Date and time: Sunday, 28 May 2023 09:15 – 16:00 BST
Start point: Chestnuts Park Cafe – 300 St Ann’s Road London N15 5RP
Join our feeder ride from Chestnuts Park cafe at 09:15 for a safely 7-mile marshalled ride to join the London FreeCycle ride taking place in Central London.
We will ride via Cycleway 1 (C1, formerly CS1) to Bank (Cornhill), from where riders can enjoy an 8-mile car-free route around central London.
You are welcome to ride back with us at 3pm from Cornhill to Chestnuts, or make your own way home by bike or train.
Please note that the feeder rides from Haringey and back are suitable for more confident riders, able to ride a total distance of around 20 miles. For the feeder rides, please have at least one adult accompanying every two children.
The FreeCycle route passes some of London’s most famous landmarks, including St Paul’s Cathedral, Somerset House, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and the Houses of Parliament.
This year’s event will also include two Festival Zones, located at Bank and St Paul’s, where riders can stop for mechanical help, food and drink and enjoy activities such as music, games and face painting!
For the ride back to Chestnuts Park, we will gather at Cornhill near Bank Station at 3pm and ride back to Chestnuts Park.
Please ensure that your bikes are in good condition, with pumped-up tyres, and that you have sufficient drinks and snacks to keep energy levels up. If, after registering, you find that you are unable to come, please cancel your place so that others can come.
Below is the basic information we think you need to know before joining the cycle ride. If there’s something you’d like to know that isn’t covered here, get in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org).
How easy is the ride?
The ride is at a leisurely pace. We will proceed at the pace of the slowest riders, who we will encourage to be near the front of the group.
Accompanied sensible children, who are able to ride 20 miles in total, are welcome – please stay with them throughout and alert a marshal immediately if you become separated. We will definitely be on roads with other traffic, so please keep on the right hand side of your children. Please note it is therefore NOT suitable for very young or unaccompanied children under 18.
What should I wear?
We’re happy for you to wear whatever you want. However we do recommend you bring a waterproof jacket, gloves and any other clothing/sunscreen suitable for the weather on the day. If you want to wear a helmet or a hi-viz jacket that’s fine too but we don’t insist on either.
Is my bike suitable?
This ride is suitable for a range of cycles. If you are in doubt about the suitability or roadworthiness of your cycle, there are a number of cycle shops in Haringey that can assist you.
What should I bring?
Basic equipment you may wish to consider bringing on the ride:
- a spare inner tube to fit your bike
- a bike pump and tools that fit your bike
- lights if there is a possibility of them being needed
- drinks and snacks
- a lock
What do ride leaders do?
All our rides are led by a ride leader who will try to, where possible, keep groups together and try to ride at the pace of the slowest. Ride leaders are experienced Haringey Cycling Campaign members. They are qualified mechanics, first aiders, and cycling instructors.
Ride leaders are responsible for planning the route and directions during the ride.
Our ride leaders are supported by several marshals who help keep the group together and help the group pass through junctions. You’ll always find a marshal at the back of the group, making sure no one gets left behind.
Individual riders must take responsibility for:
- checking the information given for the ride, so that you can judge that you are capable of completing the ride
- informing the ride leader if they have any medical conditions that are important for the ride leader to know about
- providing the ride leader with their phone number and details of an emergency contact
- the road-worthiness of their bike
- their own personal safety on the road
- complying with the highway code
- carrying enough refreshments
- the safety of any children with them
- listening to, and following, ride leader and marshal instructions.
- informing the ride leader if they wish to leave the ride (so we don’t end up looking for you)
- any loss or damage caused (e.g. scratching the paint on a parked car) *
* If you are an LCC member, your membership includes third party insurance which would cover this. We strongly recommend all cyclists have some sort of third party insurance cover. We’d recommend joining the London Cycling Campaign as the best organisation for leisure and utility riders in London.
Please do not turn up to this event if you are displaying symptoms of Covid-19.