Cycling in Ashford Borough

Recent blog postings

Spokes supports public bridleway creation near Chilham and Godmersham

July 13th, 2012

Kent County Council are now advertising the creation of a public bridleway near Chilham and Godmersham. Spokes have written a letter of support for this because it will enable the potential improvement of the route of National Cycle Route 18 between Chartham and Wye. This bridleway will enable a more direct and less hilly route to be chosen whilst avoiding the busy A28.

Posted in Cycle routes, Strategies & consultations

Bybrook path consultation

November 5th, 2011

Kent County Council have opened a new public consultation for the creation of a new public right of way linking Bybrook with Eureka Leisure Park in Ashford. The proposal is for a public footpath, but we believe that it would benefit cyclists if it could be developed as a cycle path shared with pedestrians.  It would offer shorter journeys between Bybrook and the town centre traffic-free and away from the main roads. The new route would provide an ideal link with the brand new cycle and pedestrian bridge over the M20.

The consultation can be viewed view the following website, where you can also provide your feedback:

http://consultations.kent.gov.uk/consult.ti/PROW_bybrook/consultationHome

Posted in Cycle routes, Strategies & consultations

Ashford’s new cycle / pedestrian bridge is open

November 5th, 2011

Ashford’s new cycle / pedestrian bridge over the M20 opened last weekend. The bridge connects Eureka Leisure Park on the north side of the M20 with Warren Retail Park on the south. On the north side the bridge connects to National Cycle Route 17 and the new Pilgrims’ Cycle Trail. On the south side it crosses Sainsbury’s car park traffic-free to link up with the cycle path beside Simone Weil Avenue.

The bridge has got a good wide surface with a strong grip. It’s also illuminated via lights embedded in the side rails. We hope that this great bridge will be widely used by cyclists and pedestrians.



Posted in Cycle facilities

M20 cycle bridge to be installed this weekend

May 10th, 2011

The new M20 cycle bridge at Ashford between Eureka Entertainment Park and Warren Retail Park is due to be lifted into place this weekend (14th / 15th May). This bridge will provide a replacement cycle route to the one across the M20 Junction 9 sliproads.

Posted in Cycle facilities, Cycle routes

Adopt a Kent Bike It school

April 20th, 2011

Julie Tublin, Sustrans’s Volunteer Development Officer for London, the south-east, and East Anglia has written to Spokes with the following invitation. If you’re interested then please contact her via julie.tublin@sustrans.org.uk or on 020 7017 2356.

I’d like to share some information with you on a potential new project you may be interested in getting involved with.

We are planning to launch a new volunteer pilot project this year in connection with Sustrans Bike It project. I’m writing to you all about it as we would like to start this pilot within schools in Ashford and Canterbury. Myself and the local Bike It officer David Robert, will be managing the project.

Essentially we are looking for volunteers to ‘adopt a school’ and help organise activities in schools that have been working intensively with David during 2009/2010 and 2010/11. The aim of the project will be to help sustain the cycling culture that David has instilled in the schools during their first year.

Attached is a role description which will hopefully give you an idea behind the project and what it will involve.

Specifically we would like the volunteers with this project to organise 1 of 2 activities during Bike Week (20th-24th June) in their adopted school – either a Bling your Bike session, or a talk at an assembly (see attached for more details)

We would also like help with keeping a record of activities, numbers of children participating etc, as well as completing a Hands up survey in June or early July (see attached).

David and I are planning to offer a training/induction session for volunteers keen to help with this project. This will include some general information on Bike It, allocating you to one of the schools, top tips for organising the activities mentioned above etc.

I’m aware that many of you are asked frequently to help with things so please do let me know if you’d rather not get involved this time. As the project will be taking place with schools in Ashford and Canterbury and you are all nearby rangers, it made sense to approach you all first before expanding our request. If any of you know of anyone else in your groups who may like to help, please do pass this information on.

