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Friday 17th July

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.
   

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Isle of Wight!


Emergency Active Travel Grant
The government has announced a £2 billion fund for walking and cycling. The fund included a £250m “emergency active travel fund.” This is to help to create pop-up cycle lanes, wider pavements, improved junctions and cycle and bus-only corridors in England." Funding is in two stages. IWC applied and was awarded a grant from the first round of funds. We were consulted on the list of schemes. Many of the ideas were projects we have campaigned on for years. We are still waiting to see how the money is to be used. Time is tight as the money has to be spent by the middle of August if IWC want to apply for the second much larger sum. These are for temporary measures so the committee feel IWC should try them out to see if they work. Now is the time for action.
           
Innovation Grant
CW applied for an innovation grant from the Access Fund, which is a government scheme on the Island to encourage active travel. We have been successful before with this fund. Our project this time is to engage with the cyclists, who may have begun cycling this year because of the present crisis or do so occasionally. How can they be encouraged to cycle regularly for leisure, for work and for utility reasons? We felt that these people need support and advice; a 'bicycle buddy' but with a local focus. How to engage them? It was felt that if we had a bell for their bike that could be our first point of contact. It would be an opportunity to discover their riding issues, while an expert team put a bell on their bike. We will also issue them with the postcard which has our details on. More information to follow.Get in touch if you would like to help.
   
CW getting bigger and better.
The committee has decided to try to be more active in recruiting new members to CycleWight. To raise our profile we have decided to have some posters and postcards printed to be placed in strategic places around the Island. The postcard has the same design as poster but on the reverse it lists some of our campaigns in which we are involved. If you think you could place a poster somewhere or take some postcards please do contact us through cyclewight@gmail.com. We are thankful to Pinkeye Graphic for a speedy turnaround.
 
The change in the way we run our membership by going onto an on-line system has been very successful as it is much easier for people to join/re-join. We have seen over 20 new people join CW in the last couple of months, which is excellent. There will be other exciting news soon!
              
Widen my Path
This web site, we feel, can play a very important part to help us work with the council on its social distancing work. It allows people to identify places on an interactive map where they think changes can be made to allow better movement for walkers and cyclists. It allows people to agree with other users, Take a look Here. It is run by a social enterprise company called Cycle Streets. Their web site says, “CycleStreets is a social enterprise working to get more people cycling, through the provision of a cycle journey planning giving really good, safe routes, and through tools for the cycling advocacy community.” At this important time please at least have a look

Social Distancing
Who knew what social distancing was four months ago? All indications are that it is likely to be a part of our lives for some time to come. In some places social distancing is already difficult with narrow footways and cycleways making it awkward for people to move safely and in a socially responsible way. At present people walking and cycling are able to make use of space in many areas due to the very low traffic volumes. As lockdown begin to be eased, it is imperative that measures are put in place to enable effective social distancing and keep people safe.
We have written to the Council with some ideas on how this could be achieved. They include: removing some parking places to give more room to pedestrians in shopping streets; exclude cars where roads are narrow, e.g. Little London, to make some roads 20mph to make it safer for cyclists and pedestrians, keeping footpaths and cycle tracks cut back.
This is happening all over the world.  Here is a link to a story from Leicester which demonstrates a successful project in the UK. Leicester key workers . On the Island, the Council's Access Fund has launched a scheme to hire bikes to key workers. This has been very successful with over 60 bikes borrowed in just a couple of weeks.
This is an opportunity to make walking and cycling more accessible to everyone.

