Dartford Crossing by Bike

In recent months the procedure relating to cyclists wishing to use the Dartford Crossing has changed, the current procedure is shown below.

Cyclists are prohibited from using the A282 Dartford – Thurrock River Crossing, however there is a free-of-charge service to cyclists who wish to cross the river between Essex and Kent.

This service is available 7 days a week at specified times only.

These are
3am – 9am
10.30 – 2pm
3pm – 9pm
10.30 – 2am

This is a Free of Charge service to cyclists who wish to cross the QEII Bridge or use the Dartford Tunnel to travel between Kent and Essex.

Please report to the Essex Point (accessed via the dedicated cycleway adjacent to the M25/A282 clockwise Junction 31 entry slip road), or to
Kent Point (accessed from Crossing Offices roundabout, south orbital road DA1 5PR)

On arriving at either of these points use the yellow phone to request a pick-up. A suitably equipped vehicle will arrive to transport you, and your cycle, through the crossing.

CTC Photographic Exhibition. Sat 4th March

West Kent 75th Photographic Exhibition at Methodist Church Hall, Otford on Saturday 4 March.

We open at 5.30pm for viewing with the Presentation of awards and talk from 7pm. The illustrated talk ”Adventures & Discoveries in Scotland” is presented by our own Meridian member Mike Wakefield, who has travelled widely in Scotland and who is organising another holiday for us in Dumfries from 25 June to 2 July.

Many of you will seen the details on the flyer, that I have been distributing at coffee meetings. 96 photos will be on display including 23 A4 prints. The judge is Keith Evans FRPS. The digital images will be projected with commentary after the talk and refreshments.

I, (or Peter Scott), have tickets at £5, or pay £5.50 on the door. I will see you on the 1st March as I will be in Scotland next week! You may order ticket on the Blog or email me : peterhwoods@msn.com

Peter Woods

Computer Aided Route Planning

Tues 28th Mar

The intention is to provide worked examples of route creation using some of the different route creation software packages. Whether a created route is transferred to a device, printed as a map or a turn sheet – the principles of route creation are the same.

What we also intend to do is show how routes can be shared between individuals and how to transfer routes to and from a device.

Heather Sim’s son Simon has been approached and agreed that we can use the facilities at Grange Park School, Borough Green Rd, Wrotham, Sevenoaks TN15 7RD. The school has Wifi and so you can bring laptops or other devices in order to work through demonstrations.

The event on Tuesday 28 March starting at 5 pm. Tea Coffee and biscuits will be available courtesy of Heather and Cathy

A charge of £2 will include refreshments and enable us to purchase something for the staff as a way of thanks for the use of the facilities.

The session will end at 7pm anyone wishing to retire for further discussion at the local hostelry will be welcome.

If you have any issues with route creation or file sharing do come along. If you haven’t already given your name to me (eMail ref No 125) or Ken Dean (No 2) let us know.

Agenda
5pm 28th March
Grange Park School, Borough Green Rd, Wrotham, Sevenoaks TN15 7RD

1. Introduction Paul/Ken
2. Router Planning using Basecamp Malcolm McIntyre
3. Route Planning using Ridewith GPS
and Garmin Connect
GPX or Tcx – what’s the difference?
Ken
4. Route Planning using BikeHike
Saving & sharing files
Paul Godfrey

Paul/Ken

Changes to Committee

committeeFollowing on from the recent AGM at Swanley, Barry has stood down; John Ropkins and Bob Craig were co-opted onto the committee.

 

We now have two more pairs of ears to harangue with ideas and suggestions!