WORKING FOR BETTER AND SAFER CYCLING IN OUR BOROUGH
Who we are
We are cyclists helping people cycle in the borough. You can meet us at a BCOT meeting, (see next meeting on the calendar). Guests are always welcome.
We are campaigners who cycle for all sorts of reasons: fun, health, leisure, shopping, commuting, visiting, recreation, exploring ……
We believe that cycling is an ideal form of transport and want to make the Borough of Basingstoke cycle friendly.
Cycle Basingstoke was founded during Green Week in 2014 with the support of Brookvale Community Centre. John Buckley, a Bikeability Cycle trainer, mayor of Whitchurch, founded the Whitchurch Cycle Campaign.
Heather, our chair, has been lobbying the council for cycle friendly transport infrastructure since 1992 when she was appointed as a Right to Ride representative for Cycling UK. A few of us belonged to the Basingstoke Bicycle Users Group 2000 – 2010 when the council had dreams of quadrupling cycling.
When Martin was mayor of Basingstoke he cycled to all his public functions saving the Borough thousands of pounds. Sheila uses her electric bike to go to Quaker meetings and Alan enjoys days out cycling with his cycle club from Winchester. Bob rides tandem with his wife. Mark cycles to the station for work but also cycles for pleasure at weekends.
What we want
Cycling possible for ALL, whatever their AGE OR ABILITY, whatever their type of bicycle or purpose in cycling.
What we do –
We reply to requests for help.
For example: What is my best route to cycle to work? Heather recommended the alignment of Kempshott to Oakley multi-user route and advised on how to get it implemented.
We reply to lots of consultations and planning applications.
We make requests for improvements – for example a cycle map, improvement in cycle design standards, cycle parking locations and standards, Bikeability training for all.
We speak to influential people – MPs, councillors, the police, businesses.
We listen to what you say at events such as Green Week and the Transport Festival.
We report problems to the police, the council and post them on Openstreetmap (https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Map_Features) , Fix my street https://www.fixmystreet.com/reports/Basingstoke+and+Deane https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/roadmaintenance/roadproblems/potholes