The Cycle Chilterns project, also known as the Chilterns Sustainable Gateways Project, is funded by the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund. In 2012 the project received a grant of £868,000 for a three year project to increase car-free tourist travel from gateway towns in the Chilterns, linking to the Chilterns Cycleway.
The CTC are the lead partner for the project along with Wokingham Borough Council and the Chilterns Conservation Board. (Find out more about the Project Partners.) We aim to encourage more visitors to travel to the Chilterns by rail and to increase cycling within the Chilterns as an alternative to the car.
The Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty includes parts of the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire landscapes. The project is focusing on three main gateways to the Chilterns AONB:
- Twyford and Henley-on-Thames (Oxfordshire)
- Great Missenden, Chesham and Amersham (Buckinghamshire)
- Berkhamsted and Tring (Hertfordshire)
Within these gateways we are encouraging visitors to cycle as part of their holiday through better access to bike hire, increasing knowledge of cycle-friendly accommodation and facilities, improving and marketing the local cycle routes, routes to major attractions and the 173-mile Chilterns Cycleway which loops the area. We are also providing a range of cycling schemes aimed at encouraging local residents to cycle more as part of their daily lives.
PROJECT FUNDED ACTIVITIES
- Built a new pumptrack at Aston Hill, opened Sept 2013
- Linked the Chilterns Cycleway to Amersham, Berkhamsted, Chesham, Great Missenden, Henley-on-Thames and Princes Risborough, Tring, Wendover train stations via signage
- Regular Dr Bike sessions throughout 2013/14 at Amersham, Chesham, Great Missenden, Henley-on-Thames and Tring
- Bikeability training for children in Amersham, Chesham and Tring 2013/14
- Three months of led rides during summer 2013
- An electric bike network in Henley-on-Thames during 2013
- Supported local cycling events organised by Tring & Berkhamsted Cycling Campaign and BucksMTB 2013
- Series of successful Brewery Rides during winter and summer 2014
- Attended county agricultural shows with Shoretrax portable MTB track
- Increased cycle parking at Twyford station in partnership with First Great Western
- Funded purchase of equipment needed to start “Station Cycle Solutions” pop-up bike shop at Twyford train station
- MTB skills training for adults and children at Aston Hill 2014
- Invited and acquired stage 6 of the 2014 Friends Life Tour of Britain to come to the Chilterns and assembled the stakeholders needed to achieve this
- Purchased 12 Trek hybrid bikes to start a much needed cycle hire fleet at Bicycle Workshop in Great Missenden (aka Cycle Chilterns Bike Hub)
- Purchased 8 electric bikes for local bike shops, tourism businesses and clubs to use/demo to encourage the uptake of cycling
- Produced ‘Cycling in Twyford’ leaflet as a guide for new and existing cyclists to cycle around the Twyford/Wokingham/Reading area.