In recent months, as part of the Horsham Cycling Forum Group meetings, I’ve met with some other local cyclists and discussed how we can improve cycling in Horsham. One of the initiatives is to map out routes into Horsham town centre, highlighting the best and safest roads, and any potential problems on the route. My initial task is to map north west access to the centre via Wimblehurst Road so I’ll be out on my bike with camera over the weeks ahead.
- I’ve also been reading the As Easy As Riding A Bike blog where part of the route into Horsham has been described. It doesn’t cover the exact same route but will be a useful reference for me. Thanks to the blog author for their post.
When I’m out doing this, I’m intending to highlight what I think is the best route into Horsham from the Rusper Road area, just north of Littlehaven station. It will not necessarily be following the main roads but using residential roads as far as possible. I’m also intending to use a couple of short footpaths between roads if these make sense. It might be quite easy to convert a short section into a shared use path so I think this is worthwhile, particularly when many of the other routes into Horsham are busy and sometimes narrow. Even if cycling is not allowed on a path, surely walking your bicycle for 10 – 20 feet is better than a busy or narrow road?
- Update: A possible route from north Horsham into the town centre that I’m considering. It’s not the shortest route but I cycle this all the time and it uses some quiet roads.