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Cycle September Highlights – just some of the things happening in our month-long celebration of cycling

Cycle Friendly Deal wants to get more people riding around Deal and the surrounding area. To help there’s series of events and rides happening this September. Here are some highlights (we’ve had to spread them over several pages as there’s so much!) and you can see the whole calendar Here.

A number of the events have limited places. To avoid disappointment book early.

Weekly Events – with the help of local groups there's a variety of weekly rides for you to join. More information HERE

New Routes – during the month we will be launching new routes to ride. Find out more HERE

History Cycle Tours – Little rides with local historians. Find out more HERE 

9am 1 September: Deal Freewheeling - The Sandwich Roll

Cycle September kicks off with a chatty social ride with any and all bikes welcome, this is about smiles not miles. The route is to Sandwich and back for coffee & cake. We ride to the slowest riders pace along a flat route. Book you place HERE.

6.30pm 3 September: Deal Bike Buddies - Thanet Challenge

Something a bit more challenging from the British Cycling Let's Ride Deal Bike Buddies group. A 22 mile ride for cyclists on road bike tyres between Walmer and Cliffsend via the cycle paths.  Book HERE.

9-15 September: Donate-A-Bike Week

Working with Kent County Council and Cycle Community CIC we’re collecting bikes to be refurbished and resold at affordable prices. If you’ve got a serviceable bike that’s too small or is unused and gathering dust, then bring it along to Deal Town Council. The Council will be able to accept donations Monday to Friday 10am-12.30pm. Anyone donating a bike will be given a 20% off voucher for the Refurbished Bike Sale.

9 September: Deal Film Club present ‘Wadjda’ (2012)

Take your bicycle for a great night out at the Astor, where Deal Film Club is screening an award-winning film about a 10-year-old Saudi girl who set her heart on owning a green bicycle. Wadjda is the first feature film produced by Saudi Arabia and is, quite unexpectedly, directed by a woman. Haifaa al-Mansour was forced to shoot many of the Riyadh street scenes in secret from the back of a van, as laws forbade her from mixing publicly with the men in the crew. The film follows Wadjda’s despair, determination and delight as she pursues her dream of buying and riding a green bicycle. Doors: 7pm for 7.30pm.

Tickets: £6 for Deal Film Club members and Friends of the Astor; £7 concessions; £8 adult (PG rating) BOOK HERE

10am-6pm 14 September: Self-Guided Church Heritage Cycle Tour

A tour of the historic churches in Deal and Walmer, which will be open as part of the Friends of Kent Churches "Ride & Stride" day. A map showing the churches and cycle friendly route will be available to download here shortly.  

3-5pm 16 September: Affordable Refurbished Bike Sale at Deal Town Hall

Cycle Community CIC will work hard to refurbish the donated bikes ready for the Affordable Refurbished Bike Sale on Monday 16 September. The sale will take place in the Undercroft at Deal Town Hall from 3-5pm. Prices will range from £20 for children's bikes and £40 for adult bikes. They will be fully serviced and ready to ride. The team will help you pick out the right bike and make sure it fits its new rider.

16 September: Free Cycle Maintenance Class – 5.30-8.30pm

After the Bike Sale, the team from Cycle Community CIC will run a free Cycle Maintenance Class in the Undercroft at Deal Town Hall. Come along and learn the basics of how to fix your bike. This three-hour class requires no previous experience. You don’t even need to bring any tools, but it would be a good idea to wear something you don’t mind getting a bit dirty. In this Free Bicycle Maintenance Class, you’ll learn about your bike, tools, how to fix punctures, checking & adjusting brakes & gears as well as setting up your bike. Book your free place now.

Every Thursday: Little Lunchtime Loop – 1-2pm

Every Thursday lunchtime Adrian will be guiding a short ride to help people who are reasonably new to cycling or are returning to riding. Adrian’s a fully qualified and experienced Bikeability Instructor who’s helped thousands of riders across Kent and London over the last ten years. Initially the rides will be on traffic free paths, progressing to quiet roads as riders gain confidence. Book your place HERE.

To stay up to date with Cycle September & Cycle Friendly Deal, you can sign up to our newsletter HERE 

 A Road Map outlining what we’re doing and why is available to read HERE and the appendices HERE