Bicycle 'health' checks at new cycle route

Bike 'health' check offered at start of Bike Week and to mark completion of the Pagham to Medmerry Nature Reserves cycle route


Release date: 31 May 2019

A free, bicycle “health” check will be offered at the start of national Bike Week and to mark the completion of the Pagham to Medmerry Nature Reserves cycle route.

A “Dr Bike” gazebo will be set up at the start of the route, across the road from the RSPB’s Pagham Harbour Local Nature Reserve (PO20 7NE), on Saturday, 8 June. Experienced cycle trainers and mechanics will be on hand from 10am to 12.30pm to check brakes, gears, tyre pressures, lights, and so on.

Minor adjustments will be done there and then, or advice given on anything that cannot be fixed on site, including a rough guide on what the repair should cost at a bike shop.

The new, 3km, Pagham Nature Reserve to Medmerry Nature Reserve route was completed last month, boosting facilities for residents, visitors and wildlife enthusiasts alike.

The county council’s Public Rights of Way team worked with The Manhood Peninsula Partnership on ideas to bolster tourism in the area - and found that cycling provision was under represented. From this, a £400,000 scheme was devised. It includes:

• 1.2Km of shared pedestrian/cycling pathway

• re-construction/improvement on cycle route 88

• 1.7Km of improvements to the path between the new route and flood defences at Selsey.

Cycling facts:

• You can find maps of on and off-road cycle routes, including the Pagham to Medmerry Nature Reserves, online here online cycling information 

• You can also use our Cycle Journey Planner to find the best way to get around the county, and beyond, on two wheels. You can choose a fast route, a quiet route or a balance of both.

• West Sussex Highways has provided a total of 5.8km of cycle path in the 2018-2019 financial year (exceeding the 5.75km target). This does not include the Medmerry scheme, which finished after 31 March.

• See walking and cycling strategy for lots more information about the county council’s approach to sustainable transport

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