Come on get on your bike and join us!

SPOKES is the local cycle club for South West Hertfordshire, formed to encourage cycling by organizing rides and campaigning for better and safer cycling routes.

SPOKES campaigns both to get better conditions for cycling in South West Hertfordshire and to encourage more people to enjoy cycling. You are welcome to join our rides or help us out with campaigning.

If you are a SPOKES Member and want to join us on a ride then just turn up at the stated start point. Our three month programme of rides is published on this website, in the SPOKES quarterly newsletter, on Let’s Ride and on Facebook (one week ahead).

Non-Members are welcome to join our rides but please book on Let’s Ride and, after 2 or 3 rides with us, we would encourage you to join SPOKES. We have weekday and weekend rides starting from various South West Hertfordshire locations.

Joining the SPOKES Facebook Group enables you to see updates on rides, reviews of our rides and contribute to the SPOKES cycling discussion but it does not make you a Member of SPOKES.  If you wish to join SPOKES, we would love to have you – it is only £12 a year and benefits include a newsletter four times a year and discounts at local cycle shops.

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Rides and Events

Do keep checking this site as new rides do get added.

Ride Speed Guide

Slow: Gentle pace up to 8 mph
Medium: Average pace of 9 to 11 mph
Fast: Faster than 11 mph

COVID 19 and SPOKES Rides

Our rides are planned taking account of government and British Cycling Guidance. We are monitoring the guidance and adapting to changes. Current arrangements below, valid up to 21 June.

  • Rider numbers on each ride will be limited, up to a maximum of 15, as agreed with the Ride Leader and published on Lets Ride etc.
  • Riders must be pre-booked on Lets Ride and riders must include a contact phone number in their Lets Ride Profile so it is available via the Ride Register, for track and trace purposes.
  • Ideally, please ensure the NHS Track and Trace App is on your phone and with you on the ride.
  • Each rider must take a note of the Ride Leader’s phone number at the start of the ride in case a rider subsequently needs to provide contact information to Track and Trace staff.
  • Riders must be socially distanced throughout the ride (1 metre when riding, 2 metres when not on bikes).
  • Refreshment breaks when indoors, are subject to the rule of 6.
  • Government Covid guidance and rules must be followed at all times (e.g. face masks must be worn inside buildings such as public toilets and hand washing guidance must be followed.
  • Please carry sanitiser for your hands.
  • Ensure you carry all you need to repair your bike if needed e.g. spare tube and any tools needed in case of a puncture.  Do not share equipment etc. with other riders.
  • We all have a duty to protect each other and members of the public so please take particular care when riding, be aware of your surroundings, particularly pedestrians and respect the socially distancing rules. Be particularly careful on shared walking/cycling paths.

Guidance Updated 11 May 2021


Tue
10
Aug2021

Tuesday Ride

Destination Shenley

Meet at The Harvester (outside), Baldwins Lane, Croxley

Find out more...

Thu
12
Aug2021

Ebury Way and Abbey Way         

Destination St Albans

Meet at The Cafe in the Park, Aquadrome, Rickmansworth

Find out more...

Tue
17
Aug2021

Cycling Campaign Meeting

Contribute to SPOKES local Cycling provision campaigns

Meet at The Red House Pub, Watford Rd, Croxley Green, Rickmansworth

Find out more...

Wed
18
Aug2021

Viking Trail - SPOKES Day at the seaside.

A cycling day out on the Kent Coast

Meet at Forecourt, Watford Junction Station, Station Road

Find out more...

Thu
19
Aug2021

Thursday Short Ride

A leisurely, social ride.

Find out more...


More rides…

Newsletters

Read the latest newsletters online.

Issue 108: Summer 2021


Issue 107: Spring 2021

25th Anniversary Edition!

Issue 106: Winter 2020

Back in August, riders on the “Two Green Rings Ride” had to cycle around two Read more

Issue 105: Autumn 2020

Peter Gibbs leading his first SPOKES ride

Issue 104: Spring 2020

Where can you go with SPOKES?

Issue 101: Summer 2019

Is this the real life or is this just fantasy?

Issue 100: Spring 2019

Are you ready for spring?


More newsletters…

 

Campaigning

SPOKES campaigns both to get better conditions for cycling in South West Hertfordshire and to encourage more people to enjoy cycling.

The Ebury Way

After recent changes to the Rickmansworth end of the Ebury Way, SPOKES Chairman Roger Bangs Read more

Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans

On October the 6th, 2020, Watford Borough Council, Three Rivers District Council and Hertfordshire County Council Read more

Watford Cycle Tour – Proposed Watford Green Ring

After the previously mentioned Watford Cycle Tour, the campaigning team produced a short presentation showing Read more

A short cycle tour around central Watford

Locations of special interest for cyclists.

Recent changes to the Lower High Street, Watford

To Ralph Sangster, Cabinet member for Highways, Hertfordshire County Council.

The proposal for the Reach Free School

Comments on access and transport for the Reach Free School.