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.
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!
Read Cycle Delivery Plan
Read CYCLEWight Vision
The CYCLEWight Blog is available here for you to leave comments online on existing topics. All we ask is that posts are relevant to CYCLEWights mission statement.
Wightlink have added a cycling page to their website, you can check it out here
Work has now finished on the route between Quarr and Ryde. A much improved surface should make it more accessible for all users and for more of the year. The work on the route up from Medina to Island Harbour is underway and will be a vast improvement to what was there before. It does mean with a very small bit on the main road it will be possible to to gain a quieter cycle to Whippingham and E. Cowes via old East Cowes Road and then onto to Alverstone Road.
Space For Cycling
The CTC has launched a campaign called Space for Cycling. The reason behind this is to "create conditions where anyone can cycle anywhere". There are six main points;
1. Protected space on main roads
2. Removing through motor traffic in residential areas
3. Lower speed limits
4. Cycle-friendly town centres
5. Safe routes to school
6. Routes through green spaces
We will all agree this list would be difficult to achieve. But more could be done if these points were a focal point of future planning and when works are carried out on the Island.
There is a link on the CTC web site which will allow you to send a letter to your local Councillor asking them to support these principles. It is very easy to use. It allows you to modify the letter to give it a more local slant; so it is not just someone pressing send!
There are over 500 followers on IoW Cycling Facebook page. Guess what impact it would have if just 100 of them sent the email
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 on several occasions with a group of riders who are concerned with some of the dangers of riding on the Island's roads. It has been refreshing to meet with a different group of people who we have not previously contact with CycleWight. With our encouragement ten of them have written to the Council explaining their views of cycling regularly. 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.
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!
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Picture shows interesting design of cycle racks at Vernon Cottage, Shanklin funded by Bicycle Island.
As part of the Bicycle Island project, CycleWight bid to update the free Round the Island map. This is now finished and can be seen Here. In many ways it is very similar to the one in the past, the major difference is the busy roads are identified rather than the quiet ones. If you would wish to have a paper copy they have been in Bike Shops and Tourist Information Points since the beginning of August. If you wish to have a hard copy or know of organisations which would benefit from having some please contact us through the web site.
The Council with "It's all about the journey" bid has been awarded another £1 million from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund. This time the money is to be spent on "Revenue." This means that it is much more about winning hearts and minds. The money will be allocated on encouraging people to leave their cars at home or at their holiday residence. Monies will go towards 'travel ambassadors' and 'travel champions' who will work on the ferries, places of education and employment encouraging sustainable means of travel. Money will be allocated to adult cycle training as well as enhancing the Bicycle Island campaign, walking and cycling festivals. There will be grants to encourage schools and places of employment to become actively involved in the new projects. It is excellent to see that there will be fund allocated towards a safety campaign, "Share the Road." To see the LSTF project plan Click Here...
Well done to the Council for having the foresight and the commitment to bid for this money.
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