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Beating the Winter Cycling Blues

Winter is not the ideal time to get out on your bike but barring hell and high water the benefits of empty bike racks at key points around the town and avoiding parking problems and charges mean there’s still plenty of reasons to break out the wheels and get pedalling!

As always, and especially as the light goes earlier and earlier, the most important thing is to be safe. Follow these tips and you increase your chances of making it through winter with a healthier heart and a fatter wallet!

  1. Be safe, be seen. The absolute golden rule of riding, anywhere, especially when it’s dark by the time you leave the office. You don’t need lights like searchlights, but fork out enough to get a decent set to make sure you are clearly seen! Modern LED lights are small, light and bright. Pay attention to the mount and the weight of the light, as after a while bumps will wreck weak mountings. A British Standard mark set will set you back around £20, but remember you will probably save on transport and parking.
    Top tip - make sure the rear light won’t be obscured by coats, bags, mudguards etc.
  2. Get a high visibility jacket. Lights help, but forget about fashion and make sure your clothes are bight and reflective. Most shops sell reflective armbands and similar items – every little helps, but the best is a hi-viz vest or jacket. Professional hi-viz vests can be expensive but the ones down M.A.S.H. cost about a fiver. The vests can go over whatever you are wearing, and roll up into a pocket or bag when you reach your destination. Cheap, bright lightweight coats are sold in Sports Direct.
    Top tip – if you wear a backpack you are probably covering most of your hi-viz vest. Reflective bag covers can help.
  3. Mudguards and old shoes – The downside of living in a green and pleasant land is that rain never seems far away, at this time of year. A light waterproof is a good start. Remember roads will stay wet long after the rain has stopped – mudguards are easy to fit and help keep you dry, getting you to places without a wet line running up your back.
    Top tip – Shoes and gaiters or old trousers you don’t mind getting wet area a good idea, Mudguards aren’t ‘keep-me-dry’ miracles!
  4. Look after your bike – Bikes generally don’t need much maintenance, especially if you are not putting in miles and miles. Keep your brakes well adjusted and responsive. With all the moisture in the air certain parts, usually the chain, may start to rust. Some decent chain lubricant will stop this and extend the life of your chain. It only costs a few quid, and a thin film will avoid picking up dirt and is enough help keep rust at bay.
    Top tip – Home-mechanics favourite WD40 is good for driving out water from soaking chain links, but is not a good lubricant for chains!

If you are unsure how to service your bike take it to a qualified bike mechanic in a shop rather than take the risk on the road.

Where to buy?

Folkestone

Hythe

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How to take a bicycle through the Channel Tunnel

A little known cycle service makes it easy to cycle in France (and back)

Boarding with a cycle

The Eurotunnel Cycle Service operates 7 days a week carrying cycles on specially adapted trailers and cyclists in a spacious comfortable minibus.

Depending upon the volume of traffic and the discretion of the driver, you may be able to take advantage of the facilities in the UK and French Passenger Terminal Buildings.

Fares for cyclists

The fare is the same for adults and children with cycles. Children accompanying their parents on a child seat travel free of charge. Tandems are charged by the number of seats, occupied or not. Trailer prices are dependent on the size.

Ticket Fares

Standard single£16
Day Trip return£16
Standard return£32

To make a reservation, contact the Sales Support Department on 01303 282201, Monday to Friday between 09:00 and 17:30. Unless otherwise specified, your booking cannot be refunded. Amendments can be made, subject to availability and up to 24 hours notice before departure.

Tickets for travel with Eurotunnel are covered by current Conditions of Carriage. Please read them before travelling for certain exclusions of liability.

Pick-up and drop-off cycle points

In the UK the pick-up/drop-off point for cyclists is at the Holiday Inn Express Folkestone - Channel Tunnel. 08:00 and 15:30*

In France the pick-up/drop-off point for cyclists is at the car park of the Centre d'Affaires, (next to the Marques Avenue designer outlet centre). 12:30 and 18:00*

* Local times

Capacity

A maximum of 6 cyclists and their cycles can be carried on any departure. Please contact the Sales Support Department to arrange travel for a larger group.

Directions for cars carrying cyclists

Exit M20 junction 12 direction Cheriton, A20. At the roundabout, take 3rd exit keeping to right hand lane direction Cheriton/Sandgate. Follow signs MOD, the Holiday Inn Express will be on your left.

