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Adur and Worthing have an increasing number of cycle routes and lanes, some of which make use of our privileged location on the South Coast and the South Downs National Park.
Routes and trails in this area include:
- National Route 2 of the National Cycle Network: runs through Sussex from Worthing to Rye. Brighton to Hastings via Polegate is a part of the Downs and Weald Cycle Route. Worthing to Chichester is still under development. When complete National Route 2 will connect Dover in Kent with St Austell in Cornwall.
The National Route 2 through Adur & Worthing includes Shoreham Harbour, Shoreham-by-Sea town centre, Shoreham Beach, Widewater, Lancing and the recently opened extension in Worthing that follows the promenade using a shared route with pedestrians. The route currently ends at George V Avenue in West Worthing.
- The Downs Link (Sustrans national route 222): a 5km (3 mile) Coastal Link from Upper Beeding to Shoreham-by-Sea by the side of the River Adur and then goes on to Guildford.
- South Downs Way: a 160km (100 mile) National Trail running from Winchester in Hampshire to Eastbourne in East Sussex. Passes to the north of Adur and Worthing.
- Worthing to Shoreham South Coast Cycle Route: Worthing to Shoreham-by-Sea cycle route follows the sweeping curve of the bay for 7 miles, from West Worthing to Shoreham Harbour and is set against the back drop of the South Downs National Park:
- Worthing to Brighton: South Coast Promenades: This great family ride takes you along the coast where you can admire the fabulous beaches of Worthing and Brighton on one side and the South Downs on the horizon on the other - for details see South Coast Promenades - Worthing to Brighton on the Sustrans website
For maps of these trails and other cycle routes in West Sussex, take a look at West Sussex County Council's cycle journey planner:
- Interactive map of cycle routes in the south-east on the Sustrans website
- Interactive map of UK cycle routes on the Sustrans website
- Useful websites for cyclists (below)
There are a number of dedicated cycle lanes in Adur and Worthing, use a cycle journey planner to create a route.
There are a number of cycle journey planners on external websites, but here are some we have found helpful:
Bikeability is cycling proficiency for the 21st century, designed to give the next generation the skills and confidence to ride their bikes on today's roads:
West Sussex County Council offers cycling proficiency courses for adults and children.
The following West Sussex County Council website pages provide information:
The following external websites provide helpful advice and guidelines for cyclists:
- Information for cyclists on the West Sussex County Council website
- Highway Code - Rules for cyclists - on the GOV.UK website
- Highway Code - Road traffic signs - on the GOV.UK website
- Highway Code - Road markings - on the GOV.UK website
Over 3,000 cyclists are killed or injured in the UK every year. But that could be massively reduced if all drivers just watched this video:
The Dutch Reach is something that is taught in the Netherlands, where cycling is far more common than in the UK. And it's so simple.
The video shows everything you need to know about one simple thing we can all do to protect cyclists.
What is the Dutch Reach? ... instead of opening your door with your hand that is nearest the door, reach over and open the door with the hand that is furthest from the door - this means you turn your body and increase your field of vision, allowing you to look further back before you open your door. Safer for cyclists and safer for you too!
Paul Tuohy, Cycling UK's chief executive, said:
“Some people seem to see car dooring as a bit of a joke, but it's not and can have serious consequences.”
“Cycling UK wants to see greater awareness made about the dangers of opening your car door negligently, and people to be encouraged to look before they open.”
“In the Netherlands they are known for practising a method, known sometimes as the Dutch Reach, which we think could be successfully encouraged in the UK.”
“Cycling UK has written to the Department for Transport asking them to look into this, and highlight the dangers of car dooring through a public awareness Think!-style campaign.”
Council, on 31st October 2017, agreed to promote this cycling safety video on the Councils' website.
For more information see also:
- Dutch Reach - on the Cycling UK website
- Dutch Reach - on the RoSPA website
- Dutch Reach - on the LBC website
- Dutch Reach - on the BBC website
Cycle club websites
- Arun and Adur (Worthing) Cyclists Touring Club - a section of the West Sussex CTC District Association
- Brighton Excelsior Cycling Club
- Brighton Mitre Cycling Club
- Cyclists Touring Club (CTC) - now 'We are cycling
- Horsham & Crawley Cyclists Touring Club
- Lewes Wanderers Cycle Club
- VC Jubilee youth development cycling club (Brighton Excelsior's junior division)
- Worthing Excelsior Cycle Club
- BBC - What commuter cyclists can learn from Chris Hoy (from the Beijing Olympics)
- BBC - H2G2 - An amateur's quick guide to long-distance cycling
- BBC - Sport - Cycling - Homepage
- BBC - Sport - Cycling - Get involved
- Bicycle Association of Great Britain
- Bike Week
- Bikeability - 'cycling proficiency' for the 21st Century!
- Bognor Regis and Chichester Cyclists Touring Club
- Bricycles - Brighton, Hove and District Cycling Group
- British Cycling
- British Mountain Bike Orienteering (BMBO) - previously Trail Cyclist Association - National Governing Body for Mountain Bike Orienteering
- British Schools Cycling Association
- Cycle Matters - Mobile bicycle services
- Cycle Nation
- Cycle proficiency training (Bikeability) - Safer Cyclist Training Scheme - on the WSCC website
- Cycling for fun
- Cycling Time Trials (CTT) - The National governing body for cycling road time trials in the UK
- Cycling to work scheme - Cycle Scheme website
- Cycling UK - was the Cycling Touring Club (CTC)
- Cyclists welcome
- ECF - European Cyclists' Federation
- Forty Plus Cycling Club
- GPS Cycle and Walking Routes - including a section on routes in Sussex
- Highway code: rules for cyclists - see above
- Horsham Cycling
- Lifecycle UK
- M's Cycles (Shoreham-by-Sea) - Cycle sales, accessories, training, events, repairs and servicing
- Re~Cycle - Bicycle Aid for Africa
- ReRide (Worthing) - takes used donated bikes and restores them for re-sale
- Road Safety - on the gov.uk website
- South Coast Bikes, n Shoreham Harbour
- Special needs cycling (via Google search)
- Sustrans (sustainable transport)
- Tour of Britain (previously the Milk race)
- Tour de France
- Tour of Ireland - Cycling Ireland website
- West Sussex County Council - Cycling around West Sussex
The Cycle Friendly Business Scheme is intended to make more businesses in Adur & Worthing cycle friendly and to encourage visitors to cycle in the area.
Local businesses are encouraged to join the scheme; and with just five simple criteria, it's really easy:
- Offer the use of a puncture repair kit (will be supplied by the scheme)
- Signpost cyclists to cycle parking facilities (list supplied by the scheme)
- Provide visitor information, including the Worthing Visitor's Guide and the Worthing to Shoreham Cycle Route Leaflet
- Offer a facility for the filling up of cyclist's water bottles
- Provide drying facilities for cycling clothes (applies to accommodation providers only)
In return you'll receive a branded sticker to display in your window, a puncture repair kit, a list of cycle parking in the area and a range of related leaflets and information to offer your customers, including the Worthing Visitor Guide and the Worthing to Shoreham Cycle Route leaflet:
To join just complete the online form:
OR download the form here:
- Photo 1: Local Businesses sign up to join the Scheme on launch day
- Photo 2: Representatives from some of the 31 local businesses already signed up to the scheme
Look out for the Cycle Friendly Business Scheme logo (see below) as you explore Adur and Worthing, you know you'll always be made welcome!