Friday, 29 May 2015

Worcestershire Women Invited to Join Social Cycling Group

Women on Wheels
A social cycling group is encouraging Worcestershire Women to join them for a beginners bike rides now that they have launched their 2015 summer season of rides.

Aimed at those who are new to cycling or returning after a break, the rides organised by Women on Wheels cater for all levels and abilities during the course of the summer.

Women on Wheels Co-Founder Rachel Vann explains:

“This is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy leisurely cycle rides in a safe environment with a group of likeminded ladies”. The group will be offering rides to cater for all levels of ability. As well as ‘beginners’, ‘steady’ and ‘intermediate’ rides, there will be weekly fitness rides on a Wednesday evening. Aimed at those who already have a good base level of fitness, the weekly rides cover a 12 - 14 mile loop to increase confidence on the road and improve fitness.

Since launching the group in October 2012, Co-Founders Amy Taylor and Rachel Vann have seen a huge increase in numbers, resulting in several of the group members undergoing training to become Ride Leaders to offer a greater number of rides, as Amy explains:

“By helping some of our existing members to become Ride Leaders, we’re better placed than ever before to offer a regular programme of rides for a range of fitness levels and abilities. It’s a really exciting time for Women on Wheels, so we’re hoping to talk to as many women as possible on Sunday to kick start our summer season.”

To sign up to either the beginnners ride or the fitness ride,please visit the Women on Wheels Facebook page at or email

Women on Wheels was established in October 2012 by Amy Taylor and Rachel Vann with the aim of providing a safe and friendly atmosphere for women of all levels and abilities to enjoy the benefits of cycling.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Big Bike Revival
The Big Bike Revival is a two-week festival of events from 23 May - 7 June 2015.
Adults in Britain appear to be aware of cycling and its potential for shorter journeys and a large proportion have bikes but are at present not making use of them.
The Big Bike Revival presents people with an opportunity to:
   Carry out basic repairs e.g. fix a puncture
   Cycle safely on and off road
   Donate your old bikes
   Buy a recycled bike
   Get advice about local cycle routes, clubs or activities
The programme is supported by the Department for Transport and delivered in partnership with Bike Re-cycle centres that are operating across England.

In Malvern, over the period, Malvern Cycles will be hosting the Big Bike Revival.
If you have a bike long forgotten and hidden away in your shed or garage this is a time to dig it out.

Malvern Cycles are offering FREE:

Cycle Coaching Saturday 10am session and a 2pm session for Children.
Cycle Safety on and off the road.
Basic repairs and M-Checks
Trade in on old bike
Access to cycle routes and LED rides around Malvern.
Big Cycle Themed Garden Party on the 7th June.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Politics and Cycling

Photo courtesy Free-Pik
Do the two go together? Hopefully they will for the next Government, with the
requirement to set targets for increasing rates of cycling (and walking) and
a budget for such goals to be met. If you want to find out what your
constituency candidates think about cycling and try to influence those ideas
positively before the 7th May, then go to the specialist website Enough of politics!

Worcestershire County Council, in conjunction with Sustrans (
and Cyclists Touring Club (  have planned, developed and signed
five leisure routes, distances from nine to fourteen miles, some of them with shorter
loops, taking in the scenic delights of an easy ride along pedways and canal
towpaths, around the City's boundaries, to a slightly more challenging trip onto the
lanes around Crowle. In between are three other routes to Broadheath/Hallow,
Northwick/Ladywood and Kempsey/Norton.

Start points are the Countryside Centre off Spetchley Road for three of the journeys
and one each at the Environment Centre in Gheluvelt Park and Oldbury Road,
adjacent to the entrance to Worcester University, so plenty of opportunity for
refreshments, before you set off.

The routes generally follow quiet lanes, pedways or towpaths and are indicated by
coloured symbols on a blue background, with a cycle logo. Each map will provide
detail of the symbol to follow, whether taking a main or shorter route.

These make ideal rides for anything from an evening trip to a full day out, with
numerous places to eat, on the way or at the start/finish.

Besides a reliable bike' and a few pieces of kit in case of a puncture, all you need
now is either to download a map from the County Council website
or call at the Countryside Centre (near to County Hall), the Environment Centre in
Gheluvelt Park or Worcester Tourist Information Centre (by The Guildhall), where a
pack of maps for all of the routes is available, free of charge.

The maps are full of detail, including not only the symbols to be followed and
full route, but also refreshment points. So, with Spring arriving, why not get out on
two wheels and enjoy the wonderful countryside in this part of the County.

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