For National Bike Week we are riding between Rochester and Canterbury cathedrals, starting at Rochester Cathedral at 11.30am on Sunday 30 May. We will be following a slightly different route from the one suggested in the 'route connecting all cathedrals in England' . It is more scenic, less close to busy traffic and suitable for any type of bike. It is about 55km/34 miles. We are technically allowed up to 30 people so please let us know if you are coming by emailing email@example.com.
If you can't join us on our cathedral ride, why not take part in the World's Biggest Bike ride on 30 May? All you have to do is register your pledge to ride with Cycling UK - they'll send you tips, advice and inspiration ahead of the big day - get out and ride on 30 May and then log your journey. And that's it. You're part of the World's Biggest Bike Ride. It's not about distance or duration, it’s about giving it a go. Any kind of cycle ride counts no matter how far you go or what your motivation is.
Something slightly smaller in scope and ambition is Pilgrim Hospices' annual cycle charity ride, the Hospices' biggest fundraiser. The date for the ride has been set for Sunday 22 August. There are five routes planned from a beginners' 30 mile ride to a 125 mile route linking the hospices in Canterbury, Ashford and Margate. More from www.pilgrimscyclechallenge.org.
Bike Week virtual events
If you can't get along to any rides for Bike Week, Cycling UK have organised a series of virtual events. Topics covered include basic bike maintenance, route planning, cycling yoga and road positioning. You can register for any/all events at https://www.cyclinguk.org/bikeweek/virtual-events.
Levelling Up Fund survey
Canterbury is in the top priority group for the Government's Levelling Up Fund. The Fund allows a local area to bid for up to £20 million to support improvements to culture and heritage, public areas like high streets and parks, and public transport, cycling and walking. Canterbury City Council will be responsible for putting together a bid for funding and local MP, Rosie Duffield, wants to work with them and with other organisations on the bid. To help with this, Rosie Duffield has created a short survey to find out what priorities residents and businesses have for the Canterbury district. The survey has six questions, two are on transport.
If you support our objectives, why not join us?
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Electric vehicle survey
Canterbury City Council are working on an electric vehicle strategy for the district and to help with this, have published a survey exploring how people feel about electric vehicles, including demand for electric vehicles and usage and demand for charging points. The survey is available until 21 June 2021. If you complete the survey, you may like to mention that it would be far more useful - environmentally, socially and for people's health - if the council spent as much time and energy on researching cycle routes and providing for cyclists.