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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 [Oct 18] is available HERE...

Cycle Forum
Minutes of the Cycle Forum meeting [Oct18]  can be viewed HERE...

CYCLEWight Committee
Minutes of the Committee meeting [Oct 18] can be viewed HERE..

Inspirational
City Infinity was the company CW used for their evaluation of the St Mary's junction works. We did invite them to the AGM but a representative was unable to make it,  Gary Philpotts, from the company, did though make a short video of what is possible with a clear vision of what is needed plus political support. Any thoughts or comments would be most welcome.  You can view it here; https://drive.google.com/open?id=1GdZ4A6Ns0iuFe68sMDnRKX2IdBCh29Js
 
St Mary's junction
The junction changes are to go ahead after the Council's cabinet voted unanimously in favour. This development has been very contentious to say the least. CycleWight were very unhappy at the original plans for the junction at St Mary's. We commented on them and our submission was downloaded nearly 300 times. The new drawings and supporting documents were released just over a week before the cabinet made their decision.  There was no public consultation on the new plans and the Council's own Scrutiny Committee met only two days before the vote by the cabinet. Though the time limit was very tight Cyclewight engaged an independent  consultant to look at the new proposals and information and devise alternative plans which would be more inclusive to all people using the junction and surrounding area. The report, "St Mary's Junction, Active Travel Review", can be downloaded on the Red button above this article. We sent out a covering letter and our review to all of the Cabinet, Scrutiny Committee, Newport Parish Council and some other people who we felt would be interested or have some influence on the decision. After the October Cycle Forum several of the committee attended a meeting at Island Roads to discuss in more detail our proposals. It would be fair to say there was an acceptance of our views on a few small design features but all of our more ambitious ideas, wider paths and the new multi-user path on the east side of Medina Way were thought to be outside of the present designs parameters and so could not be accommodated.
This last sentence seems to committee that the design brief was not detailed enough. At present the design, in our view, does not comply with the Council’s own polices on sustainable transport and may not well fulfil it obligations under the Equalities Act.
We had hoped that this project would be an opportunity for there to be a development that fully embraced all users rather than one that only provides for the car. The Newport traffic scheme is built on a ‘predict and provide’ model. There is going to be more cars in the future so let’s build to accommodate it. It is a shame that the same philosophy is not used for people who choose not to or cannot use a car.

Wider of the Rider
One of our campaigns over the last few years has been "Wider of the rider" You may well remember we did get it onto the back of a couple of buses. This campaign has now received national recognition and there was earlier this year a visit to the Island by Hants please with their "Too close" mat. We decided to  keep this campaign up and devised our own banner with help from Pinkeye Graphics. Much to our surprise, after a cheeky email to West Midlands Police, they allowed us to use the image that has been used all over the country.
Spy Velo were also keen on the idea and have literally taken it to a new level by designing their own banner but life size. As you can see in the picture - very impressive. Dave from Spy Velo and ourselves are keen for our banners to be displayed in prominent places to get the message over. Any suggestions would be most welcome.

Medina Greenway
The Medina Greenway was very badly damaged  by the Festival promoters using motorised buggies. A CW member provided photographic evidence which we sent to Rights of Way. They contacted the promoters and we are led to believe that all of the path will be reinstated back to its original condition.
Watch that space!

Newport permeability study

CycleWight was awarded a grant from the Awards for All, part of the Lottery, to do a permeability study of Newport. It was intended to be a means of looking at ways to make Newport more walking and cycling friendly.  CW hoped that it would lead to working with IWC and Newport Parish Council to implement the recommendations. It was very much aimed at doing things that would be simple and relatively easy to implement.
 
The report was published in February and has been downloaded over 120 times from our web site. A presentation about it was made at the “Newport Travel Forum” on Saturday 20th Jan. During May members of the CW committee are doing a formal presentation to Newport Town council. Some of the ideas suggested would be 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.
 
Newport Parish Council has commissioned a town audit in the last few months. It sets out a series of actions that could be taken to make it easier to walk around Newport as well as it make it look more pleasing. This in tandem with our report should provide a powerful set of documents to set out plans for a better Newport. We also sent a copy of the study to all of the other town and parish councils on the Island. This has led to Whippingham and Wootton Parish Council commissioning their own permeability study. CycleWight have also been invited to make a presentation to Cowes Town Council in June. Interestingly Cowes has the highest number of people commuting on the Island so it would appear a great place to make further improvements.
 Far too often the cry is heard, “It can’t be done” It could be, as one only has to go and visit places elsewhere.

Bike Shelters
 These items are becoming more common in places across the UK. They are ideal for areas where the housing does not have an easy place to keep a bike eg flats, terraced houses, houses with little storage.
There are plenty of places on the Island where this is true, mainly in the older parts of the various towns. These shelters could allow people who are put off having a bike somewhere to keep them. They take up approximately one car parking space and so the gain for the community is immense. Can you think of an ideal location or maybe already know of a group of people who may be interested in such a feature? Please contact the group as we are keen to see this get off the ground (well on a street)


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.

Draft Island Planning Strategy
The Council has issued the draft of the Island Planning Strategy. This document will be the basis of how the Island develops over the next 20 years. The group will be reviewing the draft and making a submission to ensure that Active Travel, walking and cycling, is given its due regard. Under the present strategy it is too easy for developers and other bodies to ignore the people who cannot use a car or do not wish to. The plan needs to give people every opportunity to walk and cycle.
 
