Events

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Past Events

York Festival of Ideas: Bizarre Biking
Thursday 13 June 2019
York cycling writer Rob Ainsley reveals Britain’s highest, steepest, scariest, quirkiest, bendiest, wettest and plain oddest bike rides. Join Rob for an illustrated talk featuring photos from his regular route research round the UK for Cycling Plus magazine.  On this journey of discovery, you’ll beat the tide at Holy Island’s causeway before the waves force you into the shelter; get your feet wet as you go through Britain’s longest cyclable fords; and cycle through a pitch-dark, arrow-straight, ghostly canal tunnel. Come along and discover Britain’s steepest cyclable streets and roads. If you thought Rosedale Bank in Yorkshire or Hardknott in the Lakes were the sheerest at 33 per cent, then you’ll need to think again!

York Festival of Ideas: Riding in the Zone Rouge – The Tour of the Battlefields 1919
Thursday 13 June 2019
The Circuit des Champs de Bataille – Tour of the Battlefields – bicycle race was held in 1919, less than six months after the end of the First World War. It covered 2,000 kilometres and was raced in appalling conditions across the battlefields of the Western Front, otherwise known as the ‘Zone Rouge’. The race was so tough that only 21 riders finished and it was never staged again. With one of the most demanding routes ever to feature in a bicycle race, and plagued by appalling weather conditions, the Circuit des Champs de Bataille was beyond gruelling. Many of the riders came to the event straight from the army and had to ride 18-hour stages through sleet and snow across the battlefields on which they had fought.

York Festival of Ideas: Bikes and Bloomers
Tuesday 4 June 2019
The bicycle in Victorian Britain is often celebrated as a vehicle of women’s liberation. Less well-known is another critical technology with which women forged new and mobile public lives – cycle wear. For despite its benefits, cycling was a minefield for women. Conventional fashions were unworkable, with skirts catching in wheels and tangling in pedals. But wearing ‘rational’ cycle wear could provoke verbal and sometimes physical abuse from those threatened by newly mobile women.

Cycle to Freedom: Heaven to Pluto and more
Sunday 7th April 2019
A social cycle ride of around 50 kilometres with Empowered People, for both able-bodied and disabled cyclists. Heading out from Cycle Heaven we follow quiet roads to the planetary trail, with a brew stop at the lovely Naburn Station cafe. Then onwards via quiet lanes to Selby (where we plan to have lunch), before returning along the planetary trail, from Pluto to the Sun, and back to Heaven! Arrival and registration 10am. Departure 10.30am. Return around 3pm. Empowered People will provide support for the ride, and any disabled riders will be teamed up with at least one dedicated support-rider. Please bring your own packed lunch and a water bottle for the ride. Unfortunately we are unable to take children under the age of 16 on this ride. Please note cycle helmets and high-vis tabards are required for all riders on this ride, to meet the conditions of Empowered People’s insurance policy.

Venus to Velodrome
Wednesday 27th March 2019
Out along the riverside to the Millennium Bridge and through the Stray to the University. A quick look at York’s OTHER scale model of the planets (not the railtrail one!) and an observatory that’s helping in the search for exoplanets. We carry on through the campus to Heslington East, the University’s shiny new development – a little bit of the Netherlands in Yorkshire! We might be able to go on the closed cycle track, and can have a look at the velodrome, before enjoying a quick soft drink or cheap and tasty meal at the Piazza, the student canteen that welcomes the public.

Talk: Slow Down, you move too fast. You got to make the cycling last
Thursday 14th March 2019

Dr Cosmin Popan is author of the book ‘Bicycle Utopias. Imagining Fast and Slow Cycling Futures’ (Routledge 2019). He is passionate about ‘slow cycling’ and believes we’d all benefit from dropping the pace and savouring the ride. Based at Manchester Metropolitan University, his research investigates how we can make our cities both ‘liveable’ and low-carbon. Come and hear why he thinks cycle superhighways are bad news, and why the future is slow…
The talk will be followed by a short update from York Cycle Campaign, to keep members abreast of what we have been up to of late.

AGM with talk from special guest; Carlton Reid
York Cycle Campaign were excited to announce Carlton Reid as the guest speaker at our AGM, with his talk ‘Taking Cycling Mainstream’.
Carlton is the author of Roads Were Not Built for Cars and Bike Boom, both for Island Press of Washington, D.C. He’s also the founder of BikeBiz.com, and recently won the transport journalist of the year award in the Press Gazette’s British Journalism Awards for Specialist Media.

Film night with South Bank Community Cinema
Friday 19th Oct 2018
We teamed up with the South Bank Community Cinema to bring you a showing of Belleville Rendez-Vous; a French animated comedy classic with cycling to boot. Read a review of the event here.

Cycle to Freedom
Sunday 16th Sept 2018
A social cycle ride of around 50 kilometres with ‘Empowered People‘, for both able-bodied and disabled cyclists.

Imagining the Impossible: Life without cars – with York Festival of Ideas
Saturday 16 June 2018
Adventure cyclist Josie Dew shared her exploits and experiences travelling around the world and UK. Catch Up

Cycling City: Why aren’t we there yet? – with York Festival of Ideas
Wednesday 13 June 2018
Dr. Rachel aldred gave us her view on cycling, and the challenges facing it in this country. Catch Up

What Makes a Good Cycle Route?
Saturday 14 April 2018
We teamed up with My York Central to see what makes a ride pleasant or unpleasant. Catch Up

Building the Solar System
13 February 2018
Peter Thompson showed us how the popular Solar System ride south of the city was created.