Cycling in Canterbury District

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Herne Bay Ladies Cycling Club

May 2nd, 2012

Lady cyclists in the Herne Bay area may be pleased to learn that a new Herne Bay Ladies Cycling Club just started up.

Posted in Cycle rides, Websites

Oyster Bay Trail phase 2 passed!

April 19th, 2012

We’re pleased to announce that the Oyster Bay Trail phase 2 shared cycle route which links the Crab & Winkle Way in Whitstable to the existing portion of the Oyster Bay Trail at Swalecliffe has been given the go ahead at the Canterbury City Council Executive committee meeting this evening. The voting was essentially unanimously in favour with one member abstaining due to having an interest in the scheme.

Posted in Cycle routes

Friends of the Crab and Winkle Line

March 22nd, 2012

The Friends of the Crab and Winkle Line now have a Facebook page:

Posted in Cycle routes, Websites

Great Stour Way link route consultation

February 17th, 2012

Canterbury City Council are consulting on a proposed new section of cycle path to link the existing Great Stour Way cycle and pedestrian path with the end of Whitehall Road. The proposed path will avoid the need to climb a hill when cycling between the Great Stour Way and Canterbury city centre. We encourage you to write in support of this proposal. The consultation closes on 26 March 2012.

Posted in Cycle routes, Strategies & consultations

Another Great Stour Way bench

February 17th, 2012

Another new bench has recently been installed beside the Great Stour Way. This one conveniently allows bicycles to be parked between the slots at the back whilst providing a comfortable outlook to the river and shared cycle / foot path ahead. The bench is situated not far from the Toddlers’ Cove playground at the Canterbury end of the route.

Posted in Cycle facilities, Cycle routes

Horses & Goats Tunnel lighting

February 17th, 2012

The tunnel and cycle route adjacent to the Horses & Goats Tunnel in Wincheap, Canterbury now has lighting fitted, making the route safer for use at night.

Posted in Cycle routes

Oyster Bay Trail cycle route phase 2 consultation

January 19th, 2012

The consultation for the next phase of the popular Oyster Bay Trail cycle route linking Whitstable, Herne Bay, and Reculver is now open. This latest phase will complete the route by linking Swalecliffe and Whitstable and the Crab & Winkle Way. Improvements will also be made to the Crab & Winkle Way cycle route.

Spokes, the Crab & Winkle Line Trust, Sustrans, Canterbury City Council and Kent County Council have all been involved with the planning of this route and we fully support the plans. We strongly encourage you to write in support of these proposals in order to assure that they will go ahead. More details on the proposals can be seen here:

You can show your support for this scheme by answering the short online questionnaire here:

Canterbury City Council would prefer responses online instead of by post since this will speed up the collation of all of the responses. Consultation responses need to be received by 21 February.

Posted in Cycle routes

New cycle signs installed in Canterbury

November 5th, 2011

A number of new cycle signs have just been installed around the Toddler’s Cove and Wincheap areas of Canterbury for directing cyclists along the new Great Stour Way cycle path to Chartham and via the Horses & Goats Tunnel to Wincheap. We’d be interested to hear what cyclists think of these new signs. Please leave your comments below.

A gallery of all of the new signs can be seen on CycleStreets.

Posted in Cycle facilities, Cycle routes

New picnic bench installed on the Great Stour Way

August 20th, 2011

A new carved picnic bench and associated cycle parking have been installed on the Great Stour Way this week. This follows the recent installation of several interpretation boards around the Hambrook Marshes through which the Great Stour Way passes.

The picnic bench and cycle parking have been part funded by Spokes in conjunction with the Kentish Stour Countryside Partnership.

Posted in Cycle facilities, Cycle routes

Signposts and benches installed on Great Stour Way

July 3rd, 2011

We’re pleased to see that signposts and benches have now been installed on the Great Stour Way riverside cycling and walking route between Canterbury and Chartham.