It is pleasing to see that in the draft strategy, and the supporting documentation, much of the work that CycleWight has done over the last two years has been included. We would wish for there to be more though.
We will be writing guidance in the new year to people who wish to make a submission. The more people who write the better the chance there will be to ensure sustainable transport is given the prominence it needs so to walk and cycle is the first choice for short journeys.
The consultation will close midday Monday 25 February 2019.
You can “meet the planners”  at 30 High Street, Newport, every Tuesday (excluding Christmas Day and New Year’s Day) between 10am and 3pm until the consultation closes, to talk face to face with the people who wrote the draft plan about any of the issues it covers, the consultation process and the next stages.
If you are not a member of CycleWight please do join as the more members we have the more weight our views will carry.

The AGM was well attended - over 40 people
Tim Thorne, Chair, gave a presentation on the variety of work carried out by the group over the last year. Some of the highs were winning a grant from the Access Fund and more meetings with Island Roads and the lows the poor design of St Mary's junction and still unnecessary barriers on paths. Tim gave thanks to Colin Boon who has been treasurer to CW for 25 years but has decided to hang up his ledger.
There were a variety of guest speakers. Chris Ashman, the Director of Regeneration, spoke about the plans for the Island. It was good to hear that active travel (sustainable) is an important part of the plans. He outlined the philosophy behind his work and then concentrated on the areas the group would be interested infrastructure and development of certain areas. People Powered provided two speakers. Will Ainsley spoke of the pilot project for cargo bikes on the Island and Martin Gibson about the permeability study of Newport that was commissioned by CycleWight. Finally Sue Bailey gave a presentation on Re-cycle Bikes for Africa. This project has been supported by several CW members in the past but there is always a need for more.
The following officers were elected. Tim Thorne Chair, Alec Lawson Secretary, and Jess Garbett Treasurer.
As per usual the raffle was a great success. A big thanks to all the members who donated a prize.

A summary of 2018 CW activities.
3 x meetings with Island Roads
3 x presentations on the permeability study
4 x meetings with individual Councillors
Advisor at Visit IoW sustainable transport event
Advisor at Sports Strategy meeting
Meeting with Regeneration Director
Attended Access Fund meetings
Attended Sustrans presentation on NCN on the Island
Commented on Island Plan
Display at Hullabaloo, Riverfest, Cycle Fest
Commented on 11 planning applications
An inspiration.
          
Inspirational
City Infinity was the company CW used for their evaluation of the St Mary's junction works. We did invite them to the AGM but a representative was unable to make it,  Gary Philpotts, from the company, did though make a short video of what is possible with a clear vision of what is needed plus political support. Any thoughts or comments would be most welcome.
You can view it here;
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1GdZ4A6Ns0iuFe68sMDnRKX2IdBCh29Js

Cycling Attitude Survey
CycleWight was awarded a grant from the Awards for All, part of the Lottery, to do a permeability study of Newport. It was intended to be a means of looking at ways to make Newport more walking and cycling friendly.  CycleWight are now working with IWC and Newport Parish Council to implement the recommendations. It is very much aimed at doing things that will be simple and relatively easy to implement.
As part of the bid application it was agreed that there would be a "Cycling Attitude Survey." The report is now published and can be downloaded from here. It makes for fascinating reading. Nearly 400 people responded, which is a fantastic when you realise it was directly aimed at people who live or work in Newport. Some interesting points that come out of the survey are: More than three-quarters of people would like to cycle more than they do now. More than half of those who never cycle at the moment would like to be able to do so. And 84% think there should be more protected cycle lanes, even if this reduces space for cars. Even among those who never cycle 77% agreed with this. The Survey Results can be downloaded on the Green Button above
The Survey was about cycling, but the changes which would take place if the proposals in the Study were carried out would benefit all people who choose not to or cannot use a car. This has a direct link to the St Mary's junction changes, which are to take place.
                  
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.

Innovation Grant - Update
Island groups were invited by Isle of Wight Council to bid for grants of up to £10,000 for projects to boost ‘sustainable transport’.  Our application entitled ‘More Paths for All’ was successful. It builds on our work from the Cycle Strategy and our Cycling Permeability Study of Newport.
We are now two months in to the project. We are working with a Community Interest Company, called People Powered, which is doing much of the collation of the work and the data input. Ten members of CW volunteered to be surveyors and walk the 51 sections.  We have completed 17 and another 20 are under way. It is hoped to finish the physical work by the end of January so as to then have two months to collate the information and write the report.
The grant will give us the means to be able to identify paths on the Island which are strategically important for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. From this we hope to look at ways to be able to obtain funds to bring them into wider use. We will be working with the Rights of Way team as part of our work.

Island Roads.
It is pleasing to report that Island Roads have been in contact with us over the closure of the cycle network because of bridge works and to ask us for our views. The track between Horringford and Langbridge is to have long term works in November and October  to mend a bridge. IR though is to keep the track open with a temporary bridge as they have done before at Yarmouth. Great stuff.

Cycle Strategy

Our Cycle Strategy has now been published for a year. Since its launch it has been downloaded over 700 times; over 100 the day after the CP mentioned it. It is hoped that this will become an important document in establishing proper provision for cycling across the Island. It sets out a series of principles that would make cycling better with a series of maps of strategic routes, which would bring the Island together.  It is hoped to update it in 2019 when we hope to be able to cost some of the work we are proposing.
We have distributed it to a wide range of people and institutions. It has been well received and we are particularly  pleased the Council will be referring to it in the upcoming Island Plan, which goes out for public consultation in December. They also have it on their official web site.
It can still be downloaded from our web site. Paper copies are available for a charge of £2 including postage.

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


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


Things YOU can do

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

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