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From June 5th the Yarmouth to Freshwater track is to be closed at certain times over the next 6 weeks to replace a bridge.

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 ian.hodson@islandroads.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.

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.

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

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

 

JOIN CYCLEWight
We need YOUR support to help us continue promoting cycling and campaigning for better conditions for cyclists on the Isle of Wight! Click the "Join Now" button below to download the membership application form

CYCLEWight Newsletter
The latest Newsletter [May 17] is available HERE...

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. It includes general principles, which we would like to see adopted as well as maps of strategic routes that we feel are essential to encourage people to walk and cycle.
In the near future we will send it 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 a means of clearly stating what is needed for the Island to truly become Bicycle Island.
The Government has printed its national cycling strategy this month. The committee has looked at it in some detail. It sets out a series of steps that it states will “make cycling and walking the natural choice for shorter journeys.”  It is encouraging local authorities to write a plan for walking and cycling if they have not done so already.
As part of the initiative it is offering a grant, to a limited number of local authorities, to provide consultants to help draw up plans for cycling and walking initiatives. It is pleasing to report that the Council has decided to apply for this additional support. It is a competitive process so there is no guarantee of success. CycleWight hopes very much to be part of the bidding process and that the work we have done over the last few months will be recognized.
Sadly the government’s cycling strategy does not come with very much additional funding. Much of it has to be bid for so there is no guaranteed amount of money to come to the Island. It will be up to the Council and groups like us to set out the case to attract the funding.

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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