Wednesday, 16 April 2014

See cyclist Rob Penn at The Hive, Worcester

News of new cycling related events are coming in daily. To add to our April events listed in the last post, you may be interested to know that cyclist and author Rob Penn is speaking at The Hive in Worcester as part of The Hive 'Sports Themed' World Book Night on 23rd April (see also our What's On page).

As advertised, in an 'Audience with Rob Penn' The author of the Sunday Times bestseller ‘It’s All About the Bike: the Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels’ and presenter of the BBC documentary Ride of My Life: the Story of the Bicycle will be giving a talk about his journey to acquire his dream bicycle. It’s a tale of perfect components; it tells how the bicycle has changed the course of human history; it’s the story of why we ride, and why this machine remains central to humanity today.

If cycling literature is your thing, get yourself down to The Hive. There is also a world of cycling literature out there to delve into - try the classic 'Full tilt: Ireland to India with a bicycle' by Dervla Murphy, or numerous books by Josie Dew, go round the world with Anne Mustoe, cycle the Tour de France route with Tim Moore, or for some engaging history about the bicycle, try 'The Bicycle Book' by Bella name but a few. I'm sure readers could add to that list.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Cycling events in Worcestershire for April

The weather is warming up, so you will probably be more keen now to get on your bike or visit events.

There are a few organised charity rides and events coming up this month:

Tomorrow (Sun 13 April), starting  11.30am the Vintage Bike Club are organising a 5 mile ride along the river from the Environment Centre, Worcester - old steed and tweed obligatory?

Wednesday 16 April 10-2 at ASDA in Worcester, the Police Cadets will be offering free security marking worth £10 for your pride and joy.

Cycle security marking
Free security bike marking at ASDA, Worcester
Sun 20 April 10.30 Transition Worcester 17 mile 'leisure ride' from the Pump House Environment Centre, Worcester.

Experienced cyclists may be interested in the Easter Epic Sportive on Sunday 20th April in aid of St Richard's Hospice, starting at Top Barn Farm Activity Centre near Worcester. 

Saturday 26th April Kidderminster Cycle Collectors Fair will be on at the Forest Glades Leisure Centre. 

Sunday 27th April the Blossom Trail Bikeaway caters for cyclists of all abilities, with rides covering various distances, starting from Hampton Ferry, Evesham.

Details of some of these events are also on our What's On page.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Hello and welcome to Push Bike!

Push Bike! is the new cycle campaign group representing cycling interests in Worcester, Wychavon, Malvern Hills and Bromsgrove areas of Worcestershire. We work with local cycling clubs and other organisations to improve local cycle facilities for all and encourage more people to enjoy the many benefits of getting out and about on a bike.

Cycling around Worcestershire has greatly improved over recent years. In our previous guise of South Worcestershire Cycle Group  we helped to promote Worcester's part in the Sustrans Connect2 project which was successful in winning £50 million from the Big Lottery's 'Living Landmarks: the People's Millions'. Worcester's part in this was the Diglis Bridge project which resulted in the building of a walking and cycling bridge over the River Severn at Worcester, linking in with a network of numerous new walking and cycling routes and improved existing routes. This has helped to make access into Worcester city centre and beyond much easier on foot or by bike. Our group contributed to the process by providing advice through many meetings with Worcestershire County Council and City Council. 

Running morning (Courtesy
Improving life for the cyclist (and encouraging new cyclists) is our concern, and there is still much to achieve. As new plans for road schemes, road improvements, housing estates, supermarkets and retail parks emerge, we are contributing to planning consultations to ensure that cyclists are taken into account in the design of these developments.  We look at links from the development to existing cycle routes and how easily and safely anyone can cycle through the site. At the moment we are looking at the proposals for road improvements at The A4440 and Ketch Junction and invite your comments.

Many people would like to take up cycling for the first time, or would just like to dust down their old bike and get cycling again. For many reasons this is often easier said than done, and perhaps your confidence in cycling in traffic may be low. Organised cycle rides are a good way to get cycling. We advertise local rides on our What's on page, along with local cycling events. 

Cycling events bring cycling to Worcestershire residents
We will be blogging helpful tips on getting ready for a spring and summer of cycling, on cycling clothing (specialised or for everyday commuting), on types of bike and other topics.

Bikes for all
News on various aspects of cycling will appear in our column in the Thursday Leisure section of the Worcester News - news relating to cycling and local new developments, cycling schemes in schools, the Tour of Britain 2014 route through Worcestershire and much more...

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