Update  2017

The Cycling Opportunities Group for Salisbury (COGS) was formed in 1994, to support the needs of cyclists in South Wiltshire.  COGS has approximately 150 active cyclists from all walks of life, living in and around the Salisbury area.

COGS organises a programme of family leisure rides, weekday evening rides and various other rides throughout the year. These often visit a local village - and the village Local - before returning home via less well known routes (click here for COGS Diary).

COGS campaigns to improve all kinds of facilities for cyclists in the area, from cycle paths to cycle parking and keeps cycling safety at the forefront of local issues and developments.COGS

As of June 2017 recurrent tack attacks are still occurring at Marshmead Close.This week COGS cyclist Paul Griffiths got yet another two punctures and picked up 77 new tacks. Whilst repeatedly reported to the police it appears that due to a lack of resources nothing can actually be done!  Do you use this route - have you seen anyone acting suspiciously?  Are you able to help identify who has been doing this since July 2014!  Read about the problems that also occurred in February 2017.

Route Planning
Have you tried the new journey planning facility which is now available in Wiltshire? Visit the Connecting Wiltshire website and try it out - suggested cycle routes give an idea of the distance you will climb as well as the distance you will cover on your route, as well as the number of calories you might burn.

Active Wiltshire
Another new initiative in Wiltshire is the Active Wiltshire website. This is being developed to provide information about opportunities for getting active around Wiltshire, so cycling rides and events will be just one of the possibilities covered.

Pot Holes and Fly Tipping
We have had a number of problems reported to COGS concerning the age old problem of pot holes - considerably worse with the rain we have had this winter - and also issues of fly tipping on local lanes used by cyclists.

For info, the relevant WC links is as follows:
Use the 'My Wiltshire' app (formerly this was Clarence!) to report overgrown or obstructed rights of way, potholes, missing street lights and signs etc.  This is now also the link to use for reporting fly tipping. If you spot any problems then please report them promptly!

COGS are now on Facebook. Click the link to join us there and keep up to date on what you can do for COGS!  Plus we now have a Twitter account, tweet to @salisburycogs. Please also see the facebook site for regular updates on the rides during the summer.