In this month’s newsletter, we’ll bring you some good news stories and let you know what support is available at this time. Due to the situation we find ourselves in we have had to postpone many of our planned activities but are continuing to deliver travel advice via email, phone, website and social media. We aim to support people across our area with essential travel and keeping fit any way we can. Please let us know how we can help!
Best Wishes, Alexa and Sam..
Essential travel support
Due to Covid19 we are refocusing our activities to provide support you need over the coming weeks. Our previously planned cycling and walking group activities will be rescheduled to run later in the year (as and when possible). For public transport updates see the Public Transport page of our website. We’re continuing to offer the following support:
– FREE personalised route planning – maps and advice for walking and cycling on the phone, via email, Whatsapp or video.
– Advice on how key workers can request to hire a bike for free or get a £100 grant for a refurbished bike. Contact us or see more information here.
– Our website has a range of resources from videos on learning to cycle to local walks or rides you can do to stay fit as part of your daily unit of exercise. Please closely respect government guidelines on social distancing.Please get in touch if you would like travel advice or would like to suggest how we can help:
Support for Key Workers
TravelWest has created a page for advice and support for key workers, including public transport updates. See their page here. Support for key workers in Bristol who cycle includes:
- Wheels to Work West Bristol are offering key workers a £100 discount off a refurbished bike
- Free bike hire for key workers from TravelWest/Betterbybike, more information here
- Sully Cycles are offering all key workers a free bike service, along with a commuter jacket, helmet and a set of bike lights
- The Bristol Bike Project are offering 20% off everything to key workers
- The Electric Bike Shop are offering free bicycle checks and maintenance for key workers, all labour included
- Taylored Cycles are offering a Key Worker Call Out Service to help you to keep commuting by bike. You will get a free basic tune-up service worth £40 (anything additional will need to be paid for separately). Book a call out
- Halfords are offering free bike services to NHS and emergency workers
See more details of how Travelwest can support key workers here including free parking in some areas.
Walking and cycling map
Join our new walking and cycling group
We’ve started a new Facebook group called Severn Ride and Striders, where people can organise rides or walks, share ideas or advice and discuss all things cycling and walking! Let us know about your experience of the routes across the area. Join the group here.
You can also follow our latest updates for Ride and Stride on our Facebook page here.
Click here to join
Avonmouth and Severnside walking and cycling routes
Improvements are ongoing across the area, with Sustrans completing initial feasibility and outline design work on several routes. Resurfacing work has been completed on NCN route 4 (Farm Lane) connecting Cribbs Causeway through to Severn Beach, which is an excellent section of path with great views. Refurbishment of this route will be ongoing until the autumn of 2020.
SevernNet & Sustrans are working together to continue to improve the network subject to funding being identified in the recently announced second round of Road Investment Strategy (RIS2) funding by the Department for Transport. See our map for local cycling routes.
Coronavirus – essential travel and staying active
We are offering support for those who need to make essential travel at this time and those who want to stay active to keep fit.
Essential travel – public transport
Our website has lots of resources such as our Public Transport page for regular updates and links on local travel. See the TravelWest website for advice for essential travel and support for key workers.
Essential travel – walking and cycling
For those who will continue to walk or cycle to make essential travel see our Walking and Cycling resources page on the website here. There are links to videos and websites with lost of tips on how to get cycling or places to walk. Our map will also help you find routes to use. See the TravelWest website for advice for essential travel and support for key workers.
Staying active – helping you stay fit
It’s important we stay fit and healthy be continuing to exercise so see our Staying active page here for tips and advice.
Weekly Challenge – Keep an eye on our weekly active challenges, to help you think of ways to stay fit.
Government guidelines allow for exercise once per day, which reflects the importance of continuing to stay active. Please note, the government advice on exercising outdoors during Coronavirus is: “One form of outdoor exercise a day – for example, a run, walk or cycle – alone or with members of your immediate household”. The advice goes on to say you should stay 2 meters apart from anyone else that doesn’t live in your household and also to stay local to your home. We have created a page of resources to help you stay active here, with indoor and outdoor exercise tips.
Journey On – Tom Wilmott, GKN
We will be profiling people who have taken up sustainable and active travel on our Journey on page!
Would you imagine that your journey to Western Approach each day could be filled with grass, trees and wildlife? After a look at the Severn Ride & Stride walking and cycling map, Tom Wilmott, GKN’s Energy and Sustainability Manager decided to give it a go…
Let’s hear it from Tom! Despite cycling 4 days a week to Filton from Bedminster, I had always considered cycling to Western Approach as being too dangerous, but only because I imagined cycling the routes that I drove. The cycle maps developed by the Severn Ride & Stride project were of great help and proved that my impression of Western Approach being unsafe to cycle to and around was wrong! Having the chance to discuss the route in detail with the Ride & Stride team was the point I realised there was a safe, viable route. Read more…
Alexa and Sam work on the Severn Ride & Stride project, which aims to promote active and sustainable travel across the area. We want to encourage more people to get active and help the community access opportunities for work and leisure.
Please do get in touch to book an activity or find out about our range of services to help get you or your business travelling more sustainably.
The Severn Ride & Stride project is delivered in collaboration by SevernNet and Sustrans and funded by Highways England.