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2014 CYCLEWight AGM
Friday 28th November
Guest Speaker From The CTC
Richard Bates 
19:30 At The 8 Bells, Carisbrooke

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.

AGM

This year has been a very busy one for CycleWight and cycling on the Island in general. There is a lot to report on and discuss at this year’s AGM. We have decided to move to the upstairs room in the Eight Bells pub in Carisbrooke. It will take place on 28th November at 19.30. This year our guest speaker is Richard Bates who is on the National Council of the CTC. He is going to speak about how to be a successful campaign group. Please come along to listen and more importantly to contribute to the discussions, which are bound to take place. A raffle will take place. If you would like to donate a prize that would be great.


Cycle Festival

Mari-Louise White, the Events Office for the Council has written;
 "I would like to thank everyone who supported the Cycling Festival this year especially ride leaders, participants, cycle shops and clubs. We were extremely lucky with fantastic weather and the whole event was well attended. There were some great new additions to the programme, including the Cyclo-cross, which was the first round of the Wessex League to be held on the Island. It was so lovely to see so many young people in particular take part. Thank you also to CycleWight for all of their invaluable support, including hosting the fantastic Cyclist's Breakfast. It was great to see so many people stop by."

CYCLEWight Blog

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.


Wightlink Cycling

Wightlink have added a cycling page to their website, you can check it out here


Panniers

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.


LSTF News

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 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!

http://www.ctc.org.uk/campaign/space-for-cycling
There are over 500 followers on IoW Cycling Facebook page. Guess what impact it would have if just 100 of them sent the email


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 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.


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.


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.


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

 

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

Cowes High Street

A topic of much discussion in some parts of Cowes is cycling in the High Street. CycleWight were invited to attend a meeting at the Council to discuss possible solutions. A representative from Island roads was also there, The Town Council have tried to enforce no cycling in the High Street with the help of the police and by some temporary signs. The police have indicated though it is against the law they do not have the resources to patrol it on a regular basis. It was recognised that much of the irresponsible cycling is people rushing to the ferry This would be difficult to stop though there was an interesting letter in the County Press which suggested cyclists being directed onto the marina and coming out at the Harbour Office, This idea was rebuffed but we think it is worth further consideration. A contra flow system in Birmingham Road was discussed. It is an obvious way into Cowes for locals and visitors alike. Val Lawson has worked on an alternative route to the one used by the Round the Island route, which is not so hilly. This hopefully would encourage people an attractive alternative to the Col de Victoria Road! This does involve having a contra flow system at one point. The Island roads representative was directed to look into costing of this along with the cycle lane in Birmingham Road.

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

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.


CYCLEWight Committee

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

CYCLEWight Newsletter

The latest Newsletter [Nov 14] is available HERE...

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.

               

Community Partnership.
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

LSTF 2

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.


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