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A little earlier than usual the 2017 Gower Cycling Festival page is now live and open for registation.

The festive season now being over there are some important developments in the pipeline. On 7 January three of us from Wheelrights attended a "Space for Cycling" Roadshow in Cardiff. We returned with fresh ideas about how this space might be achieved in Swansea. Related to this are emergent plans for the redevelopment of the StDavid's area and the Kingsway. Wheelrights and Sustrans were invited to a meeting on the former in December where they were shown some quite exciting plans, and their suggestions for provision for cyclists well received. They have also been invited to a meeting about the Kingsway on 12 January when the long term plans are expected to be revealed. This is an opportunity to regain this street for people, and this must include provision for two-way cycling. (It's over a year now since this was denied.)

At their AGM on 7 November Wheelrights changed their Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. The About us page has been updated with their contact details, and there is a bit about them, including a message from the new Chairman, in the Winter Newsletter now on the Newsletters and Notes page.

A current priority which will last well into 2017 is to assist Swansea and NPT Councils identify cycle routes in the County for inclusion on their Integrated Network Map (INM) which they are required to produce by September 2017. Wheelrights are working with Sustrans to achieve this by inviting members of the public – typically at events where there are stalls such as at Swansea's recent Green Fayre – to identify desire lines for cycle commutes or other utility trips, which are then recorded. This map on the Infrastructure page shows potential and existing routes. The plan is to update it as routes are modified or new ones proposed. If you can help with this please email your suggestions to David Naylor.

With selecting routes for the INM now being top priority the Infrastructure page has been restructured to put it first.

Re-Cycle. Now is as good a time as any to put the focus on this splendid organisation which refurbishes donated bikes and sells them (at prices which no more than cover their costs) to those who need an inexpensive bike. This recent video illustrates what they do. It can alternatively be accessed from their website.

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We campaign for improved facilities for cyclists in the Swansea Bay area. We help get people on bikes by, eg, providing beginners' classes; we also provide information about rides and other matters of interest to cyclists and their supporters. We are an umbrella organisation, separate from Cycling UK and Sustrans and other cycling groups, but whose activities we seek to both support and complement.

Upper Bank cycle path. (Pluck Lake)

CTC riders try the Upper Bank cycle path by Pluck Lake, Swansea.

A bit about the navigation buttons:

About us states our aims, provides, a potted history and how we can be contacted.
Links gives some useful websites, provides links to local organisations and cycle shops.
Events provides information about rides and meetings monthly in chronological order, followed by details of the providers.
Beginners provides information of use to beginners.
Cycling Festival provides details of the Gower Cycling Festival which is organised by Wheelrights.
Rides and Commutes provides descriptions of rides mostly in the Swansea area but also further afield. It also provides advice for new commuters, naming "mentors" and describing commuter routes in Swansea.
Campaigns describes our campaigning activities.
Infrastructure covers what is happening, what is planned and our aspirations.
Newsletters/Notes provides links to our quarterly newsletters and to the notes of our meetings.
Various is for odds and ends including fault reporting.
Join us. This explains how to join Wheelrights: either by filling out a form and sending a cheque for your annual sub. or doing this electronically.

If you have comments on this website please pass them to me, David Naylor, Phone: 01792 233755, e-mail: davidjohnnaylor@sky.com

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Page updated on 11 January 2017.