We are Maidstone Cycle Campaign Forum, a charity (Registered Charity Number 1172691) representing the cycling community in Maidstone. Our aim is to improve the cycling conditions in Maidstone and encourage people to take up cycling as part of a healthy lifestyle, and also as a practical and environmentally friendly alternative to cars for short journeys to shops, schools, etc....
The Forum has two main objectives:
1 Encourage infrastructure for cycling specifically but Active Travel in general
2 Encourage more people to use their bikes for transport
We see the first as an enabler for the second which we would like to spend more time on.
Paul first cycled as a child, but became an avid cyclist in 1986, and in 2013 spent his honeymoon cycling around Denmark with his partner Ian. When Paul was elected to Merton Council in 1986 he campaigned for Merton to kick start cycle infrastructure planning.
He managed to get a comprehensive cycling infrastructure provided throughout the Borough. In 2014 Paul was appointed a CTC (now Cycling UK) Local Cycle Campaigner and Paul set up the Maidstone Cycle Campaign Forum in January 2015.
Paul oversaw the submission of MCCF’s input to the Maidstone Cycle and Walking Strategy which was largely adopted. He also plans and manages the Maidstone CycleFest first set up in 2015 and held yearly until Covid-19 interrupted the proposed 2020 event. As the Chair and Treasurer of MCCF, Paul has also managed to get MCCF grant funding from both Kent County and Maidstone Councils.
Paul is also a Maidstone Councillor and has used this position to help push the needs of cyclists with Maidstone Council.
"Retired a few years ago from a career in IT at British Airways at Heathrow. I am a keen cyclist and a member of various cycling groups but these days my main focus is cycling as a more healthy and environmentally friendly form of transport. I am interested in individual health and fitness because of the individual and community value of fitness. I am keenly interested in the environment because I think my generation has consumed and damaged at a greater rate than can be repaced or repaired. We have to change this for the sake of our children and their families. I am a member of the MCCF because the objectives of the charity are very closely aligned with my own."
"As a member of Maidstone Harriers Run & Tri club, most of my cycling time is spent training for, or participating in triathlons. That said, I do take pleasure in taking time out for a leisurely ride taking in the stunning views that the Kent countryside has to offer.
I am a qualified Sustrans ride leader and help organise guided rides for families in conjunction with the Kent Community Rail Partnership.
I like to promote and encourage good behaviour on our roads by cyclists and motorists alike, and nothing disappoints me more than seeing a cyclist behave in a reckless or dangerous manner.
I’m probably one of only a handful of triathletes to stop during a race at a red light on a pedestrian crossing even when nobody was using it.
Above all, I’m an advocate for mutual respect between all road users."
"I discovered cycling at the age of 8, when I got my first bike (I still remember that moment today!) and discovered the freedom of being able to travel to places that would have been totally out of reach for me at that age. Cycling has been my passion since then: I have followed the sport, used my bike for commuting, belonged to cycling clubs (currently SFACC) and have been a passionate cycling campaigner. At the moment, I volunteer my time and efforts to try and improve the very inadequate cycling conditions in Maidstone. As a teacher, I am particularly keen to improve cycling conditions for children, so they can commute to school safely,"
Former local councillor. An active campaigner on transport and the environment. From a cycling family James also has 10 plus campaigning and twenty years’ experience working in private sector having previously run his own business.
"I have lived in the Maidstone area for the last 30 years. I retired last year (2020) after deciding life's too short and am enjoying my new found free time. I am not a particularly confident cyclist, especially on busy roads, but am enjoying whizzing around on my newly acquired electric bike - it has given me confidence to go a bit further and realise I can then get home."
Tay was born in Surrey but moved to Maidstone after completing her MA in Archaeology. Tay has worked in local government since 2008 and from this has an excellent understanding of planning, transport and biodiversity. She cares deeply about transport issues, especially providing opportunities for walking and cycling
A very keen cyclist with a full appreciation of the benefits of cycling as a healthy and environmentally friendly alternative to cars. Campaigner for Cyclists' rights and active travel accessibility for all. Having had a long career in local government and IT has a good understanding of the political climate affecting implementation of change.