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.
CYCLEWight Facebook Group
For a while CYCLEWight has been using a personal account. We should be on a Group type account and this has now been established here; https://www.facebook.com/groups/1005084216209901/ and is accepting new members. The other two slightly confusing personal accounts will be closed some time this weekend.
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
An early start of 7am did not put people off, with several hungry cyclists waiting for us to unwrap the cellophane of the first croissants of the morning. By the end close to 100 people had stopped for something to eat and drink. As with last year, hot drinks were supplied with the help of Peter and Nola Gould proved to be very popular. It was good to see such a wide variety of people take part. The most pleasing thing is that so many cyclists are using the cross Newport route. Many thanks go to the Chamber of Commerce for their support of the event. They had a display highlighting their work as part of the Local Sustainable Transport Fund.
France en Velo Adventure
Problems For Road Bikes
There have been several incidents over the last few months where a wheel on a road bike has gone into a drain. This has been in several locations, We contacted Island Roads about this. In some cases people did not report them so they were unaware of the issue. It is important that cyclists do report problems to Island Roads to ensure remedial action is taken. It also means that if action is not taken by IR than it can be pursued. This is a classic case of cyclists helping each other. Island Roads - Report it online
CycleWight would like to remind everyone that riding a bike is only permitted on the Bridleways on this list. Each agreement only lasts a specified time and the whole scheme will end in 2020. This is an opportunity for people to view areas of the Island that may well have not seen before.
Cycle Stats For The Island
We are now very familiar with the initials LSTF. Local Sustainable Transport Fund. As part of this cycle counters have been introduced to various places around the Island. The statistics make for interesting reading. For example Newport to Cowes, on average, has more than 8,000 cycle journeys using the track each month. Just think how much better that makes the environment by people not using cars and how much more healthy those people are. Hopefully these statistics will assist in attracting further funding as it clearly shows if you provide the infrastructure people will use it, .Some of the counters do record pedestrians too. On an interesting note there is something about a Wednesday! Now you have to look. Any ideas what it is - please do contact us! view table here - scroll down the table to see all figures
The article linked here is an excellent one which explains why cyclists often ride out from the kerb. Please forward it to anyone who you think may be interested or you think needs it!
LSTF/ Bicycle Island gallery
Somewhere to stay
Friends from the mainland are great but do you want them staying with you for a week! We have been contacted by two new new places offering cycle friendly accommodation.
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