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Swindon Borough Council are making sure developers play their part in encouraging active travel as part of the planning process.

Here are some of the initiatives.

As part of developer obligations, there are cycling offers for residents in large new developments.

Badbury Park

Thanks to Persimmon and Redrow, the first resident in each property is entitled to a £100 cycle voucher. This can be redeemed at Mitchell Cycles or Recycles. Mitchell Cycles is a family-run local bike shop based on Shrivenham Road (by the Magic Roundabout) providing a range of bikes and services. Recycles is a social enterprise based on Princes Street in the town centre which sells refurbished bikes, equipment and services at a reduced cost (you can also donate any pre-loved bikes here).

Your £100 cycle voucher can be used against any of the following purchases:

  • Adult bikes (including e-bikes, adapted cycles etc.)
  • Cycle equipment to help you make journeys by bike (such as pannier bags, cycle racks, baskets, mudguards, trailers, lights, child-seats etc.)
  • Cycle safety clothing (such as hi-viz and waterproof clothing, gloves, helmets etc.)
  • Services and repairs (Does not including upgrades to components for cycle sports)

If your household hasn’t claimed your voucher, contact the travel plan co-ordinator.

Wichelstowe (Canalside)

Residents in the new Barratt and David Wilson Homes on Canalside can take advantage of the “Borrow a Bike” scheme.

Through the initiative, you can borrow an electric, folding, or hybrid bike for up to 6 weeks to see whether cycling is for you.

Information can be found in your Household Travel Information Pack, or on the development’s travel website.

Vicarage Gardens, South Marston

Residents in the Bellway homes in South Marston can take advantage of the “Borrow a Bike” scheme.

Through the initiative, you can borrow an electric, folding, or hybrid bike for up to 6 weeks to see whether cycling is for you.

Information can be found in your Household Travel Information Pack, or on the development’s travel website.

First residents in each home can also have free weekly passes for the S6 bus that travels between Swindon and Oxford via Shrivenham and Faringdon. The leaflet containing the voucher is in your Household Travel Information Pack.

The Paddocks, Blunsdon

Residents in the upcoming Hills Homes development in Blunsdon, called The Paddocks are entitled to claim either a 3-month bus pass or a bike voucher of the same value.

Details of how to claim your offer will be in your household Travel Information Pack. (If it isn’t, please let travelplans@swindon.gov.uk know!)

Hayfield Wood, Blunsdon

Residents in the Hayfield Wood development in Blunsdon, will be entitled to claim a week’s bus taster ticket and will be able to borrow a bike. We understand that the developer is still in the process of setting it up, so watch this space!

As with all developments, the Travel Information Packs will be bulging with maps and information about getting around actively!

Abbey Farm

Residents at the Redrow and Linden Homes development at Abbey Farm in North Swindon are eligible for a £55 voucher that can be redeemed at Mitchell Cycles in Swindon. One voucher per household, the voucher can be used as part payment for any bicycle, equipment or clothing.

The voucher would have been included in the Travel Information Pack that the first residents received when moving in.

If you did not receive a pack or a voucher, contact Travel Plan Co-ordinator, Chris Curtis.

Ridgeway Farm

Whilst this development is nearly a decade old since first occupation, Taylor Wimpey promised the offer of a £50 cycle voucher to exchange at Halfords to the first occupants of each dwelling.

Details of how to get the voucher would have been in your travel information pack.

Ambrose Gardens, Croft Road

The small Taylor Wimpey development off Croft Road promises that “The Welcome Pack will offer each household either a four-week free bus pass or a cycle discount voucher of a similar value. The voucher can be claimed by contacting the Travel Plan Coordinator.” The Travel Plan Co-ordinator is named as Sam Moloney, phone 0117 2441 970.

Coming in 2021/22 … watch this space!

Burderop Park

Former George Gay Gardens, Queens Drive

Oakfield Campus

Catsbrain Farm (Stanton Chase)

Redlands Park, Highworth

Redlands, New Eastern Villages



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