Update April 2017

COGS Rides and Renewals
Spring is in the air, and COGS summer rides cannot be far behind!  The summer evening rides programme starts this year on Thursday 27th April, and we look forward to welcoming friends old and new to the first ride of the season. We'll be leaving Five Rivers at 6:30 p.m on 27/4. and heading around the Golden Way ending up at a City Centre pub for refreshments.  Rides are scheduled weekly thereafter until 7th September.

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.

New rides list for 2017

These start from Salisbury Five Rivers Community Campus at 6:30 pm and include a stop at a local pub or café, returning to Salisbury before dark. Destinations may be subject to change depending on weather conditions or other unforeseen circumstances.


27 th Golden Way Clockwise (City Pub) [RJ/MW] 7 m


4 th Around Wilton (White Horse) Quidhampton [PD/AD] 8 m

11 th Old Sarum & Bishopdown (The Bishopdown) [GA/JW] 8 m

18 th Netherhampton (Victoria &Albert) [RJ/RB] 6 m + Odstock and Homington

25 th Woodford Valley (Wheatsheaf) [RB/HC) 10 m + Lake and Wilsford

There is no charge for the rides, but we ask for a £3 donation (first ride only per person) from non-members of COGS (£1 for riders under 16) so that all riders are covered by organisers’ liability insurance. This will give you membership of COGS for the year.

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.