Spokes rides and events
Teynham to Upchurch
Sunday 7 October
Meet 10.30am Teynham station car park
This will be a ride of about 30 miles - some off road - taking in sections of cycle routes 1 and 174. The route will go fairly parallel to the Swale to Upchurch taking in some fine estuary views. The return route will be more inland skirting round south of Sittingbourne and then heading back to Teynham. Fairly gentle climbing except for one steep hill up to Rodmersham Green. Please bring puncture repair equipment, water and food if required. We will attempt to have lunch either in Lower Halstow or Upchurch. Suitable for most bikes except expensive road bikes. Not suitable for trikes and recumbents. Ride leader: Andrew Wyver.
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Cycle friendly Deal gets £98000
Sixteen successful 'fast track’ projects are receiving a share of £6 million Coastal Communities Fund money to help deliver sustainable growth and jobs across the British coast. And one of these is Deal.
Deal has been given a £98,077 grant towards a £106,000 project to create a 'new tourism offer' aimed at families and occasional cyclists to make Deal a cycle friendly town. Funding will support the development of family friendly cycle routes, improved signage and the creation of new cycle maps and guides, plus a new e-bike share scheme.
The 'fast track' projects are 'ready to go’ and work should begin in 2018 to 2019 before the main round funding becomes available in April 2019. More information from gov.uk, the government's website.
Free cycle loan scheme
If you work or study in Kent and would like access to free bicycles to try cycling to and from work or education, then a new cycle loan scheme from Kent Connected could be for you!
The new cycle loan scheme provides free access to refurbished cycles with the aim of promoting active and sustainable ways to travel to and from work and/or education. The cycles are provided through Cycle Community, a Community Interest Company, who take unwanted cycles and refurbish them to be used by the local community.
If you are interested in this scheme and would like more information or to apply, get in touch by emailing KentConnected@kent.gov.uk or visit https://kentconnected.org/info-for/businesses/free-bikes-kent-workplaces-schools.
Kent Connected is a Kent County Council initiative funded by the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund to address peak traffic congestion, improve travel choices and promote more active and sustainable transport modes in Kent.
Swale cycling and walking consultation
Swale Borough Council has opened a consultation on it Cycling and Walking Policy Framework 2018-22.
The council is asking Swale residents and businesses to provide them with details of where they would like to see new cycling and walking routes in the borough, and how the current network can be improved
Swale is at an early stage in developing its proposals and responses to the consultation will help the council develop their ideas.
Consultation documents and a questionnaire can be found on the council's website at https://www.swale.gov.uk/cycling-walking-consultation.
The closing date for this consultation is Friday 5 October 2018.