Cycle NK

‘A District where everyone is Inspired to Cycle’.

With quiet country lanes and picturesque villages it couldn’t be easier to explore North Kesteven on two wheels. Cycling has many benefits, not only for the cyclist’s health but for the wider quality of the environment in which we live, work and spend our leisure time, as well as for overall environmental sustainability. Cycling is also flexible, you don’t have to cycle at a fixed time, and it is something that you can do as an individual, with your friends and family, or as part of a cycling club. Cycling can be enjoyed as a hobby, purely for pleasure, or as a competitive sport or as a practical means of getting from A to B.

Finally, and notwithstanding all the positive health, wellbeing, and sustainability outcomes, we must not forget the simple fact that cycling is great fun. For all these excellent reasons we want North Kesteven to be a district where everyone is inspired to cycle.

Safety first

In 2016, 18,477 cyclists were injured in reported road accidents, including 3,499 who were killed or seriously injured – Source ROSPA.

Before setting out on your bike it's important to make sure you'll be safe when cycling.

Be a responsible Cyclist

On all routes – Please be courteous! Always cycle with respect for others, whether cyclists, pedestrians, people in wheelchairs, horse riders or drivers, and acknowledge those who give way to you.

On shared-use paths:

  • Give way to pedestrians: leave them plenty of room
  • Keep to your side of any dividing line and keep to the left when you meet other cyclists
  • Be prepared to slow down or stop if necessary
  • Don’t expect to cycle at high speeds
  • Be careful at junctions, bends and entrances
  • Remember many people are hard of hearing and visually impaired - don’t assume they can see or hear you
  • Carry a bell and use it - don’t surprise people
  • Give way where there are wheelchair users and horse riders

When cycling on roads:

  • Always follow the Highway Code
  • Be seen - most accidents to cyclists happen at junctions
  • Fit lights and use them in poor visibility
  • Always wear a helmet and conspicuous clothing
  • Keep your bike roadworthy
  • Do not cycle on pavements except where designated - pavements are for pedestrians
  • Use your bell - not all pedestrians can see you

In the countryside:

  • Always follow the Countryside Code
  • Respect other land management activities, farming or forestry and take litter home with you
  • Keep erosion to a minimum if off-road
  • Try to cycle or use public transport to travel to the start and finish of your ride
  • Match your speed to the surface and your skills

Thank you for cycling!

The Gov.uk website provides further advice on what to do to stay safe on the roads including following the Highway Code.

Cycling rights of way - Please be considerate of other public rights of way users and to care for the land and the needs of owners and occupiers. For further information, see the Countryside Code.

One pedal at a time

Take it slow and make sure your child has mastered each skill before moving on to the next. Give them plenty of time to practice by taking them outside to develop their balance skills. Over time, stand back and let them build their confidence.

Cycle Training

Bikeability will teach your children basic bike handling skills and how to cycle safely on the road. Research shows that 64% of children felt a lot more confident when cycling following a Level 2 Bikeability course. Check to see if your child can access free Bikeability sessions at school or book onto a private course. For more information, watch our Introduction to Bikeability video

Let go of the saddle

At this stage your child is likely to have gained confidence in their cycling ability and will want to cycle to school, to the shops or to visit friends. The difficult part is for you, the parent, to encourage them to do this. Cycling increases a child’s independence, improves their health and saves everyone (usually you) money.

Family time

One of the best ways to improve a child’s cycling confidence is through practice and having fun. They don’t need to do it alone. This summer, why not take the whole family out for a picnic, cycling there and back? You don’t need to go far and it’s your choice what route you take. Remember though, the best way to improve skills and confidence is to practice what you’ve been taught. So if you can incorporate an on-road section, then give it a go.

Be seen, be safe

An old tag line but still as relevant today. The meaning however has altered slightly. It’s not just about wearing high-visibility clothing or having reflectors on your bike, it’s also about cycling correctly. If your child has completed their Bikeability award they will tell you themselves about the primary and secondary road positions.

Bikeability

Lincolnshire County Council receives funding from the Department for Transport to deliver Bikeability to certain year groups in our local schools. This training is delivered by LCC’s partner Outspoken Training.

Bikeability is an enjoyable training course for all ages to develop cycling skills and confidence.

Bikeability is delivered across three levels:

  1. Off-road training focusing on basic bike handling and skills
  2. On-road training on local suburban and residential streets
  3. On-road training on more complicated roads addressing more complicated riding skills

In addition to Bikeability levels 1, 2, & 3 a range of Bikeability Plus modules are also offered including:

  • Bikeability Balance
  • Bikeability Learn To Ride

Should you wish to make a booking for your school you should contact team@outspokentraining.co.uk or 01223 473820. You can also visit Outspoken's website.

