LFNS Route Maps On Android

The LFNS website has recently been updated to better support viewing of LFNS route maps on Android devices. Please help us try out this functionality.

To view LFNS route maps on Android you can now use the built-in Google Maps application. No special LFNS application is required. To download one of our routes into Google Maps first use the Android Web Browser to navigate to our website at http://www.lfns.co.uk and tap through to one of our more recent route information pages. If you’re using Android our website now detects it and displays an Android formatted map link below the route description. Android users no longer see the route map displayed on the web page, which also means the page loads up a bit quicker.

To see an example, use your Android device to check out our most recent Sunday Stroll post.

When you tap on the map link your Android browser should ask if you want to view the content in Google Maps. Answer yes and allow Google Maps to download the route information and display it. Once this is done you can use Google Maps for viewing the route and, if your device supports GPS location, you can navigate to it and along it.

Please give this a try and let us know what works and what doesn’t. We already know there is sometimes a warning about using an out of date Google Maps API Key, we’re working on that one.

When trying things like this out remember that we’re all volunteers here at LFNS and our primary focus is skating. If this works for you then it’s totally brilliant. If it doesn’t – well unfortunately software support happens when and if people can spare the time for it, so please be patient and keep a sense of perspective. Give us useful, constructive feedback and we’ll see what we can do. If you can help with software development and want to contribute, also get in touch.

If you’re an iPhone user please don’t feel left out. One of our skaters kindly donated his time and effort late last year to write an iPhone App for LFNS, which was previously announced. Please try it out, but remember this too has been contributed by a volunteer out of pure good will, so be patient and constructive in your feedback.

The most important thing is that you can still come skating every Friday and Sunday with or without mobile maps, but we hope it works and look forward to skating with you soon. Happy navigating.

LondonSkate Season Opener April 18th!!

Suffering from Easter withdrawal yet? Well we have good news, the next great skating occasion of 2012 happens in less than two weeks: On April 18th The LondonSkate is BACK!!

LondonSkate is the sister skate to the London Friday Night Skate and Sunday Stroll. It runs every Wednesday night at 8pm from April to September. Historically LondonSkate has always been organized separately from LFNS, although there is a massive overlap of both volunteer organizers and participants. Consequently LondonSkate has its own website, http://www.londonskate.com, which we encourage you to bookmark; and its own Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/LondonSkate, which we encourage you to ‘like’ if you want to stay informed of all things LondonSkate.

LondonSkate also operates a slightly different weather call system. LFNS use “Go” or “Rained Off” as weather calls, but LondonSkate uses a “Red”, “Amber”, “Green” system, where “Red” and “Green” are the equivalent of “Rained Off” and “Go”, but “Amber” means “Decide when we get there”. An “Amber” call means turn up if you feel like chancing the weather, if it’s dry at 8pm we’ll skate (and if not, we’ll go to the pub ;-))

It’ll be great to have the band back together once more, so to speak, with all three of London’s weekly street skates back in full swing. Get ready to roll, for the ruckass is coming, LondonSkate season 2012 is almost here!!

It’s Easter Weekend!

IT’S EASTER and that means it’s time for EXTRA LFNS GOODNESS!

JOIN US FRIDAY AT 7 PM – that’s the the earlier-than-usual time of 7 PM – for the LONG GOOD FRIDAY NIGHT SKATE. It’s the Easter special once a year CIRCLE LINE SKATE! Your circle line service is 50% longer than the usual Friday night service, at 18 miles total journey length, departing one hour earlier than usual for a total of 3 hours fun. The LFNS Circle Line Service will be boarding at 7pm from the usual platform at Hyde Park Corner. Departure will be Eastbound, skipping all stops till London Liverpool St where late connecting passengers will be able to join. Service continues Westbound skipping all stops to Craven Terrace, adjacent to Paddington Station, arriving at 9pm. Last departure from Craven Terrace is Westbound towards Notting Hill and Kensington Church St, then returning to Hyde Park Corner at 10pm where this service terminates. This year’s inflation indexed fare increases mean you pay exactly 0% more than last year’s price of £0.00. Yes folks all classes of travel are free on this service, plan your journey now. All ABOOAAARRDDD!

