For anyone reading this thread who is considering coming along to one fo these Skates.
Do not be put off by recent comments, these are intended to be fun skates (focus on fun). The speed is roughtly equivalent to the speed of a fastish Wednesday skate, with fewer stops at lights. The crucial difference is that there are no marshalls to look after you so you should be comfortable with your own road awareness.
We get to do a lot of things and go a lot of places you would never get to see on a regular streetskate. And it is organised by the community so we get a good variety of styles to our evenings.
We normally do a headcount at the start, quick safety briefing for any first timers (so people understand what is about to go down) and suggest that people pick buddies to keep track of each other.
Our aim is not to lose people as some people do come a long way to take part, and we will wait for people or skate around the block to let people catch up.
If you feel you may get upset or offended if you can not keep up, the skate is not for you. Come back next week and try again. We were all beginners at some point, and all of us have all been through that.
Lets keep this a drama free, and fun skate