Cycle Friendly Devizes
During the COVID-19 lockdown in mid 2020 many people started cycling more, partly to get some exercise and partly as a way of avoiding the use of public transport. This enthusiasm for cycling has support from the national Government (see their whitepaper Gear Change - A Bold Vision of Cycling and Walking) and is gaining support within Wiltshire Council as part of their measures to tackle the climate emergency. In September 2020 we ran a survey to find out about the pleasures and pitfalls of cycling in the Devizes area. Our findings suggest that more people would cycle here if they felt safer doing so. Hence we are now seeking to make a Cycle Friendly Devizes.
The full report from our survey is available by clicking on the cover image below.
At Devizes Carnival
https://www.wiltshiretimes.co.uk/news/20271333.carnival-procession-brings-devizes-life/#gallery6 Photo credit Wiltshire Times.
Devizes Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan : Consultation now Open
Wiltshire Council have produce a draft plan and you can view maps of proposed routes here and leave feedback on any or all of the routes. We will be holding public sessions with copies of proposed route maps and show you how to use the portal to leave feedback online.We also have a printed information sheet explaining how to leave feedback. Alteratively, you can leave comments with us to pass on to Wiltshire Council.
Bike Week :June 11th 2022
We had a fantastic day at Devizes Sustainabilty Fair. The smoothie bike was a big hit,(borrowed from Wiltshire Wildlfie Trust & ingredients sponsored by Morrisons, Devizes) expertly supervised by Liz. Roger and Sue led enthusiatic cyclists of all ages and abilities around the town cycle routes. Catherine's 'cyclometer' attracted plenty of attention, that we now have a visual respresentation of how cycle friendly Devizes really is. Martin had many engaging conversations around the forthcoming walking and cycling plan for Devizes. Finally, town councillor and CFD member Maria offically opened the new cycle stands with the town Mayor.
May 2022 we are launching our summer guided cycle rides with Roger. If you fancy a new route and company to cycle with, then join us 10.30am at The Wharf for a Sunday morning ride.
Details of the routes and dates will be on our facebook page. Link to all Rogers Routes here.
Our first ride was May 29th. ( https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1910404)
Our second Ride was June 19th (fathers day) a family friendly cycle suitable for children and those less confident.
Out third ride TBC is a circular route with cafe stop. Ride a mixture of road and cross country suitable for most bikes. Map of Route https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1910138
Local Cycling & Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP)
December 2021 meeting of Devizes Area Board, funding was approved to create a LCWIP for Devizes. This will outline a strategic approach to identifying cycling and walking improvements required locally in Devizes and surroundings, which will open up opportunities for local authorities to bid for future active travel improvements.
March 2022 Atkins submitted a plan with the scope being limited to Devizes Town & within a radius of 5km from the town centre. We have asked for the scope to include the proposed Gateway Station and extended to include the following villages: Bromham, Potterne, Poulshot, Rowde, Bishops Cannings, Little Horton, Coate, Etchilhampton and Stert.
April 2022 Work has begun on the LCWIP. Preparations are underway for stakeholder engagement and public consultation in June.
June 2022 Webinar about LCWIP with Wilthsire Council at 6pm on Tuesday June 28th . Sign up here
July 2022 On line consultation here until Aug 1st
Cycle Parking in Devizes
In collaboration with Devizes Town Council, CFD have developed a plan for new cycle parking in the marketplace, comprising of two moveable racks, each for up to 4 cycles, which will be trialled at different locations across marketplace. It was highlighted that these locations should be covered by CCTV.
Feb 2022 : Town Council have ordered cycle racks and are awaiting delivery.
April 2022:Cycle parking has been delivered, awaiting installation.
May 2022- Cycle Parking has been installed
June 2022- 'Official opening'
Minutes of Meetings
Agenda for next meeting
Local Cycling Related Information
If you are looking to use a bicycle to get around Devizes then this cycling map for the town may be helpful.
If you wish to find other cyclists to get together with, or to promote local rides or share interesting bike stuff then try this Facebook group Cycle Friendly Devizes.
For more sporting cycling then check out Devizes Town Cycling Club.
Local shop Bikes 'n Boards is a good place to start if you need a bicycle or related equipment, they also repair bicycles.
More General Cycling Resources
CyclingUK, formerly the Cyclists' Touring Club, is a rich source of information, ideas and route planning. Membership brings benefits such as legal advice and third party insurance.
For touring or for your regular commute there are several route planning websites, it's worth trying a few to see which gives the directions you prefer. You can also use google maps and set it to give a route for a cyclist rather than a driver.
There are many apps that will check and record your speed, distance, route and calories burnt. The best known is probably Strava, available as an app on most smart phones or for taking data from many GPS enabled cycle computers.