The Bike Project are offering personal tutorials on-line on how to fix a bike. Its £15 for 30 minutes, but free to NHS staff. For those who have to work in essential services, bikes are a safer way to get to work than public transport during the Covid-19 crisis, but many bike shops are closed. The Bike Project are a charity who up-cycle donated bikes, and the funds raised go to provide bikes for refugees, to ease access education, healthcare, food distribution points and advice.
The development wish list page on the Get Ryedale Cycling website has been updated to take into account progress on particular schemes and suggestions for further route enhancements.
The Forum would welcome further wish list ideas and any further comments about the site in general. Please email Helen Gundry your comments.
It is with much sadness we report that ardent York cycle campaigner and committed member and friend of the Ryedale Cycle Forum, Paul Hepworth, has died.
Paul’s commitment and knowledge of cycling will be hugely missed by us all. The forum’s thoughts are with Paul’s family and friends at this time.
Ryedale Cycle Forum are currently preparing a suggestions document to Highways England for potential improvements to the A64 for safer cycle crossing points between York and Scarborough. Please feed in any comments to the plan.
Here is some news about taking cycles on trains locally. Please note we have only just received notice of the consultation, due to volunteer sickness, but it closes mid-February.
1. Northern Trains have begun driver training between York and Scarborough, for their additional local service which will slot between Transpennine Express services. Likely start of public services May 2020. Should be 2 unreservable bike spaces per train.
2. At a recent meeting of the Cycle Rail forum for the North
Transpennine Express were canvassing views on how to make best use of electronic cycle reservations on the new Nova trains to and from Scarborough.
Transpennine Express are seeking feedback from users on the best way to utilise the facility on new trains to indicate above cycle spaces whether they are pre-booked for whole or part of the journey. Pre-booking some time ahead obviously offers advantages to cycle-users planning a trip who need to be certain to have a reserved space. The options identified by TPE are:
Option 1: 4 cycle spaces reservable up to 15 minutes before TRAVEL with no reservation information displayed on the train;
Option 2: 2 cycle spaces reservable up to 15 minutes BEFORE TRAIN DEPARTS FROM ORIGIN with reservation information displayed on train and a further 2 cycle spaces reservable before travel with no reservation information displayed on the train; or
Option 3: 4 cycle spaces reservable up to 15 minutes before train departure from origin with reservation information displayed on the train in full.
Please respond directly to Charlie French at TPE, Charlie is at: Charlie.French@firstgroup.com.
Please reply by mid February.
See here for the full agenda https://getryedalecycling.com/cycle-forum/minutes/