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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.

The Sustainability Committee
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 has 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.  We are to attend the next meeting where the collated results will be revealed!. There were many groups and bodies attending but it is groups like ourselves, the Ramblers and Bridleways group who are the users and so do have the most knowledge of the needs of residents. As part of the meeting the groups were asked to identify what skills they could offer and possible funding schemes. No doubt more information to follow. The council is much maligned, but the present administration are refreshing in their willingness to consult with user groups.

LSTF/ Bicycle Island gallery
Follow this link to pictures of some of the different projects delivered via the LSTF and Bicycle Island grants.


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

Pit Stop
Good News.
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.


Cycle Recycle

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.

Committee

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

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

 

JOIN CYCLEWight

We need YOUR support to help us continue promoting cycling and campaigning for better conditions for cyclists on the Isle of Wight!

       
                   
   

Things YOU can do

              

  • Support Our Campaigns

   We campaign on local cycling issues and
    schemes. Join us, tell your friends
    write to your local MP!
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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

CYCLEWight Committee
Minutes of the Committee meeting [Nov 14]  can be viewed HERE...

Cycle Forum
Minutes of the Cycle Forum meeting [Oct 14]  can be viewed HERE...

CYCLEWight Newsletter
The latest Newsletter [Nov 14] is available 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 http://www.iow100.com/

Click Here for more information

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 are just about to introduce an all female Sunday MTB ride – the first being Sunday 23rd November at 09.30 Merstone Station. If we have enough interest it will happen once a month. Gentle introduction to off road routes. We do require a helmet & suitable riding clothes for the conditions, if anyone requires advice I would be happy to help. Our Facebook page is growing with new members every week. For further information please Gareth Shilton   077333 63035


               

Community Partnership.

 
On Sat 6th December an information board about walking and cycling in West Wight was unveiled. The event took place at 'Off the Rails' at Yarmouth Railway station. The board was a result of the work of the West Wight Community Partnership. This year the partnerships good cause was CycleWight. Money was raised by a series of events. There are to be other boards to be placed around the area in prominent local places. Pictures show the board and CycleWight members just after the official unveiling.

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

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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