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Cycling

Photo of the peleton passing through Medway on the Tour de France in 2007Cycling, 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 risks.

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 exercise.

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 the Local Transport Plan. Reference to our cycle priorities is at paragraph 5.5.6. 

Medway's cycle action plan 2016-2018

Girl cycling along the A2 in Gillingham

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 cycling projects.

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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Bike4life logoBike 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 website.

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 helmet.

To find out more or to book a session, phone 01634 333 720 or email cycling@medway.gov.uk

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:Bikeability logo

  • 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.

Department for Transport logo

The Bikeability training is being funded by a grant from the Department for Transport (DfT), and training is being delivered to National Standards as stipulated by the DfT.

West Kent Cyclists' Touring Club (CTC)CTC logo

The CTC organises about 15 rides each week in various parts of West Kent, including Medway.

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 mahunt@breathemail.net

Sustrans

Sustrans logoSustrans 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 groups.

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' behalf.

Email volunteers-london@sustrans.org.uk.

Find out more about Sustrans volunteers