Tag Archives: Cycling

Shared bike scheme

From Brighton & Hove City Council


The council is working to set up a bike sharing service for the city to launch in May 2017.

We hope to have 430 bikes and 50 docking stations across the city, open 24 hours a day, all year round.

The aim is to provide an easy, healthy way to get around the city for residents, visitors and commuters. View a map of the proposed area of the scheme.

Tell us what you think

We would like to hear from the people who live, work and visit Brighton & Hove about what would help make you want to use the service and what would make sure the service feel part of the city.

Bikeshare partner

We are looking for a company to operate the Bikeshare scheme and will be appointing one in the autumn.

The council is looking for an operator that can provide a range of options for hiring a bike to help residents, workers, rail commuters and visitors to Brighton & Hove to make use of a simple, attractive bike sharing system.

Bike hub locations

Bike hub locations will be finalised when the operator is in place and they will be in high-density areas where people would find them most convenient. They will be on commuter routes and near other transport hubs like stations, and have a consistent coverage across the scheme area.

There will be formal consultation on locations that require changes to Traffic Regulation Orders (TRO) and any public representations will be brought to the Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee.


The total capital cost of the scheme is £1.45 million. An award of £1.16 million has been granted by the Coast to Capital (C2C) Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) with match funding of £290,000 from Brighton & Hove City Council.

Contact us

If you’d like to get in touch about the bike sharing scheme, please contact BHBikeShare@brighton-hove.gov.uk.

Funding secured for Preston Park Cycle Track

From British Cycling


British Cycling and Brighton and Hove City Council have jointly finalised the funding package which will allow safety improvement works to take place at the historic Preston Park Cycling Track.

The track was closed to competitive cycling in 2015, after users identified concerns over the velodrome. Throughout last year, representatives of British Cycling met with officers of Brighton and Hove City Council in a bid to progress repair work as quickly as possible in order to meet the needs of local cyclists.

With the funding package now agreed, work on the track will commence early this year. The work is scheduled to be completed – and the site will be fully operational – in the spring.

The total cost of the works is £160,000, most of which is being funded by a grant award from British Cycling, with the remaining £50,000 coming from section 106 funding contributions from planning applications.

John Mills, British Cycling coaching, education and development director said: “Preston Park provides an excellent, traffic-free cycling facility, which is of great value to the people of Brighton and the wider South East Region. We are delighted to have agreed a partnership funding package for the work which will see this track return to full operation in the spring.”

Council leader, Warren Morgan, said: “This announcement is excellent news for the cycling community. The Preston Park velodrome is a much loved part of our city’s history, being the oldest cycling track in the country. The funds will be put to good use to replace the fencing and carry out minor repairs.

“The track is used by riders of all abilities and after the repairs are completed everyone will be able to enjoy it, knowing it is a safer and refurbished place to cycle. It will also be wonderful for the Track League to return as it is a great community event every week, bringing people together from all over Sussex and further afield to compete in or spectate the racing.”

The cost of the scheme is lower than originally anticipated meaning more funding will remain for investment in the rest of Preston Park in line with its management plan.

Brighton ‘Boris Bikes’ are go

From Brighton & Hove News

A bike hire scheme for Brighton and Hove is now set to go following full funding approval from the Coast to Capital (C2C) Local Transport Body yesterday (Thursday, 26 November).

 The news comes two days after the council’s Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee voted to support the scheme on Tuesday.
C2C funding is for £1.16 million from the Local Growth Fund. The council’s Local Transport Plan and other funding streams, such as developer contributions, will fund the remaining £290,000 for the total £1.45 million infrastructure and start-up costs.

Full story here.

Free Dr Bike and Playing Out chat

From Simon Hickmott

We’ve our last, free ‘Dr Bike’ session on Saturday 24th October 11.00 – 1.00pm at Hollingdean Community Centre, Thompson Road.  Bring your bike for advice on any problems and get some light maintenance by the professionals “Bike For Life South”.  Free hi-viz vests too to help you be seen in the dark, as the clocks go back.

On 19 Nov at 3.15 -4.00pm, at Moulsecoomb Primary School there’s chat about how to set up ‘Playing Out’ in your street, with a local mum who has organised these informal play sessions with temporary street closures.

Best wishes

Simon Hickmott
Transport Planning Officer – Personalised Travel Plans
Transport Planning, Brighton & Hove City Council
Hollingdean Community Centre, Thompson Road
Hollingdean, Brighton BN1 7BH
Email: Simon.Hickmott@brighton-hove.gov.uk
Tel: 01273 290498 Mobile: 07876 394 865

Free Dr Bike at Hollingdean Community Centre, Thurs 8 Oct 1-3 pm

From Simon Hickmott

In support of the wonderful volunteers of the Real Junk Food Project and their regular 1-2 pm lunch for everyone at Hollingdean Community Centre, Thompson Road, on Thursdays, we are offering a free ‘Dr Bike’ session 1-3 pm on 8 Oct.  Extra volunteers very welcome 9-3 pm, says volunteer Jess; contact her at realjunkfood@gmail.com.

Bring your bike for free advice on what needs doing to it, how much serious fixes would cost and for minor maintenance done there and then by professionals ‘Bike for Life South’.

There will also be free energy advice here on 8 Oct:- how much you can save by switching, how to switch suppliers and energy tips.

Best wishes

Simon Hickmott
Transport Planning Officer – Personalised Travel Plans
Transport Planning, Brighton & Hove City Council
Hollingdean Community Centre, Thompson Road
Hollingdean, Brighton BN1 7BH
Email: Simon.Hickmott@brighton-hove.gov.uk
Tel: 01273 290498 Mobile: 07876 394 865

Lewes Road cycling scheme wins again

From The Argus


A cycling scheme has scooped its fifth award for linking up Brighton city centre with destinations along the Lewes Road.

Brighton and Hove City Council has won the Best Cycle Network Infrastructure Award at the Cycle Planning Awards ceremony for the Lewes Road scheme.

The network connects central Brighton to the universities, the American Express Community Stadium and Stanmer Park, along with the neighbourhoods along the route.

The scheme provided improved cycle lanes along the three-mile stretch and a priority bus lane for buses.

This latest award marks the fifth time the scheme has won since it was implemented by the council under the Green administration, with funding by the Government.

Councillor Pete West, Green spokesman on transport, said: “This is now the fifth award that we have received, citing the Lewes Road improvement scheme. “I’m delighted and incredibly proud that this innovative scheme is recognised by so many transport experts as an example of excellence in design and delivery.

“It really has made cycling between the city centre and neighbourhoods along this route so much safer and more enjoyable, opening up this option for thousands more people.”

The scheme has also been honoured with the European City of the Year for Sustainable Transport award, the Smarter Travel Award for Most Improved Journey to Work , the Local Authority Bus Project of the Year and it was a winner at the National Transport Awards.

Hollingdean Coachwerks Bike Night – 1 July

The Handle Bar: Monthly bike night at Coachwerks. Wednesday 1st July, 7.30 – 10.00

Come along and socialise, this month we’ll have a talk and discussion with Mike Aitken on cycling cultures in Mexico.

What’s it like campaigning for bikes in other places? What can we learn and what can we share?

Mike Aiken spent two years in Mexico, researching community participation and civil society groups.

Bring your own tortillas and chillies for a short talk, photos from the front line, and contrast our achievements and problems.

Coachwerks are also setting up a bike-fixing workshop so that you can come and maintain your bike with their tools and help.

At Coachwerks, 19a Hollingdean Terrace … thecoachwerks.wordpress.cominfo@bartlebysbrewery.com.