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Cycling solves so many problems of modern living: it keeps you fit; it’s fast and cheap and it is a sustainable mode of transport which is good for the environment. Bournemouth is well placed benefiting from two National Cycle Network| routes 25 and 2 and a network of on-road and off-road cycle routes. Bournemouth Borough Council is committed to further encouraging and developing cycling across the conurbation in partnership with our neighbouring authorities through the Draft Cycle Strategy.
In a recent study by Steer Davies Gleave, Bournemouth was rated second highest in terms of potential for cycling (second only to London). This is based on the high proportion of commuting trips being of a suitable distance to cycle (1-8km), the flatness of the land and the social demographics of the town. Full report available here.
Cycling levels have increased by over 30% in Bournemouth in the past five years. Between 2007/08 and 2009/10 the number of young people walking to school has increased by 7%; 42% of our trips to school are now made on foot and 5.2% by cycle.
Cycling on roads requires competence and this can be supported by taking training designed at different levels to suit your needs; whether you are a young person| getting ready to ride alone on the road or an adult| looking to boost your confidence.
As part of the borough wide Getting About programme, Bournemouth Borough Council is rolling out a new Bike Tagging identification scheme to tackle cycle theft in Bournemouth. All bike owners are being encouraged to take advantage of the free initiative which is designed to deter thieves from committing bike crime.
Bike Tagging is a process which involves applying a permanent unique number to a bike using a chemical etch. The unique number and owner’s details are registered on BikeRegister, a secure database used by every Police Force in the UK so that in the event of a theft the bike can be traced back to the rightful owner.
Please find our upcoming events below. As part of the Bike Tagging process we will require some details from you; please complete and return the Bike Tagging form| to a member of the Getting About team on the day.
Breeze| is the biggest programme ever to get more women into riding bikes for fun. The aim is to help thousands of women feel confident and comfortable about going on a ride. Bournemouth Borough Council works in partnership to deliver local rides and has a course coming up to train Breeze cycle ride leaders (Breeze Champions). This course will include information on the Breeze network, how to lead group bike rides safely and the opportunity to meet other new Breeze champions.
The course is on 30th June 2012 at Kings Park, Bournemouth
To sign up for the training, please visit the Breeze website; Breeze Champion training|
Sustrans| are a charity that's enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day. Sustrans' Bike It has 80 expert cycling officers in over 1,400 schools, helping over 380,000 children cycle safely to school. It's more than tripling the daily cycling levels at its target schools.
Bournemouth works in partnership with Sustrans and we have a joint Sustrans Bike It| Officer with The Borough of Poole. Click to read the Bournemouth & Poole Bike It Officer's latest newsletter (Summer 2012 newsletter|).
Bournemouth supports the Times cycle safety campaign.
We strive to encourage greater numbers of cyclists in the Bournemouth area and consider the safety of cyclists as a paramount issue.
As part of the Bournemouth Partnership a Cycling Forum has been established to progress cycling issues in Bournemouth and also consider wider cycling issues. The forum is independent of the Council but Councillors and Officers with highway responsibilities attend the forum together with representatives from local cycle groups, the Police and anyone else interested - the group is open to all.
The next Cycling Forum meeting will be held at the Bournemouth Town Hall, Royal Hampshire Room, 4th December 2012 (6-8pm).
Future meeting dates (all hosted at Bournemouth Town Hall);
To contact the group, or make any comment regarding cycling in Bournemouth, please email the Cycle Forum|.
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Bournemouth, Poole & Christchurch 2012/13 Area Cycle Map Bournemouth, Poole & Christchurch 2012/13 Area Cycle Map
The 2012/13 local area cycle map is available to download|. Or pick one up from the Bournemouth Tourist Information Centre, any Bournemouth Library| or, at the reception of the Town Hall Annexe, St Stephen's Road, Bournemouth BH2 6EA.
Greenways are largely car-free, off-road routes which are sustainable transport corridors for shared use by cyclists, walkers and where practical horse-riders.
The Bourne Valley Greenway was launched in May 2004 and runs continuously for 6.5km between Bournemouth Town Centre and Canford Heath. The Greenway goes through Bournemouth Gardens, Talbot Heath and Bourne Bottom. By Cycle the route takes around 30 minutes from Ringwood Road near the Mountbatten Arms Roundabout to Bournemouth Town Centre, making this a viable means of commuting.
One of Dorset's gentlest way-marked routes, this 16 mile trailway follows much of the old Dorchester to Southampton railway line. The trailway takes you through some of East Dorset's stunning landscape. Further information can be found on Dorset County Council's website|.
The restriction to cycling on the seafront applies during July & August and between the times of 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. This applies to the entire seafront between Bournemouth & Poole except for those sections that are public highway (the section between Boscombe Pier and the barrier approaching Bournemouth Pier is public highway). Monitoring of the use of the seafront by cyclists, particularly in relation to pedestrians, will continue to assess whether future changes or relaxation should take place.
So that we can ensure your journey is a safe and happy one, we would like to hear about any problems you encounter when travelling around town. Please follow the link to our Getting About Website| to inform us of problem locations for walking, cycling, road safety or parking.
If you have a more urgent query please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org|
or for maintenance issues call the Ask Bournemouth contact centre on 01202 451199 or email email@example.com|
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