24th February 2024

Search Kettering Town Council

Cycling

Introduction

Cycling can provide a quick, healthy and enjoyable means of transport. They are often a faster form of transport in congested traffic. Cycle parking is often free and located in convenient places. Battery power assisted cycles are available, as well as the traditional manually powered bikes, to assist people with health and mobility issues or just to reduce the effort of using a cycle.

North Northamptonshire Council's website provides information and links cycling

Cycle Northants (northamptonshire.gov.uk)

The Voi e-cycle trial scheme currently provides adults access to battery assisted cycles – see Voi electric vehicles

Safety and security

Cycle Safety – THINK! Provides advice for cyclists which includes:

  • Ride decisively and keep clear of the kerb.
  • Look and signal to show drivers what you plan to do, make eye contact where possible.
  • Avoid riding up the inside of vehicles, as you might not be seen. If a vehicle is indicating to the left hang back at the junction to reduce the risk of a collision.
  • Always use lights after dark or when visibility is poor. Wear high-visibility and reflective clothing and accessories at all times
  • Wear a correctly fitted cycle helmet that is securely fastened and conforms to current regulations.
  • Your local council can help you plan your journey by providing maps showing dedicated paths and routes.
  • Where possible, try to maintain a safe distance when you cycle, for example when waiting at crossings and traffic lights.
  • Where using bikes (private, docked or dockless) wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or sanitise your hands before and after cycling.

Highway code guidance can be found at

Rules for cyclists (59 to 82) - The Highway Code - Guidance - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Advice on bike safety, maintenance and security can be found at:

Safe cycling - Cycle Northants (northamptonshire.gov.uk)

Bike maintenance and security - Cycle Northants (northamptonshire.gov.uk)

Safety advice for other road users is also provided at

https://www.think.gov.uk/cycle-safety/?msclkid=defdf612bf0211ec922fab2eb565571b

Cycle routes and lanes

Advice on cycling routes around Kettering can be found on North Northamptonshire Council's website

Kettering Cycle Map 2018.pdf (northamptonshire.gov.uk)

Cycling routes around Northamptonshire can be found at:

Cycle routes - Cycle Northants (northamptonshire.gov.uk)

Smart Move for Northamptonshire provides information on cycling including maps, rides, initiatives, hire centres, counters and shops.

https://www.smartmovenorthamptonshire.net/cycle

Cycle storage and parking

Cycle racks and stands are provided around the town and in all newer building developments to allow cyclists to secure their cycles, often with canopies to reduce the effects of weather elements.

Smart Move Northamptonshire provides information on parking locations.

https://www.smartmovenorthamptonshire.net/map

Kettering railway station has a bespoke covered and secure cycle hub with space-saving two-tier racks to maximise the number of parking spaces. The cycle has a contemporary feel with security including lighting, CCTV, and access control.

Training for children and adults

Advice on training can be found at

Cycle training - Cycle Northants (northamptonshire.gov.uk)

Childrens training can be done through the Bikeability scheme, a cycling training programme providing practical skills and an understanding of how to cycle on today's roads. Outspoken is the provider delivering Bikeability in the majority of Northamptonshire's primary schools on behalf of the county council.

Adults have a range of courses available nationally that give you the skills needed to become a ride leader or Bikeability instructor. Visit one of the following for further details and to search for a course:

The local Bikeability delivery partner, Outspoken, also offer instructor training.

Schools, organisations and clubs

Schools

Cycling is an effective, sustainable mode of travel to school and is also a great way to help children get more exercise into their day. Cycling to school helps children to develop road safety skills and learn how to manage risk gradually. Further guidance can be found at

Cycle to school - Cycle Northants (northamptonshire.gov.uk)

You can find links to initiatives, stories, resources and products on this topic, and many others, at:

Active Travel Solutions For My School | Brightwayz

Grange Primary Academy > Enrichment > Active Travel Ambassadors

Organisations

Useful websites offering a huge array of cycling information include:

Clubs

Kettering Cycling Club | Cycling for all

A friendly club with a diverse membership across all ages (5 to 80 years) of like minded cyclists and their families seeking to enjoy all aspects of cycling. See website for details:

http://www.ketteringcyclingclub.co.uk/?msclkid=3d63c4edbf0411ec98b74abc26d8a5ab

Kettering Big Bike Ride

Every month they host a themed bike ride to take you to a fun point of interest around Kettering town - and dressing up for the occasion! Cyclists of all abilities welcome - just come along for the ride!

https://www.facebook.com/ketteringbigbikeride

Last updated: Thu, 08 Dec 2022 14:09