The Blooms are Out

Bikes in Bloom was very pleased to find our local council has installed three more cycle parking stands on one of Bath’s lovely local shopping streets, Moorland Road. This has cheered us up greatly, as the good residents of Oldfield Park do like to cycle to do their shopping, and the existing three stands are often full.  Now you can pop into Francis DIY, Stokes the green grocers, the Oldfield Park Bookshop, Bath Bakery and the many other delightful shops without fear there will be no room on the racks.

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But what really made our day on Saturday was to find this beautifully adorned bike, with blooms and bunting, making use of the new facility. As if this wasn’t enough to cheer the spirits, a little further on, past Velo Lounge, was another blooming bike, this one with a simple string of white roses, very stylish.

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If you’d like some flowers for your bike, just get in touch with Bikes in Bloom at bikesinbloom@gmail.com

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The Spring Has Sprung

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It definitely feels like spring; blue skies, blossoming trees and not so much of that wet stuff around our feet. If you haven’t been braving the floods and down pours over winter, now is a great time to get out those bikes.

 The Daniels had the right idea; they got in touch with Bikes in Bloom on bikesinbloom@gmail.com and came round to buy some flowers to brighten up their bikes, and don’t they look blooming lovely. We’re looking forward to seeing your lovely bikes around and about in Bath. Happy spring cycling!

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Memorial Ride for Jake Gilmore

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We wanted to let you know about a ride on Saturday
morning to the ghost bike memorial on Midland Bridge, where Jake was
hit by a car 12 days ago. It has been organised by Nigel from
CycleBath I think and supported by Jake’s family, details below.
10:00am Meet Kingsmead Square
10:15am A small speech explaining what will happen at the bridge.
10:20am set off for the bridge.
10:25am Lay flowers/light candles
10:30am Minutes silence
10:35am Everyone disperse or head back to Kingsmead Square.

The police will close the bridge if it’s needed (judgement call on the day) but for our own safety they don’t want us hanging around on the bridge (which is fair enough).

Pedestrians should make their way to the bridge for 10:20am.

I know the above is very organised but I think unfortunately it has to be.

I have no idea on numbers turning up. This ride is not affiliated with any organisation however CycleBath are helping in the organisation of this ride.
Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1454437094783366/

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Bikes in Bloom at Bath Artisan Market

Bikes in Bloom is really looking forward to this Sunday, May 12th, when we will be at the Bath Artisan Market meeting cyclists, selling flowers and decorating bikes.  Come and see us in the entrance foyer to Green Park Station between 10 am and 4 pm.

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This Sunday’s market it a Floral Spring Special with Bath in Bloom bringing you FREE gardening demos, FREE  planting sessions, a kid’s garden-in-a-seedtray competition judged by the Mayor, animals from Bath City Farm and art, craft, vintage and food stalls. FREE entry!

This Sunday‘s market plays host to over 60 stalls selling the best of the west’s food, craft and vintage treasures.  This is Bath’s mecca for independent traders who create and sell high-quality work and produce; from delicious food, to art prints and cards, to flea market finds like clothes and homewares to unique handicrafts like ceramics, glass, textiles and more.

It should be good, so look forward to seeing you there!

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Time for Another Ride

Anyone fancy joining Bikes in Bloom for another evening ride?

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Friday evening, 3rd May.

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Out on the canal, to the Wheelwrights Arms in Monkton Combe for some good food and a beer. They serve meals and bar snacks and all dishes are prepared and cooked on the premises from local ingredients where possible. Ymmm.. sounds good.

Then back before it gets dark through the Two Tunnels, ( we can’t get enough of those wonderful tunnels), which means you can freewheel from there back into town.

Meet at Green Park Station at 5.30 or Beckford Road canal entrance at 5.45.

But remember ‘Ne’er cast a clout til May be out’

and bring those lights!

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More routes to explore

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The benefits of being freelance is that I can take Annabelle (the bike of course) out for pootle whenever I can. Today was a quiet day, and to beat the Monday blues, I decided to see whether going through the Two Tunnels would be a scary experience. I’m pleased to report that I felt very safe, which is probably due to the route being used by runners, dog walkers, and fellow cyclists.
It was a peaceful and friendly journey – I got advice about turning off to Monkton Coombe, where apparently there’s a new pub to take respite in. The peace came from the quietness of the tunnels and the soothing music that is played about halfway along the longer Coombe Down tunnel.

I’m looking forward to taking a trip to the pub in Monkton Coombe. Would anyone like to join me one evening?

Natalie

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There Was Cake!

Thank you Two Tunnels and Sustrans for organising the ride last night! And thank you Nats for the lovely blueberry and lemon muffins, (we want the recipe!)

P1010952And there was champagne (well Cava) on the Tucking Mill Viaduct.  And there was sunshine and we made it to the Hope and Anchor in Midford for a half of Honey’s cider or Box Steam Brewery’s Tunnel Vision, much more; and back before dark.

Thank you to everyone who made it such a pleasant evening, we’ll have to do it again very soon.

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Two Tunnels Ride Tonight

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Looking forward to seeing at Green Park Station at 5.15 or by the Devonshire Tunnel at Bloomfield Open Space at 6.00. We’ll be the ones with flowery bikes.

And there will be cake and probably more…

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Friday Evening Two Tunnels Ride

The weather’s set fine for Friday evening ride.

Come and join us this Friday 12 April, for a Two Tunnels Group evening ride.

It will be a gentle 4 – 5 miles and could include Champaign and possibly chocolate cake, or even a pub!

Either meet at 5.15 in front of Green Park Station by the Green Park Brasserie, from where we will depart at 5.30 prompt on an off road route up to the Two Tunnels –
Or 6 pm at Bloomfield Road Open Space , by the portrait bench in front of the first tunnel.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Jane

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What a Brilliant Day

What a brilliant day on Saturday….the sunshine, the bikes, the pigs, the music…and the Two Tunnels route.

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Bikes in Bloom sold out of flowers. It was great meeting everyone and seeing so many beautiful flowery bikes. We are looking forward to seeing on your flowery bikes around Bath.

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Wow, the Two Tunnel route is amazing! A short and easy ride through the first tunnel and you pop out into Lyncombe Vale with sheep grazing on the slopes and allotments below. Then through the next tunnel, a bit longer, and you come out in the countryside at Tucking Mill Viaduct with bird song, views across the valley.

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It was so good we are going to do it all again.

Come and join us on Friday 12 April, for a Two Tunnels Group evening ride. 5.15 in front of Green Park Station or 6 pm at Bloomfield Road Open Space. It will be a gentle 4 – 5 miles and could include a pub!

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