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Going Car-Free

With the cost-of-living crisis we are all being forced to look more closely at our finances. We decided to go car-free around 4 years ago, after finally admitting to ourselves that the costs of repairs, insurance and services just weren’t worth it. It has saved us hundreds, if not thousands, each year since. We’d gone... Continue Reading →

Christmas Children’s Bike Appeal

Have you got any children’s bikes sat in the garage or not being used? Children grow out of bikes so quickly and a once dearly loved bike can easily be forgotten about. That pre-loved bike could make a local child’s Christmas this year. Matt Jones, who runs local bike repair business ‘Run & Repair’, is... Continue Reading →

Hayes Knoll Road – A Safer Route to Cricklade

If you’ve cycled out to Cricklade from Swindon recently you’ve probably noticed the concrete blocks across the junction at Hayes Knoll Road (near the Cricklade & Blunsdon Railway). Access is avaliable for pedestrians, cyclists and horse-riders and the changes have created a much safer and more attractive environment to enjoy. Drivers can still access the... Continue Reading →

Swindon’s LCWIP

Have you heard of a Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan, or LCWIP, for short? Probably not. It’s doesn’t sound very exciting however it is an important document which, in the very near future, will shape our streets. Across the UK councils are producing LCWIPs as a planning tool to help prioritise active travel in... Continue Reading →

Streets for our futures

The quiet streets of the pandemic gave us a glimpse of what living in a low-traffic neighbourhood could be like, and it saw a huge sore in the amount of people walking and cycling. I enjoyed being able to walk in the middle of a traffic-free street, rather than squeezed onto the usual narrow, cracked... Continue Reading →

Moredon Sports Hub

Something exciting is happening at the end of this year - Swindon will have a new cycling, football and wellbeing hub! Yet to be given its official name, the multisport and recreation hub has been years in the making, and work on its construction is now underway at the site in Moredon.  Swindon Borough Council... Continue Reading →

FREE, fun, led rides starting up again soon!

With lockdown restrictions beginning to ease, British Cycling volunteers like me are preparing to restart a programme of free, guided bike rides across Swindon. From the spring, our local team of fully qualified ride leaders will be putting on rides especially aimed at those who bought a bike, or returned to cycling, over the past... Continue Reading →

Cycling from 8 to 80, and Beyond

Would you be confident making a journey by bike with your 8-year-old child or your 80-year-old granny? Possibly not. However, all-new planning guidance could help change that. In July last year, following the 2020 lockdown ‘Cycle Boom’, the government released an important document which could really help us move towards the goal of becoming a... Continue Reading →

Lockdown in the Saddle

It feels wrong to admit it but in some ways I quite enjoy lockdown, notably the quieter roads and chance to slow down. Less traffic on my local streets also means that I feel more confident to make more journeys with my little boy on my bike. Despite being a fairly confident and regular bicycle... Continue Reading →

Access to the countryside

Lots of people complain about Swindon, but I think that there are plenty of things to be positive about in our town. Having been born and bred here I was quick to move away and see the ‘real world’ at 18, see how much greener the grass was on the other side. After living in... Continue Reading →

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