Further details on Bikeability, including alternative private training providers, can be found on the Bikeability website. Alternatively you can contact Bikeability@lincolnshire.gov.uk

Routes

With quiet country lanes and picturesque villages it couldn’t be easier to explore North Kesteven on two wheels.

In partnership with Active Lincolnshire and Better we have uploaded a wide range of cycling routes to the ‘Go Explore Lincolnshire’ App. You can get the app from Google Play and the Apple App Store.

Go Explore Lincolnshire provides cycling routes for beginners through to advanced cyclists throughout North Kesteven. The routes available include:

  • Sleaford to Kelby
  • Sleaford to South Kyme
  • Sleaford Cycle Route
  • Sleaford Cycle Route (Short)
  • Sleaford to Leasingham
  • Kirkby la Thorpe
  • Heckington to Great Hale
  • Bassingham to Witham St Hughs
  • Skellingthorpe to Swinethorpe
  • Doddington to Coleby
  • Doddington to North Scarle

Other Cycling opportunities in North Kesteven

Skellingthorpe Old Wood 

The Odin Trail, a way-marked cycle loop of 1.6km (1 mile) - has been created within the wood with funding from the Lincolnshire County Council. The trail can be accessed directly off Sustrans National Cycle Network Route 64, part of which runs from Lincoln to Skellingthorpe.

For more information you can download the Woodland Trust PDF on this route.

Sleaford

A circular route of 41½ km (26 miles) or 26 km (16 miles) visiting Sleaford, Silk Willoughby, The Maltings, Burton Pedwardine, Scredington, Helpringham, Heckington, Howell, Ewerby and Kirkby la Thorpe.

For more information you can download the Woodland Trust PDF on this route.

Upcoming events

Lots of exciting cycling events in and around North Kesteven can be found on the British Cycling Website. For more information visit the British Cycling website.

  • Come and join us for a free fun packed day at Doddington Hall on Saturday 1st June 2019, celebrating all things cycling. Organised by Access Lincoln, NKDC and Giant; Cycle Fest have cycling activities for all the family to try, including a pump bike track, velodrome bike simulators and KMX karts, children’s mountain bike taster sessions, led rides for all the family and a treasure hunt around Skellingthorpe old wood. There will be have-a-go Giant demonstration bikes, free bike safety checks and bike security marking. There will be food marquees to grab a bite to eat and lots of other entertainment for the family to have a great day out. Find more information on our Cycle Fest Flyer.
  • Giant Lincoln Cycle’s Sportive is on Sunday 2nd June 2019. It is their only sportive this year on their events calendar and has four distances to choose from. All cyclists taking part will start and finish at Doddington Hall and complete their chosen distance on a well-marked and safe course. There will be plenty of activities for all the non-cyclists taking place at Doddington Hall too, to keep friends and family busy. For more information, visit either the British Cycling website or Doddington Hall and Garden’s website

Watch this space for more local events coming soon!

Past events

  • NK Schools Cycling Festival which took place on Friday 5th October 2018 which was organised by Carres Grammar School in Association with British Cycling and sponsored by NKDC. The event involved children from the many primary schools (Brown's, Horbling, Cranwell, Digby CE, Winchelsea, Dunston, Church Lane, Nocton, Helpringham, Rauceby, Metheringham, Winthorpe and Our Lady of Good Counsel).
  • Cubs and Scouts in North Hykeham completed five laps of Millennium Green on Saturday, October 6 2018 to help encourage more young people to take up the sport and enjoy it safely and to earn their cycling badge.

Finding a club or supplier

Welcome to our handy index of local Cycling Clubs and Cycle Shops

Please note, the inclusion of an establishment, supplier or club within this page does not imply any official recommendations by North Kesteven District Council

Clubs

Cycle Shops

  • Sleaford Cycle Centre
    82B Southgate, Sleaford NG34 7RL
    Telephone: 01529 302810

  • Riverside Cycles
    5 Northgate, NG34 7BH, Sleaford
    Telephone: 01529 414511
    Email: sue@riversidecycles.co.uk

  • Gerri’s Ltd
    Unit 5 Hadley Road, Woodbridge Road Ind Est, Sleaford, Lincs, NG34 7EG
    Telephone: 01529 306087
    Email: sales@gerris-online.co.uk

  • Pedal Tech
    2a Boston Rd, Heckington, Sleaford, NG34 9JE
    Telephone: 07970 608687

  • Arrow Cycles
    312 Newark Rd, North Hykeham, Lincoln, LN6 8JX
    Telephone: 01522 694466
    Email: staff@arrowcycles.co.uk

  • Giant Lincoln
    Doddington Hall, Doddington, Lincoln LN6 4RU
    Telephone: 01522 812 518
    Email: info@giant-lincoln.co.uk

For more information on cycling in the district, you can download and view our cycling strategy.

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