Not long back it was Swindon the Driving Utopia, now it is cycling haven as Claire Fleming, of Swindon Bicycle User Group and Swindon Borough Council travel plan officer explains here:
Cycling in my city: Swindon | Latest News | Cycling Weekly. In the article, in Cycling Weekly, she explains: “I spent 18 years in Nottingham, which has a good reputation for cycling, but when I moved to Swindon in 2008 I was pleasantly surprised at how much network there is already on the ground, and how well it is being integrated into new development as Swindon grows. Swindon received £4million from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) in 2011 and has set up a project called Swindon Travel Choices.” For the rest of the article in Cycling Weekly follow the link above
Swindon is really not a bad place to be when you want to get off the sofa and get out there. There are a multitude of walks and cycle routes. Many of them taking less than an hour and an awful lot of that is on level ground for those of you not inclined to inclines. Should you fancy an organized walk there’s the Rambers society or the Health Walks: ‘Swindon Health Walks are weekly group walks that encourage the use of our local parks and open spaces. Usually they last 40 – 60 minutes with refreshments offered at the end.’
If you want a walk – or cycle ride for that matter – with an added cultural element then Swindon is blessed with fantastic public art, so check out the West Swindon Sculpture trail or the Old Town railway path where the haunting wheel sculptures are.
The Swindon BUG website does of course have a whole host of information on cycle routes with downloadable maps and links to other cycling sites such as Sustrans. Personally I prefer to keep my feet on terra firma but if cycling is your thing then Swindon affords many opportunities.
A further exciting development in the world of cycling and walking is ‘Marking Time on the Western Flyer’. From Total Swindon: “an exciting arts project being delivered by Swindon Borough Council’s Create studios in its 30th anniversary year. Funded by Swindon Travel Choices and led by artist Scott Farlow, the project is part of the new enhancements to the Western Flyer cycle and pedestrian route,which runs from Shepard Street underpass in the town centre to Mead Way in West Swindon …” There’s a Facebook page for the project so check it out there too.
See also Swindon’s Recycles project located in Booth House on Fleming Way which “provides a meeting place and resource centre for people that share our enthusiasm for all things related to cycling. Drop in for all kinds of information, help and advice; from local cycle routes, clubs and the benefits of cycling to organised events. And, naturally, recycles can professionally repair or service your bicycles at competitive rates or sell you a quality refurbished model ready to go”