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!
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.
Would 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and they’ll get back to you.
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:
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!
As 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!
On Monday 22nd September, taking advantage of the Labour Party Conference being in town, Greater Manchester Cycling Campaign organised a Space4Cycling mass ride from All Saints’ Park to Barbirolli Square, just by the Manchester Central conference centre. As you can see in the picture, a good number of cyclists attended and some short speeches were given by various Labour councillors, from Manchester and further afield, in support of increasing the per capita expenditure on cycling from below £10/head to the ‘Dutch level’ of about £20/head. Sceptical noises from the crowd notwithstanding, the event was good-humoured and drew a lot of attention from passers-by in the city centre.
500 people joined us and the other Corridor Manchester partners on 18th June outside University Place for a great day of awareness-raising, freebies, tips, bike maintenance and auctions. Please have a look at the pictures here.