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.
Yarmouth to Freshwater Cycletrack
CycleWight have been informed by Island Roads there will be a temporary structure to continue to allow access. There will be times however when there will be no access at all when heavy machinery is being used. This should be for only a few hours at a time. Notification of a closure will be given 24 hours before its occurrence. There are no plans at the moment for the track to be closed at weekends.
If anyone or organisation are are having an event using the track, including weekends, they should contact email@example.com They will try as far as possible to ensure closures avoid any event. Early morning and evening commuters should not be effected.
The temporary bridge will be 2 metres wide and approximately 20 metres long.
Cycle Hub at Red Jet Terminal
It was one of our first campaigns to have cycle parking at the Red Jet Terminal. And now it has happened. At the outset of this new development we were asked when we had first proposed something at the terminal. In all honesty we had to say we did not exactly know because it was before we stored our records on computer!
The Hub is fully enclosed, incorporating dual-level storage for 72 bikes 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.
There is another in Newport at the Riverside Centre. This will accommodate 16 bikes, which can be left in secure storage. There will also be an opportunity for people to use a shower if they wish though this will only be on offer when the Riverside Centre is open.
Both hubs were supported by the Isle of Wight Council through its current Sustainable Travel Transition Year (STTY) programme from the Department for Transport.
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.
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.
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
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
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
Things YOU can do
Support Our Campaigns
We campaign on local cycling issues and
schemes. Join us, tell your friends
Report Issues Affecting Cyclists
Please take time to report potholes
any right of way obstructions
or abusive vehicle drivers