Directions for cyclists travelling by train

Alight at Folkestone West Railway Station. Turn left out of the station onto Station Road. Turn left into Cheriton Road going into Cheriton High Street. Take left turn (towards Tesco’s). Follow signs MOD, the Holiday Inn Express will be on your left.

Parking

Parking at the Holiday Inn Express Folkestone - Channel Tunnel is available for a daily fee, paid directly to the hotel. No reservations can be made in advance and is subject to availability.

For further information call 01303 298 450.

New website

A new website is coming soon. See cycleshepway.org.uk.

Recent blog postings

Times Campaign: Shepway District Council’s response

May 9th, 2012

Shepway District Council have responded to our letter asking that they support the Times’ Cities Safe for Cycling campaign.

Posted in Uncategorized

Cycle Shepway AGM in January

December 12th, 2011

The Cycle Shepway (formerly Shepway Cycle Forum) AGM will be taking place at 7pm on January 26 2012 at Shepway Civic Centre. Cyclists who live or work in the area are encouraged to attend in order to help further cycling in the district.

Posted in Events

Cycle route extended along Royal Military Canal

August 15th, 2011

National Cycle Route 2 west of Hythe has recently been extended to follow more of the path beside the Royal Military Canal. The increased traffic-free stretch extends beyond West Hythe to Aldergate Bridge following the southern boundary of Port Lympne wild animal park. You may even catch a glance of some of the animals in the park, as pictured.

The new path of National Cycle Route 2 can be seen on OpenCycleMap.

Posted in Cycle routes

Local elections 2011

April 11th, 2011

We’ve asked all of the candidates for councillors in Ashford Borough, Canterbury District, Dover District, Shepway District, Swale Borough, and Thanet District for their views on a number of cycling-related topics. Their answers can be found on our May 2011 election page.

Posted in Uncategorized

Shepway cycling plan adopted

March 22nd, 2011

Following on from yesterday’s post about the Shepway Cycling Plan, it was adopted last night. We now look forward to the improvements that it will bring for cyclists across the whole of Shepway district. Well done to everybody that campaigned to see its introduction, with particular congratulations to the Shepway Cycle Forum.

Posted in Strategies & consultations

Councillors decide on Shepway cycle plan tonight

March 21st, 2011

The councillors that sit on Shepway’s Joint Transportation Board will decide whether to approve Shepway’s Cycle Plan tonight. The plan has been in the making for several years. Shepway Cycle Forum and Spokes have been involved with much of the consultation on the document and have been campaigning for its introduction for quite some time. The introduction of the plan will allow developments within the district to be judged assessed against the plan for how they contribute to its policies. This means, for example, that new developments should provide cycle parking provision and, if of sufficient scale, cycle paths.

The final draft document can be found in the meeting’s agenda:

http://www.shepway.gov.uk/moderngov/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=150&MId=221&Ver=4

We look forward to a positive decision tonight.

Posted in Strategies & consultations

Shepway Cycling Plan out for public consultation

July 16th, 2010

Kent County Council and Kent Highway Services have put Shepway Cycling Plan out for public consultation. Shepway Cycle Forum have been campaigning for a cycling strategy for a number of years. We encourage you to make your representation to the plan.

Posted in Cycle routes, Strategies & consultations

Shepway Cycle Forum meet parliamentary contenders

June 15th, 2010

Members of Shepway Cycle Forum had encouraging meetings with Conservative candidate Damian Collins and Lib/Dem candidate Lynne Beaumont in the run up to the General Election. Both pledged support for the forum, particularly in the protracted ongoing consultations with Kent Highway Services over a cycling strategy for Shepway.

With Damian Collins now installed as the new MP for Folkestone and Hythe, the forum looks forward to some heavyweight political clout in the campaign to raise the profile and facilities for cycling in Shepway. Meanwhile, Lynne Beaumont, who took a spin on bike on Sandgate seafront after her meeting, proved helpful in identifying local politicians with cycling sympathies.

The venue for both meetings was kindly supplied by the newly opened cycle and coffee shop The Hub in Sandgate High Street.

Posted in Events, Strategies & consultations

The Hub Cycle Shop opens on Saturday in Sandgate

May 6th, 2010

A brand new cycle shop, “The Hub Cycle Shop“, will open in Sandgate at 2pm this Saturday 8th May. British Olympic Gold Medallist Jamie Staff will open the shop which can be found at 61-63 Sandgate High Street. The shop also contains a coffee shop.

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