Cycling for health scheme

Cycling for Health

Cycling for Health booking form

Please note the meeting point for the ride on Friday 12 October 2018 is Ashford Community Centre, The Centre, Woodthorpe Road, Ashford, TW15 3NJ

Spelthorne Council Cycling for Health scheme was launched to encourage residents to improve their health by taking up cycling. The scheme is free and aimed at adults, offering guided rides of around 7-12 miles during the week.

To book a place on one of pdf icon our rides [377kb] please use our online form or contact Leisure Services 01784 446433 or email leisure@spelthorne.gov.uk

Once booked, in case of cancellation, you will be contacted, where possible, 24 hours' prior to the ride.

Please note, the rides are designed for adults only and are therefore not suitable for children.

To join the rides, you need:

  • your own bike - this needs to be in good condition and well maintained
  • a helmet is strongly recommended
  • comfortable clothes and footwear
  • a spare tube for the size to fit your bike
  • a puncture repair outfit, including tyre levers and a pump is also recommended

British Cycling's M-Check is a quick, intuitive and easy to remember routine for ensuring that your bike is in good working order and is safe before every ride. The video shows you how to systematically check your bike from front to rear in a way that will quickly become second nature. As well as helping to guarantee your safety, the M-Check will also help you become more familiar with the parts and workings of your bike.

Cycling can:

  •  give you a healthier heart and immune system
  •  help you manage your weight
  •  reduce stress, anxiety and improve mental health
  •  help you sleep better
  •  improve your fitness

Why cycle?

  •  cycling is a low impact activity
  •  it allows you to explore Spelthorne and neighbouring areas
  •  it is eco-friendly
  •  you can make new friends

Self Led Rides

In partnership with Travel SMART, Spelthorne Borough Council has produced a self led cycle pack containing 8 rides in and around Spelthorne. Each route includes an easy to follow A4 map and a route description with points of interest and tips on riding safely.

Rides vary between 9 and 13 miles in length and thanks to the lack of hills in the area, are suitable for novice riders.  Sites of interest include Wraysbury Windmill, the Thames path, Twickenham Stadium and Shot Tower. 

A limited number of printed copies available, limited to one pack per person, in Spelthorne libraries, leisure centres and the Council offices.