New to Cycling
Cycling for beginners
Cycling is great for your mental and physical health. But it can be daunting learning to cycle for the first time as an adult, or getting back in the saddle after a long time not riding. So, we've put together this handy guide with all our top tips to help you feel confident and safe on your bike.
Cycling for people with disabilities
Think you can't cycle, think again. Cycling can be easier than walking, a way to keep independent, fit and healthy, a mobility aid, and a useful form of everyday transport.
Wheels for Wheels for Wellbeing (WfW) campaigns to make cycling accessible for all. Their website provides a wealth of information about types of bikes suitable for different disabilities and advice on routes to cycling whatever your disability.
The beginner’s guide to city cycling
There’s never been a better time to start cycling, but it can be confusing for beginners. If you’re wondering how to buy the right bike, how to cycle safely on the road, or what to wear for cycling, this guide is for you.
Cycle to work scheme
Cycle to Work is a government initiative twhich offers employees who want to cycle to work the opportunity to get a new bike and accessories, tax-free.
Six reasons to build bike lanes
Separated cycle lanes are good for business, reduce congestion, are fantastic value for money, get more people cycling and are what the public wants. Cycling UK's Head of campaigns, Duncan Dollimore sets out the overwhelming case.
The narrative that cycle lanes are bad for business, cause congestion, aren’t used and that nobody wants them is the lie that’s half-way round the world before the truth has got its shoes on.
So, here’s Cycling UK’s positive case for investing in cycling and building more separated cycle lanes. We're focusing on six key reasons, but of course there’s many more.
Please use them when you hear someone promoting the myths, share them with people you know, and let your local paper know why investing in cycle lanes makes sense.
Don’t be fooled by these 36 common fallacies about cycling – use these explanations to help spread the truth!
cyclingfallacies.com was created this site in order to collate all the facts and arguments about cycling for transport. While there are a great many blogs, articles and videos explaining these concepts, they can often be difficult to keep track of and link to.
If you're a cycle campaigner, you'll probably have come up against the same old arguments time and time again. There are many myths about cycling, which are widespread and often believed, without any basis in fact. So we hope to make it easier for cycle campaigners to win the argument by providing a quick response to these myths.
If you have any suggestions for additional fallacies, links to add to existing fallacies, or corrections to suggest, then please do get in touch with Cycling Facilities using this link
Walk Ride GM
There are several myths around active travel that are often repeated as if gospel. This material from Walk Ride GM highlight some of the ways to counter these myths.
How to prevent ‘bikelash’ in your community:
- Build and support and healthy advocacy eco-system (both online through social media and offline through attending council/community meetings)
- Develop your own media channels.
- Change the conversation through agreement – “Stop arguing with the people who disagree with you – they don’t disagree with you… they love their neighbourhoods too. They just are afraid of seeing it change…” We can bridge gaps to address people’s fears (don’t respond with ‘no, but…’; instead, respond with ‘yes, and…’)
Cycling in Pedestrianised Areas
This blog lays out the arguments for allowing cycling in pedestrianised areas and presents evidence from the Road Transport Laboratory which concludes.
Diversity in Cycling
This report started as a grassroots project that was sparked by a conversation between experienced road racer Andy Edwards and Black Cyclists Network founder, Mani Arthur, Diversity in Cycling - which will be shared by British Cycling to its network of volunteers, clubs and members - sets out to explore the experiences of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) cyclists taking up cycling as a sport for the first time.
The report includes contributions from over 60 male and female BAME riders and provides credible outputs and practical suggestions that we can all play our part in implementing. As the country prepares for its next landmark moment this September by hosting the UCI Road World Championships for the first time in 27 years, cycling must be shown as a sport and activity which is inclusive for all.
The latest figures from Sport England’s Active Lives Survey provide a sobering snapshot of the disparity in participation levels between different ethnic groups. Over two fifths (41%) of White British people surveyed had engaged with cycling in any form in 2017/2018, compared to around a third of people within the Black (35.8%) and South Asian (32.5%) communities.
This report produced by Westminster University for Transport for London summarises the views of representatives of London Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) who responded to a survey conducted in March 2017 asking them about their views on the Healthy Streets Approach. It includes anonymised qualitative and quantitative material from the survey.
Over 85 per cent of responding BIDs said a good environment for walking, cycling, and spending time in is important for business performance.
This report prepared by UCL as a commission from Transport for London found that improvements to the quality of the publicly owned and managed areas of London’s mixed streets, such as high streets and town centres, return substantial benefits to the everyday users of streets, and to the occupiers of space and investors in surrounding property in multiple ways
The purpose of this Streetscape Guidance is to set a high standard for the design of streets and spaces by applying best practice design principles. With imaginative application of the right materials and good craftsmanship.
Produced by Transport for London the guidance will be of value for the design of streets and spaces in all our towns and cities.
