Added new pages

I’ve added some new pages to the website recently.

Downloads has some useful resources.

Stolen Bike Register does what it says on the proverbial tin.

Book library lists some available reading materials.

Cycle Shops is a list of bike shops that we approve of.

I am also drafting an information page for cycle tourism, to include a list of suggested destinations, routes and other information such as travelling by train, ferry and cycle friendly accommodation and bike hire.


Cycle Ipswich Survey 2010

We’ve decided to undertake a member survey, to find out more about our
membership base, in terms of demographics, interests, cycle use etc.

It should take you less than 5 minutes to complete. You can remain
anonymous if you prefer.

I will share the results at the next Cycle Ipswich meeting. The survey will be close on 27th May 2010


Poll: Do you like our website?

Your feedback is important to us. Please fill in this poll.


Ipswich Cycling Festival 9th May 2010

TeamIpswich have announced a Festival of Cycling to take place on 9th May 2010.

The events include:

  • From 9am – 10 am an organised family ride around Ipswich on roads closed specially for the event
  • From 9 am to 4 pm cycling based events on Cornhill, Ipswich.

Why not come along and join us!


The success of the Nacton School Bike Train

For National Bike Week 2009, I organised three events for the three main areas in my life:

  1. Work: Our very own Bicycle Doctor Kevin visited my workplace for a day offering on-site bike maintenance. He worked on 7 bikes.
  2. Cycle Ipswich: I arranged a public “pootle” from Corn Hill to The Douglas Bader public house at Martlesham, using a route suggested by Ray (I think). A few work colleagues joined us for the event.
  3. Community: I publicised through a school news letter that a “bike train” would run from Ravenswood to Nacton. The aim was to get more kids and parents on bikes. If I am honest, I hadn’t expected many people to participate.

The Bike Train turned out to be the runaway success. After the first trip, the mums asked me if we would do it again, and basically since June 2009, every Wednesday and Thursday morning the bike train has run, following Sustrans NCN Route 51 to Nacton Village. Except for during the worst snow and ice that is!

The head-mistress of Nacton School, Mrs Ditton also backed our efforts up, by contacting SCC Road Safety Team and organising playground training for the kids and adults. This was a first for the County because Bikeability is typically aimed at older kids. There simply wasn’t a training programme for kids like ours, who are in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 (aged ages 4-6 in old money). SCC presented us with high-viz vests as well as providing the adults with some important training on cycling as a group. SCC road safety officer Jennie Butcher also accompanied us on the ride, offering her advise when we arrived. I found the whole experience not only very positive, but also very informative. I am sure that we are much safer on the roads and we feel very supported by the school.

The school also revised its School Transport Plan in late 2009 to make better provision for cycling, and SCC have run further playground workshops in early 2010.

Trying to measure the success is hard. It’s a small school and at our most we have had 16 participants, with a hard-core group of six or eight adults and kids, but that is nearly 10% of the school! The kids are getting out, into their communities in ways that they don’t in cars. They are getting active, and building a strong sense of community and independence.

I understand that the school has also been contacted by Cycling England and local authorities for information on how to form their own bike train. We were even featured in a local newspaper!

My aim for 2011 is to iniate a second bike train. It doesn’ t have to be at Nacton School, it can be anywhere, but I would love to start spreading the news!


Response to Major scheme bid

Cycle Ipswich provided a response to the consultation document for Suffolk County Councils Major Scheme bid.

The document is available here Cycle Ipswich response to Major Scheme Bid v1