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.
Meeting with MP
Tim Thorne, Chair of CycleWight and Michael Slater, of the the Ramblers, met with Bob Seely, the MP to discuss cycling and walking issues on the Island. It was a good meeting with Mr Seely being very positive. He took a great interest in the various projects in which we are involved. He expressed a real interest in the development of paths across the Island. We have now written to him to ask him to write to the Council encouraging them to make a strategic network of paths across the Island a priority. We look forward to more contact with him in the near future.
Wight Cycling Tips
More details are coming to light of the various events. There is to be a grand depart event on Friday Friday 22nd September at SHeperd's Wharf in Cowes. New for the Festival is a 'Old Skool retro Ride' on the Saturday and a Sportive on the Sunday visiting all our favourite hills. More details can be found on the Festival's web site. http://www.iwcyclefest.com/schedule/
Rights of Way
The Rights of Way team have created a map of the local Rights of Way on the Island. If you click on Map Features it will give you the key. It is often very confusing to know what path is what designation. This solves the problem. The map not only highlights the Rights of Way but paths which are made accessible by the land owner. (Permissive) It should be remembered that footpaths are not open to use for cycles.
This is a great map to be able to see the possibilities of making a comprehensive bridle way network for the Island.
You wait for one and then two come along together! The Newport Cycle Hub is now open. It is based at the Riverway Centre in Newport. It is fully enclosed and can take 16 bikes. It is locked overnight but you can obtain the lock code if you require access out of office hours. A great thing about this facility is that you can have a shower if you like. There is one inside the building. Another great benefit of the facility is that it has lockers so you can keep your cycling clothes etc locked up for the day. You do have to provide your own lock. There is 24hours cctv. If you do wish to access the lock code contact Philippa Daly at Action Isle of Wight. 524058
There is also a community cycle work station just behind the hub which is very well equipped.
New Bridle Path in Newbridge
There is a new bridle path opened that runs around the back of Newbridge. Called Public Bridleway called S41, it runs over the track bed of the old railway line and links existing Bridleways S16 and S36. It is part of a 106 agreement, after a landowner asked permission to develop a solar farm on some of his land. It is a wonderful addition to the Rights of Way Network. The owner is concerned that gates will be left open so it is important if these kinds of improvements are made to the cycling and walking infrastructure on the Island that they are well cared for by the users.
The Council have won a new round of funding for sustainable transport: The Access Fund. This time the grant is for three years and is worth over £1 million. This is the fourth time in succession that the Council has been awarded such grants; one of the few Councils in the county to have achieved this. The Council should be congratulated for having the initiative to apply and be willing to support the ideal. A special mention must be to Chris Gregory of A-To-There Solutions,, who has masterminded many of the later applications and helped to then coordinate much of the subsequent work.
As before the funding will be split into three strands:employment, education and tourism. The initiatives that will be carried out over the next three years will include; encouraging the 11-16 group to cycle, to encourage employers to use sustainable transport in their business and for holiday providers to be more aware of sustainable transport options. More details can be found on the Council web site.
Traffic in Newport
The Council has announced that it has been awarded £9.5 million to improve the transport infrastructure of Newport. This is good news for the people of the Isle of Wight. We are concerned though that this will totally ignore the needs of cycling and walking. We have seen some of the earlier proposals from 2010 which saw pavements being removed and roads being made wider to the detriment of all road users.
As part of our work on a cycle strategy we have been looking at strategic paths across the Island and in particular making Newport more walking and cycling friendly. We have asked to be involved in the formation of the proposals. It does seem to state the obvious but if people travelled more sustainably there would be no need to spend £9 million! Just think how much cycling infrastructure could be built for that and what a difference that would make.
This has been a busy time for CycleWight. There have been several planning applications on which we have commented: Carisbrooke College, Ryde House, Christ the King College, a housing development at Rookley and the cycling hubs at Cowes and Newport. The decision on some of these are still pending but it is good to report that our objections to the paltry provision for cycle parking at the new Carisbrooke College was improved. The school's travel plan is to be written now rather than when the new college is opened. Let us hope we just as successful with some of the others.
Latest News - Further to the above we can report sadly the car park for Christ the King College on Vectis Field has been given the go ahead. It is supposed to be temporay. Let us hope so. Sadly the Rookley development has also been give the go ahead without our suggestion that the footpath be developed to join the National Cycle Network which is close by. The development at Scats on Blackwater Road has been declined. One of the reasons in the planners report was the lack of a link to the cycle track directly behind the new development which was pointed out by CycleWight.
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
"Fill that hole"
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.
LSTF/ Bicycle Island gallery
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
Report Issues Affecting Cyclists
Please take time to report potholes
any right of way obstructions
or abusive vehicle drivers