The Malvern Hills may be a prominent part of the area, but for most of Malvern you don’t need well-developed thigh muscles to get about by bike. No shame in pushing up Church Street if you haven’t got an electric assistant!
Cycling is increasing in popularity, not just as a middle-aged sport, and Cycle Malvern would like to see more facilities to encourage more people to give it a try, from young to old, the fit to the rather inactive.
For those new to using a bicycle* locally, some pointers:
- There isn’t much in the way of cycle paths or lanes in the Malvern area, but for what there is (and some possibilities), see the Routes page. We do a bit better on cycle parking (racks), although some aren’t obvious.
- For cycle shops – buying kit, repairs etc – MalvernTrail has a full list. That web page also covers local groups, if you want to get into cycling as a sport or for social rides.
- Also see MalvernTrail for ideas on sorting out a leisure ride for yourself.
* Not just for users of your basic ‘bicycle’ of course – tricycles, recumbents, hand-cranks …
With increased interest from the government and the higher profile of ‘active travel’ options as a way of reducing environmental impact while aiding health, there is scope for improvements to encourage more bicycle use.
To get involved you can join the Cycle Malvern group on Facebook, or sign up to the Transition Malvern Hills mailing list and watch out for ‘Eco Chats’ which cover cycling issues. We also have a page with a bunch of useful web links. Plus a couple which could do with further updating: a Glossary, and a round up of local Sponsored Rides.
Cycle Malvern’s contact form is on the About page.