Good news for #rdg – £20.7 million for affordable transport

This money is tied very specifically to sustainable transport so won’t affect our general, very difficult, budget decisions, but it can be used to push forward Reading’s partnership with residents, neighbouring authorities, the NHS and business to encourage sustainable travel.  This will be good news for cyclists and pedestrians especially those needing …

Cycling posties – update

Regular readers of my blog (all one or two of you – hi Mum!) will remember I proposed a motion to Reading council in June that was passed unanimously (amazingly given what else went on that night…) offering support to the “Keep Posties Cycling” campaign.  Well they’re now getting somewhere, …

Keep posties on bikes!

I’ve just written a letter to royal mail’s new chief executive, whoever that will be, asking them to reverse the proposal to phase out bike postal deliveries.  It’s a decision that seems wrong on so many levels.  I know that in Whitley ward  – from experience of visiting constituents and …

Accessible cycling

Just wanted to give a quick plug to this.  If you or someone you know would enjoy the opportunity to take part in accessible cycling, the majority of participants are disabled children, then get in touch with Helen – she’s a very friendly, welcoming person and loves giving people the …

Isle of Wight and bailing out

Spent Saturday cycling with some work colleagues round part of the Isle of Wight, raising money for the RNLI. Great company and lovely weather.They continued round on Sunday but I bailed out and came home. I feel a bit miserable about that but I wasn’t enjoying the coughing fits while …

Charity ride to Newbury

it in Went for a great bike ride yesterday superbly organised and raising money for an excellent cause – the Reading Women’s centre. Cycled with my friend Anneliese Dodds who is the parliamentary candidate for Reading East. I persuaded her to take a Saturday off the campaign trail – although …

Update on bike ride

Fundraising looks like we’re going to hit £550 – assuming the remaining folks cough up My injury is still outstanding – have been to 3 different people and had three different diagnosises (diagnosi?). However movement is slowly coming back and I’m now able to write on screen for my students, …

Photos

I’ve uploaded photos onto facebook here although of course the most important is the one of us finishing! We’ve so far had £305 online donations which added to the other sponsorship we’ve had and have been promised means we should have raised just over £500! Thank you everyone who has …

more detailed update

Sorry for the delay on this, my hand injury has meant I’ve put off writing as it”s such a pain to type with one hand. So: Aviemore to Alness 3rd August. (65 miles) Probably our hardest day as we first had to find a bike shop to replace Rachel’s back …

We did it!

Not without some further aches and pains but still we’re now home (and dry). Will put up a more full report later but suffice to say it was worth it and we’ll never do it again! Came home to a congraulations sign on our door – top suspects are Grandma …

Lots of ups and downs

It’s been awhile since we updated our blog, so we’re forcing ourselves to stay awake to do this – it’s 10pm! 30 July – we biked from Windermere (Troutbeck) to Carlisle. This was 43 miles. We biked up the Kirkstone pass without too much trouble (very pleased with ourselves), but …

Sunshine between the rain.

Bit of RnR today! We heard the rain from about 6.30am and put off doing the ride from Kendal to Windermere until 9.30, loaded up with waterproof trousers, cagoles and waterproof over-shoes by which time the rain had stopped. Lovely 11 mile ride into Troutbeck and then met up with …

Oh we’re half way there-ere

…oh living on a bi-ike. Hmm that only works if you have been singing Bon Jovi to yourself and have spent more time than is healthy asking your husband “are we half way there yet?” But we are. Thanks for the encouragement everyone – has felt like there’s a whole …

All set!

Well almost set! Our living room is covered in kit that we are about to load up and Joe has nipped out for some paper so we can print off the information pack that we’ve spent hours writing over the last couple of weeks , the bikes have been tuned …

All getting very near now!

All the accommodation is booked, we’ve finalised our kit list (only a few things left to get) booked our bikes in for a tweak and it’s just all beginning to get very real. We think if we can get through the first couple of days we’ll be able to do …

New bikes…

Am off work with a temperature today, hopefully just a virus, but we’ll see. Anyway just an update on training and the new bikes. We picked them up on Thursday and because I was very wobbly on them ended up walking home from Caversham. It’s a very different experience to …

Last week was a bit of a write off in terms of training – following last Sunday’s slightly trunacted ride we managed a 10 miler round the local roads on Tuesday, Wednesday had me in London till late, Thursday we picked up our new bikes (see next post!) and then …

training and ethics

Was in London yesterday for a training course and so was a bit late home so just to keep the schedule up we went for a short ride around Tilehurst and West Reading, about 8 miles. I must be fitter than I was a month ago because there were hills …

Henley

Had a nice weekend with my Granddad and got back in time for an evening ride to Henley as well as a lecture from our taxi driver from our rental car drop off to home about the evils of cyclists and single mums, who appeared to be linked in his …