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The Council have announced  another funding round for Bicycle Island. This a grant scheme of up to £10,000 to improve the sustainable transport offer on the Island. More details below.

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.

Further Bicycle Island Bids
The latest announcement about Bicycle Island grants can be found at the following. https://www.iwight.com/news/Isle-of-Wight-Council-launch-new-sustainable  
We have created a gallery of some of the projects that have been carried out with the previous grants. Community Action Isle of Wight will administer the grants. The timing is tight as the grants have to be spent by the end of March . The process will be similar to last time. Register an interest at hello@actioniw.org.uk or tel: 01983 524058
  
LSTF/ Bicycle Island gallery
Follow this link to pictures of some of the different projects delivered via the LSTF and Bicycle Island grants.


CycleWight Presentation
Cyclewight have been invited to make a presentation to the Sustainability Committee of the Council next month. The next meeting is discussing sustainable transport. Much of the discussion will be on how to improve the Rights of Way network. Attending the meeting will be the Ramblers, the Bridleway Group as well Council Officers, Councillors and Sustrans. Out of the meeting it is hoped to create a priority list of works as well as a long term plan. Sustrans' expertise on funding will be of great help. If you have any suggestions which you think should be on the priority list please let us know through our web site. A route to West Wight is a given!


Pit Stop
Good News.
A CycleWight correspondent went to meet Dave Wright of Cowes. He is proposing to use the small shop by the Floating Bridge in West Cowes as a cycle facility. He is going to call it "Pit Stop" so people can pop in and buy cycling essentials such as inner tubes, puncture repair kits and coffee. He is to have a work shop on the other side of the road for people to get their bikes fixed. "It is a  great spot as it is on the Round the Island Route," said Dave. It should be a real asset to the Island community as well as tourists. A great initiative.


Cycle Recycle

Any unwanted bikes can be taken to 'Innerspaces', 79 Place Rd Cowes 8:30 - 5:30 Mon - Fri, Sat 9:00 - 5:00 and Sun 10:00 - 4:00. The bikes are taken to the mainland then shipped to Africa where they provide people with transport


Make Cycling Safer

CycleWight has met with several groups of riders who are concerned with the dangers of riding on the Island's roads. It has been refreshing to meet with people who we have not previously had contact . With our encouragement ten of them have written to the Council explaining their views on cycling regularly on the roads and the issues they face.
We are looking at further ways to raise awareness of this issue. As has been previously mentioned there have been several ideas including stickers in the backs of cars, a ‘T’ shirt campaign, taking councillors out on a ride and an article in the County Press which highlights some of the issues faced by cyclists. Any ideas would be welcome.


Fill That Hole Campaign

All cyclists need to report any defects in road surfaces. The CYCLEWight committee suggest that you use the
campaign on the CTC website to report dangerous road conditions. The Government have given the CTC £30,000 to develop this app further.

Committee

Several people have left the committee of late. We could do with some fresh blood. We meet as a group approximately once a month. It is not onerous. It would be good to be able to hear differing views. The amount of work you take on is up to you but it is always good for the work to be shared around.

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

 

JOIN CYCLEWight

We need YOUR support to help us continue promoting cycling and campaigning for better conditions for cyclists on the Isle of Wight!

       
                   
   

Sustrans Ranger Wanted
Sustrans are looking for someone to volunteer on the Island. Are you interested. Details  on the following website;

    

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!
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  • Report Issues Affecting Cyclists

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

CYCLEWight Committee
Minutes of the Committee meeting [Nov 14]  can be viewed HERE...

Cycle Forum
Minutes of the Cycle Forum meeting [Oct 14]  can be viewed HERE...

CYCLEWight Newsletter
The latest Newsletter [Nov 14] is available HERE...

Council to support Cycle Delivery Plan
The Isle of Wight Council has indicted that they are to make a submission to the Department of Transport to support the Government's Cycle Delivery Plan. The plan sets out in a series of points which are felt to be necessary for cycling to become a much more integral part of people's lives. This is welcome as it is a long term strategy and it asks local councils to commit to the points in the plan.
As part of the submission the Council has to submit a "Vision for Cycling" in their area. CycleWight have submitted a document of what we think is necessary. See attached. It is good to see that in much of the Delivery Plan it mentions walking too. We would like to thank publicly the Ramblers Group on the Island for their suggestions to the "Vision" document. Far more eloquent than us!
Our vision is not a list of actual works - this has existed for a long time.
We do not know what the final submission will look like. One part of our vision  states that cyclists should be part of any initiative from the very beginning! Let us hope we see the final document before it is sent.
Read Cycle Delivery Plan HERE....
Read CYCLEWight Vision HERE....

The 'Sunday Social' have been formed for over a year. Gareth writes. “We conduct guided off road mountain bike rides every Sunday and Thursday evenings. The  Sunday Morning Ride is from Merstone Station (Merstone Cycletrack) leaving at 09.30 each week. The  Thursday night ride leaving (for the present) from the same place at 18.30.  Trail lights essential. We are just about to introduce an all female Sunday MTB ride – the first being Sunday 23rd November at 09.30 Merstone Station. If we have enough interest it will happen once a month. Gentle introduction to off road routes. We do require a helmet & suitable riding clothes for the conditions, if anyone requires advice I would be happy to help. Our Facebook page is growing with new members every week. For further information please Gareth Shilton   077333 63035


               

Community Partnership.

 
On Sat 6th December an information board about walking and cycling in West Wight was unveiled. The event took place at 'Off the Rails' at Yarmouth Railway station. The board was a result of the work of the West Wight Community Partnership. This year the partnerships good cause was CycleWight. Money was raised by a series of events. There are to be other boards to be placed around the area in prominent local places. Pictures show the board and CycleWight members just after the official unveiling.


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