We need your help to secure funding for two major new cycling schemes for Guildford.

Surrey County Council (SCC) has been awarded £6.4M from Tranche 2 of the Department for Transport’s Emergency Active Travel Fund (EATF). SCC has identified 10 potential projects across the county, costing a total of £7.8M. Given the shortfall, it will be necessary to select which will actually go ahead. Following a backlash against some pop-up cycling schemes implemented in EATF Tranche 1, Dft now requires that Councils show evidence of support from residents before granting final approval.

Of the 10 projects, two are in Guildford:a cycleway along London Road from Boxgrove Roundabout to Burpham; and resurfacing of Dagley Lane between Shalford Park and Shalford Village (part of the Guildford Godalming Greenway). To secure funding for these projects in our town, it is important that we show that there is local support.

Full details on the two schemes and how to support them are given on our website: see the post for 24th November on the home page, or just follow this link:


If you think this email might be of interest to someone you know, please do send it on.

Thank You and Safe Cycling!

The G-Bug Team

WSCC Kit Update – November 2020

I hope you are all keeping active and well during the current lockdown. Let’s hope it will soon be possible to meet up again on club rides.

In the meantime, here’s a quick update on club kit. The latest order has been delivered, with a handful of items still awaiting collection. In addition, we have some items either in stock or available from members, as follows:

Short sleeve jersey.   M, L, XL, 2XL.    £45.00
Long sleeve jersey.    L, XL.    £55.25
Gilet.   M, L, XL.    £50.40

These are all men’s sizes, but due to the very small sizing of the short sleeve jerseys it’s worth noting that the M and L sizes are much more likely to be a good fit for women members.

Due to an error made by Alé in fulfilling the latest order, there is also a potential opportunity for us to make some extra orders of the short sleeve jerseys and gilets. If you are interested in this, and none of the above sizes is right for you, please let me know as soon as possible and it might be possible to add your requirements to a special top-up order.


Across Spain the Roman Way – Paul Gillingham

Just to let you know I’m giving a long-distance cycling talk, ‘Across Spain the Roman Way‘ this Saturday at 2 pm for Globetrotters Travel Club, London, which is available online. It is based on the bike ride my son Joseph and I did across Spain last year.

If you are free and would like to tune in, go to:  http://globetrotters.co.uk/local-meetings/london-meetings/lm-schedule.html  and click on to the Online Meeting for this Saturday (Nov 7th). It’s available to non-members, but you will need tickets for a small donation (£1 to £5). You don’t have to join the club. See the link.

The second talk is by a well-known traveller and expert on Morocco, Alan Palmer.

It’s my first Zoom talk, so fingers crossed!

Very best wishes,


Coronavirus – rides cancelled until further notice

As everyone is aware, from Thursday 5 November 2020 we once again enter a national lockdown.

This means that all organised WSCC rides from this date are cancelled until further notice.

We are, however, permitted to cycle alone or with one other person, who may be someone from another household.

If you do wish to cycle with someone else from the club please feel free to organise this informally between you, and to use the existing WSCC channels, i.e. WhatsApp, Spond or email if you consider that helpful.

We all hope of course that the national lockdown has the desired effect and that it will not be too long before we are able to resume the regular organised rides that have worked so well under the Rule of 6.

We will keep you informed of any changes, but in the meantime take care and keep safe.

WSCC Rides Update 11 September 2020

With the increase in the rate of Covid infections and the new “Rule of 6” regulation being introduced by the UK Government from Monday 14 September, we have been looking at how to revise the approach to WSCC club rides. The key principles are:

  • In the short term, we propose to limit all club rides to no more than 6 participants. This will require the larger club groups to arrange multiple rides (see further below), with non-overlapping start points and stops.
  • As the rules and requirements surrounding the latest Government regulations become clearer, and Cycling UK develops its guidance, it might well become possible for us to benefit from the exceptions for organised sport and to increase ride groups to 15. If/when that occurs, we will consult with WSCC members to assess whether there is an appetite to do so.
  • It is of course up to each individual to decide, based on their own circumstances, whether they feel comfortable participating in group rides.
  • It is essential that we all adhere to good standards of hygiene and personal distancing and the wearing of face masks indoors (e.g. at coffee/lunch stops).
  • Anyone who experiences, or who is living with someone who exhibits symptoms of Covid should stay at home and not participate in club rides.
  • In order to meet track and trace requirements, we should maintain a register of all ride participants.

It will take some time for us to adapt to these new requirements, so the arrangements we are putting in place should be seen as a work in progress, subject to revision.

Our smaller ride groups should be able to work within these new restrictions using existing informal arrangements. For our larger groups (notably the Midweek Wayfarer groups) we plan to use the “Spond” smartphone app (click here) in order to advertise and administer ride attendance. Details of the new WSCC MW Spond group will be communicated to members of the google mail group shortly. Spond is used successfully by other local cycling groups including Dorking Cycling Club, and we believe it will provide the functionality we require, and be easy to use.

We will post further details in due course.

If you have any questions or comments on the above, please feel free to contact me or any other member of the committee.