Cycling is a great way to help keep people of all ages healthy, whether it’s a day-to-day activity or an occasional adventure.
Cycling can be part of everyday life, enabling people to improve their health without having to set aside time for exercise. It is an easy way to save you money and help the environment at the same time, too.
Benefits of cycling
“The numbers of people choosing to cycle for fun, fitness or to get to work has increased by more than a quarter in twenty years and an incredible 3.2 billion miles are cycled on our roads every year.” – Department for Transport THINK! website
Many people cycle because of the multiple benefits it can provide.
- provide a broad muscle workout, using all major muscle groups in the body – it builds strength, stamina and aerobic fitness
- cause less strain and injuries than other forms of exercise, because it is a 'low-impact' activity
- be as intense as you want. For more information regarding how much to exercise, visit the NHS exercise advice page
- provide outdoor fun – you are more likely to continue with exercise if it is fun and interesting
- replace time spent driving, and help reduce pollution and your personal carbon footprint
If you're just getting started, check out the NHS Live Well guide ‘Cycling for beginners‘.
Medway cycling groups and upcoming events
Cycling groups are free, fun, and run on flat routes all year round.
To find a group in Medway visit our cycling groups page.
Each year we hold a number of cycling events to get the people of Medway on their bikes and exploring Medway on two wheels, including a cycle festival in 2018.
Medway cycle clubs
If you are interested in joining a cycle club, we have a list of sports clubs under the Clubmark standard.
- Wigmore Cycling Club
- Grain Peninsula Cycling Club
- Medway Velo Cycling Club
- Medway towns Cycling Touring Club
- Medway Tri
- Rochester Cycling Club
- West Kent Cycling Touring Club
- Kent Trails
Cycle training in schools
Bikeability is our cycle training programme which can help you develop practical skills and understanding to keep you safe when cycling on the road. It also gives you the confidence to get out and about with all kinds of cycling.
For further information please visit the Bikeability page.
View – cycle maps in Medway
The Heron Trail is an 18 mile (29km) trail connecting the villages of Higham, Cliffe, Cooling, High Halstow, Hoo and Upnor.
Highlights include view of both the River Medway and the River Thames and detour routes including the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds with sightings of herons.
More information on the Explore Kent website.
- Active Medway cycling groups for guided cycle sessions for adults to increase your confidence on your bike
- Sustrans to volunteer to help maintain cycling routes
- West Kent CTC for organised cycling rides.
- NHS Live Well cycle page for a guide to practical road safety tips and a safety gear checklist
- Medway Council Cycling Action Plan gives more information about what we are doing to promote cycling