Spokes East Kent
Spokes monthly ride,
Sunday 3 December
Meet at Canterbury West station at 10.30am for a 20 mile ride to Wickhambreaux via Patrixbourne, Bekesbourne and to Littlebourne (not on the Howletts road), then to the Red Lion at Stodmarsh for lunch.
The pub does Sunday roast but no bar snacks so this is a Gastro ride! It is also possible to have a drink and bring your own sandwiches. Ride leader: Beatrice Shire.
January 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.
Adult cycling sessions
Kent County Council adult cycling sessions will continue throughout December and January.
There are a range of programmes to cater for different levels of ability which are being offered at 4 centres - Ashford, Maidstone, Ramsgate and Tunbridge Wells. They are still FREE of charge! You can borrow bikes and helmets from all centres except Tunbridge Wells.
For all course applications and enquiries, visit www.kent.gov.uk/cycletraining.
SPOKES committee vacancies
We are looking for people to join the SPOKES committee to take on the following roles:
In case you’re wondering, the SPOKES AGM will take place in March next year. The speaker and date will be confirmed in the next month.
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.
The Cycling Cartoonist: An Illustrated Guide to Life on Two Wheels by cartoonist and multiple-bike owner, Dave Walker would make a fun stocking-filler for a keen cyclist.
With over 100 full-page cartoons that give an amusing take on cycling in all its different forms - road cycling, mountain biking and bike ownership, sportives and commuting. Published by Bloomsbury at £10.99.
Other novel Christmas gift ideas from Sustrans at https://shop.sustrans.org.uk/.
Maidstone Cycling Forum
Spokes has been contacted by Paul Harper, Chairman of the Maidstone Cycle Campaign Forum. The Maidstone group is contacting other cycle forums and bike user groups in Kent to see if there would be a benefit in working together to improve cycling across the county. There are ten, possibly eleven, cycling groups across Kent so Spokes agrees joint involvement is the way forward. Watch this space.
You can put your suggestions about working together in Kent to Paul at
city centre consultation
If you’re quick, you can make the deadline for the consultation on Canterbury city centre street improvements for Orange Street, Best Lane and the Friars. It is the end of November. This consultation follows on from improvements along the King’s Mile where there have been a few confrontations between cyclists and motorists!