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Portsmouth Road family fun day this Saturday!

Kingston Council is celebrating the completion of improvement works to Portsmouth Road and Queen's Promenade as part of the Go Cycle scheme with a family fun day.

Over the past 15 months the council has been transforming the one mile stretch of road, and to mark the completion of the Portsmouth Road works and the arrival of spring they are hosting a Portsmouth Road family fun day.

Where: Portsmouth Road (next to the Riverside Cafe)
When: Saturday April 22, 2017
Time: 10.30am to 2.30pm

The day will include activities such as face painting, a bike market and penny farthing displays to celebrate the rich history of cycling in our borough. There will also be guided bike rides with the Go Cycle trainers, so bring your bikes and don't forget a bike lock.

Find out more about the events planned for the day.

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FREE Bike Citizens Route Planner, App and Finn!

RBK have partnered with Bike Citizens to distribute their cycle navigation app and universal smartphone handlebar mount for FREE. The mount, known as a Finn comes with a code that allows you to download the local area map, covering the whole of the Greater London Area. To get your FREE Finn, just email: info@cyclekingston.net

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5 OF THE BEST SETS OF BIKE LIGHTS

This might seem like a strange time of year to consider buying a new set of bike lights, but what if the lighter evenings draw you out for an early evening ride, and you find yourself caught out a few miles from home at dusk without a light to your name? Push your bike home? Ring your partner? Or risk it??.....

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5 Tips for first timers and returning cyclists

A useful, practical article from the Evening Standard. You may never forget how to pedal a bike, but if it’s been a while since you last sat in the saddle, here’s how to ease your return to riding.

Cycling is booming and people who haven’t ridden since they were kids are being lured into the sport all over again. This article has five tips for anyone getting back in the saddle.

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Free Easter Holiday Cycling Courses for children

RBK's cycle training team has just announced the dates and venues of this years Easter Holiday Courses.

The courses are provided free of charge and places are allocated on a first come first served basis. Children must be currently in Year 5 or above and either live or attend a school within the Royal Borough. The courses cover Bikeability Level 1 and 2. Even if your child has already achieved Level 1 it is recommend that he/she repeats the course to improve their safety on the road.

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Kingston GPs to encourage cycling to help tackle health problems

GP's in Kingston are to encourage patients to take up cycling as a way of tackling health problems, and help them lead healthier lifestyles.

The Go Cycle sustainable travel team has joined forces with public health colleagues to further expand the current Get Active Exercise Referral Programme, which involves GPs referring patients to take up cycling to improve health through an increase in physical activity. 

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Kingston University student creates bike made from golf clubs

Inspired by the increase of cyclists on the roads in Kingston, Calum Ray, 22, a graphics design student at Kingston University, created the bike for his final project.

The frame is made from second-hand golf clubs, bought for 99p from eBay. With help from the technicians at Kingston University's workshops, he turned the golf clubs into a fully-functioning, lightweight bicycle. Impressive!

Read more of the story here.

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Kingston receives 2.4 million pounds from Mayor of London

The Mayor of London has announced funding for boroughs to deliver transport, town centre and public space improvements.

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Become a cycling instructor

If you love cycling, you might consider becoming a cycling instructor. Whether you would like to make it a full-time job or you just want to pass on some skills at your local school or youth club, undertaking the National Standard Instructor training is the first step.

Kingston is the only London borough recognised as an instructor training organisation (ITO). Since 2007, we have trained more than 300 instructors for local authorities and independent providers.

You can read more about our training here, and learn more about being a Bikeability Instructor here

Get involved?

Cycling is a fantastic way to exercise, travel, and enjoy the great outdoors. Wind in the hair (under your helmet of course), sunglasses on, and a picnic in your bag. However, not everyone sees it this way.

Therefore, CycleKingston is appealing to you to share the good, the bad (and the ugly?!) We want to hear your cycling experiences, news and showcase success stories along the way too.

If you have material you think we should feature on the website, drop us an email on info@cyclekingston.net with the information and some images and we'll do our best to feature them.

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