Sustrans and East Sussex Cycle Training to provide free bicycle loans to key woprkers in East Sussex

A new initiative from Sustrans in partnership with East Sussex County Council (ESCC), will provide free loan bicycles to key workers in the East Sussex region.

Over 60 bicycles will be offered on a free loan basis for three months, with potential to renew after the initial period. The bicycles are available for loan from the ESCC Peacehaven Cycle Hub and Eastbourne Cycle Centre. The loan includes a new helmet and lock for each user.  [continued below]

 

 

With the government asking the public to avoid public transport where possible during the easing of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, this scheme offers keyworkers an active and sustainable alternative to travelling by car.

Sustrans said:

We are all so impressed with the dedication and hard work of all key workers during this crisis. We wanted to offer something in return. We have a good fleet of bikes, which are not being used due to the lockdown. So we are delighted to offer these bikes on loan to any key worker who would like a safe and healthy way of getting to and from work

ESCC said:

This is an ideal opportunity for us to give something back to these extremely hard working key workers that we are all so proud off.  If we can make their journeys to work easier and safer then I am proud to be part of this project.

Helen Kellar, Sustrans Delivery Coordinator said:

With recent government advice encouraging workers to avoid public transport and to cycle and walk whenever possible and local councils rapidly installing new cycle lanes, we are at an exciting cross roads and have a once in a generation opportunity to deliver a lasting transformative change in how we make short journeys in our towns and cities.”

The project is part of East Sussex County Council’s Active Access for Growth, which aims to encourage behavioural change by promoting active travel to local schools and workplaces.

The free bike loan scheme will launch on 15th June 2020.  To register interest and for more information contact Jamie Lloyd jamie.lloyd@sustrans.org.uk

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BBC News Report – Government to urge us all to walk and cycle more

We need to protect the public transport network as lockdown is lifted, the UK’s transport secretary is expected to say at a press conference on Saturday. The BBC understands Grant Shapps will encourage the public to continue to work from home if they can.

Image copyright JEFF OVERS

Those who need to travel to work will be urged to consider more active ways to travel like walking and cycling. Extra funding is likely to be announced for English local authorities to help alter road networks to facilitate this. The intention is to take the pressure off roads and public transport networks.

This is a devolved issue and in Wales, the assembly is suggesting a number of new policies including road and lane closures with filters for cyclists. Scotland announced funding for “active travel infrastructure” in April. No specific measures have been announced yet in Northern Ireland although the infrastructure minister is expected to appoint a cycling and walking champion.

It is believed that Mr. Shapps will talk about using the unique “opportunity” of the lockdown restrictions to change the way we get to work.

For more info click here

 

Digging out the old bike?

Artist Karl Jilg for the Swedish Road Administration

Artist Karl Jilg for the Swedish Road Administration

I was reading this article today from BBC’s environment analyst and it got me thinking…
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52564351

I’ve lived in my house for nearly 10 years. It’s on a quiet road on the outskirts of Seaford. I’ve never seen so many people cycling – and not just the regulars I see all the time. Young families, older people on 90’s mountain bikes, eBikers and even the odd cargo bike.

From speaking to friends it would seem that the lack of traffic is helping less confident cyclists to take to the road. I’ve been able to cross the normally dangerously fast and busy A259 with my children without the usual fear! My son HATES crossing the A259 at Bishopstone Road. He’s been so much happier when we go for family rides.

My question is what happens when we return to normal? Public transport usage is expected to drop until a vaccine is available – this is surely going to lead to a rise in individual car usage. An obvious answer is would be to make walking and cycling a safe and viable alternative to avoid extra pollution and gridlocked roads. But how?

One thing has been made very clear… our shared paths are simply not wide enough to social distance and we lack joined up cycling infrastructure. If we are to get people back on their bikes once the traffic increases then we really need to give novice and experienced cyclists alike safe places to ride. Bike riding shouldn’t be scary. You shouldn’t need to cycle defensively covered head to toe in high-viz. Popping to the shops for a pint of milk – the bike should be your first choice rather than the car.

The benefits are all to well known to us cyclists… health, well-being and environmental. We just need a strong grass-roots movement to ask for support to make this a reality.  We can’t do this on our own though. Support from local councils and government bodies will be required to make changes a reality.

I’ll be having conversations with the council over the coming months about the developing Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP). I’ll make sure I keep everyone updated as I know more!

I’d be interested to know what you think… what could be done locally to get more people on their bikes?

Egrets Way Ride – Sunday the 22nd of March from 2-5pm. 

The Egrets Way now runs to and through the Lewes Railway Land Nature Reserve

We are pleased to announce that the construction of the newest section of the Egrets Way network of shared paths has now been completed and that an opening celebration based at the Linklater Centre will be held on Sunday the 22nd of March from 2-5pm. 

This new path, which is available to all non-motorised users, extends the existing Egrets Way route from Ham Lane near the entrance to the Lewes Recycling Centre. It is 800 metres long and runs through a section of privately owned land before passing under the railway line and continuing through the Railway Land where it ends at Railway Lane near the centre of Lewes.  The funding for its construction was provided by the South Downs National Park, the EU Rural Enterprise (LEADER) Fund, Lewes Town Council and private donations made to the Egrets Way project. 