Posted in Cycle routes

Canterbury gains more riverside cycle path

May 20th, 2011

In February we posted an update about the shared-use riverside cycling and walking path at the edge of Kingsbrook Park in Canterbury. We’re pleased to see that the public has now gained access to part of this route in the last few days.

The full extent of the path through to Barton Mill isn’t available yet, since building work is still taking place adjacent to it at the Barton Mill end of the Kingsbrook Park housing development. However access is available both to the old site of the coach park (which housed the temporary Marlowe Theatre) via a new cycle and pedestrian bridge. Pedestrian access to Barton Mill can be achieved by using the roads in Kingsbrook Park to access the riverside footpath on the northern side of the development and walking eastward along this.

We look forward to when the full length of the southern shared-use path will be available in the coming months.

A map showing the new path’s location can be seen here:

The cycle path is shown as a dotted blue line.

Posted in Cycle routes

Canterbury’s Horses & Goats Tunnel is open

May 11th, 2011

Horses and Goats TunnelThe Horses & Goats Tunnel is now open. The tunnel provides a traffic-free cycling and walking route between the Wincheap Trading Estate and the new Connextions housing in Canterbury. It provides a vastly better alternative to cycling the A28 in Wincheap.

Posted in 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 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

Stop Climate Chaos Coalition cycle ride and pledge

April 19th, 2011


A Pledge to be adopted by Canterbury District Council and presented to Council representatives by the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition on April 16 2011.


This pledge is to be taken back to the first full committee meeting after the elections on May 5 2011 by Council representatives, for discussion, debate and (we trust) adoption to enable Canterbury District Council to fulfil its voluntary and legal obligations with regard to climate change and air pollution.

Climate change

In order to fulfil our commitment under the Nottingham Declaration that the Council signed up to in December 2007 and to help the Government meet its national and legal commitments, we Canterbury District Council agree to implement the following measures:

i) to work with central government to contribute, at a local level, to the UK Climate Change Programme, the Kyoto Protocol and the carbon reduction programme by 2010;

ii) participate in local and regional networks for support;

iii) within the next two years develop plans with our partners and local communities to progressively address the causes and impacts of climate change, according to our local priorities, securing maximum benefit for our communities;

iv) publicly declare, within appropriate plans and strategies, the commitment to achieve a significant reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from our own authority’s operations, especially energy sourcing and use, travel and transport, waste production and disposal and the purchasing of goods and services;

v) assess the risk associated with climate change and the implications for our services and our communities of climate change impacts and adapt accordingly;

vi) encourage all sectors in our local community to take the opportunity to adapt to the impacts of climate change, to reduce their own greenhouse gas emissions and to make public their commitment to action;

vii) monitor the progress of our plans against the actions needed and publish the results.

In particular, under iii) above we agree to devise and adopt a Climate Change Strategy to achieve all the above as a matter of urgency, by using the guidance set out in:

Air pollution

Canterbury’s air pollution is in breach of legal air quality objectives in Broad Street/Military Road, Upper Bridge Street, Lower Bridge Street, Sturry Road, North Lane, St Dunstan’s St., St Peter’s Place, Rheims Way and Wincheap. Air pollution is progressively getting worse. According to Bureau Veritas, the council’s air quality experts, there will need to be a 50% reduction of vehicular traffic if air quality objectives are to be met. We therefore agree to the following measures;

i) to employ an independent expert to create a transport blueprint for Canterbury that will reduce vehicular use by 50% so that legal air quality objectives can be met.

ii) to employ a health expert to undertake a study on the impacts of air pollution on people’s health in the pollution hotspots in Canterbury.

iii) To introduce Low Emission Zones across the district to target heavy goods vehicles, buses and delivery vehicles.

