Cycling isn’t just for lycra-clad fans of the Tour de France, it’s a quick and easy way to travel that’s faster than walking and better for you than taking the car. It’s also a great way for you to take control. Once you know how long it takes to cycle somewhere, there’s little chance of your journey taking longer than you planned.

Cycle routes

There is a diverse range of cycle routes in south Essex. Many can help you get to work, training or education in a more healthy and sustainable way, while others provide the chance to challenge yourself on off-road routes or see the sights from a different perspective.

See the useful links below or visit our Resources page to help you plan your journey.

Cycling events and activities

Have a look at our Events page for fun cycling events, community group bike rides and cycling courses in south Essex.


Bespoke Cycle Training

Learn how to navigate the roads with free, one-to-one cycle training with a qualified instructor, tailored to your individual needs. Whether you’ve never been on a bike before or just want to boost your confidence, Bespoke can help you achieve your cycling goals.

Tailormade adult cycling groups in south Essex can also be arranged, with support offered for your first four rides. We can check your bike, work on control skills and show you some nice routes.

To book your place for either individual or group training call
01702 215595 / 01702 215338
or you can email to book your place.

Cycle parking/storage

There are a number of places to park your bike in south Essex, such as the secure cycle parking found at Rayleigh, Billericay, Laindon, Benfleet and Pitsea train stations.

To keep your bike secure, you need a good lock. Sold Secure (an affiliate of Master Locksmiths Association) provides a useful rating system – Bronze, Silver and Gold – that is based on how long it takes to break the lock. You can use the site to search for and compare locks.

It is worth considering how much you are prepared to spend on a bike lock. It is often said that people should spend 10% of the cost of their bike on the lock, but one lock can often be insufficient for preventing theft. Either two U locks or one U lock with an extender cable is recommended.


Park That Bike logoFree bike parking stands are available for businesses or organisations with staff or members who cycle. Up to four cycle stands can be applied for, free of charge, with different types to choose from depending on your needs and preferences.

Benefits include:

  • Safe bike parking stands reduce the risk of theft or damage so can help encourage employees, visitors or customers to cycle as they know their bike will be secure.
  • Good quality bike parking shows that your business or organisation is doing its bit to encourage cycling.

To receive these benefits, your business or organisation must be based in Basildon, Castle Point, Rochford, Southend or Thurrock and have staff, visitors or customers who travel there by bike. To request an application form or to find out more, visit or call 01594 564 344.

Upcoming cycling events

Featured Event

Fancy dress cycle ride

This cycle ride starts and finishes in Thameside Nature Park, setting off at 1pm. There are lots of diverse habitats for you to discover, including coastal mudflats and saltmarsh, grassland, new and ancient woodlands and a lake. After completing the ride, head to the café at the Thameside Nature Park Visitor Centre for some light […]

  • Date: 14/04/19
  • Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Location: Visitor Centre
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