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.
Blessed by excellent weather CycleWight organised a Cyclists' Breakfast as part of the Festival. About 85 people stopped to have some croissants, orange juice, tea, coffee fruit etc. A wide variety of riders took part including several children. Sited at the intersection of NCN routes 22/23 it was truly amazing how many cyclists use both routes. Many were too busy to stop, which was a great shame. It was particularly pleasing to see how many people use the cross Newport route. CW would like to thank Marie Louise White from the Council, the Health Promotion Team and Peter and Nola Gould who assisted us with putting on the event. It was so popular some people asked to do it once a week!!!!!
The CYCLEWight Blog is available here for you to leave comments online on existing topics. All we ask is that posts are relevant to CYCLEWights mission statement.
The Cycle Forum takes place on 21st October. This is where groups interested in cycling can come forward to share their views. It is an opportunity to raise issues and look for solutions. Regular attendees include retail organisations, Road Safety, Police, the cycling groups etc. Topics for discussion will include road safety, future events, the cycle festival 2015 and the Local Sustainable Transport Fund for 2015.
The Forum was begun by the Council but when they decided they no longer wanted to be actively involved CW took over its running. It has been very successful with 15/20 people attending each meeting. Council officers attend each time as they now see it as an important way to garner views and opinions about a variety of issues.
If you would like to attend please contact us through the web site. The minutes of the last meeting held on the 6th June are available to read HERE...
The Cycle Festival - 13th-28th Sept
The Festival is to be retained for the time being though the funding support has been reduced. The launch of the Festival is on the 13th Sept. St James' Square is to be closed to traffic and a variety of entertainment has been provided including Scalectrix powered by cycling. Many boys dreams! CW will be there - so pop in for a chat. The Cycle Cinema has been booked and will be showing "Despicable Me 2". It is at Seaclose Park at 19.00 it is hoped even more families will attend this year. More information HERE
Wight Cycle Hire has some panniers that they no longer need. They could be yours if you wish to pop into the shop in Station Road, Yarmouth and make a donation to CycleWight.
Work has now finished on the route between Quarr and Ryde. A much improved surface should make it more accessible for all users and for more of the year.
The work on the route up from Medina to Island Harbour is underway and will be a vast improvement to what was there before. It is not ideal but it does mean with a very small bit on the main road it will be possible to to gain a quieter cycle to Whippingham and E. Cowes via old East Cowes Road and then onto to Alverstone Road.
West Wight Wheelers
This is a new group formed based in the Freshwater and Yarmouth area. They have started to organise regular rides on Wednesdays and Sundays normally covering 20 to 30 miles. Its major aim is to be as inclusive as possible and all levels of riders are welcome. They have a club top – so look out for them. More details on Strava or contact Adrian on 01983-761521.
Space For Cycling
The CTC has launched a campaign called Space for Cycling. The reason behind this is to "create conditions where anyone can cycle anywhere". There are six main points;
1. Protected space on main roads
2. Removing through motor traffic in residential areas
3. Lower speed limits
4. Cycle-friendly town centres
5. Safe routes to school
6. Routes through green spaces
We will all agree this list would be difficult to achieve. But more could be done if these points were a focal point of future planning and when works are carried out on the Island.
There is a link on the CTC web site which will allow you to send a letter to your local Councillor asking them to support these principles. It is very easy to use. It allows you to modify the letter to give it a more local slant; so it is not just someone pressing send!
There are over 500 followers on IoW Cycling Facebook page. Guess what impact it would have if just 100 of them sent the email
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 on several occasions with a group of riders who are concerned with some of the dangers of riding on the Island's roads. It has been refreshing to meet with a different group of people who we have not previously contact with CycleWight. With our encouragement ten of them have written to the Council explaining their views of cycling regularly. 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.
Signs on Cycle Tracks
Many of you will know that the signs at the entrance to the cycle tracks have led to much unhappiness amongst cyclists. We wrote to the council and provided some alternatives that we felt were more acceptable to all users. We are glad to report that our views were heard and some new signs will slowly appear in the coming months.
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. The Assistant Police Commissioner, who has the Isle of Wight as part of her responsibility, is now following us on Twitter. An instant way to let someone know the issues of cycling safety.
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
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Bicycle Island Bids
Picture shows interesting design of cycle racks at Vernon Cottage, Shanklin funded by Bicycle Island.
As part of the Bicycle Island project, CycleWight bid to update the free Round the Island map. This is now finished and can be seen Here. In many ways it is very similar to the one in the past, the major difference is the busy roads are identified rather than the quiet ones. If you would wish to have a paper copy they have been in Bike Shops and Tourist Information Points since the beginning of August. If you wish to have a hard copy or know of organisations which would benefit from having some please contact us through the web site.
Yarmouth Railway Station
The station at Yarmouth has now been re-opened for a month. The cafe/bistro,"Off the Rails", has become popular amongst the cycling fraternity. There is easy parking for bikes as they can be left on the track bed. For the first few days there was no cake(!) but that has been remedied. Wight Cycle Hire has moved into the area under the signal box making it very easy for customers to begin their ride. The original shop in Station Road is to remain though it is now called Wight Cycle Works. It will continue to repair and sell bikes with John and Adrian still running the show. Many of the hire bikes are now being sold as it is the end of the main season.
The station has received many plaudits for its design. The developers and architect deserve much praise for reviving an eyesore and adding to the tourism offer on the Island.
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.
Southern Vectis have converted four of their buses to be ‘bike buses’ so they can carry up to six bikes at a time. The scheme is being done using LSTF funding from the council.
On April 1, one of the buses was at Yaverland to launch the programme. Members of CycleWight were invited to go along and to try out the new facility. Below is the link to the web page. We did post the story on Facebook and Twitter and it got a great response from all over the country. It runs until the end of September on a route that goes round the Island See here for timetable
The West Wight Marketing Group has decided it can no longer operate in its present form. The phoenix has risen from the flames. The West Wight Community Partnership will continue to work for the people of of West Wight by raising monies for groups who are working towards benefiting the community, The Sunday at 3 events will therefore carry on. Please do support these events as they are raising funds for CycleWight. Details can still be found on the original web site which will not be closed down till the end of the year
The Council with "It's all about the journey" bid has been awarded another £1 million from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund. This time the money is to be spent on "Revenue." This means that it is much more about winning hearts and minds. The money will be allocated on encouraging people to leave their cars at home or at their holiday residence. Monies will go towards 'travel ambassadors' and 'travel champions' who will work on the ferries, places of education and employment encouraging sustainable means of travel. Money will be allocated to adult cycle training as well as enhancing the Bicycle Island campaign, walking and cycling festivals. There will be grants to encourage schools and places of employment to become actively involved in the new projects. It is excellent to see that there will be fund allocated towards a safety campaign, "Share the Road." To see the LSTF project plan Click Here...
Well done to the Council for having the foresight and the commitment to bid for this money.
Please note that the Grid Iron which takes place on 12th October is web only registration. It is also limited to the first 1,000
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.
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.
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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