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CYCLEWight
Is an advocacy group that seeks better cycle provision on the Island. We will cooperate with any organisation or individual that wishes to work towards that goal. The group participates in ways to encourage more people of all ages to learn of the joys and benefits of cycling.
   

CYCLEWight Newsletter
The latest Newsletter [Feb 18] is available HERE...

Cycle Forum
Minutes of the Cycle Forum meeting [Feb 18]  can be viewed HERE...

CYCLEWight Committee
Minutes of the Committee meeting [Mar18] can be viewed HERE..

Newport permeability study
We have now published our Cycle Permeability Study for Newport. It sets out why there needs to be some re-design of Newport streets to make the town more cycle and walking friendly. This will hopefully encourage far more people to use sustainable travel in and around the town. Suggestions include contra flow cycle lanes in Crocker Street and Trafalgar Road, raised platforms at junctions so as to slow cars, 20mph zones in all residential areas and to create a joint use path alongside Medina Way.
The study has been sent out to a wide range of people and bodies: Newport Town Councillors, County Councillors, Public Health, Bob Seely, the regeneration team and Rights of Way. There has already been positive feedback. We are to make a presentation to Newport Town Council in May. The meeting is very welcome as the Council are very aware that the town needs to be come more attractive to residents and visitors and we see making cycling and walking easier will go towards that aspiration. "It could be seen as a very daunting task", says Martin Gibson, who authored the study, "but many changes are simple and relatively easy to implement."
The report has looked at every road in the town and measured its suitability for cycling. The map below shows the routes at present in Newport that can be deemed as cycle friendly. The issue is to join them up so people can walk and cycle seamlessly across the town.
The committee hope that this has started a precedent.  We have had interest from some other town and parish councils on the Island. If you know of anyone or body that you think would benefit from seeing the report or who you would like someone from the committee to contact them, please let us know.

The Sunday Social
The group is going from strength to strength so we have contacted Gareth and Ian to update us on how they are progressing. It is brilliant to see them engage so many young people and slightly older returning to this form of exercise.
“The Isle of Wight is one of the hidden gems of the mountain biking scene in the UK. The best way to sample what our Island has to offer is to join one of the regular rides organised by the Sunday Social Mountain Biking Club.
The Sunday Social with over 400 registered members,and offers a range of rides for all abilities. This friendly and welcoming club is open to all-comers, the only requirements being that you wear a suitable helmet, have a bike that is in good order and suitable for off-road trails, and trail lights for the evening rides.
The main rides take place at 09:30 every Sunday, meeting at Merstone Old Station. From here there are two group rides, the green grade ride, suitable for beginners and intermediate riders and the blue/red grade ride, aimed at intermediate and above.
There is also a choice of Thursday evening rides leaving from different locations on the Island. The first group ride leaves from Stag Lane (outside of the Vestas Technology Centre on the Cycle path) at 17:00. This is a blue grade ride, approximately 1.5-2 hrs in duration. The second group leaves from Merstone Old Station at 18:30 to undertake a red grade ride, approximately 2 hours in duration. Suitable trail lights are necessary during the winter months.
In addition to the regular rides there are also a number of events, riding and social, that take place throughout the year.”
About the ride grading:
Green - Suitable for beginners and intermediate riders
Riding is mainly on cycle paths and bridleways. There will be some climbs on the route, but nothing too steep or technical. Rides are of a gentle pace.
Blue - Suitable for intermediate riders Basic bike handling skills and reasonable fitness level is required. Riding is mainly on bridleways and single-track trails. Expect some technical riding, difficult obstacles can largely be avoided
Red - suitable for intermediate and advanced riders Basic bike handling skills and a good level of fitness will be required. Riding is mainly on bridleways and single-track trails. Expect some technical riding and a faster pace than the blue rides.