This ‘Signalling Spring’ event is being held in conjunction with the Railway Land Wildlife Trust who are, at the same time, celebrating the opening of their newly refurbished and repurposed Signal Box which has been transformed into a Wildlife Hide.  This will provide the opportunity for Railway Land visitors to enjoy panoramic views of the beautiful water meadows which are home to a host of wildlife.  A loft has also been built into the Hide to encourage bats to roost and nesting boxes have been fixed to the exterior to encourage swifts and swallows to roost there.  Cyclists will be able to use the dismounting point which is alongside the Hide. 

This joint celebration is intended to make people aware of the improved accessibility which the widened and sensitively surfaced route provides for users of all ages and capabilities. There will be a range of family-friendly activities on offer for everyone attending the celebration.

The Egrets Way 

‘Hit The Downs’ with Chestnut Tree House

Off-Road

Hit the Downs MTB

Sunday 3 May will see the return of Hit the Downs MTB, the annual off-road mountain bike event across the South Downs. You can choose from the cool 30km, challenge yourself to the impressive 60km or dare to take on the new epic 80km route!

Registration includes chip timing, refreshment stops and mechanical support on route along with souvenir medal and pre-event training rides.

The undulating course will test you with its multitude of tricky climbs and rapid downhill descents. Whether you choose to take on the cool 30km route, challenge yourself to the impressive 60km route or dare to take on the new epic 80km route you are guaranteed an exhilarating day in the saddle.

Visit our Information Hub for everything you need to know, from training advice to fundraising tips.

Hit the Downs with Chestnut

Newhaven Together – Community Engagement Day

 

Cycle Seahaven & Dr Bike will be in Attendance – hope to see you there!


Bike It Brighton

Name of event: Bike It Brighton

Date: Sunday 7 June 2020

Venue: Preston Park Velodrome

Ticket prices: 

Cycle 60 (60 miles): £35

Cycle 30 (30 miles): £25

Cycle Velodrome: £10

 


 

Take part in an exciting cycling event this June and play your part in combating homelessness across East Sussex. Choose from a 60 mile or 30 mile cycling challenge across the South Downs, or a family-friendly cycle on Preston Park Velodrome. It’s a fantastic day out for the whole family, with food, entertainment and more.

Join us and raise money to help someone who is homeless get the support they need to find a place they can call home.

Sign up here or email: fundraising at bht.org.uk

There is an early bird deal until the 19th January on the website.

 

 

 

 

 

Should anyone wish to donate but not ride on the day we would be very enormously grateful. Click here  for more information.

 

 

John O’Groats to Land’s End (JOG-LE) 2020

JOG-LE Route

This ‘End 2 End’ cycle ride involves cycling the entire length of the UK, a challenge that is on the wish list of many cyclists. In fact many thousands of people undertake the challenge each year.

If you have ever fancied riding an ‘End 2 End’ but were unsure about how to do it, or found some of the organised trips a bit arduous or too expensive, you could be in luck! Phoenix-CTC is planning a supported JOG-LE ride starting 16th May.

JOG-LE is John O’Groats to Land’s End which, of course, is the reverse direction of the more traditional Land’s End to John O’Groats (LE-JOG).  It will take 15 cycling days to cover the 1000-mile distance.

If any Cycle Seahaven member is interested in coming on this trip please could you contact me, Dave Sutton, via the Ride Leader Contact page. I’ll email you the key facts document containing the preliminary trip details, costings etc. There is no need to commit to anything at this stage; it’s just an ‘Expression of Interest’.

It is anticipated that the decision as whether the trip will run will be taken by late October, giving plenty of time to train for the ride.

Phoenix-CTC is a Member Group of Cycling UK, with most of the committee also being Cycle Seahaven members who ride regularly with the Touring Section.

Happy cycling,

Dave Sutton

CSH Trailer use and a little help

Cycle Seahaven’s Trailer is a great resource available to members of the club. It is capable of carrying 24 bikes, including 4 E-bikes.

We’d really like to use the trailer more to enable us to host club rides somewhere different. To achieve this we are looking for vehicle owners, who have tow hooks fitted to their cars, who would consider allowing their cars to be used to tow it. We also need volunteers to tow the trailer – more information about driver requirements can be found here

If you are able to help please contact Events by clicking here.

London to Brighton Sunday 16th June 2019

The trailer will be used to transport bikes to the London to Brighton bike ride this year. If you are interested in using this facility please contact Sarah Winser here. Please note transport is being provided for bikes only and participants will need to make their own arrangements to get to the start line.

Eastbourne Mass Bike Ride Sat 9th June 2019

It would be great to get as much support as we can for this event. Details can be found here. If there is sufficient interest will endeavour to arrange the trailer to drop off and pick up bikes at the Towner Art Gallery. Participants will need to make their own transport arrangements separately. If you would like your bike transported to this event please contact us here