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CycleWight was formed to campaign for better cycle provision on the Island. We work with any organisation or individual that wishes to work towards that goal. The group also participates in ways to encourage more people of all ages to learn of the joys and benefits of cycling.
Great news. The work on upgrading the bridle path around Quarr has been announced. The path is to close for approx 6 weeks from the 1st week of March. This is part of the work funded by the LSTF. The allocation of the money is now more visible in all kinds of ways. The most obvious is the Wroxall to Shanklin route being upgraded. There has also been the launch of the "Bicycle Island" initiative which is being run by Visit Isle of Wight. "Bicycle Island" Development Grants have also been launched. On the literature issued it says the two aims are:
1) Advance cycling opportunities for visitors.This will be achieved by establishing new cycle hire services, expanding existing ones, or supporting cycle tourism through new services or marketing initiatives.
2) Improve cycle parking facilities for visitors This will be achieved by the installation of infrastructure such as bike racks, shelters, tool and pump stands and hoops. Click HERE to download the pdf file explaining the grant. This is a grant and the sums can be quite considerable. There is a very short time span, till the end of March, to apply. More details can be found, Please can you make sure as many people know about this as possible. The IW Council are also advertising the scheme. More details HERE
Ideas For The Future
CYCLEWight was asked by the Council to coordinate a list of projects that would enhance cycle provision. This list was compiled by people attending the last Cycle Forum and from suggestions that people made on Facebook. Please have a look at the list and contact the group if you have any ideas on how these could be achieved. To see the list Click Here
Visit Isle of Wight's "Bicycle Island" was launched on the 19th Feb by Tom Ransom, who is in charge. Tom showed the economic reasons for attracting tourists who cycle as well as some of the advertising to be used. The central thrust of the campaign is to get people to stay. Materials and adverts will concentrate on this showing the many things you can do while cycling here. New maps will be launched as well as new themes for rides. There are many routes published already but more is to be made of them. There are to be way marked 'off road routes'. The Round the Island Route is to be enhanced. Some missing signs are to be reinstated as well as a few additional ones where they are thought to be needed. There will be GPX file available as well as a loop for road bikes at Freshwater to avoid the path to Yarmouth. (We know your bike is worth a couple of grand) but where is your spirit of adventure?
The Cycle Festival -
Make Cycling Safer
Research shows that on rural roads removing the centre line slows traffic down. Are there any roads which you think are suitable for this treatment? Please contact CYCLEWight via the website contacts page so we can make a list to submit to Island Roads.
This link explains the Highway Code to riding two abreast.
Please remember pre registration is necessary this year. The organising committee is looking for people to help. It is a great event but needs people to give up a little time to make it work. Please contact Andy Newman at ANewman850@aol.com
CYCLEWight Facebook and Twitter
CYCLEWight has now both a Facebook and Twitter presence. Please join us online to keep up with the latest information
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Marketing Group. As many will know this body is supporting CycleWight's work by adopting us as their group of the year. Money is raised at the "Sunday at 3' events. February's meeting was a talk by John Medland on what happened to troops, from the Island, during the WW1. Next month's meeting is a musical one with 'Steve and friends.' Shalfleet Village Hall (behind the church) 16th March. Click HERE for more details
Island Roads have recently cleared the pavement going up Quarr Hill. This is good news as some people feel safer using the pavement at this point of this very narrow and busy road. They have also started issuing a newsletter highlighting what is happening Island wide. Look on the drop down menu of IW Cycling to view the latest edition.
This is always a topic at the forefront of people's minds. CycleWight is considering running a campaign about encouraging cars to overtake with more care. Several ideas have been considered: Car stickers, utilising the back of buses, T shirts with a message on. If you have any ideas or see any particularly good posters please contact us.
There was a very successful Junior Cycling Club a few years ago. It is hoped to relaunch it in the next few months. A grant has been obtained and a suitable venue is being sought. Would you be willing to help? This will not be a long term commitment but just for a couple of weeks to get it going. You do not have to have any particular skill -
Fill That Hole Campaign
All cyclists need to report any defects in road surfaces. The CYCLEWight committee suggest that you use the "Fill that hole" campaign on the CTC website to report dangerous road conditions. The Government have given the CTC £30,000 to develop this app further.
Road Safety -
Road Traffic Police
You can follow the IOW traffic police on Twitter #iowpolroads. They provide a twitter feed that can be very useful and informative.
Visitors since 01 Nov 2013
Like cycling or want to take it up again? Then why not join the cycling group which meets each Thursday at 10.30am at Holy Trinity Church, Bembridge for a 10 to 20 mile ride. The group cycle off road when ever possible and there is always a stop for lunch during the ride. This is a very friendly group who always welcome new members.
Ring Margaret on 872953 for more details.
This group has now been formed for over two years. They meet on the first Sunday of the month at the Griffin Pub, Godshill. They try to be as inclusive as possible by riding at the pace of the slowest rider and always finish with a refreshment stop at a cafe. More details on this website on the calendar.