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Hadleigh CC 'Just Ride'

Changes to the Highway Code

On 29th January, there will be significant changes to the Highway Code which affect the interaction between drivers and more vulnerable road users, including cyclists. There are no changes to the law, but a hierarchy of vulnerability is introduced, and the rules around riding in groups and taking primary position in a lane have been 'clarified'. I'm not sure that the new text about two-abreast riding in particular is very helpful; it would appear to feed the prejudices of both sides of the argument, but we'll see how it pans out.

A full description of all the changes are set out at Gov.uk, and a summary of the changes from a cyclist's point of view is here at Road.cc.

Review of 2021

2021 has been a remarkably successful year for Hadleigh Cycling Club, despite the problems of Covid 19 that made so much of life so difficult throughout the year.

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The club has hugely improved its online presence through the website and Facebook pages, and we have transitioned the membership admin and club comms by adopting the Spond phone app and Spond Club management system.

Early in the year we teamed up with Hadleigh Town Council and Suffolk County Council to fund and install new cycle parking in Hadleigh, and produce a cycling map of the town and local area, which was distributed in the Hadleigh Community News. The map can be downloaded on the site or a printed copy can be picked up from the Hadleigh Visitor Information Centre.

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During the school summer holidays, we ran a Junior Coaching Session weekly at the Colchester Northern Gateway cycle racing track. This went down incredibly well - not least with the adults, who were able to make use of the parts of the track not being used by the kids!

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Our regular club rides returned, with two rides most Sundays (0800 and 0900) and a gentle Wednesday (not Monday!) evening ride, led by and mainly for women. Now the days have drawn in and the weather isn't so good, there is just one weekly ride at 0900 on a Sunday - weather permitting.

Lastly, we ran a highly successful Sportive - the Gayford Flyer - in September, with 170 particpants thoroughly enjoying the day. The post-ride BBQ and music session at The George helped, no doubt!

For 2022 we hope to build on the successes of 2021. If you'd like to know more, please contact us!