Local News and projects

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 up for email newsletter at  www.highworthmissinglink.org.uk

 

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" pageon 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.

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 700 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 to apply for access, go online to 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.