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Changing Face of Swindon Bicycle Users Group

cyclingSwindon Cycle Campaign is the new, public-facing name for Swindon Bicycle Users Group (BUG). The re-fresh is all about better representing the work we do and engaging more people in our vision. We want to help make Swindon a better, safer and more attractive place for everyone to ride a bike in. Here's a little update of what the volunteers have been doing and what's coming up!

 

We've also set up a short questionnaire and we'd like to hear from you about your experiences of cycling in Swindon and what needs to happen to make it better. Please share this questionnaire far and wide, we are keen to hear from anyone interested in cycling, particularly those who don't currently cycle but would like to. Follow this link to complete the survey (it should only take 5-10 minutes): https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YQDKZB5

Better Cycle Routes for Swindon

We are working closely with Swindon Borough Council on several fronts to improve cycle routes in the town.  Recently our work has involved:

  • Reviewing cycle routes in and around Wichelstowe, and making proposals which we hope can be implemented in the next stages of the development there.
  • Suggesting what provision should be made in the New Eastern Villages, and responding to planning applications as they come forward.
  • Working with the Council and Sustrans to develop proposals for cycling to, round, and within the Town Centre.  There will be lots of opportunities here, as planned development gets underway over the next few years.
  • Starting a piece of work which we hope will identify key priority routes in the town which should give clear “line of sight” between where people live, where they work and where they want to go.

    We are a voluntary organisation and rely on the work of our dedicated volunteers. If you are interested in helping us campaign for better cycling infrastructure please get in touch with Dick Millard.

 

Swindon to Wootton Bassett cycle path

Thanks everyone for the massive amount of signatures and comments we gathered in support of building a safe cycle path between Swindon and Royal Wootton Bassett. Wiltshire Council are now awaiting the decision from Highways England as to whether they are able to fund the construction of the path. The petition and associated comments have been instrumental in providing evidence of the public support for making this path happen. We are keeping our fingers crossed for some more news very soon! For more information about the scheme please see Wiltshire Council's website: http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/parkingtransportandstreets/towncyclenetworks/royalwoottonbassetttoswindoncycleroute.htm
 

 

Moredon Cycle Hub Update

Swindon Cycle Campaign have been supporting Swindon Borough Council in the development of Moredon Recreation Ground into a multi-sport and recreational complex. The proposal is to offer improved football, cycling, cricket and croquet facilities supported by social facilities including changing rooms and a café as well as the retention and improvement of open space for walking. Work is now underway to survey the area and to put the funding applications and business plan together for the site and the sporting facilities. It is envisaged that the facility will be managed by a 3rd party independent from the Council upon completion. The whole project is subject to consultation and planning application processes. Summer 2019 is the target date for completion.

Anyone who would like to be kept informed and /or to be involved in the project should contact Gladys Barr, 07768 687986.

 

Easter Cycling Orienteering

Thanks to all the fantastic volunteers that helped us run a free cycle orienteering event on Easter Monday! The event celebrated the launch of a new 'Swindon Cycle Orienteering Map'. The map shows 36 check points across Swindon to find using the network of traffic free cycle paths. Richard Jefferies museum kindly hosted us and the little bit of rain at the start of the day did nothing to dampen our spirits, and over 80 people of all ages got involved. If you missed the event but would like to have a go at cycle orienteering you can pick up a map free from any local bike shop or library. It's a fantastic, free excuse to have some fun on bikes whilst exploring the many cycle paths of Swindon. We are keen to spread the maps far and wide so if you would like some maps to use or display please get in touch with Claire Fleming

 

Coming up ... Family Cycling Zone at the Old Town Festival

We are hosting a few free cycling activities at the Old Town Festival on Sunday 9th July at the Lawns. It's all about encouraging more people to get on their bikes. We are looking for volunteers to help us run stalls and the orienteering challenge. Please get in touch with Becky Cox if you can spare a few hours. Otherwise please pop along to say hello anyway! Here's what we've organised:

  • FREE Cycle Orienteering Challenge-  Explore Swindon’s hidden network of traffic-free cycle paths.
  • FREE bike safety checks – thanks to Mitchell Cycles, Swindon’s oldest family run bike shop.
  • FREE bike security marking – Pop over to the Swindon Cycle Campaign tent for security marking and lots of free information and advice about getting cycling.
  • FREE Kid’s come and try cycling course – Try your hands at an off-road cyclo-cross course hosted by local cycling club Cotswold Veldrijden

Hope to see you there!

 
 

Would you like to get more involved?

Swindon Cycle Campaign is run by volunteers, if you feel that you could spare a few hours a month please get in touch. You can message us on Facebook or via the (soon to be updated) website

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