Cycling in Haywards Heath
There are a number of cycle routes in and around Haywards Heath and cycling clubs in Sussex. Haywards Heath also has its own annual bike ride. And after the success of British cyclists at the London 2012 Summer Olympics the Government is working on a number of initiatives to encourage people to get on their bikes, whether for leisure, sport or travel.
The Greater Haywards Heath Bike Ride
The annual Greater Haywards Heath Bike Ride is a charity event that was started in 2010. The 2014 event is on Sunday 18 May with four routes catering for different cycling abilities and a mini bike ride for the under-fives.
London to Brighton Bike Ride
The slightly longer 54mile annual London to Brighton Bike Ride goes through Haywards Heath. The next one is on 7 September 2014.
If it has been a long time since you sat on a bike, it may be best to have some proper training. Bikeability is underpinned by the Department for Transport's National Standard for Cycle Training. Although primarily aimed at schools, some local authorities offer adult courses on the scheme but has a list of their training providers that can be contacted directly. West Sussex County Council charges for one-to-one adult cycle training. The CTC also has a list of cycling instructors.
Mid Sussex District Council has produced a leaflet suggesting seven cycle routes in Haywards Heath on the west side of town.
West Sussex County Council provides route maps for a number of routes including The Downs Link and the South Downs Way.
The Cycle Route website allows users to create and share their own routes and comment on others. The West Sussex cycle routes page currently includes cycle routes starting in Lindfield and Burgess Hill.
SusTrans has an interactive searchable map of national cycle routes, the nearest being the A23, with warnings on potential hazards.
West Sussex County Council has developed a cycle journey planner where preference can be made as to whether the route is fast, quiet or balanced. It also tells you journey time, distance and even how many calories will be burnt and elevation profiles. There are also CycleStreets smartphone apps for Android and iPhones.
Local Cycling Clubs
The Sussex Nomads is based in Burgess Hill and Ditchling. They have a Sunday run every week 9am from Ditchling Village Hall. They have other events such as cycling breaks, time trials, road racing and track racing in Brighton. They are affiliated with the Sussex Cyclists' Association.
The Central Sussex Cycling Club is a small(ish) informal club covering all of Sussex.
The Forty Plus Cycling Club has three sections that cover Sussex. They have mid-week and Sunday rides . . . and you don't actually have to be over 40 to join.
Cycle to Work Schemes
Cycling Campaign Groups
CTC is the national cycling charity which campaigns on behalf of cyclists.
CycleNation is a campaign group for cyclists.
British Cycling is the national governing body for cycling working across all levels from the school playground to the Great Britain Cycling Team.
The All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group produced the Get Britain Cycling report in April 2013 with recommendations to significantly increase the number of journeys made by bike. Many of these are being taken forward.
The CPRE Transport Toolkit includes advice on improving local transport, including cycling, whether as an organisation or as an individual.