News

Exhibition of Tim Kidner's Photos in the Library - March 2019
COGS members may be interested to know that there is an exhibition of Tim Kidner's photos upstairs in the library. Tim passed away last year and took many photos for COGS exhibitions and stands and we will always be grateful to him for his photographic expertise and patience with our requirements. His photos are stunning so please pop in and use the library

Do you have an unwanted bike to give away?

Rise:61 at St Michael’s Community Centre accepts bikes but may be a 5 week wait to take the bicycles. 

Wiltshire Councils recycling centre also take unwabted bicycles on behalf of Alabaré which are placed in the storage container.


Bike thefts
Unfortunately the spate of pre-Christmas bike thefts in Salisbury has continued.  Two bikes were stolen from a shed in Berkshire Road in February, and a bike was taken from outside Five Rivers Leisure Centre on the evening of 2/2/18, with the thief cutting through the lock to remove a bike from the bike racks there.  Do take care when you leave your bike, whether at home or away, and make sure bikes are locked with a good quality lock

National Award for COGS
COGS (the Cycling Opportunities Group, Salisbury) were delighted to find out recently that we have been awarded Volunteer Group of the Year for the Sustrans South Region, in recognition of the group’s outstanding contribution to Sustrans and to the local community since 1994.  COGS campaign for better walking and cycling infrastructure, and encourage people to use their bicycles for short journeys where possible. The Close was an obvious choice for a photograph of some of the group for publicity purposes - not only does the Cathedral as a backdrop say 'Salisbury', but also there are two Sustrans National Cycle Network (NCN) routes in the Close.  NCN Route 24, from Bath to Eastleigh, runs through the Close, and Route 45 starts in the Close and provides a route north to Chester via Swindon and Gloucester. 

 
Car Share Update
If you are one of those COGS members who likes to use their bike for most short trips about town and who needs a car only occasionally then maybe Car Share is for you? A number of COGS members [including myself!] are already members, and the long-standing car share club in Salisbury – hOURCARS – has now joined up with Co-Cars, an Exeter based co-operative – to provide access to more vehicles and smart card technology which makes vehicle booking and usage even more straightforward. Joining up is easier too – with no deposit required, and annual individual or household membership fee of £25 giving access to two pay-by-the-hour cars available in Salisbury (York Road and Central Car Park), plus cars at numerous other locations across the South West including Exeter, Weymouth, Dorchester etc. And there’s more to come in 2016 as Co-Cars is expanding later this year to include electric bikes, e.g. at Exeter station, all bookable and usable via the same smart card. More details available in the latest Salisbury Co-Cars newsletter - Click here – and on the Co-Cars website at www.co-cars.co.uk.
 
Previous news letter are available below - please note that these have been replaced by news that is updated via emails which are sent out periodically.
 
height=21   Newsletter May 2014 download
 

Affiliated membership of the CTC through COGS members

COGS is affiliated to CTC, Britain's national cycling organisation, and can arrange Individual Affiliated Membership of CTC for COGS members at a cost of £16 per annum. The benefits are

  • Full CTC £10m third party insurance
  • An individual membership card providing access to a wide range of discounts and benefits in selected shops and CTC events
  • Copy of the weekly e-newsletter "Cycleclips"

For further information or to join as an Affiliated Member please contact the COGS Membership Secretary,

height=21   Latest News Update October 2012 download
 

Highways Agency opens new crossing on A36 at Petersfinger

Fantastic news for all pedestrians and cyclists - the Highways Agency offiicially opened the new crossing on the A36 at Petersfinger enabling a safe crossing across this very busy road. Oh what joy to be able to press a little button resulting a safe controlled crossing.  Members of COGS, SUSTRANS and local walking groups were literally striding (just like that famous Beatles picture) and dancing across the A36 crossing in jubilation. After years of battling and over 1000 signatures on a petition the crossing in now in place. Thanks must go to Alistair Millington (Sustrans), Mike Ginger at the Highways Agency and all those in COGS who have been tenaciously beavering away with Wiltshire Council officers to achieve this outcome.  Read the full story in the Salisbury Journal.
 
Area Board Meeting 31st March 2011
The Area Board successfully agreed to support providing £7000 towards stage 1 of the Salisbury to Amesbury cycleway. Stage 1 will cover Ford to Hurdcott and will provide a route East of the river and if successful will provide a separate cycling route to the village and deposit you outside the the Black Horse in Hurdcott. 
 
COGS newsletter archive
 

height=21 COGSnews February 2008

 

Pot Holes and Road Defects - Call CLARENCE ON 800 23 23 23

or email: clarence@wiltshire.gov.uk

or report faults via the website at

http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/parkingtransportandstreets/roadshighwayspavements/reportahighwayproblem.htm