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2017 IoW Randonnee Sunday 30th April
This year's rides will be in a clockwise direction and there will be a choice of 100km and 55km rides. The Event starts at 9am and finishes at 6pm.
The Floating Bridge will be out of action this year, check HERE for detour 

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.

Commuter Cyclist Breakfast
There will be an opportunity to get yourself a free bacon sandwich from the beginning of May to kick off your day. To celebrate the opening of the cycle hub in Newport CycleWight along with Community Action Isle of Wight are putting on a series of bike rides on Tuesday mornings :2nd, 9th, 16th. It will be a led ride from Cowes at 07.15 and will return to Cowes at 08.15. We hope to encourage as many people as possible to the ride especially those who do so infrequently. There will be Dr Bike at the centre  for those who feel their steed may need a little tinkering

Cycle Hub at Red Jet Terminal
This was one of CYCLEWight's first Campaigns. We were asked to prove when we had first campaigned for it, but had to point out it was before that we stored our records on computer! But now a new cycle hub located next to Red Funnel’s Red Jet terminal in Cowes has been opened. The Cowes Cycle Hub is fully enclosed, incorporating dual-level storage for 72 bikes. It was opened by Red Funnel’s Customer Service Director, Murray Carter and project manager Keith Wright. For security, it has sensor controlled lighting and 24 hour CCTV and a universal repair stand, along with a range of tools for repairing punctures. Another hub for 16 bikes is being built in Newport near the Riverside Centre and will be officially unveiled at the Riverfest event on 13 May. Both Cycle Hubs can be used free of charge although bikes left unused for extended periods will be removed.
The 7.1km Cowes to Newport cycle track links both Cycle Hubs and is part of the National Cycle network (route 23) linking Cowes with Sandown via Newport. The route follows the western bank of the River Medina along the former Cowes-Newport railway line. Supported by the Isle of Wight Council through its current Sustainable Travel Transition Year (STTY) programme from the Department for Transport, the Cycle Hubs should help increase the use of the Cowes to Newport cycle track and provide an integrated sustainable transport experience for cyclists.

Access Funds
The Council have won a new round of funding for sustainable transport: The Access Fund. This time the grant is for three years and is worth over £1 million. This is the fourth time in succession that the Council has been awarded such grants; one of the few Councils in the county to have achieved this. The Council should be congratulated for having the initiative to apply and be willing to support the ideal. A special mention must be to Chris Gregory of A-To-There Solutions,, who has masterminded many of the later applications and helped to then coordinate much of the subsequent work.
As before the funding will be split into three strands:employment, education and tourism. The initiatives that will be carried out over the next three years will include; encouraging the 11-16 group to cycle, to encourage employers to use sustainable transport in their business and for holiday providers to be more aware of sustainable transport options. More details can be found on the Council web site.

Planning Applications
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.

Chamber of Commerce
The IW Chamber of Commerce is promoting sustainable travel in the workplace and have been running the campaign ‘BIKES IN BUSINESS’ which is being delivered as part of funding from the Department For Transport that has been secured by the Isle of Wight Council. Information on the scheme and the benefits of cycling in the workplace can be found here. 
The Chamber writes “For those looking for a subtle power boost to cycling there’s also the option of using an electric bike. In partnership with the Chamber, Red Squirrel Electric Bikes are reaching out to the Island business community by offering a new business package, including reduced rates on monthly electric cycle hire for IW Chamber of Commerce members. Island businesses can now hire electric bikes for staff use, starting at £65 a month for Chamber members. Businesses are being encouraged to use a “pool” electric bike to save money on parking, taxi fares and car pool charges, as well as helping the environment by cutting carbon and improving the workforce’s health. It’s a timesaver too, as journey times are often faster on bike than by car, especially at peak traffic times. Find out more by emailing Red Squirrel Electric Bikes or phoning 01983 521555 Let us hope that this scheme is successful.
CycleWight provided an article for the Chamber’s web site giving guidance on commuting and buying a bike.

20 MPH Conference
A conference to promote 20mph limits on the Island was organised by Councillor Julie Jones-Evans. She had been prompted to do so by her constituents complaining about cars coming through residential areas at inappropriate speeds.
Rod King the founder and the campaign director of ‘20s’ Plenty’ came to address the conference. In his presentation he explained the reasons why he believes that 20mph speed limit is plenty for residential areas. Rod emphasised how much more effective were schemes if it was a bottom up approach was taken.
There has been research into their effectiveness. It would be fair to say that is not all positive. What is undeniable is where the average speed is high, even in 30mph zones, it does make a marked difference. A really interesting point is that residents have a perception of greater safety even those who live on roads where the average speed had dropped very little. Hopefully this would encourage people to walk and cycle.
One of the important points made is the fact that people are likely to survive in a 20mph collision but not at 30mph.
The conference heard that regulations have been changed recently to relax requirements for sign, traffic calming and lighting. Hence the schemes were cheaper to introduce. Many local authorities on the mainland have introduced 20 limits. It is estimated that approximately 25% of the population now live in such areas. Other guests were invited to make presentations including Public Health, Cllr Geoff Lumley, Island Roads and CycleWight.
It was interesting to note that the majority of people attending were from the villages around the Island as well as concerned relatives from some schools who did not have traffic calming in their area.
A motion was presented to the full council the following day (19 October) to introduce 20mph limits more widely on the Island, which was passed. This is only the beginning of the process. A report has now to be written which is then formally presented to the Council to adopt the initiative as well as seek ways to fund any changes made.
Some officials at the conference did not appear positive to such a move. If this idea is to be adopted Councillors and the general population will need to make sure that their views are reflected. The final presentation of the day reinforced this point. It was by a Councillor from Chichester. She faced opposition from a variety of sources but by mobilising a whole raft of different groups they achieved a citywide 20mph zone.
Funding is an issue but interestingly Rod pointed out during Sarah’s presentation that introductions of these schemes have such beneficial consequences that funding is usually forthcoming.

