This ride was organised to take place a few days before the local elections as a back up to the ward level campaigning taking place in every borough. Geoff Stilwell led a group of riders from the Sidings to Swiss Cottage Gardens to join the main feeder led by John Chamberlain
John led the group on a route to the start of the ride in Park Lane near to Speakers Corner.
Once on Park Lane we were able to join the ride immediately.
The route was exactly the same as the Go Dutch Big Ride, starting at Park Lane and finishing at Victoria Embankment at about 2pm. A closed road route following Park Lane, Picadilly, Regent Street, Pall Mall, Cockspur Street, Whitehall, to Parliament Square, Bridge Street then along Victoria Embankment to Blackfriars Bridge.
The speakers included Andrew Gilligan (in a photo below) the Mayor’s Cycling Commissioner gave an update on the cycle vision telling us the details and timings of upcoming schemes. You can read his speech in full on hfcyclists website. Other speakers included Ashok Sinha, Rachel Aldred, Anne Kendrick and Natalie Bennett.
After the speeches people gathered together for the return ride.
Photos by Geoff Stillwell. See the complete set on Flickr.