About Cycle Woking
In June 2008, Woking Borough Council and Surrey County Council were successful in securing £1.82 million from Cycling England to be spent on improving cycling facilities in the area.
The competition for this funding was fierce, with 74 towns and cities bidding for the £47 million available under the Cycling City, Cycling Towns programme. Woking was one of only ten towns, plus one city, to have successfully achieved the funding and the title of Cycling Town for the next three years.
The funding, together with the money that the two councils had ear-marked for this project, was used to push forward with a range of cycling schemes. The top priorities were:
to further improve the Woking Cycle Network to make it even more cycle friendly
to upgrade the Basingstoke Canal towpath to provide a high quality east-west walking and cycling route via the town centre with links to local schools and local neighbourhoods
to recruit a personalised travel-planning adviser to help individuals get started on bicycles
to expand further activities with local schools, including more cycle clubs and cycle storage, travel plans for all schools, the universal move to Bikeability cycle training and inter school events
to improve cycle storage at the rail stations.
A key objective was to encourage more people to use bicycles more regularly which in turn has a positive effect on the health and well-being of local people and helps to reduce congestion on the Borough's busy roads.
The launch of Cycle Woking was part of a wider strategy being developed to establish Woking as a regional hub - a strategic centre for shopping, employment and transport. The borough and county councils continue to work in partnership through Transport for Woking to improve travel conditions for all means of transport, and not just cycling.
The Cycle Woking Partners
Cycle Woking was a partnership project. A number of organisations worked closely to develop a range of exciting cycling initiatives:
- Surrey Councty Council
- Woking Borough Council
- Basingstoke Canal Authority
- Woking Cycle Users' Group
- Surrey Police
- Surrey Primary Care Trust
- Active Surrey
- Local schools
- South West Trains
- Local dentists and doctors
- Age Concern Surrey
- Local cycle shops based in Woking