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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. Full report available here.
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 have tagged over 700 bikes in partnership with Dorset Police to tackle cycle theft in Bournemouth.
To get your bike tagged, come along to one of these events;
11th July @ St Clements Church 3 - 5pm
12th July @ Slades Farm 12 - 5pm
14th July @ ASDA (St Pauls) 4 - 6pm
15th July @ Sir David English Leisure Centre 11.30am - 1.30pm
25th July @ Castlepoint 4 - 7pm
23rd August @ Flirt Cafe, Bournemouth Triangle 12 - 3pm
3rd September @ Boscombe Precinct 3.30 - 5.30pm
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.
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.
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 dates are as follows;
10 June 2014 – Town Hall Annexe, Phoebe Room 6pm-8pm.
2 September 2014 – Town Hall Annexe, Phoebe Room – 6pm-8pm.
2 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|.
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.
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|.
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).
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