Pot Holes etc
Everyone's favourite topic. It is fair to say that many roads on the Island are now a very good surface. The Round the Island Cycle route is in the main part excellent. It has become a visitor attraction in its own right. BUT there are still places where for cyclists roads are grim. Cyclists as  a group must report defects. The argument goes "Nothing is done so why bother." Records are kept and the pressure of number of reports will have an effect. https://fms.islandroads.com/  is the reporting system.
This is particularly true at the moment for defects on the NCN routes. if you are unhappy with the response you can contact IR by email.info@islandroads.com and ask for more information on your issue. A last resort is to contact CycleWight. We do meet with IR and IWC regularly and issues are raised.
You can allso use an App called "FixMyStreet"

Things YOU can do
            
Report Issues Affecting Cyclists
  Please take time to report potholes
 Any Rights of Way obstructions

Support Our Campaigns
We campaign on local cycling issues and
schemes. Join us.  Tell your friends.
Write to your local MP


CYCLEWight Newsletter
The latest CYCLEWight Newsletter
[June 20] is available HERE...

Access Fund Report 2018/19
The Report can be viewed HERE

LCWIP
The Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan has been approved by the Department of Transport and has now become part of Council policy. The government wanted each local authority to draw up a walking and cycling plan for its area.  We are led to believe that in comparison to other LCWIPs from around the country ours compares very favourably. CW provided much of the background information for the plan. A decision was made that the plan was not to cover the whole of the Island but to concentrate on Ryde and Newport because of the way the task was set out by the government. It comprises of a general plan and then several indexes covering walking and cycling routes in both towns. The document does not come with resources but is to be used as a tool be to seek funding. We have written to the council to congratulate them. We have also pointed out that there should be mention that the LCWIP's proposals are part of a strategic cycle network for the whole Island and any work carried out  links to that network. Secondly that the LCWIP should be seen as a template for other areas to follow to ensure that the Island has a comprehensive  and consistent walking and cycling plan.
 In the present edition there are some typographical errors and a small piece is obviously missing. Hopefully this will be rectified. Now it is published CW will consider if it is necessary to update its own cycling strategy.
You can now view the documents from This Page

Going Electric
Like many people I came to adult cycling in middle age, looking for something to compliment gym sessions, and give me some fresh air.  Alas being late to the party meant hills – more correctly the strength to cycle up them - were always my bête noir, and this was exacerbated by a knee injury in 2017 that got progressively worse.  In the middle of 2018 I started to think about going electric. TAV in Ryde couldn’t have been more helpful, and I found myself the owner of a Merida electric hybrid. Best decision ever!  My Fitbit tells me I burn around 2/3 of the calories I used to burn from a conventional cycle, but like many electric cyclists I find myself going further and having more confidence.
The choice of off, eco, normal and high power outputs allows adjustment for tiredness, road conditions, and gradients, and whereas cycling used to be a distinct exercise / leisure activity for me, now the bike sometimes comes out for a quick trip to the shops, so cycling has become more functional.  Dare I say it more enjoyable as well.  A question that I sometimes get is range on the battery – well it depends. On full charge the Eco setting gives a range of 60 miles, but that assumes a consistent power draw, which, of course, doesn’t happen.  Last autumn I rode from home in Brading to St Catherines and back, outward on the coast via Sandown, Shanklin and Ventnor, and back inland via Godshill and Whitwell.  Outward the hills at Luccombe meant I used 50% battery on the first half of the ride, but the flatter homeward route only used 20%, leaving me a good reserve at the end of a 30 mile ride.  I was a bit apprehensive moving to an electric bike. Maybe it felt like cheating?  However it’s meant I’ve been able to cycle again within weeks of two rounds of knee surgery, and I’ve got the confidence to tackle the ups and downs of the Island.  In short a decision I don’t regret, and one I’d recommend to anyone else thinking about it. Jess Garbett *Recent research shows people who use electric bikes actually exercise as much as people with conventional bikes as they do tend to go further and use them more.

CYCLEWight is affiliated to Cycling UK
They provide us with advice, insurance as well as being one of the leading campaign bodies in the Country. You can join Cycling Uk for a reduced fee of £25 by being a member of CycleWight. You will not receive their magazine or some of the other benefits by being a full member but it will include you having third party insurance. If you are interested please contact us through the web site.

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.

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

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