Find out about our previous Catha’s Seat Awards winners.
These organisations are doing great work to promote safe and active cycling along the Ashford to Canterbury section of National Cycle Route 18 for all ages and abilities.
Wye Active is a newly formed community organisation that aims for the area in and around Wye to have an excellent network of walking and cycling routes that provide safe and convenient connections to nearby towns, villages, community facilities and places of employment, education and training. The group has started by auditing current facilities and fundraising to cover the cost of a feasibility study for a Wye to Ashford traffic free cycling and walking route.
The Catha’s Seat award is supporting some of their initial administration and running costs such as publicity, events and hiring equipment for air quality monitoring in Wye.
For more information on Wye Active, visit their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/WyeActive/
Wheel Potential CIC provides cycle-hire to organisations, which support adults with learning difficulties or physical problems that prevent them from living independently. These people would be unsafe using a normal bicycle on a vehicular road so Route 18 provides the ‘Traffic Free’ whilst Wheel Potential provide a selection of three wheelers, wheelchair cycles and tandems. As well as offering therapeutic exercise and social interaction, for Parkinson’s sufferers in particular there is evidence pedalling can ‘re-set’ motor functions and reduce disability.
In 2016, 2017 and 2018 Catha’s Seat Awards have been put towards vital safety, security and maintenance equipment. Read the Wheel Potential director’s report that highlights how the Catha’s Seat Award has helped them.
For more information on Wheel Potential, visit their website: http://www.wheelpotential.com/
The 2nd Wye Scouts Group ran cycling treasure hunts on Route 18 in 2016, 2017 and 2018. These have proved to be a fun and active events, encouraging the Scouts to get on their bikes in a safe, traffic free environment. They took place on the ‘off-road’ section of Route 18 around Catha’s Seat near Chilham, introducing the Scouts and their families to this fantastic cycling facility.
Catha’s Seat Award funds in 2016 and 2017 have supported prizes and refreshments for the events as well as new set of hi-vis tabards for the Scouts. Read scout Greg Rutherford’s report from the 2017 treasure hunt.
Cycle Community CIC.
Cycle Community CIC’s ReCycle project at Goldwyn School gets students involved in refurbishing bicycles that are then offered for sale at affordable prices and used by the
Founder Spencer Morgan said…
“A big thank you from Cycle Community CIC for our Catha’s Seat Award. We put the funds towards a wash station at Goldwyn School. This helps us no end in cleaning the donated bikes before we do the mechanical refurbishments. Due to it’s mobile nature we also take it along for our outreach days across Kent; we are particularly pleased that we received a prestigious ‘Green School Award’ during out time working at St John’s Primary School in Maidstone. So far we have recycled over 200 bikes!
In addition to this the students are able to use the wash station when they return from their muddy rides. This now means that the bikes are used more as they are in a presentable state for the next use (some students previously refused to ride a bike caked in dry mud the following week). This has the added benefit that the bikes will now last longer and the students enjoy blasting the bikes with the water jet!”
Read the full case study.
For more information on Cycle Community CIC, visit their website: http://cyclecircle.co.uk/recycle/
To keep the Catha’s Seat Awards going we need to raise an annual fund of £1,000. If you would like to contribute to this and support our objectives to promote safe and healthy cycling on Route 18 for all, whilst also working towards a 100% traffic free Route 18 between Ashford and Canterbury, please donate below…