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Bedford is a lovely place to cycle around; it’s got some great on and off-road cycle routes and is mostly flat making it suitable for every level of cyclist. Cycling is a cheap way of getting from A to B and for short journeys is often the quickest option. It can reduce your stress levels and increase your overall health.
Currently Bedford has at five shops that sell and service bikes: Flamme Rouge, Transition cycles , Cycle King , Halfords and Go Outdoors . You can use the interactive map below to zoom in and locate these stores. Clicking on a selected store will display their contact information.View Full Window version
There are also a number of mobile cycle maintenance companies, who will come to your house or business to service your bike. They include:
4 Bolobec End,
Pitstone, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 9JY
87 Meadow Way,
Leighton Buzzard, LU7 3XN
High street, Kempston,
Bedford, MK42 7BN
07875 536399 or 01234 852885
Whether you’re looking for a lycra-clad ride or a nice pootle to a pub Bedford has a wide range of clubs to suit any type of rider:
Cycling Campaign for North Bedfordshire (CCNB)
CCNB aims to promote, encourage and support cycling in North Bedfordshire. They hope to encourage consideration of the needs of cyclists in all aspects of transport planning and management.
Beds CTC promote cycling for recreation, health and friendship. They run a variety of rides which are suitable for all levels of cyclist.
Beds Road Cycling Club (BRCC)
The object of the club is to provide facilities for, and promote participation of the whole community, in the sport of cycling. They welcome anyone who has an interest in any aspect of cycling, and who supports them in their enthusiastic promotion of its benefits. They organise time trials and road racing for adults and promote race cycling to the younger generation though Go-Ride.
The cycling club for the internet age: iCycle is passionate about encouraging cycling at all levels, especially those new to cycling. Its members take part in road racing, time trials, sportives, cyclo-cross and mountain biking, however many of members simply ride to keep fit, socialise and enjoy the scenery in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Sustrans Bedford Volunteers
Friendly group of volunteers who help maintain and sign cycle routes, promote Sustrans at events and go on social leisure rides.
Bedfordshire Forty Plus Cycling Club
We are a sociable cycling club with informal groups cycling every Tuesday to meet up for lunch. The Bedfordshire section caters for cyclists aged 18 and above looking for a midweek ride in southern Bedfordshire.
The Travel Bedford Cycle Journey Planner helps you plan your travels around Bedford by foot, bike and public transport. Type in your start point and destination, then select the mode of transport you’d like to use and the map will calculate the best route. Happy travelling…
The latest edition of Bedford’s Walking and Cycling map shows routes in Bedford and can be downloaded by clicking the image below.
The latest edition of Bedford’s town centre map can be downloaded here by clicking the image below
Sustrans sell a number of maps that cover Bedfordshire and the surrounding areas.
There are many locations to park your bike, click the image opposite to download the map of the cycle parking in Bedford’s town centre.
Do you know of a nice cycling route that we’ve not included on this website? If so, please let us know by emailing Bedford@sustrans.org.uk or by calling 01234 276 048. It would be ideal if you could mark your route on to a map and send it to us but if this is not possible then give us a call and we’ll do our best to put it on a map for others to enjoy.
There are various different bikes on the market, each with a different use. It is recommended you choose the type of bike which reflects the majority of journeys you intend to make. Even within a style of bike you have lots of choice, it’s worth remembering you get what you pay for but also you may be paying for additional accessories you don’t really need. It is always worth going to a cycle shop to try out the different style bikes and to work out which one suits you best. The different style bikes are:
Sustrans are offering a Free Adult Cycling Confidence Course. This one-off course is aimed at anyone who can cycle but would like to have more confidence while cycling on the roads. The small group will be led by a qualified trainer who will teach about road positioning, signalling, gears and how to cycle safely in traffic. The course lasts about one and a half hours.
To book a space on this course please contact Bedford@sustrans.org.uk or call 01234 276 048
‘I just wanted to send you an email to thank you for organising the cycling course. Phil was very friendly and informative and I definitely feel more confident cycling around the roads.’ - Bedford Resident who attended the cycle course in May 14
‘After the course finished…I was cycling home down on the river paths and I thought I didn't really learn much (but then I have been cycling for lots of years!)…However the next day when I went out on my bike on the roads I felt to my surprise SO much more confident about getting into the correct position on the road in different circumstances. So I was well pleased that I had gone on the course when I realised how much I had learned after all!’ - Bedford Resident who attended the course in July 14
Sustrans are also offering a free Adult Beginners Cycle Course which is for adults who are unable to ride a bike and would like to learn. This course is five, 1 hour sessions. It is led by an experienced cycle trainer and is based in Bedford. If you don't have a bike one can be loaned to you. If you, or someone you know, are interested in finding out more please contact Bedford@sustrans.org.uk or call 01234 276 048.
Bikeability is the ‘cycling proficiency’ for the 21st Century. Bedford Borough Council run Bikeability sessions through local schools. If you’d like your child to be Bikeability trained the first step is to contact their school. All schools with year 5 & 6 pupils need to contact the Borough Council's delivery partner Outspoken to arrange training. Bikeability combined level 1 and 2 training run through middle/primary schools is free of charge. For pupils of schools that decline to run Bikeability training, the Borough Council's summer sports scheme run Bikeability combined level 1 and 2 training. Further details can be obtained from Rachel Felton on 01234 718834.
For lower schools Bikeability level 1 cycle courses are available which provide pupils with some of the safety issues to help them and their parents gain increased confidence when riding their bike. Again please contact the school in the first instance.
For further help and support with regard to cycle training please contact the Council’s Road Safety Team on (01234) 228336 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep one step ahead of those pesky thieves by finding out the best way to lock your bike and have it registered nationally, thus reducing the chance your lovely bike is stolen.
When out and about consider carefully where you lock your bike; is it in an area used by lots of people and is there any CCTV around? Is the item you are locking your bike to secure? Or could a thief remove the item from the ground or lift your bike over the item you’re locking it to?
When at home it is also important to ensure your bike is securely locked to something immovable and hidden from sight of anyone passing by the front of your house.
It is recommended that you use two different types of lock; a D-lock and a cable lock. The reasoning behind this is because criminals often carry one type of tool to either cut a cable lock or saw a D-lock, if you have two different types of lock you’re making it harder for them to get through both locks quickly.
When locking your bike ensure that the frame and both wheels are attached to a secure item and remove any loose items like lights and cycle computers. Below is an example of how best to lock your bike.
This film shot in Bristol shows New York mechanic Hal Ruzel grading different bikes, it shows how easily your bike could be stolen if it’s not secured properly.
There are a number of bike companies available that allow you to registar your bike online so if it is stolen you will have a better chance of getting it back. Also if your bike is marked it is a deterrent for a thief as its more work to sell it on.
For station users the British Transport Police have bike marking events at the train station and Bedfordshire Police run community bike marking events around Bedford.
Always report a stolen bike to the police; the more they know about the more likely they will be able to catch the person responsible. In Bedford you can report a stolen bike by contacting Bedfordshire Police’s Force Control Room on 101
There are many reasons to start or continue cycling; here are a few facts and figures:
It’s often quicker to cycle from A to B then to take the car in Bedford. One local resident was travelling from Kempston tweeted ‘Had a good ride to Priory Park and back. Easy and faster than driving. Should do it more often!’
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