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Come along to the Sticks and Stones Festival 2024 and learn more about a cycling journey in Medway. From non-cyclists to regular cyclists to commuters, we will have Learn2Fix, Dr Fix, Bike security, cycling knowledge games. We will also be running a competition for everyone who attends one of our DR FIX. LEARN2FIX or completes our on the day knowledge of cycling workshops can win one of our two top £50 vouchers that can be used towards any services offered by our mechanic at CyclemaintenanceUK.

  • 10 Aug 2024
  • 11am - 5pm
  • Chatham

A Better Medway – Active Travel Options

Health Improvement Co-Ordinator ( David )




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Sticks and Stones Festival 2024

The Paramount Foundation will be delivering a social prescribing and wellbeing festival for Medway.
You can explore and try out a vast amount of Medway services for health and wellbeing all in one place. Whether you’re looking for social groups to support isolation, learning new skills, sports clubs to improve health and wellbeing or to unlock your creativity, There is something here for you.


Active Medway cycling Projects and The Big Bike Revival

Sponsored by The Big Bike Revival, we will be offering DR FIX sessions for cyclists. You can have your bike checked by a qualified mechanic who will perform minor repairs, make adjustments and give you tips about keeping your bike in good working order. We can provide wearable parts like cables, brake blocks, inner tubes and other items that are available thanks to funding from Active travel England. Any repairs that are not possible, we will help you find the parts you need and contact information for local bike repair centres.

Start your cycling journey to ‘A Better Medway’

Are you looking for more information around travelling by bicycle?

A Better Medway will have resources available at the festival to start meaningful discussions with attendees to help find information regarding cycling in Medway.

We have a number of avenues from non-cyclists looking to start cycling with the LEARN2RIDE program, tips on helping you start cycling including what to look for in a suitable bike, maintenance, guides, travel advise and the LEARN2FIX workshops ( how to do roadside repairs) including maintenance guides produced by Cycling UK.

Learn2Ride with The Big Bike Revival

Come along to the festival and engage in conversation about the Learn2Ride program. Any adult who would like to start the activity of cycling and learning to ride their bicycle for the first time will be able to register their interest with the lead cycling coach from Public Health in Medway.

We will be discussing and arranging locations for new venues including extra information around the delivery including our session plans. This event will be the ideal place to start you journey to cycling in Medway.

We will also offer the opportunity to watch a video to help you prepare for any future session on our social media channels.

Although we are unable to offer Learn2Ride at the festival, it will be a great opportunity to meet he instructor and ask questions about cycling and how we deliver this life changing skill in a safe and supportive environment.

To help you understand a little about the Learn2Ride session, we have popped in some key notes:

  • Before registering with the Learn2Ride program, you must have your own bicycle and we strongly recommend your wear a helmet for your own safety.
  • You must be over the age 18 years due to the programs focus on Adults starting to cycle more.
  • Our sessions are reserved for learners who are taking their first steps in ‘A Cycling for wellbeing Journey’. Other family members are welcome to cycle sensibly at any future sessions (we cannot and will not supervise anyone who has not registered with our program).
  • For Learn2Ride purposes in Medway only, we ask that your bike will be of a comfortable size that you can sit on the bike with both feet flat on the floor. This method will help build confidence in your cycling ability.
  • The process of cycling will be broken down into 5 main phases covering areas such as Bike Awareness, Bike safety, Balancing on the bike, Co-ordinating your pedalling followed by the life changing skill of cycling your bicycle.
  • By the end of the session(s), our target outcome will including stopping and starting on a bicycle using your own momentum, cycling in a figure of 8 and know how to access resources to enhance your own cycling journey.
  • After the sessions, we do advise participants to keep practising the phase 5 approach to cycling and exploring more of Medway and Kent’s natural surroundings that you might miss by using a vehicle.
  • Everyone will have a different experience when learning to cycle, some will take to it quickly and some will need some practise, and we will offer support an encourage for both pathways.

All enquiries for Learn2Ride should be sent to cycling@medway.gov.uk with the subject line LEARN2RIDE.

Led Bike Ride With Eva’s Pedal Power

Would you like to go on a ride about St. Mary’s Island and explore the surreal views of the River Medway?

Eva’s Pedal Power will be leading a Led Bike Ride at 11:30am for up to one hour around St. Mary’s Island on an approximate six to eight mile loop.

Any bike will be okay as long as it is safe and road worthy.

Please book online so we can accommodate your requests and get yourself into our prize draw.

Security Bike Marking with Kent Crime Prevention Unit

The Crime Prevention unit of Kent Police will be in attendance to help get your bike security marked.

Security making is a highly effective, visible deterrent to bike thieves. Bike thieves know that if they are caught with a registered bike, the owner can be traced and the thief will be arrested.

Win one of two £50 Vouchers towards cycling services offered by CyclemaintenanceUK.

Fifteen runner up prizes of front and back LED lights offered by A Better Medway.

We will be running a competition for every participant who visits the cycling for wellbeing corner on the 10th August 2024 only and completes any of the following activities with valid contact details:

  • DR FIX ( Pre-Booked )
  • Family Treasure Trail
  • Cycling Knowledge Work Book
  • Attended a Led Bike Ride .

Terms and conditions:

Eligibility: You must be over 18 with a valid and readable e-mail address. One entry per person.

Entry period: Saturday 10th August 2024. Each eligible entry will be given a raffle ticket as proof of eligibility. Your e-mail will be added to a competition entry list.

How to enter: By supplying your e-mail address on our form’s on the day outlined above.

Prizes: Two Individual £50 vouchers to be used on cycling services at cyclemaintenanceUK. Fifteen pairs of bicycle lights.

Selection and notification of the winner: The winner will be drawn at 4:30pm on Saturday 10th August. We will send an e-mail to the winners by Saturday 10th August before 6pm if the winners are not at the event in person.

Rights granted by the contest participant: The winners of the competition will be invited to have their photo taken with their voucher which will be used to promote a celebration of cycling on Social Media Channels and Explore Medway including Medway Council’s websites and it’s partners.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with any social media channels”.

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