With support from the Access Bike Project and The Bike Drop, Cargo Bikes of Stroud organises a monthly family-friendly ‘market ride’. The Bike Drop provide free drinks for cyclists, and Access Bike support the ride by bringing a soundsystem.
The idea is to get together with other local cyclists and build the sense of community, celebrate cycling, push for better cycling infrastructure along the A419 and around the district… and have fun!
The next monthly bike ride is a special ride to coincide with International Womens Day on Saturday 9th March.
Meet from 10am at Brimscombe Mills, ride leaves at approx 10.30am, arriving in Stroud at Access at 10 John St around 11am. Want to ride to Brimscombe from Stroud? Meet at 10 John St at 9.45am and leave at 10am.
For the monthly rides, we ride as a group along the A419 in a group into town, protecting younger and less confident riders and riding at the speed of the slowest rider (taking opportunities to pull off the road to let cars pass when possible).
There may be an event after the ride – full details to be confirmed.
Meanwhile, The Bike Drop will host their Big Bike Saturday from 10am till 4pm – with refurbished bikes available for sale and a kids traffic-free-zone testing area.
Saturday 9th March – International Womens Day Ride (full details TBC)
Meet from 10am at Brimscombe Mills, ride leaves at approx 10.30am, arriving in Stroud around 11am. Want to ride to Brimscombe from Stroud? Meet at 10 John St at 9.45am and leave at 10am.
Monthly ‘Market Ride’ bike rides
Riders meet at Brimscombe Mills (home of the Long Table and other Grace Network enterprises) at 10.00am and can enjoy a free drink, courtesy of the Bike Drop – who want to encourage social rides in the area. Rides leave at approximately 10.30am and head as a group along the A419 in a group into town, protecting younger and less confident riders and riding at the speed of the slowest rider (taking opportunities to pull off the road to let cars pass when possible). We finish in Stroud at around 11.00am. After the ride, riders are welcome to stay and chat at Access at 10 John St (the old Electric Bike Shop), which is open until 2pm.
You are welcome to buy lunch in the market/Stroud and bring it into the space for some time socialising and chatting about Stroud’s cycling community. Some months, there is also an option to ride as a group from Stroud to Brimscombe – meeting at 9.45am at 10 John Street and leaving at 10am to join riders meeting in Brimscombe.
What are the rides like?
“It’s a great way to get to the Farmers Market and not have to worry about parking at the other end. People are coming along who haven’t got the confidence to ride alone regularly, because they’re scared of the roads. But when we’re a group together, people feel safer and can really experience the joys of riding a bike”, said Cllr Beki Aldam, an organiser of the ride and co-founder of the Cargo Bikes of Stroud group.
Nick Adams, who rides a cargo bike and designed the posters for the ride, said, “The monthly ride attracts riders of all ages. It’s fantastic to see families with cargo bikes, older people on electric bikes, and even a dog snuggled into the pannier of one rider. Santa being there [at the December ride] made it extra special for my son this time round.”
Thanks to the Stroud News and Journal for covering the Christmas ride.
We have also hosted a screening of the documentary MOTHERLOAD, and a suffrage-themed ride and women in cycling discussion to mark International Women’s Day, have held social rides around Stroud town, and plan to hold events where people can take bikes on test rides in the future.