Saturday, 19 May 2012

Host Profile: The Ship at Dunwich

At the Ship at Dunwich - once a haunt of smugglers - you will now find a traditional coastal inn with local real ales, homemade food and real fires, comfortable, traditionally furnished bedrooms, an enormous garden and a beach that really is just a short stroll away. In the famous village of Dunwich and surrounded by nature reserves, heathland and beach, The Ship is a perfect base from which to explore this wild and wonderful coastline.

Please ask in the bar for the Bike Aid kit.

Ship Inn
St James Street, Dunwich IP17 3DT
01728 648219

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Host Profile: The Westleton Crown

Perfectly situated for exploring the delights of the Suffolk Heritage Coast; the Westleton Crown combines the character and charm of its coaching inn heritage with the comforts of contemporary living: smouldering log fires, 34 stylish bedrooms, award winning AA 2 rosette restaurant, sophisticated wine list and delightful terraced gardens. Ask for the Bike Aid kit at the reception.

Westleton Crown

The Street Westleton, Suffolk IP17 3AD
01728 648777

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Suffolk Bike Aid is supporting the Tour De Latitude.

This year Festival Republic and Marks & Spencer are teaming up for adventurous way of travelling to the Latitude festival in 2012 – the Tour de Latitude. This initiative is set to raise funds for orphans and vulnerable children in Kenya and Julie's Bicycle who help make environmental sustainability intrinsic to the creative industries.

Tour de Latitude will take place on Thursday 12th July, giving festival goers the chance to get from one of the three start points along the route, on a tour of country villages from London to the Latitude site, before the entertainment begins in the evening. The furthest starting point is Hackney in London, a whopping 113 miles from Latitude with an estimated journey time of 8- 12 hours, a challenging ride for experienced riders. The second starting point is half the London distance, leaving from Sudbury near Colchester, 55 miles from the festival with an estimated journey time of 3-5 hours, while the final starting point is Ipswich, 35 miles from Henham Park estimated at 2-4 hours.

We informed the festival organisers of the Bike Aid resources along the route and have since been invited to host a Bike Aid station at Henham Park. The logistics are still being worked out but things are looking very likely we'll be there to make more kits for local hosts from the surplus and unwanted tools people bring to us and distribute information about local cycling. If you'd like to give us a hand with our stand, please get in touch.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Lowestoft Local Links scheme to improve cycle facilities

Lowestoft Local Links is a £6.25 million pound project funded by the Department of Transport, Waveney District Council and Suffolk County Council to improve travel options for everybody in Lowestoft to enable them to travel around the town easier, saving them money and improving their health and well being.

The Lowestoft Local Links scheme will introduce a package of measures including:

  • A new pedestrian and cycle bridge beside the current bascule bridge to provide a safer, more enjoyable environment for people crossing the Inner Harbour.
  • Working with employers to encourage sustainable travel to work including the offer of cyclist training and Walk to Work Week. 
  • Encouraging walking and cycling to school supported by two ‘Bike-It’ officers. 
  • Introduction of new bus services to serve key employment and tourist areas. 
  • Improved bus and rail interchange. 
  • Development of a station travel plan to link facilities for travelling by train, bus and bicycle. 
More information

Suffolk Bike Aid has written to Suffolk County Council to suggest endorsement and signposting of Bike Aid by this scheme and to offer our support in kind and they responded on 1/5/12 that this suggestion will be considered.