For further information:
Sunday Social Facebook Group
Gareth Shilton - 077333 63035



CycleWight and Visit Isle of Wight met with representatives of Island Roads over various issues of concern. Two of the issues raised were road and path closures and the use of barriers along the paths, which make cycling so difficult.
There was an acknowledgment that signage could be improved, as there are occasions where roads were closed to cars but pedestrians (and cyclists) could access routes. Cyclists would be expected to dismount where the work is taking place, as it is illegal for people to ride on pavements. IR and the Council have to be congratulated on the temporary bridges they have put up in various locations when mending bridges. IR agreed to liaise more with CW and VisitIow on occasions where routes would have an impact on cyclists and walkers.
The barriers proved to be more of an issue. The barriers along the routes are there to slow people down, and to dissuade motorcyclists. This was raised by us as there was a barrier replaced on the Shide Path after it was taken down when the cross Newport route was instigated. The committee feels that there are too many, some of them are badly positioned and it can make it difficult for people with bike trailers, tagalongs mobility scooters, etc. In many cases it is felt a post in the centre of the track is all that is necessary.
We would like to remind people to contact the IR web site to report defects. There is a register and remedial works can take place if there is enough reporting of an issue. The Shalfleet traffic lights are an example.










This has been a busy time for CycleWight. There have been several planning applications on which we have commented: Carisbrooke College, Ryde House, Christ the King College, a housing development at Rookley and the cycling hubs at Cowes and Newport.  The decision on some of these are still pending but it is good to report that our objections to the paltry provision for cycle parking at the new Carisbrooke College was improved. The school's travel plan is to be written now rather than when the new college is opened. Let us hope we just as successful with some of the others.
Latest News - Further to the above we can report sadly the car park for Christ the King College on Vectis Field has been given the go ahead. It is supposed to be temporay. Let us hope so. Sadly the Rookley development has also been give the go ahead without our suggestion that the footpath be developed to join the National Cycle Network which is close by. The development at Scats on Blackwater Road has been declined. One of the reasons in the planners report was the lack of a link to the cycle track directly behind the new development which was pointed out by CycleWight.

Bicycle Island App
 
Some of you may have heard  but there is now a Bicycle Island app. This is an exciting development which is the first 'smart cycling corridor' in the country. It is based on the Cowes to Newport cycle track. You can sign up by using a smartphone, just look on the app store for Bicycle Island. It has two purposes. Firstly it is meant to encourage people to cycle. It records journeys along the track. The app sets regular distance challenges for the community to aim at. Every user’s journey along the cycle route contributes to the overall target. If the target is reached a local Isle of Wight charity gets a donation. Secondly visitors to the Island can use the app to find out about thiar journey along the track with interesting infomration. This has been launched in the last few weeks.

LSTF/ Bicycle Island gallery
Follow this link to pictures of some of the different projects delivered via the LSTF and Bicycle Island grants.

Fill That Hole Campaign
Island Roads now have a new webpage for looking up and reporting potholes and road defects - click here to visit the site

Using The CYCLEWight Gooogle Calendar Below
If you click on an event, you may find additional information, or a link to the location of the event. You can easily add these events to your own Google calendar

Newport Traffic Scheme
You can now download the document, or Click Here to read online, our detailed submission to the Council about the proposed changes to the area around Forest Road and St Mary's roundabout.
We have suggested, for the joint use path in the plans, to be slightly re-designed so as the give more prominence to the needs of cyclists and pedestrians. There is a need to slow traffic down as it comes off the roundabout from Medina Way into Hunny Hill, for which we have provided some solutions. We are proposing two big additions to the plans that are not part of the Council's proposals. Firstly, for a joint use path to be built on the eastern side of Medina Way from the hospital, taking cyclists and pedestrians down to the B&Q roundabout. Secondly a simpler junction design at the end of Forest Road. This will make it far safer and easier for non- motorised users to cross Forest Road. As noted in a report from Transport for London, published on 26 Feb, that by improving the cycling provision in certain places the road capacity of moving people has increased. In other words by taking a small piece of road for high quality paths more people, as a total, are using the road as more people are encouraged to walk and cycle.  Too late for our submission to the Council but you can be sure we will be making sure they know.
We have asked the Council what the process from this point will be. Will there be an opportunity to view all the comments submitted as would be the case for a planning application? The committee would hope so.  
Committee members having spent a great deal of time working on our submission. We have come to a couple of conclusions, Firstly that there should be more time for consultation. And following on from that is there are more pressing problems to Newport's traffic than St Mary's roundabout  where changes need to be made e.g. Hunnycross and Riverway.  Work is due to begin at the end of May.

Trufffles Tiny Campsite
A brand new eco campsite aimed specifically at cyclists and walkers - read more.....

