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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.
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.
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 forum meeting will take place;
1 December 2014 – Town Hall Annexe, Phoebe Room – 6pm-8pm
To contact the group, or make any comment regarding cycling in Bournemouth, please email the Cycle Forum|.
As part of the borough wide Getting About programme, Bournemouth Borough Council has tagged over 2,000 bikes in partnership with Dorset Police to tackle cycle theft in Bournemouth.
Bournemouth's Central Safer Neighbourhoods division of Dorset Police will also be bike tagging every Wednesday at Bournemouth Library 3pm-4pm.
The 2014/15 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 runs through Bournemouth Gardens, Talbot Heath and Bourne Bottom. By bike 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.
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.
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|.
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.
In a bid to make Bournemouth cycle friendly, the Council has opened up Pier Approach and Bournemouth Square to cyclists for a 12 month pilot scheme. During this time cyclists are welcome to ride through The Square and Pier Approach, providing they are careful and considerate of other users. Similar schemes have already been successful in other towns, suggesting that cyclists and pedestrians can share and enjoy spaces together.
This is for a trial period only at this stage which will be reviewed after 12 months and before considering a permanent order. The Council will continue to monitor the impact of the scheme and retains the option to stop the trial at any time if there is abuse or misuse.
The Council successfully won additional government funding to invest in sustainable transport facilities across the town, including cycling. This has made it possible to improve road safety for cyclists so we can encourage more people to get on their bikes in and around Bournemouth.
Among the key routes undergoing improvements is Castle Lane West|; works are underway to create continental-style cycle lanes to provide a safe route for people travelling to school and work places. These high quality cycle lanes will separate cyclists from other traffic and reduce the perception of danger.
A number of improvements are also planned as part of Three Towns Travel programme, to make sustainable travel between Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch easier, safer and more attractive. Improvements in Bournemouth include the introduction of a shared space at Horseshoe Common, and improvements to cycle routes along Christchurch Road and St John’s Road junction in Boscombe. Visit Three Towns Travel| to read more about works to improve sustainable travel in Bournemouth.
Ride Social| is a network of like-minded cyclists where you can meet other riders, create groups and organise your own rides.
For the majority of the year Bournemouth promanade is open for cyclists to enjoy, offering beautiful views of our sandy beaches and seafront.
A restriction to cycling on the seafront applies during July and August, between 10am and 6pm.
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).
Sustrans| is a charity that enables people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day. Sustrans works in over 1,400 schools, helping more than 380,000 children cycle safely to school.
Bournemouth's Sustrans Bike It officer works with schools in the area to encourage active travel to school.
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