Getting on your bike is quick, cheap and provides a number of health benefits such as a positive contribution to weight loss and mental health, and reduced chance of serious illness. Cycling is, therefore, a great way to get around the local area, or if you are a little fitter, to travel further afield.
Wellington Gate will be developed to include a network of attractive cycle routes, linking to the new schools, shops and services that will be provided within the site. Cycling will therefore be the perfect travel choice for many regular internal trips. Of course cycling is not limited to the immediate local area, with a distance of 5km considered by many to be realistic for regular journeys such as the commute. All of Grove and Wantage fall within just 3km of Wellington Gate, meaning cycling will be a practical travel choice for a wide range of local trips.
To the right we have provided links to a range of sources of further information and advice on cycling, including links to local cycle groups, routes and training opportunities. Below we have also provided a link to Cycle Streets, an online journey planning tools developed specifically for cyclists. As well as planning a route, the tool will also let you know how many calories you could burn, whether you will come across any hills, and how much CO2 you could save (compared to driving).
The mapmyride website provides a great online cycle planning tool which details distance, elevation and gives you a visual route map. What’s more you can download the mapmyride app on your smartphone where you can track your route, distance and pace whilst on the go.
Breeze Rides offer women a chance to learn to ride a bike as well as build confidence. The rides are suitable for all and give you the opportunity to socialise and meet new people. For more information, click here.
Oxfordshire County Council provide children with cycle training opportunities through schools. Further information can be found by clicking here.
Cycle training opportunities for adults are also available via the Broken Spokes Bike Co-op. Whether you want to learn to ride a bike, or give your skills a brush-up, the team of instructors can help you gain the confidence to ride happily, safely, and comfortable on the roads.
Cycling UK Wantage is a local member group of Cycling UK, the UK’s national cyclists’ organisation, covering Wantage and surrounding towns and villages.
Click here to find out more about how they support and encourage local cyclists, including their regular programme of rides and social events.