Isle of Wight Cycling Strategy document has now been released. Please read the article below. You can download the document in pdf format using the BLUE button below
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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.
The latest Newsletter [Oct 17] is availableHERE...
Minutes of the Cycle Forum meeting [Oct 17] can be viewed HERE...
Minutes of the Committee meeting [Dec 17] can be viewedHERE...
CYCLEWight have now received an answer about why barriers on the Quay cannot have a gap in the middle to allow cyclists to pass through. Island Roads have told us that the bridge is broken (!) though because of its construction the footpaths either side are not effected. We have written back to ask when the bridge is to be re-opened and await a reply. We have also suggested that one side of the bridge should be for pedestrians and the other for cyclists. As soon as a cyclist dismounts they then block the whole path because it is so narrow. CYCLEWight have also been in contact over the signage, which on occasions over the last year, has led to confusion over when routes are open or closed. This is inconvenient for many of us and for visitors is totally confusing. Visit IoW also wrote with our encouragemnt. We have been promised to have a meeting with Island Roads in the next few weeks.
Cycle Fest 2018
Dates announced. 25th August-2nd September. We look forward to hearing the plans early in the New Year.
The Active Travel Innovation Grant
As part of the Access Fund there was grant money for innovative ideas for sustainable transport. The first round successful applicants have been announced. Two of the bids are linked to cycling: Seaview Hotel and The Bay Boutique Bed and Breakfast in Freshwater. The Seaview Hotel is to offer electric bikes to it staff and customers who do not have a car. At the Bay Boutique the business is based on an environmental principles with sustainability being one of the key motivators. Paul Mocroft, one of the owners, said they were very excited by the award. They had tried electric bikes and could see how it meant people could access the natural beauty of the Island without use of a car.
Both venues are offering accommodation and e-bike hire packages for guests with tips on where to cycle making it easy for visitors to get out on two wheels.
CycleWight have been in contact with both establishments and are providing support in their ventures. It is pleasing to see that they will have the winter to perfect their offers before the 2018 season gets going.
Community Cycle Work Stations
We have added a new section to the drop down menu 'Riding on the Isle of Wight' which is community cycle work stations. There are at present 5 with one more due to open soon:
Cowes - Red Jet Terminal, Cowes - Floating Bridge, Newport - Riverway Centre, Ryde - Waterside Pool and Wight Cycle Hire - Station Road, Yarmouth. Chale Green Stores are in the process of building their facility. This a great addition to the whole Bicycle Island concept. It would be brilliant if there were even more added around the Island. Do you know of anyone who may be interested in having one at their business?
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.
Permeability (not cycle clothing)
You may well have read the Council has been awarded over £9 million to improve the transport infrastructure in Newport. We have written to be asked to be part of this. At present we have had no reply.
We are determined to make sure pedestrians and cyclists are not overlooked in this process. We applied for and have been awarded a grant from Awards for All, which is part of the lottery, to do a permeability study of Newport. This basically means we are going to look at ways to make Newport more cycling and walking friendly. CycleWight will then hopefully work with the Council and Newport Town Council to implement our ideas. It is very much aimed at doing things which are simple and relatively easy to implement.
We hope that if this process is successful we will be able to share our knowledge with other towns on the Island.
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.
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.
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 £3 including postage.
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.
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.
Meeting with MP
Tim Thorne, Chair of CycleWight and Michael Slater, of the the Ramblers, met with Bob Seely, the MP to discuss cycling and walking issues on the Island. It was a good meeting with Mr Seely being very positive. He took a great interest in the various projects in which we are involved. He expressed a real interest in the development of paths across the Island. We have now written to him to ask him to write to the Council encouraging them to make a strategic network of paths across the Island a priority. We look forward to more contact with him in the near future.
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