After many years supporting racing cyclists I decided that I would like to develop the touring side of cycling to enjoy our lovely countryside and invite people to join in. Often people do not cycle because they feel that they have to be dressed in lycra and have new specialist machines.
In 2011, with the support of Sustainable Bungay and the Beccles and Bungay Cycle Strategy, I organised a series of rides throughout the summer. The rides were well attended and took people through lanes at a leisurely pace. They were particularly popular during National Bike Week
This year’s Godric Way ride on 22nd July starts at the Library to raise funds. You do not need to be sponsored unless you wish to be. There will be refreshments at the start and finish and also a coffee stop en route. 25 miles – with several short cuts back to Bungay! Keep an eye out for our Car-Free Day cycle events on 22nd September.
Margaret Sheppard (For more information about the Beccles and Bungay Cycle Strategy, Car Free Day or the Godric Cycle Ride contact Margaret through the Sustainable Bungay contact form)
Bike week this year started off with a children’s art competition at Bungay library – this year Margaret Sheppard, Trustee of the Beccles and Bungay Cycle Strategy, themed the competition on Sustainable Transport which resulted in some amazing pictures from local children. Two children from Ellingham Primary school won joint first prizes and it was very hard to judge as all the entries were of a high standard.
On midsummer evening 11 people, plus 3 others on the Community bus, set off down the lanes to St Peters Brewery for Green Drinks (our monthly discussions over a drink). June’s theme was all about cycling, community transport and sustainable travel.
On Thursday 23rd, the Godric Cycling Club and Beccles and Bungay Cycle Strategy organised a free Dr Bike service. After the Dr Bike checks, children from St Edmunds Primary school completed a bike training ride and were delighted to receive their free spoke accessories and Bike Week balloons (all of which were courtesy of Team Green Britain, the national sponsors of Bike Week). Beccles and Bungay Cycle Strategy offered free bells to the children for their bikes.
A group of 27 cyclists converged for lunch at the Rumburgh Buck as the finale to Bike Week in the area. 11 cyclists from Bungay, 11 from Beccles and 5 from other local areas all enjoyed a glorious day’s riding and agreed that it was a great way to end Bike Week celebrations.
This spring and summer Margaret Sheppard, with members of Godric Cycling Club and Beccles and Bungay Cycle Strategy, has organised a series of cycle rides. There’s only one outing left and it covers a particularly beautiful set of lanes through the Waveney Valley between Bungay and Beccles:
Sunday 5th June
Starting at Bungay Buttercross at 10 am the ride with a break for drinks at Beccles Quay. The ride will follow an outward route that takes in Ellingham Mill, Geldeston and Gillingham and returns through Gillingham, Geldeston, Kirby Cane, Broome and Ditchingham (approximately 8 miles each way)
It’s a leisurely ride not a race! The group will move at the speed of the slowest and anyone can come along – brand new carbon fibre racing bikes and full lycra body suits not essential – just a road worthy bike.
Cycling is the key focus as this week is National Bike Week and local community groups are joining up to make the area more bike-friendly.
Sustainable Bungay are delighted to join forces with Beccles Cycle Strategy to become Beccles and Bungay Cycle Strategy and the two towns are sharing information and forging links to make both places easier and safer for cyclists of all ages. Margaret Sheppard of Sustainable Bungay cycled with County Councillor, Dave Richie and District Councillor, Simon Woods and Town councillor, Simon Thompson around Bungayin a two-wheel tour of the town and have identified key areas for possible new cycle paths. The new group is particularly keen on creating safe cycle routes for schoolchildren and are working with the local High School, Primary and Catholic schools.
Sustainable Bungay on Bikes...
This week as part of National Bike Week, the Strategy cycled some of the 5 Loop system around Beccles with the Godrich Cycling Club and Waveney’s tireless Green Party cyclist, Graham Eliot. They have devised maps that span in five directions like spokes of a wheel from Beccles. The maps will be launched this Saturday in Beccles, along with Dr Bike and free bicycle bells. “We hope to learn from the great work Beccles has done,” said Margaret Sheppard who has inspired Sustainable Bungay to take two wheels rather than four.
Sustainable Bungay is one of 350 official Transition initiatives. community-led responses to peak oil, climate change and the economic downturn. We actively work to promote low-carbon travel (Bungay was the first Suffolk town to engage in Carfree day in 2008) and forge alliances with other community groups. Cycling not only promotes health and fitness. but it is also zero-carbon, creates no pollution and in these stringent economic times, very cheap! It is also a great way to meet people, see the countryside and keep in touch with your neighbourhood.