Spokes East Kent
Wishing all Spokes members, family and friends a safe, successful and fun cycling year ahead.
Let’s use 2018 to lobby for safer routes, better understanding between all road users and more practical cycling facilities in east Kent.
Spokes monthly ride,
Sunday 7 January
...or cul-de-sacs in the Ham and Luddenham marshes.
Meet at Faversham Station 10.30am for an easy ride of 15 miles (22k) with a pub stop. Suitable for all bikes. Enjoy the flat bleak marshes around Faversham. If you are a twitcher, bring some binoculars. If the weather is really terrible, a walk round Faversham is the alternative. Ride leader: Andrew Wyvers.
Air quality workshop
Spokes members attended an Air quality workshop which took place on 8 December at the Canterbury City Council offices.
Copies of the notes from the meeting and the opening presentation are available and a copy of the council's transport strategy can be downloaded from their website.
A Canterbury tube map
People don't cycle around Canterbury because they don't feel safe. Cycle routes aren't well connected and are hard to follow because of lack of clear signage. Cyclists are continually confronted with 'cyclists dismount' and 'end of route' signs.
A practical way to help the council is to design a tube map that illustrates the quality of the current cycle network. A map illustrates easily where a desired network of infrastructure would be best placed and what the current quality of the network is. Local authorities across the country are being asked to draw up network maps to support funding bids. By drawing a tube map, you are starting the work for the local authority and cyclists can ask for better facilities.
Spokes would be interested in compiling a tube map but needs input from members - if you'd like to contribute to this, please contact us.
For more information about cycling tube maps see https://www.cyclinguk.org/guide/make-tube-map-cycle-network. The illustrative map below shows a tube map for Bath.
David Taylor, former chair of Cycle Shepway and one of our AGM speakers a few years ago, died recently after a short battle with cancer. Although David was not the founder of Cycle Shepway, he provided much of the energy and drive behind it in recent years. Always busy, he was a trustee of a London charity and did much local work for his community association.
The next edition of Mudguard is due out in February 2018. Please submit your ideas, articles, adverts, etc. no later than mid January, 2018. Many thanks.