Spokes Rides and events
Canterbury to Fordwich
Sunday 2 September
Meet at 10.30 at Canterbury West Station for a fairly short, mainly
off-road ride on National Cycle Route 1 (NCR1) to Fordwich where we will refresh ourselves at the George and Dragon, before riding back on the same route.
Anyone who wishes to ride ONLY on the off-road section of the route should meet us at Northgate Community Centre, Military Road at 10.45am.
We will follow NCR1 for the whole way. If those on the ride wish to explore Sturry Road Park we will cross the bridge off NCR1 and ride around that.
We hope this will encourage riders who aren't keen on road traffic (who
is?) to come and join us to explore the off-road network. The route has some hills but also plenty of fairly flat surfaced path. There are cattle grids so be prepared to avoid places where the path surface has worn away making a step! The path goes through woods and then fields
directly to The George and Dragon.
Beatrice and Pip will lead this ride; we look forward to a gentle potter
with good company and good refreshments. Contact 01227 766782 or 01227 784929 for more details.
If you support our objectives, why not join us?
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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.
Integrated transport hub for Canterbury
There’s still time to stop the multi-storey car park in Station Road West.
You have until the end of August to sign a petition online calling for the council to abandon its plans and you can also write to your local councillor.
The plan is for an integrated transport hub which doesn’t favour cars over other forms of transport but benefits everyone – cyclists, pedestrians and car, bus and taxi users. It will access the station from both sides of the railway line. Ramsgate is considered a good example with facilities for buses, taxis, cyclists as well as car parking and safe pedestrian access.
More information on this proposed hub can be found on the Canterbury Lib-Dems website.
The July edition of Update, our monthly email newsletter about cycling in east Kent and beyond is now available.
Sunday 5 August, An Ashford meander
Meet Ashford domestic station 10.30 am.
A meander around the villages to the west of Ashford. Suitable for all bikes with no major hills and a lunch stop en route. Ride leader: Chris Beswick
Canterbury Park and pedal scheme
Canterbury City Council’s new ‘park and pedal’ scheme was launched at Wincheap park and ride today on Tuesday 26 June. Park and pedal offers free parking for people who then cycle into the city rather than take the bus.
A new 28-space cycle parking compound, which can only be accessed via a key card and is available 24/7, has been built to provide secure storage for bikes. Maintenance equipment is also available.
More information from https://news.canterbury.gov.uk/park-for-free-and-get-on-your-bike/