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Bike Train for Lewes bonfire

On 1 Nov 2016 at 8:33am Bike Train wrote:
The annual Bike Train from Brighton to Lewes on the 5th is happening again, the organisers saying they expect up to 500 people. God only knows where they think they can park their bikes but this is surely an incredibly dangerous proposition, arriving at 6pm. Who in the police can be contacted to ensure the road closure for bikes happens at the Kingston Roundabout, not any closer to town?
On 1 Nov 2016 at 8:58am Jeff wrote:
The bike train is a great idea.
Is it really that dangerous? Really?
At least some people from outside the town will be able to enjoy it.
On 1 Nov 2016 at 9:08am Billy Bull wrote:
500 people looking to park their bikes or keep coming into town after the processions have formed up and when all the roads are closed. Sounds safe to me.
On 1 Nov 2016 at 9:24am Jeff wrote:
If the roads are closed and the trains aren't running it's not going to be that crowded so there'll be plenty of room for them
On 1 Nov 2016 at 9:42am menthal wrote:
another bunch of people who are not welcome. take the bike train elsewhere
On 1 Nov 2016 at 9:50am Driver wrote:
Let's hope that the Police confine these cyclists to the the lanes provided for them, in order to keep the A27 safe for traffic not interested in and bypassing Lewes.
On 1 Nov 2016 at 6:18pm Bonfire pedestrian wrote:
Is it true there could be 500 bikes piling into the town? Where do they expect to leave them?
On 1 Nov 2016 at 6:52pm menthal wrote:
Lights Scrap yard?
On 1 Nov 2016 at 9:03pm Bike Train Organiser wrote:
Saturday 5th November
Remember, remember.... getting to Lewes Bonfire can be tricky by rail, bus or car and not half as much fun as our totally massive and amazing annual Bonfire Bike Train.
Two mass rides departing from:
- The Level at 3pm and 5pm (assemble from half an hour before departure)
- University of Sussex (Falmer Hs) at 3.30pm and 5.30pm (including time for pre-ride briefing)
3 x RETURN RIDES will depart from Lewes Prison on Brighton Road, at 11pm, midnight and 1am.
 We're expecting a few hundred people to join the two outward rides. We'll snake our way through the darkening Downs with amber-flashing lights and a fleet of sound systems to clear the path ahead.
The distance is about seven miles. We'll cycle at a gentle pace along the A270 & A27 in a two abreast formation, taking up one lane of road space,  so we can chat as we ride along.
Bikes can be parked at or close to Lewes Prison, on the way into Lewes. Participants are advised to not take their bike further into Lewes and to walk as the streets get very crowded and processions are routed along the main roads.
Please bring a road-worthy bike with lights.
(basic tools, bike pumps and assistance will be available at The Level and at University of Sussex)
If you are interested in helping as a steward, please do get in touch.  Briefings will take place at 2pm and 4pm on the Level
On 1 Nov 2016 at 10:00pm angel wrote:
prisons in lockdown though ? how you going to park the bikes there ?
On 2 Nov 2016 at 6:00am Resident wrote:
" A fleet of sound systems to clear the way. Taking up one lane of road space and Parking at or close to Lewes Prison"
What an arrogant ill thought out scheme.
The thought of hundreds of drunk students wobbling home down the unlit A27 does not bear thinking about. What's the point of building cycle lanes if the "organisers" are too stupid to use them?
On 2 Nov 2016 at 6:13am Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
I wonder how long it will take them all to get through the crowds on the high street while pushing a bike?
On 2 Nov 2016 at 9:13am Wtf wrote:
Looks like great fun.
Be safe on the roads young people. Don't drink too much and drop a few quid in the charity collection boxes whilst you're in Lewes.

Watch the video »
On 2 Nov 2016 at 12:29pm stevied wrote:
Excellent idea - but what's wrong with using the cycle path?!
On 2 Nov 2016 at 2:03pm They know it all wrote:
"Processions are routed along the main roads" - anyone with a semblance of knowledge knows this is not the case, they are risking serious collisions and problems if they think they can't meet a procession on a side road ....
On 2 Nov 2016 at 3:40pm Lewes resident wrote:
Why should bikes be able to use the roads?walk !!
On 2 Nov 2016 at 10:40pm Maria wrote:
Parking their bikes by the prison? Part of Southover's route where they are going to be held up.
On 3 Nov 2016 at 8:50am Smuggler wrote:
Yeah, a load of bored Bonfire boys with time on their hands, standing around loads of no doubt irresponsibly parked out-of-towners bicycles...what could possibly go wrong..? ;-)
Bring your own bike spanner and superglue...... let the fun begin....
On 3 Nov 2016 at 12:30pm JOELEGGZ wrote:
For the greater good. ...

On 3 Nov 2016 at 12:51pm JOELEGGZ wrote:
Ironically Mr Fisher may have added a few more people to the bike train. This is due to a screenshot of his post making it's way around south East noticeboards. Maybe someone could explain to him about the Internet. FOR THE GREATER GOOD!!!! Btw your page has slowed dramatically , may be all that extra incoming traffic

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