Cycling for pleasure
Corsham has a number of cycle ways and recommended cycle routes. The Corsham Town Cycle Network map includes current, planned and aspirational cycle routes and is available to download from Wiltshire Council’s website. You can also find information, maps, details of cycling events and more on the Connecting Wiltshire website .
Corsham Cycling Club is a road cycling club that aims ‘to cater for the needs of those with a passion for cycling – whatever the goal, ability or availability’. The Club meets regularly for rides, social events and repair and maintenance workshops. For more information, join the Club’s Facebook group or visit their page on Strava .
Spindles Bikes is a social enterprise and acts as a hub for all things bike. The partners of Spindles are passionate about cycling and campaign for cycling use, safety and accessibility. In Corsham, you can find their shop on the High Street. They also have a Bike and Coffee Stop in nearby Whitley.
You can find cycling routes in and around Corsham that others have shared on the Kamoot website, on Route You and Strava, where you’ll find one of the most popular routes, the 26km Lacock, Corsham and Biddestone Loop.
The Town Council’s plans for cycling in and around the town can be found in its Cycling Strategy.
Cycling for the environment
The Town Council’s Corsham Cycling Strategy 2021-2026 has been developed to set out how the Town Council will improve cycling infrastructure in the town and encourage more residents to cycle. We are committed to reducing the carbon footprint of our community and a greater uptake of cycling will contribute to that. As 55% of car journeys taken are under five miles, there is great scope to increase cycling through improving infrastructure and accessibility. It is also much cheaper to cycle compared to car running costs and petrol and diesel prices – and e-bikes can even help with the hills.
Encouraging more people to take up cycling will have several wider benefits including improving the health and wellbeing of people; improving mental health and reducing stress levels; reducing air pollution and congestion; reducing the number of motor vehicles, thus improving the public realm, and making the town more welcoming for pedestrians and cyclists.
The Strategy has been written following public consultation, including with young people, and its objectives include making cycling more affordable and accessible to all; encouraging community cycling schemes; promoting safe cycle routes; improving the cycle network; looking at the potential for off-road cycling facilities and improving cycle parking.