. A slight downhill slope is useful.   * Before mounting the bike check both brakes work and you know how to use them, it is important that you get used to applying them right from the beginning.       * If possible remove the pedals or use a ‘Balance’ Bike, stabilisers should be removed. This avoids bruising on legs which can make a trainee distressed.   * Walk the bike around to get used to how the steering works and practise applying the brakes.   * Lower the saddle so both feet are flat on the ground whilst learning. The saddle can be raised again at a later stage.   * Try not to have someone holding the learner on the bike.   The learner needs to learn how to control their bike on their own and gain the feeling of balance; this also gives a feeling of empowerment.   * Ensure the learner is looking ahead, this helps with balance and avoiding obstacles   * Keep bottom on saddle. This is necessary for safety and also for balance while learning   * Both feet on the ground ‘running’ the bike along. (If possible the next steps should be practised on a slight downwards incline to give the trainee momentum)   * Go as fast as possible. The faster you go the easier it is to balance   * 2 feet together ‘push and glide’   * 1 foot on bottom pedal and ‘scoot’. (This can be compared to using a scooter and uses the same principle, either foot is fine)   * Other foot to touch pedal   Once you have gained some good momentum, speed and have achieved reasonable balance then they try to touch the other pedal while moving. The saddle may need to be raised at this point   * PUSH!   * Push forwards and down   * Once the learner has mastered the ‘scoot’ start and can ride unaided for a short distance then they need to learn to ‘set the pedal’. This is where the learner uses one foot to move the pedals around to bring one pedal to the ‘2 o’clock’ position, this will give a smoother, more efficient start * Just keep going!   For more help come along to one of our one to one ‘Learn to ride’ sessions. Check out our events and activities tab for next available dates.

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A Merry Christmas from us!

December 19th, 2016

 

A Merry Christmas to all our cycling friends, remember to keep safe with the following tips

LIGHTS: it is illegal to ride a bike in the dark without
lights and reflectors so make sure you have good lights fitted where they can be
seen.

BE SEEN: reflective strips on clothing work by reflecting
back any light that fall on them and is an effective way of being more
visible.

POSITIONING: by cycling at least an arms distance from the
kerb makes you more visible and ensures traffic overtakes you considerately or
waits until it is safe to do so. Remember that it is not easy to make eye
contact with a driver when it is dark so don’t assume they have seen you.

Happy New Year to you all!

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NEW FACEBOOK DETAILS

November 11th, 2016

Our Facebook profile has been amended to a page. Please ‘like’ us at our new home to keep up to date with all the latest news and photos! https://www.facebook.com/cyclesouthendpage/

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Tweed 2016!

September 5th, 2016

The Cycle Southend Annual Tweed ride was again a roaring success on Sunday 3rd September.
Over 60 participants, dressed up and joined in a jolly jaunt from Belfairs Woodland center along the Prittle Brook to Southchurch Park for afternoon tea.
Check out our gallery page for all the up to date photo’s.
Prizes were awarded for best outfit and vintage bike.
Thanks to all that came along and look our for next years date!