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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 01983 524058
LSTF/ Bicycle Island gallery
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!
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.
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.
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