Cycling on the Trailway

You can ride a bicycle almost anywhere, at any time of the year, and without spending a fortune. Most of us know how to cycle and once you have learned you don’t forget. Many people are put off cycling more than they do because they are not confident or simply do not feel safe on the roads.

The trailway provides an excellant place to cycle. All you need is a bike, a half an hour here or there when it suits, and a bit of confidence.

The trailway can also be used as a 'highway' for cyclists to access other rural cycle routes or between favourite off road routes for mountain bikes.

Getting to work by bike has also never been easier with the trailway. Many people use the trailway as a commuting route and, coupled with the government 'cycle to work' scheme, this number is increasing.

Dorset Cyclists' Network

Dorset Cyclists' Network is the county's cycling campaign, founded in 1992 and now having over 1,300 members. We try to get local authorities and other organisations to provide safer and better facilities for all kinds of cyclists, especially those who use bikes for their daily routine such as shopping, going to work or school, local visits etc. Since its inception, DCN has helped to get safer junctions, new routes, more cycle parking, cycle training and more people on bikes. But there is much more to be achieved before we approach anything like conditions in Holland, Belgium, Denmark, Germany and some parts of France. The campaign needs to continue and gather strength.

There are branches of DCN in most Dorset towns, each one lobbying in the light of local conditions and coordinated by an elected chairman and committee. DCN Coordinators and county officials all work voluntarily. We are affiliated to national organisations such as CTC, Sustrans and Cyclenation, and have useful links with Dorset Wildlife Trust and the Environmental Transport Association.

Some branches run cycle rides to encourage more people to cycle, and our rides are at a gentle pace, mostly over short and medium distances. Several of our regular rides use the North Dorset Trailway. Recently, we were pleased to make a modest financial donation to this great facility.

Dorset Cyclists' Network's website has details of cycle dealers, routes, insurance and other useful information for cyclists, and details of all our contacts can also be found there. To join DCN and support the campaign costs only £6.00 a year for the whole family at one address. The more members we have, the more influence we can bring to bear, so why not join us now? Your subscription could be repaid very quickly by the discounts DCN members get at nearly every cycle shop in the county!

For more information visit our web site or ring 01202 880966, 01929 554550 or 01935 389357