JOIN US SUNDAY AT 2 PM for the flippety floppiest, hippety hoppiest, fluffy pink eared and feather-boa-est EASTER BUNNY STROLL. Break out your bunny costumes and your mad hats, for Easter Bunny Stroll is the first big costume skate of the year. Join all manner of menagerie departing from Serpentine Road in Hyde Park (the usual Sunday Stroll starting point) for a 2 hour jaunt around central London with a half time break. Don’t forget your camera!

JOIN US SUNDAY AT 4.30 PM on the Serpentine Road in Hyde Park for the annual EASTER BUNNY EGG N SPOON RACES. We here at LFNS will be giving away free chocolate Easter eggs … to those willing to skate through a set of cones and back while carrying said egg on a spoon and engaging in near mortal competition with another person doing the same thing. Hang around after the Easter Bunny Stroll to join in. There is nothing quite so satisfying as the crack of an opponent’s egg hitting the tarmac, even if it did require some small bending of the rules. Chocolate shall be spilled, ohhhh yes!

JOIN US ON SUNDAY EVENING AT 7.30 PM for the EASTER BUNNY PARTY at the Smithfield Tavern, 105 Charterhouse Street, Smithfield, London, EC1M 6HR. Skater DJs will lay down tunes into the early hours as bunnies shake their tails on the dancefloor. Come and have a drink, compare war wounds and tell stories about how you crushed the other guy at egg n spoon races. Or get some boogie on. Easter Bunny Party will rock!!

REMEMBER that LFNS is run entirely by volunteers. We have 4 channels of communication – our website at lfns.co.uk, our Facebook page, our Twitter feed, and our – rather intermittent – email newsletter called ‘Week On Wheels‘. Most of our income comes from donations for LondonSantaSkate tickets at Xmas. We don’t do lessons, we certainly don’t charge money for lessons, and anybody claiming we do might be telling you a bit of a fib. So have a care what you do with your money on the Internet.

And finally, if you can’t be skating with us here in London, have a really fab time wherever you are and a REALLY GREAT EASTER!!

 

City Of London

Come play in the city, between moneyed up banks and poor ancient churches. Come play in the city, midst ancient stone walls and glittery glass skyscrapers. Come play in the city, in the beautiful light streets and the dirty back alleys. Come play in the city, in the light, in the dark, above ground and below. There’s adventure out there, if you know where to look …

Alice’s Adventures In Hyde Park

Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the Serpentine beach. So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of drinking a red wine might be worth the trouble of getting up and finding the local Sainsbury’s, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes made an awesome looking magic-slide and halted right by her.

There was nothing so very remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so very much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, “Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be late!” (when she thought it over afterwards, it occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually took an allen key out of its waistcoat-pocket, adjusted a frame bolt, and then hurried on, Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had never before seen a rabbit with either an allen key, or wearing a set of brand new Salomon FSK Detonators with 80mm Crazy Glue Matter F1 wheels.

“How odd!” she thought “Those are indoor wheels! And Salomon haven’t made skates for at least five years!”. Burning with curiosity, she ran across the Serpentine Road after it, just in time to see it zip past a nearby rabbit hole and head off in the direction of Hyde Park Corner.

“Cribbins!” thought Alice. “I’d better get my bunny ears, fluffy tail and provocative but empowering bunny-girl costume on … and find my skates!”

Easter Skate 2012: After six years of this, you ought know what to do 😉

http://www.lfns.co.uk/easter-skate-2012/

New Years Resolution: Skate More?

Got a new years resolution yet? Skate more?

By now you know about our humble offerings, the London Friday Night Skate and the Sunday Stroll. You’ve probably also heard of our sister skate, the Wednesday night LondonSkate (which starts in April). But while all three are awesome they may for whatever reason not suit you. Too hard, or too easy? Too central or the wrong night of the week? Don’t despair, we’re here to let you know there are Other Skating Options(tm).

Sunday Stroll too fast for you? How about the Easy Saturday Skate. A very social 2 laps of Battersea Park on Saturday morning for beginners and improvers, with a coffee or ice cream stop. There’s a website for it http://www.easysaturdayskate.com/ and a Facebook group too http://www.facebook.com/groups/44054001360/.

LFNS too slow for you? Try the LondonSkaters Speed Team. They train several times a week, usually Saturday and Sunday mornings, Thursday evenings in the winter and Tuesday evenings in the summer. Members often also arrange ad-hoc sessions to suit themselves (both on skates and on bicycle). They’ve got a website http://www.londonspeedskaters.com/ and a forum where you can ask questions http://www.londonspeedskaters.com/forums/index.php. It’s free to attend your first few training sessions and decide if you like it.

