Sefton’s Walking and Cycling Newsletter is the perfect companion if you enjoy walking and cycling in Sefton. The newsletter is full of events and activities delivered through Active Cycling, Active Walks and Active Travel teams within Sefton along with information about partner organisations events and activities with a cycling and walking theme.
The newsletter is produced on a quarterly basis and is also available in hard copy from Health Centres, Libraries, Community Venues and Leisure Centres throughout Sefton. The newsletter is also available here for download. This latest edition covers the period from October to December.
Two people can travel together for the price of one this Bank Holiday Weekend with Arriva!
Purchase a special Bank Holiday Day Saver ticket through the m-ticket app and take a friend with you for free.
So, why not plan a fun packed day out this Bank Holiday and rather than sitting in traffic, looking for parking or worrying about the right change, let Arriva take care of your travel needs?
Whatever you have planned, make the most of the offer by purchasing your special Bank Holiday day ticket via the m-ticket app and use it between the 27th and the 29th of August.
All you need to do is buy your special Bank Holiday ticket in advance, activate it before you travel and simply show it to your driver when you and your friend get on-board.
Download the m-ticket app today and start planning your fun packed weekend. For more details, see the Arriva website.
Are you a cyclist, would you like to be involved in discussions on cycling in Sefton? Then why not come along to the Sefton Cycling Forum which provides the opportunity to discuss the cycling agenda across Sefton and how you can shape future improvements and promoting it.
The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 20th July at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre. The meeting will start at 6.30 pm.
Catch the Bus Week is a nationwide campaign aimed at driving awareness of the benefits of taking the bus. This year, the campaign runs from the 4th to 10th July and there will be events, ticket giveaways and other activities taking place across the country, with bus companies, local authorities and passenger groups involved.
Why is Catch the Bus Week important?
Catch the Bus Week is a unique and fun initiative to show people the benefits of taking the bus and a chance to profile bus services all over the country, which can hopefully lead to long term travel change.
Travelling by bus can help reduce stress and can be good for your health
It is a third less stressful to commute by bus than car and taking the bus can help achieve half the government’s recommended 30 minutes of exercise per day
The bus is good for the economy and helps support local communities
Bus users make 1.4 billion shopping trips and spend an estimated £27 billion on retail goods annually. Every year, those bus commuters create more than £64 billion worth of goods and services
Buses bring people together and are vital for an inclusive society
48% of the lowest income group do not have access to a car. Young people are more dependent on bus services than any other group - over half of 16-19 year olds are regular bus users. Concessionary travel schemes allow older and disabled people to get around - in 2013, they delivered more than 1.2 billion trips to 12 million pass holders.
It’s greener to get about by bus
Congestion costs the UK economy at least £11 billion each year. If everyone switched just one car journey a month to bus that would be one billion fewer car journeys on our roads, and a saving of 2 million tonnes of CO2
For more information see the website www.catchthebusweek.co.uk
Our partners at Active Travel are looking for some new photographs to use in their publicity so if you are a keen amateur photographer or just like taking photos, why not enter the competition. We are looking for any photographs which fit in with the Active Travel theme – so whether it’s a cycling or walking theme or something to show you being active in your community or workplace, why not enter it in the competition and you never know, you may see your photos helping us to promote Active Travel and VISIT.
The competition closes on the 17th July 2016. For more information and details how to enter, please see the Active Travel website
A new festival for Waterloo takes place on the 17th and 18th June. This two day event starts with an Artisan Food & Drink Fayre on Friday evening which will take place in the Old Christ Church on Waterloo Road.
The main event takes place on Satuday and is a family friendly festival featuring lots of entertainment including
- Kids’ entertainment
- Mountain bike track
- Food concessions in vintage vehicles
- 16 Live bands
- 2 Music stages
- 5 Outdoor bars
- 22 Market stalls
- Come Together Community Marquee
VISIT Sefton and West Lancs will also be in attendance providing lots of information about our area and ideas for walking and cycling. Our colleagues at Sefton Active Travel will also be there to provide the Mountain Bike Track so if you are attending, why not come and say hello.
For admission prices and more information about the festival, please see the Waterloo Community Festival website.