If this project appeals to you please do let me know and we can arrange a session for induction/training with you or help answer any questions you may have!

Posted in Uncategorized

Spring 2011 Bike It newsletter for Ashford and Canterbury available

April 20th, 2011

The Spring 2011 Bike It newsletter is now available.

Posted in Newsletters

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

Autumn/Winter 2010/11 Bike It newsletter for Ashford and Canterbury available

January 10th, 2011

The Autumn/Winter 2010/2011 Bike It newsletter is now available.

Posted in Newsletters

Kingsnorth Meadows cycle route

November 30th, 2010

Spokes are pleased to learn of a new cycle route that’s proposed across Kingsnorth Meadows on the southern edge of Ashford. Indicative plans of the Kingsnorth Meadows cycle route can be downloaded here.

Posted in Cycle routes

Summer 2010 Bike It newsletter for Ashford and Canterbury available

September 23rd, 2010

The Summer 2010 Bike It newsletter is now available.

Posted in Newsletters

New cycle facilities planned at Ashford’s Simone Weil Avenue Sainsbury’s

June 28th, 2010

Spokes are pleased to see the new cycle facilities that are planned at Ashford’s Simone Weil Avenue Sainsbury’s. These include adjusting the car park layout to accommodate a cycle/foot path across the site to link up with the new M20 cycle/foot bridge that’s proposed. Also included are 36 new cycle parking spaces.

Details can be seen on planning application 10/00811/AS. Comments can also submitted via that link.

Posted in Cycle facilities, Cycle routes

Big Wheel of Kent maps and guides now online

May 23rd, 2010

Maps and guides are now online for the free Big Wheel of Kent cycle event on Sunday 13th June:

The Folkestone to Canterbury map and guide will be online in the next few days.

Posted in Cycle rides, Events

Willesborough Dykes cycle path granted planning permission

May 5th, 2010

Spokes is pleased to hear that a new cycle path at Willesborough Dykes, Ashford has been granted planning permission. The route will link from near Ashford’s Asda to the Park Farm housing in the south. The original planning application included lighting, but the planning permission granted does not allow any lighting.

For background on this route, please see our Willesborough Dykes page in the Future Routes section of the Spokes website.

Posted in Cycle routes

Ashford cycling strategy consultation period extended

April 28th, 2010

The deadline for comments on the Ashford Cycling Strategy has been extended until 30th May 2010. For full details please see our previous blog post.

Posted in Cycle routes, Strategies & consultations

Spring 2010 Bike It newsletter for Ashford and Canterbury published

April 14th, 2010

David Robert, the Sustrans Bike It officer for Ashford and Canterbury, has just published the Spring 2010 Bike It newsletter.

Posted in Newsletters

Draft Ashford cycling strategy

February 28th, 2010

Kent County Council have just released a draft Ashford cycling strategy is now out for consultation. Proposals include:

Comments need to be received by 30th April 2010. Spokes will shortly be preparing a response.

Posted in Cycle routes, Strategies & consultations

Ashford Willesborough Dykes cycling and walking path and bridges

February 11th, 2010

A planning application for a cycling and walking path at Ashford’s Willesborough Dykes, running south from Asda towards Park Farm has been placed. Getting to Park Farm as a cyclist from central Ashford is currently quite indirect and this will help with providing a much more direct route. We recommend that you write in support of this application. Comments need to be received by 27th February at Ashford Borough Council.

Posted in Cycle routes

Cycle forum

Please see Ashford Cycling and Walking Forum's page.

Future routes

Cycling maps

Spokes are preparing a number of cycle maps for towns and cities in East Kent. Those in Ashford Borough are listed below. For full details please see our maps page.

Stations

Station Cycle stands capacity Cycle lockers
Appledore 4 0
Ashford International 228 ?
Charing 6 ?
Chilham 0 0
Ham Street 10 0
Pluckley 0 4
Wye 6 0