Want something more intense and interactive? Roller Hockey. Deejay Romeo Robinson writes to inform us the South London Lions roller hockey team are recruiting, check them out on Facebook, here http://www.facebook.com/groups/southlondonlions/

For a more casual game of hockey you can also keep an eye on this Facebook group, they organize ad hoc games in Hyde Park on Saturdays http://www.facebook.com/groups/63267102166/

Feeling a bit depressed? You need suicide – street skating with all the safeties switched off. It’s not for the faint hearted or the unfit, but if you can penetrate the layers of in-joke and hyperbolic comment then this Facebook group is worth a look http://www.facebook.com/groups/ntntwns/. Although it might seem daunting, it’s essentially what our marshals do when marshaling the skate, so it can’t be *that* difficult. But you didn’t hear about it from us.

And finally, of course, you could always become an LFNS marshal. Indeed, we’ve been rather short on female lead marshals for a year or two now, so come on girls keep your end up. Ask about it at our next skate.

Our next skate which is Friday, by the way. Happy New Year!

THREE SLEEPS TILL LondonSantaSkate!!

Roll up, roll up, get your tickets and roll on, the biggest, fabbest, festivest end of the skating year is almost here! Four hundred Santas on skates will take the streets of London THIS SATURDAY 17th of December 2011, from Hyde Park Corner.

Not enough good news? Well here’s some more: this Saturday will see the long awaited and much anticipated return of BOTH the LondonSkate BassFreight AND the LFNS Firebrox music bikes. Not one but TWO bass-heavy music-blaring battle-blasters, arranged in perfect formation with the Thumpers and a constellation of ASBOxes and ASBOmbs larger than have ever been assembled in a single skate before. Were you hoping to hear the herald angels sing this Saturday? Sorry about that, you might have trouble making them out as we NOISE IT UP!

Best of all the weather forecast a few days out is looking NOT PARTICULARLY DISASTROUS. Yes folks, keep your fingers quietly crossed and this year … this year … Mmmmm hmmmm yeaaahh!!

LondonSantaSkate is the only ticketed skate of the year. Get your tickets online at the link below, all money gathered from tickets is put aside to pay for aspects of the skates like the bikes, the radios and brand spanking new marshals vests. No money pays people – everyone who runs the skates does so voluntarily.

The schedule once again:

  • 2pm-4pm – Collect your Santa Suit from The Victoria Public House on Strathearn Place, London, W2 2NH.
  • 4.45pm – Assemble at Hyde Park Corner, the usual Friday night starting spot (Winter Wonderland is blocking the Serpentine).
  • 5pm – Skate departs for a 2 hour jaunt around central London at Sunday Stroll pace. Four hundred Santas on skates do tend to turn heads!
  • 6pm – Half time is at the top of Trafalgar Square. Tell your non-skating friends to meet you here!
  • 7pm – Return to the Victoria Pub, have a drink, collect your stuff and head for the Smithfield Tavern.
  • 7.30pm till late – LondonSantaSkate after party at The Smithfield Tavern, 105 Charterhouse St, London, EC1M 6HW.

In the event of poor weather the LondonSantaSkate party will go ahead on Saturday night as planned, but the LondonSantaSkate will be rescheduled to Sunday 18th at 2pm. Watch Facebook, the LondonSkate website or the LFNS website for updates on the weather call on the afternoon of Saturday 17th.

Online tickets are available here, please buy yours now! – http://santaskate2011.qrickets.com/

Facebook event here: http://www.facebook.com/events/188745861205543/

LondonSkate and LFNS would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Get your ticket, come to LondonSantaSkate and help bring the skating season to its most festive conclusion ever. See you there!

Wicked, wicked, wicked, HO, HO, HO, HO, HOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

10 Sleeps Till LondonSantaSkate 2011!!

Tis the week before Christmas, and all through the park,
Not a creature is stirring, not even a lark…
Ok heck that’s not true, please don’t make me laugh,
Winter Wonderland’s hogging the bulk of the path!

Forget about chimneys, it’s too soon for stockings,
Conventional wisdom says we should be shopping.
Instead here we are feeling all cold and stark,
Awaiting the sounds that will light up this dark.

It was fun at the Vic when we picked up our suits,
There was fire and carpet and friends in cahoots.
It was warm and inviting with beer and good food,
A festive environment for positive mood!