Local Cycle Routes
Other Local Groups
Southam Cycle Route
This local group wants to create a safe cycle route from Coventry/Rugby island running parallel to the Coventry road ending in Long Itchington. They are hoping to push the route back into the Cemex land so it will be completely traffic-free, off the road.
Improve life in Southam
The cycle route will encourage walking & cycling. When you exercise your body becomes fitter & releases endorphins which can increase your positive outlook.
It will make the roads safer
The cycle route will separate the road traffic, cycling & walking. Fewer obstructions on the road to slow the traffic while much safer routes for cycling and walking.
It will help slow down climate change
Every trip taken by bike or walking is one less person taking a car trip. Less car use means less Carbon Dioxide released, which helps to save our planet.
It will increase tourism
The route will be a beautiful pathway between the Historic town of Southam to the beautiful village of Long Itchington. It will also link Southam to the existing National cycle route.
St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School Cycle Bus
The St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School Cycle Bus was set up in 2019 and is Warwickshire’s first school cycle bus.
Set up by local parents Aurélie and Adam Tranter (who became the first Bicycle Mayor of a UK City in February 2020), the school cycle bus provides a safe environment for children to cycle to school in the absence of safe cycle infrastructure.
This website provides brief information on the bus as well as a guide on how to set up your own.
Warwick Gates Cyclebus
A bicycle bus serving the following schools in the Heathcote Park, Warwick Gates, and Whitnash.
- St Joseph’s Catholic primary school
- Briar Hill infant school
- St Margaret’s C of E junior school
School cyclebuses provide a safe way for children to cycle to school escorted by parents and volunteers. They provide a great way to introduce children to cycling and off exercise for parents and children, reducing the congestion and pollution caused by the school run.
Clean Air For Leamington Spa
Clean Air For Leamington Spa is a cross-party group of councillors and residents, working to improve air quality in our town. Levels of air pollution in Leamington consistently breach the World Health Organisation’s recommended safety limits, impacting residents’ health and quality of life.
Cycling UK has championed the cause of cycling for more than 140 years. They promote all forms of cycling, protect the interests of existing and would-be cyclists, and inspire people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to discover the joys of cycling.
Members of Cycleways qualify for affiliate membership which provides third party insurance - See members area for information
Brothers on Bikes
Brothers on Bikes (BoBs) has members throughout the UK! Its aim is to share the love of cycling with other brothers from all faiths and beliefs and help those looking to start or get back into cycling BoB cc formed in 2015 and have quickly attracted more than 550 members offering a wide range of rides, including weekly club rides, training rides and several club and open events.
Gear Change - One Year One
A bold vision for cycling and walking
A follow-up from Gear Change confirming its commitment to active travel including cycling, with a clear message to those local authorities who are dragging their feet.
"I support councils, of all parties, which are trying to promote cycling and bus use. And if you are going to oppose these schemes, you must tell us what your alternative is, because trying to squeeze more cars and delivery vans on the same roads and hoping for the best is not going to work."
Boris Johnson PM
A bold vision for cycling and walking
"The joy of cycling is that doing it doesn't just benefit you. It doesn't just make you happier. It doesn't just make you healthier. It helps millions of others too, whether or not they have any intention of getting on a bike. It means less pollution and less noise for everyone. It means more trade for street-front businesses. It means fewer cars in front of yours at the lights."
Boris Johnson PM
This Podcast from Streets Ahead answers your questions about "Gear Change" active travel announcement. Are we changing gear? How much will it all cost? Can you really get a Mini Holland for a fiver? What will Active Travel England do? Did the Dutch invent the Dutch reach? Nearly all will be answered.
Cycle Infrastructure Design
This Local Transport Note provides guidance and good practice for the design of cycle infrastructure, in support of the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy. The scope of the document is limited to design matters. Further reading on related matters, helpful tools and advice on procedural issues are included in the Appendices
Healthy Travel Choices in Warwickshire
Encouraging healthy travel choices within Warwickshire is an important agenda, and one that cannot be owned by one single body. In order to help Warwickshire residents make healthier travel choices, colleagues throughout the whole of Warwickshire play a part in enabling the right environment in which these choices can be made safely.
The Healthy Travel Choices document is a tool for members and officers within Warwickshire County Council which outlines evidence based methods that have been proven to help reduce some of the difficulties people face when deciding on their commute, their journey and their choices.
Warwickshire County Council
Warwickshire County Council is responsible for Highways and Cycleways in the County.
We encourage you to report problems relating to roads, highways and paths via their online reporting system
You will find details of your local county councillors here we encourage you to lobby them to promote cycling.
Warwick District Council
Warwick District Council covers Warwick, Leamington, Kenilworth and reaches out into the surrounding villages (Lapworth, Barford and Baginton).
Their responsibilities relevant to cycling include planning, parks and leisure.
You will find details of your local district councillors here we encourage you to lobby them to promote cycling.