Contact John from the local Stop Climate Chaos Coalition for further information:

Posted in Uncategorized

Horses and Goats Tunnel progress apace

April 14th, 2011

Spokes is very pleased to learn that good progress on the construction work at the Horses & Goats Tunnel in Canterbury is being made. This is the route beneath the Canterbury East railway line that will allow cyclists and pedestrians to pass between Wincheap Industrial Estate and the Connexions housing development (on the site of the former telephone exchange) avoiding the motor traffic on the A28. More information on the history of our campaigning for this route can be found on the Horses & Goats Tunnel page in the Future Routes section of our website.

A surface is now down through the tunnel and we’re informed that there’s a chance that the route may be open in time for Easter. Remaining works that still need to be undertaken include fencing, lighting, and signing.

Our thanks go to Sheila Flynn, Senior Transportation Officer at Canterbury City Council, for the photographs below and her continued efforts to support cyclists.

Posted in Cycle facilities, 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

Crab & Winkle bridges granted permission

March 8th, 2011

The Crab & Winkle Way bridges, which enable the popular cycling and walking route to extend through to Whitstable harbour, have just been granted planning permission.

Background information about the plans can be found in the Crab & Winkle Way Extension portion of our Future Routes pages.

Posted in Cycle routes

Kingfisher Way improved cattle grids

March 3rd, 2011

Spokes are pleased to see that improved cattle grids are now being installed on the new Kingfisher Way cycle route between Canterbury and Chartham. This follows Spokes complaining to both Kent Highway Services and Canterbury City Council about the previous “pointed” cattle grids, which could easily cause damage to bicycles.

(Note that since this post was first made the route has now been officially called the Great Stour Way, instead of the Kingfisher Way)

Posted in Cycle facilities, Cycle routes

Progress on riverside cycle route at Canterbury’s Kingsmead

February 26th, 2011

We’re excited to see that the construction of Canterbury’s new riverside cycle path beside the new Kingsbrook Park housing at Kingsmead is nearing completion:

Background information on the route can be seen in the Kingsmead Bridge to Barton Mill portion of our Future Routes pages.

Posted in Cycle routes

Kingston bridge feedback

February 26th, 2011

Atkins, working for the Highways Agency, are keen to receive feedback about the recently added bridle/cycle/foot bridge. If you’d like to provide feedback please download a copy of the questionnaire.

Posted in Cycle facilities, Strategies & consultations

Crab and Winkle bridges planning application delayed

February 9th, 2011

Last night’s Development Control Committee in Canterbury’s Guildhall decided to hold a site inspection in relation to the proposed Crab & Winkle Way bridges in Whitstable. This means that the planning application will be decided at the Development Control Committee meeting following the inspection, i.e. 8th March 2011 at 18:30. This is an unfortunate setback, but we’re still looking forward to seeing the planning application granted in a month’s time.

Posted in Cycle routes

Crab & Winkle Way bridges planning application to be decided next Tuesday

February 1st, 2011

The planning application for installation of some bridges in Whitstable, to extend the popular Crab & Winkle Way cycling and walking route further into the town, will be decided on Tuesday 8th February. The council’s Development Control Committee meeting will be held at 18:30 in The Guildhall, Canterbury (adjacent to Westgate towers / Westgate Gardens). We encourage a large number of people to come along to watch the proceedings and demonstrate the level of support that the proposals have.

The Future Routes section of our website contains further background information about the Crab & Winkle Way extension.

Posted in Cycle routes

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

Even more cycle parking at Canterbury West

December 1st, 2010

There’s now even more cycle parking parking at Canterbury West station and a shelter has been erected over half of the new cycle parking. It’s great to see that a large amount of the new capacity is already being used, even in these snowy conditions. Well done Southeastern.

Posted in Cycle facilities

Future routes

Cycling maps

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


Station Cycle stands capacity Cycle lockers
Adisham 0 0
Bekesbourne 0 0
Canterbury East 46 9
Canterbury West 116 ?
Chartham 16 0
Chestfield & Swalecliffe 0 0
Herne Bay 30 8
Sturry 6 0
Whitstable 32 6