News

Updated November 2018

Sustrans Update from Adam Jukes
NCN Review Report Launch Approaching The launch of the National Cycle Network Review report is taking place on Monday 12th November with an event at the Houses of Parliament with other launch events taking place across the UK afterwards. All volunteers will receive an email with details about what's from happening from Xavier– please look out for this. The email will contain a link to the NCN Review Report ‘Paths for everyone’ for you to read and download. A separate NCN Report launch for the South region is taking place in Reading on Friday 30th November. To coincide with this event you will receive an email from our Regional Director James Cleeton covering the work that’s happening in the South region to improve the NCN. This will include details of the activation projects and the regional action plan for the NCN.

We have also been working on bids for Leader (EU) funding for paths in Oxfordshire and Wiltshire. The Wiltshire bid will be to help with resurfacing a section of the railway path between Swindon and Marlborough (NCN482). We will also upgrade the signing and add benches and interpretation boards. If this bid is successful we expect to be able to do the work in autumn 2019. The focus of the maintenance programme is mainly tree work and minor work to structures. We have three separate contractors working through a long programme of felling, lopping, fencing and other work, mainly in Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Somerset and Devon. Anyone using the Colliers Way or the Swindon to Marlborough path will see pink dots appearing on trees and a visible difference in tree cover between now and February. I’d just like to mention Nick Stedman, a volunteer ranger in Marlborough, who has just got funding to print some maps of the Swindon to Marlborough path which he designed. The maps will be sold locally to help raise money for the Friends of the Railway path who in turn help Sustrans maintain the path. It’s a great idea and a great map so well done Nick.

Salisbury Group’s Productive Year 

The Cycling Opportunities Group, Salisbury (COGs) held their AGM on 31st October and the evening proved an interesting insight into their work. The group have been busy putting together plans to self fund a set of signs to help walkers and cyclists navigate their way around parts of the city and are engaging Sustrans to support their design, They’ve finished another successful season of led rides and in collaboration with other organisations were instrumental in the installation of a public bike stand and pump at a Salisbury leisure centre.

Adam Jukes, Volunteer Coordinator, South West adam.jukes@sustrans.org.uk 0117 915 0208 / 07833 236443 

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