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Swindon rides
Swindon "Get Cycling" magazine
Bike Maintenance courses 
Find us on Facebook!
Interested in Mountain Biking?
Swindon Cycle map
Bike recycling
Brunel cycle park - latest news
Swindon cycle challenge
Report a fault

 

Swindon Cycling Framework 

Swindon Borough Council, Swindon BUG, Swindon Cycling Clubs, Sustrans, and British Cycling have all worked together to come up with a vision and framework for cycling in Swindon. The Swindon Cycling Framework aims to bring together a number of policy sectors such as transport, health and sport. The framework was endorsed at Swindon Council's Cabinet meeting and funding is now being identified to implement some of the actions in its implementation plan.  Download the framework here.

 

Highworth Missing Link.  The campaign group working for a safe cycle and walking route between Swindon and Highworth has just launched its web site.  Sign the petition and sign p for email newsletter at www.highworthmissinglink.org.uk

 

Swindon SkyRides

The Swindon Skyride program ran from 2013-2016.  During this period British Cycling trained over 30 local cyclists to be proficient ride leaders and over 75 rides were conducted in all areasof Swindon with routes varying from some 6 miles easy routes to one or two challenging 30 mile rides.   

The Skyride program is now over and British Cycling has now partnered with HSBC.  A new ride program is being developed (correct at 12 Feb 2017) Volunteer ride leaders are being recruited.   A great place to get what is on offer at www.letsride.co.uk  

 

Swindon "Get Cycling Magazine"

Swindon has published a magazine called "Get Cycling" containing a lot of useful tips and information on a range of topics from buying bikes, maintaining bikes, how to carry things on two wheels, where to ride etc.  There's also local articles about projects and activities in the Swindon area.  The free magazine is available in most bike shops, libraries, leisure centres and large workplaces.  You can also request to have a copy (or multiples) sent to you - email transportplanning@swindon.gov.uk with your postal address.

To follow this up, there have been a series of short videos made.  Get Cycling episode 1 deals with getting started, and leisure cycing, such as mountain biking.  Get Cycling episode 2 covers commuter cycling, carrying items and electric bikes.  Get Cycling episode 3 has been published to coincide with the end of British summer time, dealing with cycle safety in the dark winter months. 

Cycle Maintenance Courses

Would you like to learn how carry out basic user maintenance on your bike to give you the confidence to know that everything is good order, or what to do if it isn't?  Lew Lawton is running a series of 1 day Bike Maintenance courses - see his website for dates and details.  The courses concentrate on things you can do to keep your bike in tip top condition with basic tools, including assessing and changing brake cables and blocks, sorting out gear problems, repairing punctures, cleaning and lubricating your bike.  You will work on your own bike so this is a great opportunity to learn more about your bike.  See the events pages or contact Lew on 01793 783442  or cycle.medic@btinternet.com 

Swindon Cycle map

To help encourage cycling, Swindon Borough Council has published a cycling map.  The printed version is available for free from various locations, including the Visitor Information Centre in Swindon, libraries and council offices.  The map is also online -  View the map online (as a PDF).  We can also post a copy of the map to you - just email a postal address to transportplanning@swindon.gov.uk

This new version includes routes beyond Swindon - especially Route 45 to Cricklade and Marlborough, aswell as town plans of Highworth that didn't feature on the 2009 edition.  There are also a suite of seperate leisure maps to download as PDFs, and these will contain the "rounds" and the orienteering points in a clearer format.  Visit the "rounds" page on the Swindon Travel Choices website

 

Find us on Facebook

 Cycle Swindon is now on Facebook.  If you are on Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/cycleswindon and "like" our page so that you can be kept up to date with news, offers, information and share photos and give your views and thoughts on all things cycling!

 

Salvation Army Recycles    

The Salvation Army, based at Booth House, underneath the Travelodge Hotel in Spring Close has just openned a fantastic new bike recycling project.  The social enterprise involves training residents to refurbish old cycles in order for them to be sold at affordable prices to individuals and community organisations.  So if you are looking a a good quality second hand bike, that has been fully re-conditioned and safety checked this should be your first port of call.  The facility also sells hi viz kit and helmets as well asa comprehensive selection of cycle parts and accessories.  You can also refuel yourself, grab a cuppa and a sandwich and meet like minded cycling folk.

The opening hours are Weds through Saturday from 10 Am till 4pm Contact elizabeth.osborne@salvationarmy.org.uk for further details.

Recycle your cycle

If you have an old bike hanging around the garage, there are various options for getting it recycled so that it can enjoy a new lease of life.

 

Swindon's cycle parks

Swindon's first Cycle Park in the town centre was officially launched in June 2010 and there are now over 500 registered users.  Anybody can apply for access to the park, which gives undercover locked cycle parking for up to 100 cycles.  It is free to use, but there is a £10 one off charge to cover the cost of your swipe card.  The park is situated on the ground floor of Brunel West car park (behind the big TV screen).

Further details and an application form are available from Swindon Council's website

We opened our second park in the town in 2014, located within the ground floor of the Fleming Way car park, and the card swipe systems are interchangable, so members will be able to use both of the cycle parks.

 

Picture of Brunel cycle park now completed 

 

  

Report a fault

Swindon Borough Council is responsible for maintaining public highways in the borough, which includes raods, pavements, paths, and cycle tracks.  There are regular routine inspections, but if you come across a defect or problem, it can be reported.

Full details of how to report faults and defects can be found online on the Swindon Borough Council website.  There is a hotline number set up for emergency defects - 01793 445501 (Mon - Fri 8am - 8pm, and Sat 9am - 1pm.  Outside these times, please call 01793 466453.)

 

Interested in Mountain Biking?

If you enjoy mountain biking, you'll be interested to hear there is a new Mountain bike website set up for enthusiastic mountain bikers in Swindon.  The website can be found at http://www.mbswindon.co.uk/

The club MBSwindon are organising a number of events that are aimed at novice riders and experienced riders alike. www.mbswindon.co.uk/events

For the novice mountain biker, why not join the Introduction to Mountain Biking course to get to grips with the basic skills needed to ride in woodlands and out in the countryside.

For those wanting a quick skills fix on their doorstep, join one of their Friday evening Croft Trail rides where you will get escorted round and shown how to best ride the obstacles.

For those wanting to explore the Ridgeway, or maybe even something further afield, see the list of club rides. All of which are open to non-members for the first one or two rides.

  

Inspiration on Two Wheels

Planning a visit to cycle in the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is now a whole lot easier thanks to investment by the Rural Development Programme for England.

The 1 South West (1SW) Cycling Project has just completed its survey of all 1480 km of legally accessible off road cycle trail in across Wiltshire, West Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Hampshire. Information regarding the type of trail, including International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) grading, descriptions, photographs, videos and management information can be found on the 1SW Adventure Cycle Map. It is intended to give people a choice regarding the type of experience they want. Whether you fancy a day out cycling with the family or a challenging cycling experience, this map has something for you.

The Adventure Cycle Map aims to bring tourism business benefits to the North Wessex Downs AONB throughout the year.  Bicycle shops, hire outlets and cycle-friendly accommodation can all be found on the map.  One such business, Bertie Maffoons Bicycle Co. has received support to develop the range of services they now offer, having moved to a larger premises on the Marlborough Business Park.