Member Spotlight: Baz

We’ve nearly 200 members in the campaign. In August one member, Baz, helped organise a social ride out to explore north of York. He tells us why he’s a campaign member and about the ride.

I am retired and have lived in York for 30 years and have a long background of cycling in York and Yorkshire including several Tour de Yorkshire Sportives and Coast to Coast rides.

My bike is my main form of transport, so it seemed logical to join a campaign which promoted safer and better cycling in and around our city.

A recent road accident involving a me and a car (car at fault) highlighted the need to continue cycle awareness of other road users.

I organised our recent Campaign Social Ride which was about 12 miles using cycle paths and quiet rural roads to the north of York.  I planned and timed the route, leaving enough time for the ‘social’ aspect of the ride in a pub. I was pleasantly surprised to see 20 riders at the start, but managing a large group of cyclists has its challenges; however, most riders enjoyed it and the steady pace suited most.

I felt the ride was a success and I was pleased that no one punctured and I didn’t loose anyone!  The Social Rides are a great way to meet other Campaign members and chat over what issues are important to them.

I am currently lobbying my local councillor in Rural West Ward to support a proposal to improve the currently dangerous and inadequate A1237 crossing over the river and rail lines near Poppleton. I’m pleased that the petition associated with the cycle path improvement is gathering momentum, as I use that route several times a week.

I hope to see many of you on the next Social Ride.

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