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Abingdon Carbon Cutters is a Community Action Group formed to help reduce the carbon footprint of Abingdon in response to climate change, and to promote a sustainable and resilient lifestyle for our town as fossil fuel stocks decline. We meet on the third Wednesday of each month at St Ethelwold's House, which is here.

At some meetings, we have guest speakers to present various topics, and at others we discuss our own personal actions to address climate change. The group has a focus on encouragement, both of one another, and of the town community.

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Bike week update

Abingdon Carbon Cutters held a very successful and enjoyable Bike Week (13th-21st June). We kicked off with publicity stalls by St Nicolas Arch, police security marking of bikes and a number of unusual bikes, including a Dutch bike, a tricycle with a huge trailer, tandems, veteran bikes and bikes for disabled children.

Early on Sunday morning Andy Watt set off for his 6 x round the boundaries ride. See below for the winner of the Frugal Foods hamper. This was followed by a Cycle Treasure Hunt Quiz starting in the Abbey Meadows. The winner is also announced below. After that Andy led 13 or so intrepid followers on a once round the boundaries ride. When we discover his secret energy source we can power the whole of Abingdon and instantly become carbon neutral.

On the Wednesday we gathered at St Ethelwold's to hear James and Jules from Rides on Air in Wallingford demonstrate bike safety checks and to watch an entertaining compilation of cycling film clips prepared by Richard Riggs.

Our last event, on Sunday 21st was a Historic Abingdon Ride, which was led by Mike Ellwood, assisted by Alistair Fear. It stretched from the new proposed Wilts and Berks canal link in the South to Radley Lakes in the North, taking in he Alms Houses, Christ's Hospital, Albert Park and Abbey fishponds, where we learnt many interesting historical facts.

Many thanks to all who contributed to the first Abingdon Bike Week in whatever way, large or small.

Boundary Ride - Andy completed his 6 x round the boundaries ride in 3 hours 50 minutes and 16 seconds precisely. The nearest guess was by Andy Heelas, who guessed 3 hours and 50 minutes and wins a hamper, kindly provided by Frugal Foods. £28 was raised in aid of Sustrans.

Cycle Treasure Hunt Quiz - This was won, after a draw from correct answers, by Edward and Robert Davies, who win "The Bike Book".

Eleanor Dangerfield
Abingdon Carbon Cutters

Thanks to the Abingdon Blog, here are some pictures:

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