Travel By Bike
Cycling in Southend-on-Sea is very pleasant and easy, since the area is quite flat with a couple of really good off-road cycle routes.
There’s the seafront cycle route: start at Chalkwell Beach and cycle to Shoebury East Beach (approx 6.5 miles). There are plenty of places to stop off for a refreshment, or perhaps an ice cream?
There’s also the Prittle Brook cycle path (approx. 2.5 miles): this greenway takes you from Belfairs Park to Priory Park. It would be worth stopping at the old Priory in the Priory Park, or the new Woodlands Centre at Belfairs if you have the time.
The Queensway route takes you from the west of town all the way down to City Beach.
Our routes are shown on the downloadable maps on this page or you can pick up a hard copy at The Comfy Saddle or The Visitor Information Centre at the Pier or call 01702 215338 and we will pop one in the post for you.
Cycling events and activities
If you want to update your cycling skills or just feel a bit more confident on the roads we have Adult Bikeability sessions. They’re great for making that leap from riding a bike around the park to using local cycle paths and roads to make everyday journeys around town.
If riding a bike is new to you, you can start your Bikeability with ‘learn to ride’ sessions. Learning to ride a bike is one of life’s great freedoms and we guarantee that not only will you never forget how, you’ll also never regret learning.
Our Bikeability sessions are specially designed either for adults or for children. The cost is subsidised and you can book online with Cycle Southend.
Southend-on-Sea offers a broad range of cycle parking such as the secure cycle parking found at Chalkwell train station, and the two tier cycle parking found at stations such as Leigh –on- Sea and Southend east. Our cycle map also indicates where you’ll be able to find the ‘Sheffield’ stands, which are located in various locations across Southend Borough; also signposted around the town centre.
To ensure that your bicycle is secure you must take into account two things. The first thing that needs to be accounted for is the strength of the lock; the age-old rule of thumb is to invest around 10% of the cost of the bicycle when buying a lock. Although fairly simplistic, this guidance does highlight the need for most people to spend £40 to £80 (based on the average price of new bikes sold) on a lock, which is often more than most people anticipate.
The Master locksmiths Association provide advice via their non-profit organisation Sold-Secure, which is a national leader in testing cycle locks, and providing guidance in the form of a recognised rating. These ratings come in the form of Bronze, Silver or Gold, and depend on how long a lock takes them to break open. The vast majority of locks receiving a graded rating are ‘U locks’, since these are substantially more secure than cable locks.
To expand on this point, the British Transport Police reported that in 2014 only 5% of cycle thefts at train stations were made to bicycles using U locks as opposed to 73% made to chain or cable locks; indicating that a secure lock acts as a significant deterrent to theft. It’s also worth noting that many home insurance companies require the use of a Sold Secure Gold rated lock if your bicycle is added to your home policy.
The second thing that needs to be accounted for is how to properly secure your bicycle. A single U lock in most circumstances is insufficient, with the ideal solution being either a U lock with an extender cable or a pair of U locks used together.
-Information provided by the Comfy Saddle
Park That Bike
The ParkThatBike scheme will now be delivered through the Public Health Responsibility Deal. So, if your organisation has staff, visitors or customers who arrive by bike there’s still time to provide them with top quality cycle parking.
To receive your cycle parking free of charge all you have to do is sign up to the Health Responsibility Deal, by committing to the Cycle2Work pledge.
Any Southend based organisation or national organisation with a Southend site can sign up, and various types of bike racks are available for you to install on your premises.
Good cycle parking reduces the likelihood of bikes being stolen or damaged and sends a strong message that your organisation is doing its bit to promote green travel and to reduce its carbon footprint.
It only takes a few moments to sign up to the Health Responsibility Deal and receive your free bike parking. Please contact Angela Squires on 01702 534456 or email at email@example.com.