Our Southport Cycle Centre based in Southport Railway Station is now open longer and more days of the week. Offering both cycle hire and a bike maintenance & retail service, it really is your one stop cycle centre in Southport.
The centre is now open daily though the week from 9am with a couple of late night openings to ensure you can collect your bike after its been in for repair. The centre is now also open on a Saturday morning starting the 2nd April so why not call in?
For further details of the centre and to check the opening times, please see here.
Fancy a bike ride over the weekend and don't have your own bike? Well the good news is that the cycle hire opening times for the Easter break have now been released. Our shop at the Eco Centre, Southport will be open on Good Friday, Easter Saturday and also Easter Monday.
Don't forget though that we do have cycle hire available in some locations 24hrs a day, 7 days a week and these include Ocean Plaza (also in Southport), Ormskirk Town Centre near the bus station, Edge Hill University and also at The Ship, Lathom.
If you want ideas of where to go, have a look at our themed routes.
The British Transport Police are offering free bike marking at Merseyrail stations.
Really quick and easy, the security mark helps to deter would-be thieves and makes it easier for police to reunite any stolen bikes that are recovered with their owners. If you have a bike that you would like marking, why not go along. The first session is on the 15th January and sessions run through until April.
See below for details
|Birkdale Railway Station||Friday||15/01/2016||17.00 - 18.30|
|Ormskirk Railway Station||Wednesday||27/01/2016||17.00 - 18.30|
|Formby Railway Station||Friday||05/02/2016||17.00 - 18.30|
|Waterloo Railway Station||Wednesday||17/02/2016||17.00 - 18.30|
|Blundellsands & Crosby Railway Station||Friday||26/02/2016||17.00 - 18.30|
|Ainsdale Railway Station||Tuesday||29/03/2016||17.00 - 18.30|
|Maghull Railway Station||Friday||08/04/2016||17.00 - 18.30|
|Birkdale Railway Station||Wednesday||20/04/2016||17.00 - 18.30|
Red Squirrel Week runs from the 28th September to the 4th October 2015,
It is estimated that there are only 140,000 red squirrels left in the UK and you're more likely to have seen grey squirrels, natives of the eastern and midwestern United States, who are fast displacing our own native red squirrels.
Red Squirrels are quite mysterious animals and like to hide out in tree tops. Autumn is a great time to see them as they forage nuts to cache for the winter months. The great news is that in our area, we have our own red squirrels in Formby National Trust. Why not have a day out and cycle to see the squirrels.
To find out more about red squirrels, see the Wildlife Trust website.
If you are visiting Southport Flower Show this year, why not come and say hello! We'll be in one of the marquees and will be promoting all things walking and cycling in addition to having copies of all of our leaflets and maps.
See you there.......
This summer marks 10 years since the famous Iron Men arrived in Sefton and a festival of events will take place to celebrate this landmark anniversary of Another Place on Crosby Beach.
The festival of activities has been put together by Sefton Council with support from Regenerus. Under its former title, the South Sefton Partnership, Regenerus was responsible for bringing Another Place to Sefton in 2005.
Events include free exhibitions, guided walks and cycle rides, community fun days and school art workshops.
If you haven't seen Another Place yet, maybe now is the time to make a visit.
Details of activities will be released during the course of summer. For more information, visit www.anotherplacecrosby.com
Following on from the launch of the Hesketh with Becconsall Heritage walk which took place on Saturday 21st March, you can now get you hands on the new flyer produced by Hesketh with Becconsall Parish Council.
The flyer which includes lots of information about the area in addition to an easy to follow map is available for download here or can be picked up at Top Shop newsagents, Booths Foodstore or Tarleton Library. You can also contact the Parish by email who will be happy to send one out.
Our very successful cycle hire scheme is expanding further.... We now have a second automated docking station located in Edge Hill University and our very latest station has just gone live in Ormskirk Town Centre.
Situated in Ormskirk Bus Station, Moor Street - the station is conveniently located for anyone travelling to Ormskirk by bus or train. It also links with the stations at Edge Hill, Burscough and Lathom allowing you to hire at one station and leave your bike at another.
There really is no excuse now not to get on your bike and start seeing some of our wonderful area. For further details of these and other stations, please see our Automated Cycle Hire page.