But here in this cold it’s getting quite boring
If it doesn’t start soon we’ll be off home and snoring!
It’s always the same, what’s up with you mutts?
Come on you guys we’re freezing our butts!!!

Finally the sound we’ve been wanting to hear,
A music bike comes to the sound of a cheer.
The sound of worn bearings as they whizz too and fro,
The thump of a BassFreight at last on the go.

Now Roggie! Now Mozza! Now Saffy and Bry!
On Kaisa! On Cat! On Aquila and Joy!
To the Arch reindeer forward, onto the street,
Shake those cute backsides and wiggle those feet!

At last! That took ages! We’re now on the move
In all our red suits we can finally groove.
Reindeers in front, with a Firebrox sled
And portly St Rick-alaus right up ahead!

All down the street a merry cheer rises,
For four hundred Santas of all shapes and sizes.
There’s elfs, trees and ninjas and even … Jack Frost?
Yikes! That slick silver lycra will have mental cost!

Now that we’re moving time actually flies,
A little exertion puts warmth in our thighs.
Watch out! Keep your balance! Stay on top of your skates!
This street’s rather slippery so look out for your mates!

It’s halftime at last – boy it’s cold now we’re here
Ha! Spare a thought for the poor old reindeer!
They dress rather sheer to be looking so fine,
Hope they’ll keep warm with Douglet’s mulled wine!

A photo? Or two? Oh another? Oh alright,
But I’m freezing my backside so let’s not spend all night!
Hug me! Quick, kiss me! Then let’s all go za-zoom,
The Smithfield is waiting and I know they have room!

Inside the Tavern, let’s be warm and have beer!
I’m feeling my toes again now that we’re here.
“I can tell you, you guys, you have no idea
I’ve been waiting for this for the whole of the year!”

Shake your thing, move around, it’s time to get down,
LondonSantaSkate party’s the talk of the town!
We sing from the heart and we mean it sincere:
It’s a crime that this happens only once in a year!

LondonSantaSkate! LondonSantaSkate! Tell you what dude,
We’re tipsy and loud and don’t mean to be rude.
But shout four hundred Santa’s with all of our might,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

… And to quote a well known Xmas character: “Wicked, wicked, wicked! Ho! Ho! Hoooooo!”

LondonSantaSkate 2011 takes place on Saturday 17th December 2011, followed by an after party at the Smithfield Tavern. Full details are online at http://www.londonsantaskate.com, but we’ll repeat them here because we love you that much!

On Saturday 17th December:

  • 2pm-4pm – Collect your Santa Suit from The Victoria Public House on Strathearn Place, London, W2 2NH.
  • 4.45pm – Assemble at Hyde Park Corner, the usual Friday night starting spot (Winter Wonderland is blocking the Serpentine).
  • 5pm – Skate departs for a 2 hour jaunt around central London at Sunday Stroll pace. Four hundred Santas on skates do tend to turn heads!
  • 6pm – Half time is at the top of Trafalgar Square. Tell your non-skating friends to meet you here!
  • 7pm – Return to the Victoria Pub, have a drink, collect your stuff and head for the Smithfield Tavern.
  • 7.30pm till late - LondonSantaSkate after party at The Smithfield Tavern, 105 Charterhouse St, London, EC1M 6HW.

In the event of poor weather the LondonSantaSkate party will go ahead on Saturday night as planned, but the LondonSantaSkate will be rescheduled to Sunday 18th at 2pm. Watch Facebook, the LondonSkate website or the LFNS website for updates on the weather call on the afternoon of Saturday 17th.

LondonSantaSkate is the only skate of the year where we kindly ask for your £10 donation, of which £3 goes towards a Santa suit for you to wear on the night and £7 goes towards paying for web servers, radios,  marshal vests, music systems and all the things we use to run the skates year round. No money goes directly to pay people, we’re all volunteers and no profit is taken from donations received. Even if the skate rains off your donation will fund free street skating for the rest of the year, so it’s worth it.

Online tickets are available here, please buy yours now! – http://santaskate2011.qrickets.com/

Facebook event here: http://www.facebook.com/events/188745861205543/

LondonSkate and LFNS would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Get your ticket, come to LondonSantaSkate and help bring the skating season to its most festive conclusion ever. Then take a break … and bring on the ruckass that will be 2012 😉