Spokes rides and events
Catha's Seat picnic, 1.00pm - 3.00pm
Saturday 4 May
Meet Toddlers' Cove, 11.45am
Seven miles each way with great picnic and music at Catha’s Seat overlooking Chilham Castle. There'll be walks and rides from surrounding towns and villages, locally sourced picnic, live music and poetry and a chance to hear about the 2018 Catha's Seat Awards winners. More from http://cathas-seat.org/picnic/
Teynham to Queenborough
Sunday 2 June
Spokes Andrew Wyvers will lead a ride from (probably) Teynham to Queenborough on the Isle of Sheppey.
Canterbury to Chartham
Thursday 13 June
Meet 11.00am Canterbury West station
A short ride to the Artichoke at Chartham, suitable for novices and those with disabilities. Meet at 11.00 at Canterbury West then 11.15 at Toddlers Cove to join riders on adapted bicycles and trikes. Off-road on cycle track apart from the last 100m to the pub for a drink or lunch. Part of National bike week.
Pilgrims Hospices Cycle Challenge
Sunday 5 May
Start and finish at University of Kent (Canterbury)
Kent’s biggest charity ride is celebrating its 10th anniversary with some 1,200 cyclists of all abilities expected to take part. There are four distances: 45 miles, 75 miles, 100 miles and 125 miles. And for those looking to take their ride up a gear, there’s the return of the notorious Stowting Hill! Route maps, registration and other details from Pilgrims Hospices.
Divas on Wheels
Sunday 11 August
Start and finish at Bridge near Canterbury
Be part of this ladies bike ride and enjoy the picturesque Kent countryside, great fun and a supportive atmosphere. Two routes - 25-mile or 50-mile - from The Independent Pedaler in Bridge near Canterbury. Bike Heroes will lead small groups for cyclists new to cycling and provide roadside repairs to anyone who needs it. You can also visit The Independent Pedaler for a pre-ride safety check. Details and registration from https://www.pilgrimshospices.org/event/divas-on-wheels-2/
Spokes AGM, March 2019
The AGM report is now available.
Update, March 2019
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On 26 April, cycle campaign and Active travel groups from across Kent are coming together at Sessions House, Maidstone to share their experiences of campaigning for better cycling facilities and promoting the many benefits of cycling to individuals, communities, businesses and the county.
The event, Creating Networks!, will feature speakers and workshops from Kent County Council, The University of Kent, Sustrans - the National Cycle network charity, and local cycling groups.
There are many cycle campaign and bicycle user groups (BUG) in Kent. Some, such as Spokes cover several districts while others concentrate on cycling in a town or smaller area. Whatever the size or type of group, they all engage with councils and councillors, their communities and others to improve conditions for cyclists and make it easier for people to cycle for work or leisure or everyday activities.
Sharing knowledge, expertise and skills will enable all groups to work more effectively and, hopefully, create a county-wide forum for discussing cycling matters and working with local councils to make cycling an easy and popular transport choice for the county's residents, including children and young people.
If you know of a cycle campaign group or BUG which would like to send one or more representatives to Creating Networks!, please contact the event organiser, Rachael Carley (firstname.lastname@example.org).