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
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
Advice on bike safety, maintenance and security can be found at:
Safe cycling - Cycle Northants (northamptonshire.gov.uk)
Safety advice for other road users is also provided at
Cycle routes and lanes
Advice on cycling routes around Kettering can be found on North Northamptonshire Council's website
Cycling routes around Northamptonshire can be found at:
Smart Move for Northamptonshire provides information on cycling including maps, rides, initiatives, hire centres, counters and shops.
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.
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
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
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
You can find links to initiatives, stories, resources and products on this topic, and many others, at:
Useful websites offering a huge array of cycling information include:
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:
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!