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This Years CYCLEWight Annual General Meeting
Will be Held on Friday 27th November 2015
Carisbrooke Village Hall @ 19:30

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.

CYCLEWight Facebook Group

For a while CYCLEWight has been using a personal account. We should be on a Group type account and this has now been established here; and is accepting new members. The other two slightly confusing personal accounts will be closed some time this weekend.

Red Squirrel Trail
Everything you need to enjoy this fantastic cycle experience, from printable maps to GPS files can be found on the new website HERE

Cyclists' Breakfast
An early start of 7am did not put people off, with several hungry cyclists waiting for us to unwrap the cellophane of the first croissants of the morning. By the end close to 100 people had stopped for something to eat and drink. As with last year, hot drinks were supplied with the help of Peter and Nola Gould proved to be very popular. It was good to see such a wide variety of people take part. The most pleasing thing is that so many cyclists are using the cross Newport route. Many thanks go to the Chamber of Commerce for their support of the event. They had a display highlighting their work as part of the Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

France en Velo Adventure

Problems For Road Bikes

There have been several incidents  over the last few months where a wheel on a road bike has gone into a drain. This has been in several locations, We contacted Island Roads about this. In some cases people did not report them so they were unaware of the issue. It is important that cyclists do report problems to Island Roads to ensure remedial action is taken. It also means that if action is not taken by IR than it can be pursued. This is a classic case of cyclists helping each other. Island Roads - Report it online

Something New
There is a constant search for new routes and to gain more access to the countryside. For the last few years there has been a stewardship scheme where landowners are given funds to allow access to their land with footpaths and bridleways. The list of of the temporary rights of way are not well known. They can found at
CycleWight would like to remind everyone that riding a bike is only permitted on the Bridleways on this list. Each agreement only lasts a specified time and the whole scheme will end in 2020. This is an opportunity for people to view areas of the Island that may well have not seen before.

Cycle Stats For The Island

We are now very familiar with the initials LSTF. Local Sustainable Transport Fund. As part of this cycle counters have been introduced to various places around the Island. The statistics make for interesting reading. For example Newport to Cowes, on average, has more than 8,000 cycle journeys using the track each month. Just think how much better that makes the environment by people not using cars and how much more healthy those people are. Hopefully these statistics will assist in attracting further funding as it clearly shows if you provide the infrastructure people will use it, .Some of the counters do record pedestrians too. On an interesting note there is something about a Wednesday! Now you have to look. Any ideas what it is -  please do contact us! view table here - scroll down the table to see all figures

Do yourself a favour
The article linked here is an excellent one which explains why cyclists often ride out from the kerb. Please forward it to anyone who you think may be interested or you think needs it!

LSTF/ Bicycle Island gallery
Follow this link to pictures of some of the different projects delivered via the LSTF and Bicycle Island grants.

Somewhere to stay

Friends from the mainland are great but do you want them staying with you for a week! We have been contacted by two new new places offering cycle friendly accommodation.
Shorewell Apartments

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



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


Quarr Hill
One of the real bug bear for many cyclists is this spot. It is narrow and being a busy road cars do try to squeeze past. Even the fit struggle up the steep incline. Many of us can see an easy solution to this; a joint use path. The pavement is already there and it is rarely used by pedestrians. A dropped kerb at the bottom would allow ease of access. CycleWight has raised this before. It is now time to have another try. The Council is as we know strapped for cash but this is very cheap and easy. How to achieve it? The issue needs to be raised again. Can you write to the the following 3 councillors whose ward all are in or close to Quarr Hill? A short e-mail will do the trick. Highlight the danger to the cyclist, the fact it will help motorists and this is an easy solution to the problem.,,   If you do not hear from them after a couple of weeks do write again to check up on the progress of your letter. As can be seen from the Shalfleet traffic lights issue it may not be sorted over night but you have to begin somewhere.

Headon Warren

CycleWight has been contacted by the National Trust asking us to remind cyclists that it is illegal to ride on Headon Warren as there are no bridleways only footpaths. The National Trust are concerned about the safety of walkers and the  fabric of the land.

We've gone continental!

As part of the LSTF funding final bits of work are being completed. At Shanklin railway station the steps have been improved for pedestrians and cyclists. People when leaving do not have a confusing one way system to negotiate to access the Red Squirrel Trail but instead they can go down the steps and take their bike down the constructed slope down the side. On the picture you can see cyclists on the left using the new system correctly, while those on the right struggle to get down.

Sun Sea & Cycling

News feed from this popular site is available HERE...

CYCLEWight Newsletter
The latest Newsletter [Nov 15] is available HERE...

CYCLEWight Committee
Minutes of the Committee meeting [Sep 15]  can be viewed HERE...

Cycle Forum
Minutes of the Cycle Forum meeting [Oct 13]  can be viewed HERE...

What a smart bunch of cyclists the Wayfarers are! It just goes to show how versatile and stretchy lycra can be.

Shalfleet Traffic Lights
After years of pointing out the issues at Shalfleet new traffic signals and detectors have been installed, which use, microwave detection technology. The new sensors detect motion rather than the old ones, which relied on detecting metal. The sensors can then give cyclists and motorbike riders enough time to get through the one-way section. At the recent Cycle Forum, Island Roads did point out that they do keep a record of issues raised. This does show that if people do keep reporting problems that there is a log and things can be improved.

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
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.

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

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