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TOPIC: Bad news for cyclists in Epping Forest

Bad news for cyclists in Epping Forest 1 year 11 months ago #1406

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The Corporation of London is looking at ways of imposing restrictions on cyclists in Epping Forest.

This could include the following:

  1. Paid license to cycle in the forest
  2. More restricted cycle areas
  3. Paid parking
  4. Manned cycle patrols
  5. No night rides

More information can be found here on the local Guardian website

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Bad news for cyclists in Epping Forest 1 year 11 months ago #1407

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Sign the petition here

and read about the response so far
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Bad news for cyclists in Epping Forest 1 year 11 months ago #1408

They will never be able to enforce any cycle restrictions within Epping Forest as it is too big?
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Big White Marin wrote:
They will never be able to enforce any cycle restrictions within Epping Forest as it is too big?

If they go about it in the same way they do in Richmond Park then there will be multiple patrols on horseback and by bike, I experienced this a few years ago when I went riding there.

The policy in Richmond Park is that you are allowed to ride the path (essentially a luxury bridal path) around the perimeter of the park. If you go off this path the patrols are very quick to stop you and escort you back to the designated area.

The danger here in Epping is that if we are complacent about how they may implement it or assume that they won't be able to police it then we will very quickly find ourselves in bad situation in several months time.

Our best plan is to prevent this before it happens and we all end up riding bridle paths.
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When you compare Richmond Park and Wimbledon Common to the bulk of Epping Forest at the same scale there's not that much difference in overall area.

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Right now there seems to be a lot of people against it and from all users of the forest, cyclists, walkers, horse riders. I hear the council are against it. Hopefully it doesn't happen.
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Nearly 8,000 supporters in under a week
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Bad news for cyclists in Epping Forest 1 year 11 months ago #1414

Epping Forest is much more densely forested though :P
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When you compare Richmond Park and Wimbledon Common to the bulk of Epping Forest at the same scale there's not that much difference in overall area.

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Epping Forest is much more densely forested though :P
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Big White Marin wrote:
Dangerous wrote:
When you compare Richmond Park and Wimbledon Common to the bulk of Epping Forest at the same scale there's not that much difference in overall area.

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Epping Forest is much more densely forested though :P


Yes it is, but who wants the hassle of looking over your shoulder or trying to ride around the problem? Much better to be free and able to enjoy wherever you want to ride.
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Place

The rides always start from Chingford Plaines car park (see map below) which is opposite Chingford Golf Course and 5 minutes walk from Chingford Overground Station.

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Time

Be bike ready at the meeting point at least 15 mins before ride start time. Pedals turning at 11am every Saturday morning or 7pm most Wednesday evenings

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Ability

Saturday: medium/fast pace, distance approx. 18-25+ miles, duration approx. 4-5 hours. Wednesday evenings: fast sprint, distance approx. 10-15+ miles, duration 2-3 hours.

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Tools

The forest is full of hazards that can bring an end to your ride, so bring a mini pump, spare tube and multi-tool so we can all spend more time pedalling.

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Essential

It's simple NO helmet, NO ride. Other than that you can wear whatever keeps you warm, dry and happy. But, be warned some days the forest can be extremely muddy.

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Under 35?

No problem, we have regular riders who are 25 years young and some who are 50+. As long as you can keep up you are more than welcome to join us.

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Directions

M25, Junction 26 (Loughton & Waltham Abbey). From roundabouts, follow signs for Loughton A121 & Epping B1393 for 1.3 miles. Take 4th exit at Wake Arms roundabout for Woodford A104 for 2.8 miles. Turn right onto Rangers Road A1069, follow for 1 mile past the Royal Forest Hotel and down the hill. Take the first right onto Bury Road, continue for 200m and turn into the car park (see map below).

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About

MBRO35 (Mountain Bike Riders Over 35) are a social group of riders, not a club. As you may have guessed we are mostly over 35 years of age although some that ride are younger so don't let that put you off.

The group ride on a Saturday morning at 11am in Epping Forest which is to the North East of London. A lot of us have lived around and cycled in the forest for a good number of years and we are lucky to have some regular riders who know their way around the miles of singletrack very well. We ride all year round and usually get a pretty good turn out in all but the foulest weather. We are a sociable group and the emphasis is on enjoyment rather than speed or the mileage travelled. Having said that, the rides can be fairly quick at times and whilst we welcome riders of all abilities you will need a good level of fitness in order to keep up as well as a mechanically sound mountain bike. We ride mostly on the forest singletrack, the narrowness of the trails and exposed tree roots make for some challenging technical riding.

In addition to the regular Saturday rides we also do forest night rides on a Wednesday evening at 7pm as well as occasional away days or weekends. If you prefer your wheels on firmer ground, there is also a strong road contingent within the group that often rides out into the Essex and Hertfordshire countryside on a Saturday or Sunday. The road rides usually leave earlier in the day and head out via High Beech for trips of anything up to 70 miles. Most local rides are followed by a debrief in The Station House pub in Chingford where thanks to a very amiable Landlady we have a place to wash the bikes and store them in safety while we have a few beers and discuss the events of the day. You can also read about some of our most recent rides in the Ride Reports section on the forum.

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