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EXTRA! Swarm Ride – SAT 31 Aug

  START: 11:00am Water Tower, Durdham Down DESCRIPTION: A fancy dress ride into the city centre and back to promote the Bristol Botanical Gardens Festival of Bees & Pollination (which takes place the following weekend). Bee suits will be specially made for you, so to be sure of getting one you’ll need to register with Sue Carter 0117 […]

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Nailsea and the Blue Flame pub – Sun 25 Aug

      START: 10:00am Arnolfini DESCRIPTION: A gentle paced Ride that follows the Festival Quietway to Long Ashton to pick up recently completed cyclepaths around the village. The Flax Bourton Greenway leads you on to Nailsea and then we follow quiet lanes to the timeless and unspoilt pub at West End. The return route will be […]

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Discover Bristol: More Cheese Gromit? – Sun 18 Aug

  START: 10:00am Arnolfini DESCRIPTION: A family-friendly cheese and ride party around some of the beautifully painted Gromit sculptures around central Bristol. Bring your own Wensleydale and crackers. FOOD STOPS: Around town. GRADE: Easy LENGTH: 7 miles EST FINISH: 1pm SUITABLE FOR BEGINNERS? Very LEADER: Martin Tweddell CONTACT (on the day): 07748 652674 Guests are very […]

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Two Tunnels Greenway – Sun 11 Aug

  START: 10:00am Arnolfini DESCRIPTION: Following Bristol & Bath Railway Path, with pick-up point at Bitton at 11:15-11:45am. In Bath we continue along the Kennet and Avon canal to our lunch stop near the Dundas Aqueduct. We shortly cross Tucking Mill Viaduct along the line of the Somerset and Dorset Railway and the newly opened cycle path […]

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Cycling Facilities: Paths, Roads, Crossings and Junctions… a Jargon Busting Guide – Sun 4 Aug

  START: 10:00am Arnolfini DESCRIPTION: Easy paced ride looking at separated cycleways, shared spaces, crossing types, bridges and other cycling facilities. Our resident expert will provide commentary on the different examples and we’ll try to establish what is good, bad and indifferent. Much of the ride will be around the central area but will also […]

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Mark and Liz’s ‘No Picnic’ Picnic Ride – Sun 28 Jul

  START: 10:00am Arnolfini DESCRIPTION: Picnic on sea wall overlooking south Glamorgan coast south of Clevedon. The final route is still shrouded in mystery but is bound to please. FOOD STOPS: Picnic lunch GRADE: Medium LENGTH: 40 miles EST FINISH: 5pm SUITABLE FOR BEGINNERS? No LEADER: Liz Daniels and Mark Brough CONTACT (on the day): 07971 628555 Guests are very welcome to […]

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Required Listening: What it Really Means to Go Dutch

    Following the recent fact finding mission to the Netherlands by Bristol City Council, we thought we’d bring to your attention a recent radio interview with outspoken blogger and cycling commentator David Hembrow. What do we really mean when we say ‘Go Dutch’? What’s it actually like to live and cycle around Dutch towns […]

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Rideable Bristol July 2013

  Rideable Bristol short visualisation from Rideable Bike on Vimeo. Our Freedom to Ride manifesto campaign, to make cycling more comfortable and safe for everyone in Bristol, gets a big mention in the latest ‘Rideable’ video. Please keep asking everyone you know to sign.

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Bristol’s Most Bizarre Shop – Sun 7 Jul

  START: 10:00am Arnolfini DESCRIPTION: A very slow paced but long Mystery Ride with many rest breaks. We will be walking and pushing our bikes for some sections. FOOD STOPS: Various stops planned, pub/cafe GRADE: Easy LENGTH: 30 miles EST FINISH: 5pm SUITABLE FOR BEGINNERS? Yes – for energetic beginners LEADER: Reg Brunt CONTACT (on the day): 07807 677251 Guests are very welcome […]

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Top Tube map launched

As part of the Freedom to Ride: Bristol Cycling Manifesto we have produced a dramatic graphic to show how our strategic cycling network will reach into every area of Bristol. It will allow truly connected and comfortable movement around the city by bike. We are working hard to get the councils in the area to commit […]

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Castle Combe – Sun 30 Jun

  START: 10:00am Arnolfini DESCRIPTION: One of a series of picturesque leisure rides originally produced by CTC & S Glos council, now on Better By Bike website. Route via prettiest village in England, Castle Combe & other idyllic villages on edge of the Cotswolds, returning via Dyrham Park FOOD STOPS: Morning tea Westerleigh; pub lunch Neeld Arms, Grittleton […]

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Discover Bristol: Churches – Sun 23 Jun

  START: 10:00am Arnolfini DESCRIPTION: Today we’ll be exploring churches and chapels both ancient and modern from the baroque to the puritanical, from intimate contemplative spaces to the awe-inspiring and covering a broad spectrum of denominations FOOD STOPS: Cafe or pub; bring picnic if preferred GRADE: Easy / Medium LENGTH: 20 miles SUITABLE FOR BEGINNERS? Yes LEADER: Marcus Knights CONTACT (on […]

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Environmental Buildings – FRI 21 Jun

  START: 5:45pm Arnolfini DESCRIPTION: Looking at Civic Society Environmental Award winning buildings with guidance from BCS guest host, Peter Weeks. Information sheets on buildings available. Looking forward to lively & interesting discussions as we view a range of buildings. FOOD STOPS: Pub or cafe meet-up at end of ride GRADE: Easy LENGTH: 10 miles SUITABLE FOR BEGINNERS? […]

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Discover Bristol: Old Railways – Sun 16 Jun

  START: 10:00am Arnolfini DESCRIPTION: Calling all steamheads! Let’s do the time warp down old railways to conjure up a great age. Using old maps and photos we’ll explore disused railways & sites of long demolished stations FOOD STOPS: Decide on the day GRADE: Easy LENGTH: 20 miles SUITABLE FOR BEGINNERS? Yes LEADER: Roy Brewster CONTACT (on the day): 07876 075513 Guests are very […]

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Avon Valley Cycleway South – Sun 9 Jun

  START: 9:00am Arnolfini DESCRIPTION: A long and challenging charity ride to replace the heating at All Saints Church, Long Ashton. Joining Avon Cycleway at Felton, riding two-thirds of loop then back into Bristol. You’re invited to join in the fund raising via the leader, though not compulsory! FOOD STOPS: Pub/cafe stops – decide on the day […]

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