Author Archives: Geoff Blunt

LGBT History Month

We helped kick off LGBT History Month in collaboration with All-Out, the LGBT staff network group, by wearing go-faster rainbow shoelaces and ribbons to the cyclist breakfast on 1st Feb.  Thanks everyone who took part!

Merry Christmas!

snow and cycle UMBUG would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year – we’ll be canvassing your opinions and ideas in January to direct our focus in 2017.  Have a great break!

Blindfold cycling and walking event

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is inviting cyclists to take part in a blindfold cycling and walking event on Friday 8 July on Oxford Road.

Only walkers will be blindfolded, so that they can understand some of the challenges blind and partially-sighted people face when they come in contact with cyclists in the streets, crossing a cycle lane or using a shared space.

As the cycleway on Oxford Road is being built, with bus stops being moved and a new cycle lane being laid, the RNIB wants to highlight the importance of making this scheme accessible to all cyclists and pedestrians. The new cycle lane will pass in front of the Manchester Eye Hospital, so it is more than likely that cyclists will meet blind and partially sighted pedestrians along the way.

RNIB will invite councillors, MPs and infrastructure designers to take part too.  They would like you to bring along your bikes and take turns between cycling along the road and walking with a blindfold on.

The activity will also be a good chance for blind and partially sighted people to understand how you feel when cycling on a  road and interacting with pedestrians. RNIB will give you some tips to follow when you meet a person with sight loss while cycling, as well as hearing your views.

For more information, please email alba.detoronozal@rnib.org.uk

Happy New Year! We hope you enjoyed the festive break and found time to get out on two wheels every now and again. The first Corridor Cycle to Work Breakfast of 2016 is happening this week, on Thursday, 7 January at the Royal Northern College of Music.

All cyclists old and new from Corridor Manchester organisations are invited to come along and enjoy the free breakfast, which will be provided from 07:45 – 09:30. As usual, you can register on Eventbrite to speed up your sign-in, or simply turn up on the day. Dave from Revolve MCR will be on hand from 8am onwards offering free bike health checks too!

UMBUG-branded hoodies and t-shirts for sale

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We’ve been asked about UMBUG-branded hoodies and t-shirts by a number of people, so we’re going to get a batch made up.  We’ll need to bulk-purchase, so please place an order with us at the link below before 26th June.  T-shirts will be about £10 and hoodies about £20 – the final figure will depend on the number ordered.  They will have the UMBUG bike logo on the front and “UMBUG University of Manchester Bicycle Users Group” on the back.

 

 

To order:t-shirt

  • Please follow the link to this doodle poll http://doodle.com/fdwteifdmdscwn69
  • FOR EACH GARMENT, please enter your email address and click the relevant garment/size button
  • On 3rd July we will get a quote from the manufacturers and contact you all requesting payment by bank transfer
  • When the hoodies arrive you will be emailed to arrange collection

Sizing guides:

Garment Standard T-shirt Lady-fit t-shirt Hoodie
Size Width (cm) Length (cm) Width (cm) Length (cm) Chest (inches)
XS XX XX 41.5 62 34
S 48.5 69.5 44 63 36
M 53.5 72 46.5 64 40
L 56 74.5 49 65 44
XL 61 77 51.5 66 48
XXL 66 78.5 54 67 52

 

Early sign-up for the Manchester 100 bike ride in aid of the Christie

ImageWould you like to cycle the Manchester 100 bike ride in aid of The Christie on Sunday 6th September 2015?

A great ‘Century’ ride – a choice of 100 mile or 100km route along beautiful lanes through a wide sweep of Cheshire, helping to raise funds for the Christie Hospital. Starting and finishing at Wythenshawe Park, Manchester, the route heads first to Northwich, taking in Delamere Forest and Nantwich (the half way point) for lunch before heading back through Middlewich to the Finish.

Advanced entry fee: 100 km £19.50, 100 miles £20.0

For more details and to sign up online, visit: http://www.bike-events.com/manchester100

Cyclist volunteers required for Manchester Foodbank

Manchester Central Foodbank (http://manchestercentral.foodbank.org.uk) are looking for cyclists to help move food around the city to their distribution centre at the Chaplaincy on Oxford Road.  They have some bikes and trailers for the purpose and are hoping to build a list of people to occasionally help out (they emphasise that it needn’t be a big or regular commitment).  If you’re interested, please get in touch with them at bikes@manchestercentral.foodbank.org.uk and they’ll get back to you.

Bike thefts on campus

There has been a spate of bike thefts on campus, 7 in the last week (correct 12/1/15) – many of which involved cable locks being snipped.  Please do check out the University’s crime reduction page, where subsidised heavy-duty d-locks are available, as well as times & places for getting your frame security-marked:

http://www.estates.manchester.ac.uk/services/security/estates-sevices-ian-ourservices/crimereduce/

Crime Reduction at UoM’s facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/CrimeReductionAtTheUniversityOfManchester/timeline

Velodrome jumble sale

Cycle jumble sale at the velodrome

Sharp elbows required! Cycle jumble sale at the velodrome.

As advertised at the cycle breakfast this weekend, the annual Cycle Jumble Sale at the velodrome in Eastlands was this Saturday (10th) and was extremely  busy.  Apart from the great cycling bargains to look at, the sale area was in the centre of the velodrome and the team pursuit practice.  It was extremely busy – despite the miserable January weather!

Looking back at UMBUG 1000

UMBUG 1000 crowdAs the frosty weather started to seriously bite today, we thought we’d post this video from warmer times back in April – expertly produced by Peter Liddell.  Thanks again to everyone who turned out to celebrate UMBUG’s 1000th member and to Susie Wallace for being such a good sport and giving us an excuse to get together!