To ride a bicycle is to have wings
But in Shepway our wings are a little clipped. Our cycle infrastructure is largely non-existent. Where we do have cycle lanes and cycle paths, they are often sub-standard.
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Let us know your concerns and ideas. Write to the local press, lobby your councillors, make your voice heard. Right now, you can back our campaign for a dedicated high grade cycleway from Folkestone to Dungeness by signing our petition. Let’s get Shepway cycling.
Chairman, Cycle Shepway
01303 226234 / 07880 702969
Cycle Shepway is a pressure group campaigning for improvements to the cycling infrastructure across Folkestone, Hythe and Romney Marsh. We want safer cycling: off-road routes, cycle lanes on shared roads and better ancillary facilities – a proper network that links the fragmented paths and lanes we have at present.
We are frustrated at the poor cycle signage across Shepway. Cyclists need safe and well defined routes, especially in Folkestone and Cheriton. On the seafront we need dual-use signage from Folkestone Harbour to Hythe – and ultimately a dedicated high-grade coastal cycleway all the way to Dungeness. And we need more cycle stands.
Set up in 2007 as the Shepway Cycle Forum, we achieved our first major objective in 2011 with a Cycling Plan for Shepway agreed by Kent County Council and its Joint Transportation Board with Shepway District Council, a five-year strategy to make cycling easier and safer.
But it’s only a start. The Plan is largely aspirational. The task of Cycle Shepway is to turn hopes into realities. Our voice must be heard. For instance, we need a seat on the Joint Transportation Board. But the logjam is shifting. With the appointment of a local authority Cycling Champion, we have great hopes of working together with Shepway District Council towards realising our goals. And we continue our wholehearted support for The Times Campaign for Safer Cycling
Cycle Shepway believes even minor improvements will trigger an increase in journeys by bike – to school, station, shops and work. As well as healthy exercise, more cycling will ease family fuel costs and rush-hour congestion. And leisure cycling, already in resurgence, will boom.
When people feel we have a safe and useful network, everyday cycling will take off
Infrastructure for today’s needs
With Shepway on National Cycle Route 2 and Folkestone just 50 minutes by high-speed train from St Pancras, the least we can offer is a near decent infrastructure to help cycling visitors enjoy our coast and countryside.
Cycle Shepway wants an infrastructure worthy of the 21st century – at least as good as the rest of the UK, at best on a par with our Continental neighbours.