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

All cyclists need to report any defects in road surfaces. The CYCLEWight committee suggest that you use the
"Fill that hole" 
campaign on the CTC 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.

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

CYCLEWight Facebook and Twitter
CYCLEWight has now both a Facebook and Twitter presence. Please join us online to keep up with the latest information.

Using The CYCLEWight Calendar Below

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Wayfarers Randonee 2017

No entry fee. Registration required online prior to the event. 
Keep up-todate with the build up to the event by liking our facebook page. We will announce when registration is open on facebook first. 
To join our distribution list & get mailed with updates to this year's and future events, click here
You can follow the build up and the event on Facebook or Twitter
The IoW Randonnee was established by the Wayfarers in 1985 and uniquely follows a route around the whole of the Isle of Wight taking minor roads and lanes where possible enabling the rider to see and enjoy the best of the Island's scenery. The event attracts around 3000 participants each year.

Cycle Strategy
At the present time the committee has been working on a Cycle Strategy for the Island. Most local authorities do have one. We saw it as an essential document for us to put forward the case for most provisions for cycling. We are most grateful to Bob White, who is a transport planner, who has looked at our ideas and written them into the correct format. In the near future we will send this out to the membership for their views before submitting it to key groups in the community. Our eventual aim is to present it to the council as means of clearly stating what is needed for the Island to truly become Bicycle Island.

Traffic in Newport
The Council has announced that it has been awarded £9.5 million to improve the transport infrastructure of Newport. This is good news for the people  of the Isle of Wight. We are concerned though that this will totally ignore the needs of cycling and walking. We have seen some of the earlier proposals from 2010 which saw pavements being removed and roads being made wider to the detriment of all road users.
As part of our work on a cycle strategy we have been looking at strategic paths across the Island and in particular making Newport more walking and cycling friendly. We have asked to be involved in the formation of the proposals. It does seem to state the obvious but if people travelled more sustainably there would be no need to spend £9 million! Just think how much cycling infrastructure could be built for that and what a difference that would make. 

Cycle Parking
As part of the sustainable transport funding CycleWight were asked to carrry out a survey of cycle parking on the Island. We completed this  just over month ago and have found that there are over 700 racks of varying types around the Island that can be used. Some are great, check out Vernon Cottage and Ventnor Botanic Garden, and some are awful. We were also asked to identify places where there was a need for racks. We have done this through the committee and social media but if you have any ideas please contact us. 
Linked to cycle parking the Council now has planning guidance on parking. This means developers now have to make sure they give due regard to cycle parking when proposing a new development. We have already used this to point out that a block of flats in Ryde had no provision for cycle parking even though it will be less than 200 meters from the National Cycle Network! 

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.
Its offical launch is at the Riverfest on May 13 on Newport Quay. There are also offers from local retailers to incentivise people even more! 
If this is successful it could be something that could be used across the Island.

Cycle Festival

The Cycle Festival as you will know did not run in 2016. There has been much discussion about this including a lively debate on the CW Facebook page.
GP Sports, who have put on several events on the Island including a sportive and the Spyvelo Cycle Cross Cup are willing to take on the event in a hope to keep it going. Their draft plan for is to hold a series of events over a week including the two weekends. The last week of September 2017 is proposed, with a possible launch event at Northwood House. On the Saturday there would be ride-outs from the launch venue and on the Sunday a proper ride would be staged. There would be local food, a bar, and other aspects of the Island would be promoted. With the assistance of local clubs and organisations there would be rides each weekday.
The second weekend would move to a different location, which could be at Shorewell Mountain Bike centre. It may be possible that a round of the Wessex Cyclo Cross league round could be held, with a party in the evening. A Seven Hills Killer type event would also be high on the list. An Isle of Wight Cycling Festival Ltd would be formed to cover insurance. Events would need cooperation from cycling clubs, especially for rides in the week. The proposition has been discussed with other organizations.
The IW Cycling Festival website is well known and established and so hopefully could still be utilized. Many of the rides were free but as it is unclear whether the Council would continue to insure the event. There most probably would be a levy of £2-3 as for any British Cycling event to cover costs. The insurance terms would also determine whether safety qualified ride leaders were required.
The Festival was discussed at the Cycle Forum. It was hoped that to encourage as many people as possible to join in there would some charity events. It was also mentioned about the timing for example building on the Randonnée in May but at this time it had been decided to leave it in September. A different period could be chosen in 2018 depending on its success. It was felt by some that the Festival could be organised by a non- commercial company.

The Cycle Fest
More information on the new group running the Cycling Festival in 2017 can be found here

CycleWight made a successful bid under the Local Sustainable Transport Fund 2 to update the Round the Island map. There will now be 10,000 distributed around tourism venues across the South of England and places such as motorway service stations. There will be some maps for the Island too, which we will be distributing to a wide range of places over the coming months. If you see one please take a picture of it in situ and send it to us through the website contact page. The map can be viewed and downloaded from our web site under the drop down menu the IW Cycling 'Routes and maps'. The new map has been revamped and contains more listings including bike shops, hire centres as well as information on electric bike charging points. We wold like to thank all the people who supported us in this venture especially Action Isle of Wight, Pinkeye Graphics and Mike Hoath. Click HERE to view the map, or HERE to download a copy

CYCLEWight Newsletter
The latest Newsletter [Nov 16] is available HERE...

CYCLEWight Committee
Minutes of the Committee meeting [Mar 17]  can be viewed HERE...

Cycle Forum
Minutes of the Cycle Forum meeting [Feb 17]  can be viewed HERE...


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