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APRIL 2020
Welcome to Severn Ride and Stride’s first newsletter!

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..

Updates

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.

– FREE 1 to 1 cycle training and confidence sessions outdoors once restrictions are lifted. In the meantime cycle training videos can be found online 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:

Sam Marsh, sam@severnnet.org 07367 064117 or Alexa Bingham, alexa.bingham@sustrans.org.uk 07786 984063

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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:

See more details of how Travelwest can support key workers here including free parking in some areas.

Walking and cycling map

See our map to discover walking and cycling routes. Find quiet paths or find ways to travel around the area. See also our Bus map here.

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.

Tips for staying fit will be on the website or updated on Facebook.

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…

About us

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.

Phone: Alexa: 07786 984 063   Sam: 07367 064 117
Email: rideandstride@severnnet.org
Website: https://severnnet.org/rideandstride/
Facebook: @SevernRideandStride
Twittter: @SevernRide

The Severn Ride & Stride project is delivered in collaboration by SevernNet and Sustrans and funded by Highways England.

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