Local Transport – cycling

updated 10th Jan 2015

For free fitness, fun and fast local travel, it’s hard to beat riding a bicycle.

The more often bikes are used for short trips in and around town, the more road space and parking places are released for those who really need them, such as people with ill-health, mobility problems or heavy loads. So the road situation improves without even an extra penny spent by the council.

Free (costwise)?
Free (choicewise)?
Fast?
Fitness?
Fun?
Congleton cross-town cycle routes
Cheshire Cycleway and other longer routes
Local cycle shop
Local mobile cycle repair shop
ETA breakdown service for cyclists
Cycle and cycling insurance

Free (costwise)?

Well, once you have a bike, the running costs are very low. Sometimes bikes come up on Freecycle or Freegle pages (both sites are about people offering items to others free – to keep stuff out of landfill – and includes almost anything, not just old bikes). Try Congleton’s, Macclesfield’s and Staffs Moorlands groups. The only rule is you have to offer something before you can ask for something. Sometimes the police have auctions of recovered but unclaimed stolen bikes, and Whittaker and Biggs’ household auctions in town often include bikes.

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Free (choicewise)?

Freedom from bus and train timetables – come and go at times to suit you.

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Faster?

Yes, for local trips, since there is no hassle of finding a parking spot, and there’s often a shortcut denied to motor vehicles.

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Fitness?

Even pedalling at a sedate pace, you burn off more calories than walking, and certainly more than sitting down. You also feel that you are doing something positive for your health, and your pocket, so that improves your mental state too.  Take a look at weight lossand health facts and figures.  If you’re creaking a bit, try an electric bike.

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Fun?

Of course it is! Whizzing down the hills with all that fresh air in your face, being watched by jealous children with their noses pressed against car windows, wishing they weren’t imprisoned in a tin can.

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Cross-town cycle network

For a map of local cycle routes in and across town, look at Congleton Cycling Campaign’s website, or find the group on Facebook.  Even better, join them for £5 per year per household, and benefit from 10% off at the Cycle Centre in West Rd.

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Longer routes

For further afield, try out parts of the Cheshire Cycleway and other local routes.

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Local cycle shop

The Cycle Centre in West Rd is Congleton’s only independent cycle shop – so do make the most of it. If you haven’t time to pop in, then visit their online Cyclestore.

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Local mobile cycle repair shop

If don’t want to do repairs yourself and aren’t able to take your bike to a shop, then there’s a Congleton-based service that will come to you: EzeRider

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ETA breakdown service for cyclists

ETA insurance offers breakdown rescue services for cyclists.

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Cycle and cycling insurance

Bike insurance is quite complicated but there is an insurance comparison webpage that might help you.

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Steps towards a locally resilient and future-proof Congleton