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.
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.
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
Race Series comes to the Island
As we all now know there is to be a road race on the Island as part of the 2015 Pearl Izumi Series. it will take place on Thursday 14th May, from 12 to 3. It is hoped for there to be an event for school parties. From 3 till 4 there is to be time trial by the competitors. This is because it is the first race of the season. From 4 till 6 there will be an opportunity for locals to have a go. This part of the day still needs some more assistance from local cyclists. Finally the race. This will be from 7pm and will last about an hour and a quarter. If you would be willing be involved in helping organise the afternoon session or marshall at some time during the day please contact Mari Louise White MariLouise.White@IOW.gov.uk
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.
Using The CYCLEWight Calendar Below
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