Cycle Friendly Cafe
Gurnard Press, Worsley Road, Gurnard  has been open for a year now in what used to be the old newsagents. Although they have been serving tea/coffee/cake for a while they now have a permanent cook in the kitchen so  intend to do breakfasts and widen the cake varieties. They are keen that the cycling population know where they are. West Wight Wheelers already go there on a Wednesday morning but would also like more cyclists to drop by. Must be worth a try!

CYCLEWight AGM
The AGM was an excellent night. Over 60 people attended. It was fantastic that we gained 6 new members on the evening. There was a wonderful atmosphere in the room. It was topped off by a really interesting presentation by Tim Wiggins talking about his cycling adventures. Tim Thorne presented CycleWight's Cycling Strategy for the Isle of Wight to Councillor Hobart, who is the Cabinet member for the environment.

Cycle Strategy
The Cycle Strategy is now ready.  It is hoped that this will become an important document in establishing proper provision for cycling across the Island. It also highlights a series of strategic routes which would bring the Island together.  
 
It is hoped to update it in 2019 when we hope be able to develop more detailed information on the strategic routes. The Strategy includes section on Improving the Cycle Network, Safer Cycling and Cycle Promotion. It has a series of principles, which we hope all organisations on the Island will work towards.
 
If you think there is someone who would like a copy please forward it to them or let us know through the "Contact Us" section on this web site.
 
Paper copies are available, though there will have to be a charge of £2 including postage.

Cycle Survey

Two members of the CycleWight committee bit the bullet  and got up early to do a cycle survey at the junction of Quay Street and Sea Street in Newport. As most of you will know this is where National Cycle Network Routes 22/23 cross and is a very busy commuter route.  From 06.30 to 09.00 113 cyclists passed the spot. As we thought and now know that there are a lots of cycle commuters out there. It was a cold and foggy November morning which makes the figures even more impressive. The two most popular routes were from Seaclose onto Sea Street and from County Hall, using the cross Newport route, onto Sea Street.
We will endeavour to keep the survey going on a regular basis. Anyone fancy helping please do get in contact.

Cycle Fest 2018
The Isle of Wight Cycling Festival 2018. Set on the spectacular Isle of Wight, and with a launch weekend featuring a retail village, rides suitable for all ages and abilities, local cuisine, entertainment and incorporating the SpyVelo 100 mile Cyclo-Sportive, the IW Cycle Fest will start in style on Saturday 25th August 2018.
Over the event, multiple rides will take place from various locations – with accurate grading and all cycling disciplines covered, there will be rides suitable for every rider. The second weekend will be an off-road extravaganza, with a Cyclo-Cross race, junior racing, coaching sessions and the mighty 7 Hills MTB event.
With a relaxed, family atmosphere throughout, plus local food vendors and live entertainment, the IW Cycle Fest will end with a cycle themed closing party.

Bicycle Theft
The Police have responded to the many bikes that have been stolen over the last few week on the Island. Cyclists can help themselves by registering their bikes and keeping a detailed description of each one. (Everyone has at least three!) You can download a form here which will help you to do this.
           
Cycling and Walking Paper
Just before Christmas Bob Seely asked for a paper to be written on improving cycling and walking on the Island. Natural Enterprise led the work with assistance from other groups, including CycleWight. It was delivered within a two weeks timeframe. Mr Seely passed it on Jesse Norman, the minister responsible for Roads and Local Transport. Lets us hope that at some future date that this will help attract additional funds for cycling and walking. What could have been achieved with £9 million?

Wight Cycling Tips
There are some very useful tips for cycling on the Isle of Wight - Click here for more details

Rights of Way
The Rights of Way team have created a map of the local Rights of Way on the Island.  If you click on Map Features it will give you the key. It is often very confusing to know what path is what designation. This solves the problem. The map not only highlights the Rights of Way but paths which are made accessible  by the land owner. (Permissive)  It should be remembered that footpaths are not open to use for cycles.
This is a great map to be able to see the possibilities of making a comprehensive bridle way network for the Island.


All cyclists need to report any defects in road surfaces. The CYCLEWight committee suggest that you use the
"Fill that hole" campaign on the Cycling UK website to report dangerous road conditions. There is also an "App" available for IOS and Android smartphones that uses GPS to tag the location of the pothole or defect, plus it knows where you are and will send the report to the closest Council authority.  Visit the Pothole reporting site HERE


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  Please take time to report potholes
   any right of way obstructions
   dangerous driving
   or abusive vehicle drivers

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