Forum meetings cancelled

You won’t be surprised to hear that our bi-monthly open forum meetings have been cancelled for the foreseeable future. Rest assured we’ll remain active in the virtual world (as well as behind the scenes). You can keep up-to-date with us on Facebook and on twitter. Keep cycling, but keep two metres apart In these difficult […]

Proposed development sites assessed for sustainability and active travel

Horsham District Council is currently reviewing its list of potential housing development sites to identify whether it has sufficient land to meet its ten-year requirement to build new homes. Developers have put forward early proposals for the largest of these sites (over 1,000 homes). Included in the list are sites on the outskirts of Billingshurst, […]

Another summer in cycling heaven

After another summer holiday spent cycling in the Netherlands (the fourth in as many years!) you might think I’d be feeling a bit jaded by now. Far from it. The more time I’ve spent there the more I’ve come to realise just how amazing – yet at the same time how utterly ordinary – the […]

New county-wide cycling design guidance announced

West Sussex County Council’s long-awaited Cycle Design Guide has finally been published. Whilst not as robust as we’d like (and it’s only guidance, not standards) this is nevertheless a welcome step forward. There is now a clear vision of what local planning authorities should expect of developers. Specifically written for West Sussex, the Guide is […]

Christ’s Hospital bridleway saved!

Following the outcome of a public inquiry the popular bridleway at Christ’s Hospital School has been saved for future generations to enjoy. The Open Spaces Society (who led the objection) issued the following statement: The school had applied to the highway authority, West Sussex County Council, to divert the popular route across the playing field […]

Image is everything: When is a cyclist not a cyclist?

When is a cyclist not a cyclist? When they’re just a person who currently happens to be riding a bicycle. What people think of when they hear the word “cyclist” determines how they are treated, sometimes with deadly serious consequences. In the UK, the word “cyclist” conjures up images of head-down, lycra-clad young men (mostly) pedalling […]

Postcards from the Netherlands – was it all just a dream?

Each summer for the last three years I’ve spent time cycling in the Netherlands. This year, along with visiting Amsterdam of course we went further afield: to the Veluwe National Park in the east with its 1,800 (!) free White Bicycles, to the cities of Delft and Haarlem and – for the first time – […]

Cycle tour operator calls for paved surface to make Downs Link accessible for all

Following a ride on the Downs Link with his young family Alex Baines-Buffery, who runs the Wine-Rides cycle tour company in Dorking, has written to the new Cabinet Member for Highways Roger Elkins asking for the route to be paved. Their experience is familiar: when it rains you get plastered in mud, sharp stones in […]

Waltham Forest Mini-Holland scheme shows how to create better streets for everyone

What does it look like when you create a more liveable neighbourhood? What does that change look like on the ground, and how do you get the local community behind the change? These were some of the questions we were hoping to answer from our visit to the Waltham Forest Mini-Holland scheme earlier this month. […]

Ladies-only bike ride basks in the sun

The sun shone for the 2018 ladies-only bike ride. Organiser Thea Bredie sent this report. Sunday 8th July saw this year’s first Shelley Bike Ride, on a wonderful sunny day. The women-only ride was part of Cycling UK’s second annual Women’s Festival of Cycling. At the start Horsham MP Jeremy Quin took time to greet us […]