Today myself and my partner attended a Sustrans Level 2 Ride Leader Training Course, which took place at the Moreton Hall Community Centre, in Bury St Edmunds. We had a fun day learning about how to compile the ride plan and risk assessment, how to lead a small group and then putting it to practice. I’m pleased to say we’re now both qualified Level 2 leaders — which will allow us to take groups of up to 16 people on quiet roads and traffic free routes.
Today I attended a Group Coordinator Training Day in Ipswich. We had various activities and presentations on different aspects of our role, including recruitment, safety, and group plans. It was really good to meet up with other Group Coordinators from the East of England region and learn from each other’s experiences.
Today I attended a regional Sustrans Volunteer Day at Westgate Church Hall in Peterborough. I travelled there by train with my bike from Thetford.
Booking bikes on East Midlands Trains proved to be an interesting experience. A week after my initial request, I received a reply saying that I had a space booked on the outbound service I wanted, but that the return one was already full. They said that there was however space on the next train back, and would I like to book that instead. I replied yes, but then didn’t hear anything else back from them. It turned out not to matter though. On the outbound service I found a reserved ticket on one of the bike bays. On the return journey I came back on an earlier train anyway, and there was enough space for me to fit in. (Despite the bays saying that there’s only room for two bikes, you can easily get three in the space if you park them carefully.)
The first half of the day was a group cycle ride around some of the local NCN routes. We left and joined NCN 12 and then NCN 63 heading west past the rowing lake. We then turned south on RCN 21, before returning via NCN 53.
After a good buffet lunch, we had some talks about the work of Sustrans and future developments, and then attended one of several different training sessions. I opted for the one about working with the media.
All in all, it was an interesting day out, and it was good to meet up and chat to lots of other Rangers and Sustrans staff.
I went out for my first official ride today with the Norfolk and Suffolk Area Manager for Sustrans. We followed the section of Regional Route 30 that I’ll be looking after from Thetford to Weeting.
We spotted that there was quite a bit of signing work needed in Thetford itself, and a few places elsewhere that would benefit from some additional signs.
We also found that the off-road section along Harling Drove Road just east of Weeting was too sandy to be suitable, and so started thinking about alternatives.