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Guernsey Post Ltd invests in fleet of electric postal delivery vans

May 25th, 2017 by Richard Lord

Guernsey Post Ltd now leads the way in electric mobility on the island with the largest fleet of electric vehicles.

The company has had strong environmental credentials for many years.

It earned the ‘Keep Guernsey Green Award’ in 2009 for its biodiversity enhancement work and for improvements to building energy efficiency due to better facilities management.

Letter delivery on the island has traditionally been made on a bicycle.

Guernsey postal workers are admired for cycling up steep hills and delivering the mail on a bicycle in all weathers.

With the Internet causing a decline in the volume of letter delivery and a rise in parcel delivery, push bikes can no longer deliver the volume and weight of packaging, so the company has had to convert many of its mail delivery routes traditionally made by bicycle to van and trucks.

Guernsey Post Ltd fleet of electric Nissan postal delivery vans on 5 May 2017 (click image to expand)

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Celebrate Cycle to Work Week from 22 to 26 May 2017

May 17th, 2017 by Guernsey Bicycle Group

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Guernsey Bicycle Group is proud to support Cycle to Work Week from 22 to 26 May 2017.

It’s the perfect excuse to dust off the bike, pump up the tyres, lubricate the chain (if necessary), and take the bicycle for a spin.

Cycle to Work Week is a great opportunity to join the many Guernsey people who cycle as part of their daily commute.

Nearly two thirds of Guernsey’s population live in the northern half of the island, where the ride to the main areas of commerce is only a few miles away, and over a fairly flat area.

From The Bridge, St Sampson to the waterfront of St Peter Port is a pleasant, mostly by the seaside, ten minute journey on a bicycle, and with no parking difficulties when one arrives on a bike, it can often be quicker to cycle to work this way than to drive.

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Cycling to work offers an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, be more intimate with nature, and perhaps socialise with other cyclists.  You’ll arrive at work more refreshed than if you had sat in a car.

The Guernsey charity encourages people to commute by bike if they haven’t done so already.  Those new to cycling to work may find it a delightful and enjoyable way to start the day, and it may turn out to be a surprisingly fast way to arrive at the office.

The GBG Facebook page has more information on Cycle to Work week.

 

 

2017 Guernsey Bicycle Group summer evening ride itinerary

May 16th, 2017 by Guernsey Bicycle Group

The first Guernsey Bicycle Group summer evening ride begins from Les Douvres Hotel, St Martin. (click to expand image)

The ever popular Guernsey Bicycle Group series of Tuesday evening social bicycle rides return with the first of the year on Tuesday 23 May 2017.

These gentle family-friendly bicycle rides go along many Guernsey quiet country lanes during the long summer evenings.

All bicycle rides begin on Tuesday at 7 p.m. from the following locations.

23 May 2017 – starting and finishing at Les Douvres Hotel, Rue De La Motte, St Martin, Guernsey GY4 6ER

30 May 2017 – starting at the Last Post, Route De St Andre, St Andrews, Guernsey GY6 8XR

6 June 2017 – starting and finishing at The Rockmount, Cobo Coast Road, Guernsey GY5 7HB

13 June 2017 – starting and finishing at Pony Inn, Les Petites Capelles Road, St Sampson, Guernsey GY2 4GX

20 June 2017 – starting and finishing at The Captains, St Martin, Guernsey GY4 6EF

27 June 2017 – starting and finishing at The Imperial, Rocquaine Bay, Torteval, Guernsey GY8 0PS

4 July 2017 – starting and finishing at the Longfrie Inn, St Pierre Du Bois, Guernsey GY7 9RX

11 July 2017 – starting at London House and finishing at The Indian Cottage, South Side, St Sampson, Guernsey GY2 4QQ

18 July 2017 – starting and finishing at The Beach House, Pembroke, Vale, Guernsey GY3 5BY

25 July 2017 – the ever popular bike treasure hunt starting and finishing at The Last Post, Route De St Andre, St Andrews, Guernsey GY6 8XR

At the end of the bicycle ride many people stay on for a drink or a meal.

 

 

 

Night Ride raises funds for Cardiac Action Group & Guernsey branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society

September 18th, 2015 by Guernsey Bicycle Group

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Healthspan’s charity Night Ride organised by the Guernsey Bicycle Group for Saturday 19 September 2015 will raise funds for the Cardiac Action Group and the Guernsey branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The Night Ride provides routes for all ages, abilities and fitness levels.

There are five cycling routes to choose from:

  • family friendly ‘NightRide Minis’ route is a flat six mile ride along the island’s west coast setting out just before sunset.
  • A 10 mile Sunset Cruise to Pleinmont and return to Vazon;
  • A 20 mile circular Twilight Tootle,
  • A 40 mile Roaring 40
  • A 60 mile Nocturnalist route.

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A walk around the main islands of the Bailiwick for holiday visitors

June 25th, 2015 by Richard Lord

A group of 14 from England, France and the Netherlands took a walking holiday around the Bailiwick of Guernsey (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Members of a group of 14 from England, France and the Netherlands booked through hfholidays to take a walking holiday around the Bailiwick of Guernsey (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

On 24 June 2015 fourteen people were passing through Cobo on their way around the entire Guernsey coast.

