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Island Roads on behalf of The Isle of Wight Council have declared new Cyclepath closures in force during May. Further details available on the Road Works Menu

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.

Road User Safety

CycleWight, Dizz Dyer and David Walter have been working together to raise awareness of some of the issues faced by vulnerable road users. With the assistance of Southern Vectis and LSTF funds it has been possible to put a message on the back of two buses. "Go wider for the rider". Please, if you see either bus, take a picture (safely) and send it to CycleWight through our web site. It would be great to create a gallery. It will also be an opportunity to discuss this issue with your non-cycling friends. What does it say in the highway code about overtaking cyclists and horse riders?". Thanks to everyone who has been involved in this project.

Routefifty7
Due to the success of the Shanklin site they have moved into Thorness Bay, another Park Resorts site. They have been working alongside Charlotte's Tandems and loaning them out for free to people with additional needs. Here are further links about the charity work: www.facebook.com/Routefifty7/   www.charlottestandems.co.uk


The SpyVelo 2016 CX Cup
The SpyVelo CX cup has been a great success. Anyone who has been up to Cheverton Down to se the races were enthralled by the racing as well as the spectacular views. It was great to see so many people take part. There were over a dozen young people competing which must be the way to go. The track took in all parts of the site including the inevitable ascents and descents but also included a detour round a pond, a set of steps and dodging some trees! SpyVelo are to do a Sportive later in the year. Watch this space. Or go to their web site. Well done to all who were involved. It is great something so innovative taking place. www.iwcx.co.uk for details and results.


Cycling For Kids
Endearing YouTube video showing a young girl being taight to cycle without stabilisers for the first time  Click here to view.


LSTF/ Bicycle Island gallery

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


Red Squirrel Trail
Everything you need to enjoy this fantastic cycle experience, from printable maps to GPS files can be found on the new website HERE





Cycle Speedway
Since January there have been sessions for cyclists at Smallbrook Stadium. The Isle of Wight version of a velodrome. They have been popular with adults and children. More details on the poster. Just turn up with any kind of bike and give it a whirl. You can race if you like or just do a bit of gentle traffic free exercise. Surely you want a break from that turbo trainer.


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.

CYCLEWight Facebook and Twitter
CYCLEWight has now both a Facebook and Twitter presence. Please join us online to keep up with the latest information.

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


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!
Report Issues Affecting Cyclists
   Please take time to report potholes
    any right of way obstructions
    dangerous driving
    or abusive vehicle drivers

 

JOIN CYCLEWight

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

       
                   


Transition Fund
We are very used to term LSTF (Local Sustainable Transport Fund). It has provided a large amount of money over the last few years for various improvements. On this page are several stories linked to use of the funding. From 2017/18 there is to be over £500 million pounds spent on walking and cycling for the duration of the parliament. In the meantime to tide over the gap in funding this year the government has announced a transition fund. It has been all very last minute but the Council with the assistance of the firm Green Traveller have sought monies to carry on the good work of the last few years. It is a fairly modest sum of £750,000 and is to be spent on enhancing the work carried out in 2015/16; linked to tourism, the work in schools and with employers. Well done to the Council for wanting to be involved in this initiative. We await the outcome, which will be soon, as the projects have to be up and running by May.

Access Funds
As mentioned earlier the government is to spend over £500 million pounds on cycling and walking. This is not as generous as it would seem as it is spread over 3 years and such things as Bikeability Training are included in this figure. The good news is that it is for capital projects ie build things. CycleWight believe that we must prepare for this. As has been the case in recent times the government issues very tight deadlines and so any projects we have must be ‘shovel ready’. If you have any ideas of physical improvements would you like to see please do contact us. Needless to say we have a list but fresh ideas are always good

CycleWight made a successful bid under the Local Sustainable Transport Fund 2 to update the Round the Island map. There will now be 10,000 distributed around tourism venues across the South of England and places such as motorway service stations. There will be some maps for the Island too, which we will be distributing to a wide range of places over the coming months. If you see one please take a picture of it in situ and send it to us through the website contact page. The map can be viewed and downloaded from our web site under the drop down menu the IW Cycling 'Routes and maps'. The new map has been revamped and contains more listings including bike shops, hire centres as well as information on electric bike charging points. We wold like to thank all the people who supported us in this venture especially Action Isle of Wight, Pinkeye Graphics and Mike Hoath. Click HERE to view the map, or HERE to download a copy
   

Sun Sea & Cycling

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


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

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

Cycle Forum
Minutes of the Cycle Forum meeting [Feb 16]  can be viewed HERE...

Fill That Hole Campaign
Island Roads now have a new webpage for looking up and reporting potholes and road defects - click here to visit the site

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. There is also an "App" available for IOS and Android smartphones that uses GPS to tag the location of the pothole or defect, plus it knows where you are and will send the report to the closest Council authority.

Forestry Commission
The Forestry Commission have informed CycleWight that harvesting work is currently going on in Brighstone. This will run Monday to Friday, with the extraction of the timber potentially taking place on Saturdays.  There is also the likelihood that the operations may continue until September. They advise not to use the trails while the operations are going on as the work carried out can be hazardous. While they  take  every care to minimise risk, there are still hazards present within the harvesting of trees.
CycleWight hope that cyclists will respect these restrictions for the time being. The Forestry Commission are known to have a tolerant approach to mountain biking in Brighstone Forest, whenever possible, and it would be a shame to jeopardise this.


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