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Scenic Brent Ride report

June 23, 2012 by David Arditti

The weather stayed reasonably good for our Bike Week ride around the scenic, historic and curious corners of the borough on 23 June 2012. 
Eight cyclists took part, all local to Brent and Harrow, including the Leader of Brent Council, Cllr. Muhammed Butt, who is a keen cyclist who commutes by bike most days. 
Apart from a slight problem one rider had with the gears on a Brompton, there were no mechanical issues, and we wound our way around a route that avoided as far as possible busy roads. Paths in Welsh Harp Open Space and Fryent Country Park were muddy in places, but not impassable.
The group at the Welsh Harp, with Cllr, Butt far right, sporting an LCC flag
It happened that Roe Green Walled Garden in Kingsbury was open this day, and we were encouraged to look round by the volunteers there from Barn Hill Conservation Group.
A late lunch was had at the slightly chaotic café in Roundwood Park, where we met up with Paul and Sarah, former Brent Cyclists committee members, with their two children and Bakfiets child-carrying bike.
At Roundwood Park Café
Cllr Butt had to go to a meeting after lunch (he had already attended one meeting earlier, which he had cycled to), and the rest of us continued to Wembley and back to Kingsbury.
Though not a campaigning ride, one or two campaign points were made, particularly about the sad lack of cycling/walking connections around the Welsh Harp, the out-of-date cycling prohibitions in the parks like Gladstone Park, and the severance of the borough by the North Circular. We visited Willesden Old Library, scheduled for demolition, much regretted by many people, so Cllr Butt explained the council's reasoning on this matter (though of course this is not a cycling issue).
Sarah explains the Bakfiets
Cllr Butt was very keen to get more councillors and council employees riding with us in the future. We may be able to arrange a special ride for them at some time, which could have many benefits.
David Arditti

 Brent Cyclists Co-ordinator  



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