Through hfholidays, they booked a walking holiday around each island of the Bailiwick of Guernsey.

The couples and individuals from the UK, France and the Netherlands didn’t know each other until they met on the first day of their trip.

They walked around Sark on 22 June, allowed two days to walk around the coast of Guernsey, were walking around Herm on 25 June, and walking 14 miles around the coast of Alderney on Friday 26 June to complete 68 miles in total before returning to the UK on Saturday 27 June. Continue reading

Guernsey Bicycle Group electric bike demonstration a great success

June 25th, 2015 by Richard Lord

Rollo de Sausmarez holding a sign for the GBG electric bike demonstration in Smith Street, St Peter Port on 19 June 2015 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Rollo de Sausmarez holding a sign for the GBG electric bike demonstration in Smith Street, St Peter Port on 19 June 2015 (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The Guernsey Bicycle Group (GBG) organised a very successful demonstration of electric bikes on Smith Street in the heart of St Peter Port from midday to 2 pm on Friday 19 June 2015.

Dan Twaite of Adventure Cycles (left) and Ian Brown of Ian Brown's Cycle Shop with the electric bike models members of the public could test ride on Smith Street, St Peter Port (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Dan Twaite of Adventure Cycles (left) and Ian Brown of Ian Brown’s Cycle Shop with the electric bike models members of the public could test ride on Smith Street, St Peter Port (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Adventure Cycles from St Martin and Ian Brown’s Cycle Shop on Les Banques provided a range of electric bicycles for members of the public to test ride up and down an area of Smith street delineated by traffic cones. Continue reading

Marine dredging firm Van Oord has its own bicycles for Guernsey work

June 23rd, 2015 by Richard Lord

Van Oord's five bright orange bicycles parked outside the Guernsey Visitor Information Centre (click image to expand)

Van Oord’s five bright orange bicycles parked outside the Guernsey Visitor Information Centre (click image to expand)

It is hard to miss the bright orange bicycles in front of the Guernsey Information Centre in St Peter Port.

On first seeing them while traveling along the waterfront one might think that they belong to a new Guernsey cycle hire company.

The bicycles have caught the attention of Guernsey’s cycling community because of their bright colour and attractive design.

On close examination the bicycles, and there are five of them, are labelled as belonging to Van Oord – the Dutch company laying the new long and short sea outfall pipe in Belle Greve Bay. Continue reading

GBG electric bike demo on Smith Street, St Peter Port on 19 June

June 17th, 2015 by Guernsey Bicycle Group

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The Guernsey Bicycle Group has organised an electric bike demonstration at the foot of Smith Street, St Peter Port from midday to 2 p.m. on Friday 19 June 2015.

Adventure Cycles from St Martin and Ian Brown’s Cycle Shop on Les Banques will have electric bicycles for members of the public to try out up and down Smith Street, St Peter Port.

The path for electric bike travel on Smith Street will be marked by cones.

Electric bikes give cyclists the ability to easily climb Guernsey hills and to carry the extra weight of shopping and office papers effortlessly.

They assist with pedaling when the cyclist needs assistance so they do provide the bicycle rider with some exercise.

They have ample battery power to take a rider anywhere in Guernsey on a daily basis with inexpensive overnight charging.

An electric bike is an inexpensive way to commute to and from work and it avoids the hassle of wasting time and money looking for parking.

Driverless car technology expert to give talk in Guernsey on 6 July

June 15th, 2015 by UK Department of Transport

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Driverless pod being tested in Milton Keynes (image courtesy of UK Transport Department)

In February 2015 the UK government gave the green light for testing driverless cars on public roads.

Driverless car technology provides a huge business opportunity as well as many benefits to society from reducing traffic accidents to better traffic management and reduced traffic congestion.

The United Kingdom is recognised as being at the cutting edge of automotive technology with all-electric cars being built in Sunderland and the Formula 1 expertise in the Midlands.

The UK government is funding driverless car projects in Greenwich, Bristol, Milton Keynes and Coventry. The UK government is optimistic that the driverless car industry will be worth £900 billion by 2025. Continue reading

2015 Rock to Rocque Bike Ride on 24 May to aid Les Bourgs Hospice

May 3rd, 2015 by Heritage Group Ltd

The Rock to Rocque Bike Ride, which raises much needed funds for Les Bourgs Hospice, is great fun for the whole family (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The Rock to Rocque Bike Ride, which raises much needed funds for Les Bourgs Hospice, is great fun for the whole family (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The family-orientated Rock to Rocque Bike Ride that raises much needed funds for Les Bourgs Hospice is on Sunday 24th May 2015.

The event sponsored by the Heritage Group has three starting points and starting times.

The majority of bike riders will begin at the top of Val des Terres at 8.45 a.m.  Please note that there is no parking at Val des Terres start point. It is a drop-off point only.

Cyclists can also start by Fort Grey (the Cup and Saucer) at 9.45 a.m. or cyclists can start at Grandes Rocques at 10.45 a.m. Continue reading