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whether it’s a day-to-day activity, or an occasional adventure, is
a great way to help keep people of all ages healthy. There is
strong evidence that the benefits of cycling outweigh any
Cycling is something that is really so simple. All you need
is a roadworthy bike and some basic safety gear and then it takes
just a little bit of practice.
Riding a bike can be slotted into everyday life, enabling people
to gain health benefits without having to set aside time for
Medway Council undertakes a broad range of activities that
contribute to encouraging cycling, including having
responsibilities for highways and transportation, land use planning
and regeneration, public health, green spaces and sport. Officers
across the council work closely together and with our partners to
ensure a coordinated approach to encouraging cycling in Medway.
Our Local Transport Plan supports active travel and
improving health. The plan sets out a number of interventions
for growing cycling in Medway, including expanding and
improving the existing cycle network. Visit the download
Transport Plan. Reference to our cycle priorities is at
Medway's cycle action plan 2016-2018
Medway Council is an active partner of the
South East Local Enterprise Partnership. Through this
partnership we have been successful in securing government
funding to improve cycling in Medway, with £2.5m Local Growth Fund
being provided to deliver a package of projects to expand and
improve the cycle network in Medway. Securing this funding provides
an exciting opportunity to make a step change in the levels of
cycling in Medway. The funding flows over a three year period from
2015/16 to 2017/18.
The plan includes a number of ambitious
Download Medway's Cycling Action Plan
2016/18 (pdf 524KB) to find out more.
Cycle routes in Medway
Medway has more than 70 miles (110km) of on-road, off-road
and green cycle routes, including National Cycle Routes 1,
17 and 179 - The Heron Trail.
Medway also has a network of 19 cycle counters at strategic
locations, which monitor number of cyclists using the cycle routes.
During the summer months, more than 50,000 cycle
movements a month are recorded on Medway's cycle routes.
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Bike 4 Life
Making a Change4Life doesn’t need to be difficult. With a little
help, it can be really rewarding and fun. Getting on our bikes more
often can help us on the way to making the small changes that can
bring short and long term benefits to your health, the environment
and purse. To find out more about the benefits of cycling and other
suggestions for small, easy, steps, go to the Bike4life
Active Medway Cycling Groups
If you have not been out on your bike for a few years, or just
want to get a more confident on your bike Medway Council and NHS
Medway have joined forces to offer free, guided cycle sessions for
adults. These are led by a British Cycling trained ride leader and
are open to all regardless of cycling ability. You are required to
bring a roadworthy bike, and basic safety equipment such as a
To find out more or to book a session, phone 01634 333
720 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also download an Active Medway Cycling Group
poster (pdf 2,303KB) with more information.
Cycling initiatives in Medway
Medway Council has published a Cycling initiatives in
Medway booklet (pdf 1,801KB). This gives details of the many
cycling initiatives that have already been developed, and schemes
that are proposed. Within Medway's third Local Transport Plan
(LTP3) there are a number of overarching priorities in which
cycling plays a key role, particularly:
- supporting a healthier natural environment by contributing to
tackling climate change and improving air quality
- supporting a safer, healthier and more secure community in
Medway by promoting active lifestyles and by reducing the risk of
death, injury or ill health or being a victim of crime.
The LTP will contribute to better health and improved local air
quality by encouraging walking and cycling and by improving access
to key services.
Bikeability (Cycle Proficiency)
Bikeability is the Cycle Proficiency Test
for the 21st century, designed to give the next generation the
skills and confidence to ride their bikes on today's roads. There
are three Bikeability levels and Medway Council currently offers
levels one and two:
- Level one (basic skills) resources and
assessment are available to all primary schools and are recommended
for pupils aged seven to 11 years.
- Level two courses (basic on road training) are
available for groups of pupils aged 10 years and older in all
schools and are provided free of charge. These courses can also be
carried out during the school holidays and for other children's
organisations (for example Brownies and Cubs).
All courses are accredited to meet the requirements of the
National Standard to give participants the skills to keep them and
other road users safe.
For more details on the standards, visit Bikeability: Cycling
proficiency for the 21st century.
The Bikeability training is being funded by a grant from the
Transport (DfT), and training is being delivered to National
Standards as stipulated by the DfT.
West Kent Cyclists' Touring Club (CTC)
organises about 15 rides each week in various parts of West Kent,
These are listed on the calendar on its website.
For more details, phone West Kent CTC leader Geoff Hunt on
01634 71 95 04 or email email@example.com
Sustrans is the UK’s leading sustainable transport
charity, whose vision is a world in which people choose to travel
in ways that benefit their health and the environment. Sustrans
volunteer rangers help look after and promote the National Cycle
Network (NCN) across the UK and are organised into local
Sustrans Volunteer Rangers - Medway group
Sustrans has a partnership with Medway Council and the local
volunteer group works with the council to help maintain the NCN and
other local routes by carrying out regular checks and reporting
back to the council with any major issues or suggestions.
Typical volunteer ranger tasks can include cutting back
vegetation, clearing litter and checking signing, as well as
organising local rides and attending events on Sustrans'
Find out more about Sustrans volunteers