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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.

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.

Fantastic News
It has been reported that over 200,00 trips have been made on 3 of the new paths that have been created/upgraded in the last year. As part of the Local Sustainable Transport Fund the Council installed cycle counters and in two cases one for pedestrians. Figures issued show from June 2014,  nearly 90,000 trips have been made on the Newport to Cowes route, 82,000 trips have taken place on the Yarmouth to Freshwater route and 44,000 have been made on the disused Wroxall to Shanklin railway line. Next time you write to your Councillor about something linked to cycling quote these figures. In fact write to your Councillor and mention these figures! 

Pearl Izumi
The long awaited Pearl Izumi event took place at Ryde. The weather was far from helpful but at the critical time it was dry. For those who were there it was an amazing event - a real spectacle. An intrepid reporter spoke to some of the teams at the end. They said it was a hard course made more difficult because of the wet surface.
The Business race , an opportunity for local people to have a go was excellent with Wight Mountain winning. Come on lads if a bike shop did not win it would have been a poor show.
Visit IoW made the most of such a prestigious event  by having the film crew travel the Island a couple of day before looking at various places. Thankfully it was bright sunshine!
Congratulations must go to Tom, at Visit IoW, Ryde and IW Councils. Much maligned but well done to Island roads who managed to finish the circuit and provided much of the essential support for the evening. Let's us not forget the other stewards who gave up their time and finally the residents of Ryde whose lives were disrupted for a few days.

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!

Medina Greenway
The Medina Greenway was opened at the end of February. The path, runs between Seaclose Park and Island Harbour, it was part of the LSTF fund and cost £600,000. No excavation was undertaken during the construction as it is in a designated area, which meant existing tree roots were protected. The paths construction allows for surface water to pass through the gravel layers maintaining supply to the trees and should prevent roots lifting the surface of the track. There are a series of sculptures along the track as well as an information board. The owners of Island Harbour finished off the track by building a path on their land, which was done voluntarily. There is a café at Island Harbour, called Breeze, which hopefully will become busier as the summer comes. Well done to the large number of people involved in making it happen.

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

The Sustainability Committee
In January CycleWight were invited to attend the Sustainability Committee with other groups to discuss the Rights of Way network. There is a need for the council to draw up a 10 year plan which will be from 2016. The committee asked all the various parties to make a list of paths that they think are missing or need to be upgraded so as to enhance the provision. At the follow up meeting the collated results were revealed. There was a discussion on how this wish list could be achieved. CycleWight believe that there must be an active effort to look for opportunities to develop the Rights of Way Network by groups such as ourselves. There is a need for the Council, even in these very difficult times, to commit money to finding funding which will benefit local people as well as the visitors. The LSTF shows what can be achieved.
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.

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.

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!


CycleWight have worked  with Sustrans from its inception. National Cycle Network routes 22/23 cross the Island. Projects like Newport to Sandown and the cross Newport route would not have happened without them. We have welcomed several of their Chief Execs on different occasions and their officers are regular visitors including this month; helping CycleWight in its work. They are celebrating their twentieth anniversary this year and are looking for sponsorship. What a great charity to support bringing pleasure to literally millions. The article elsewhere about the use of joint use paths goes to demonstrate what a great job they are doing. If you decide to participate please do let CW know and we will let everyone know

Sun Sea & Cycling

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

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

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

Cycle Forum
Minutes of the Cycle Forum meeting [Feb 15]  can be viewed HERE...

100 Here, 100 There!
This is a charity event which is being organised by the Fire Service. It is run on the principle of a Sportive. There are two routes. Money raised is to go to six charities. There is more information on

Click Here for more information

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

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.

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 do require a helmet & suitable riding clothes for the conditions, if anyone requires advice I would be happy to help
"Our first ever easy ride went well. We had 3 family groups. We advertised it at short notice but is definitely one we are planning to repeat, along with our 'Ladies only ride' - hopefully once / twice a month.” For further information please Gareth Shilton   077333 63035 or look on the Facebook page

Things YOU can do
Support Our Campaigns
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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

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