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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 18] is available HERE...
Minutes of the Cycle Forum meeting [Oct18] can be viewed HERE...
Minutes of the Committee meeting [Oct 18] can be viewed HERE..
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?
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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.
This is the name for the Active Travel Schools Programme on the Island. It is part of a government initiative from their Access Fund. ‘Shift-It’ has been in place for 9 months now and is busy delivering a range of activities across primary, secondary and 16-19 provision.
This year they will introduce the new “Shift It Schools Award”, which recognises schools who promote active and sustainable travel within their community. There will be three levels of award. Successful schools will be able to display awarded a plaque.
A big development is delivering Bikeability in high schools with the aim that more children feel confident to ride their bikes to and from school. It is proposed to run some level 1 and 2 courses in the summer holidays this year for young people who do not have the opportunity to access the course elsewhere. Student Power is a project that is supporting a group of students at Medina College who are acting as ‘Shift-It’ ambassadors for active travel and are meeting with parents and senior leaders of the school to try and push the agenda for upgrading their current bike and scooter storage. Shift it is being delivered by Wight Cycle Training. If you are interested in any of their programmes or know of a youth group who may benefit from their expertise contact Ross Edmunds email@example.com
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 SheltersThese 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)
LSTF/ Bicycle Island gallery
Follow this link to pictures of some of the different projects delivered via the LSTF and Bicycle Island grants.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Our Cycle Strategy has now been published for six months. Since its launch it has been downloaded over 450 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 October. 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.
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.
Wight Cycling Tips
There are some very useful tips for cycling on the Isle of Wight - Click here for more details
There has been some recent articles about re-opening the Undercliff to motorised traffic. There is a need for a discussion to be held. Dave Stewart, the Leader of IWC and a Councillor for Niton is keen for it to re-open. From many cyclists (and others we suspect) point of view the Undercliff has become a joy to ride. The article highlights the loss of income to businesses along the route. Is there any thought of how much business it might generate because there is a lack of motorised traffic?
A CycleWight committee member attended a Coffee Morning at Niton on Sat 28th July, which was about the re-opening of the road. As one can imagine there was a diverse range of views. These include reinstating the road for all traffic or limiting it just to private cars. Other ideas were to turn it into a proper Quiet 'Green' Road for the use of residents, visitors, cyclists, horse riders and walkers. Something everyone agreed on was that the signing needs to be improved immediately. Many drivers think the road is open and drive up to the land slip. And on the other hand cyclists seeing the 'Road Closed' sign seek an alternative route rather than carry on. (Not for the fainthearted the last group!) The committee did discuss the issue and feel a road closed to motor traffic might become a destination in its own right if the tourist potential was fully embraced.
Rights of Way
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
Things YOU can do
Report Issues Affecting Cyclists
Please take time to report potholes
any right of way obstructions
or abusive vehicle drivers
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