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22 Feb 2012

Campaigning > IW Cycle Forum

Isle of Wight Cycle Forum Minutes
22 February 2012 @ 6pm
Innovations Centre, St Cross Business Park, Newport.
John Allen (JA) Wight Cycle Hire
Alan Bennett (AB) VRCC
Mark Blanchard (MB) VRCC
Claire Critchison (CC) IWC Events Team
Martin Gibson (MG) Natural Enterprise
Steve Goodman (SG) Cyclewight, Sustrans
Louise Gray (LG) IW PCT Public Health
Margaret Hopkinson-Woolley (MH) Cyclewight & Bembridge Wheelers
Alexander Hopkinson-Woolley (AH) Cyclewight & Bembridge Wheelers
Alex Lawson (AL) Cyclewight & Wayfarers
Valerie Lawson (VGL) Cyclewight & Wayfarers
Rachel Mills (RM) IWC Highways– Integrated Transport
Andy Newman (AN) CTC Right to Ride IW representative &
Wayfarer Cycle Touring Club
Tanja Rebel (TR) Orchards, Cyclewight
Malcolm Ross (MR) Cyclewight
Tim Thorne (TT) Cyclewight Chairman
Martin Tigg (TIG) Sustrans Ranger
1. Introduction
The meeting was chaired by Tim Thorne. Apologies were received from Councillor Edward Giles, from
Sue Hawley (Medina Estuary Project) and from Tracey Webb (Road Safety /IW Fire & Rescue Service).
As requested in previous minutes CC provided printout of comments from participants of cycle festival.
2. Primary Care Trust funding
LG explained that the department has to assess the health benefits of projects which they fund. The
desirable outcomes include general health and fitness especially in young people and an Olympic legacy
in particular this year. Specific projects receiving some funds from PCT are
1) Cowes Newport cycle route - reflective studs to help use of track in winter.
2) Wight Wheels Cycle Challenge: funding provided now for third year
3) Feasibility study, with CTC, on provision of permanent mountain bike site at Cheverton Farm
4) IW Junior Cycle Club
LG noted agreement with the council to ensure more winter maintenance on renewed sections of route
23 in order to keep the full tarmac width ridable. TIG welcomed this undertaking. Reflective cats eyes
are to be used, not the solar version which may be stolen.
Regarding the mountain biking site study LG said it would look at all options and funding sources. TT
said a similar study in the SW had led to a go ahead of the proposals which was now up and running.
The Wight Wheels Challenge is scheduled from June 11th to July 1st (inclusive). TT said that Will Ainslie
hopes to arrange adult cycle training. TR raised the need for training for car drivers. TT said in some
parts of the country there are notices to drivers to take care with cyclists. AH said training should be
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arranged for drivers working for small businesses.
MB said the state of road surfaces was crucial to cycle safety.
MR suggested that as skateboard parks are very popular with BMX riders there should be a crossover to
mountain bike riding for these youngsters. JA agreed that youths use local skate parks for skateboarding
and cycling and sometimes make ramps in the woods. It would be good to find ways to encourage them
to migrate into mountain biking.
SG asked about more money into infrastructure. LG said they hoped to work with local forestry. JA
thought that opportunities come up but get missed through lack of links between different cycle groups.
3. Cycling Etiquette
TT had received letters from the Ramblers Association complaining about a cyclist swearing at walkers.
There had also been complaints from dog walkers, including correspondence in the County Press. The
IW Council leaflet “
Bikes, boots and hooves” was passed round: this sets out advice to cyclists,
walkers including dog-walkers and horse riders on how to use the Island’s shared paths.
AN commented that letters from cyclists to CP had been conciliatory in tone unlike some others. TR said
that she finds cyclists are rude when she is walking on the tracks. JA said dog walkers should take
responsibility for their dogs as dogs or cyclists could be killed: he has met off-lead black dogs in the dark.
MG said the response should be to change behaviour rather than alienate people. SG said there are
inconsiderate sections within all groups.
RM said the council had received complaints about cyclists, and Highways would put up notices along
the Cowes-Newport route not just at start. VGL suggested more blue shared path signs were needed
along the route as a reminder. RM said the Cowes-Newport route is in fact a footpath in Council
ownership with permitted right for cycling, unlike bridleways on the Island which have a different status.
RM added that some blue signs and cross-town signs are being vandalised, and police had been called
the day before to investigate at Connie's Way. A decision would have to be made on replacement. VGL
asked if signs welded into the surface were a solution. CC said push on regardless as cycling needs to
become normal.
4. Cycle Festival & other cycle events
CC passed round leaflets for the Isle of Wight Cycling Festival on 22 to 30 September 2012. This has
dates and links for further events in April, May June and July. Now that more details are known for
September new leaflets will be printed. She is keen to have smaller group rides such as the Bembridge
Wheeler rides arranged by MH & AH. TR said the festival would include a (low) Carbon Cycle ride on the
22 September which will feature local food by Incredible Edibles which is active on the Island.
Six Hours of Hurt will be on 28 April at Cheverton Farm. An entry charge will apply. Riders can
participate as a team. Catering will include a Beer tent. TT said work to prepare the mountain bike circuit
is under way especially on Thursday mornings when careful volunteers are welcome.
Organisation by
Leaflets were distributed for Big Wight Enduro off-road event on 19 May and Wight Riviera Sportive road
ride on Sunday 20 May. Some roads will be closed for a section of the road ride. CC explained that the
organiser had previously arranged the Wight Diamond events.
The link is
www.cyclewight.co.uk (i.e. not cyclewight.org.uk).
JA said there will be a Teenage Triathlon at West Wight Sports Centre on 28 July.
TT said the British Cycling and IW Junior Cycling Club Cycle Criteria was on the coming Sunday at IW
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College car park. A future event will be a Cyclo-cross on 18 March at Robin Hill.
steve.dines@hotmail.com or thorne918@btinternet.com.
AN said the Wayfarers Randonnée will be on Sunday 6 May. Judging from interest there will be over
2000 participants. More help to staff checkpoints is requested. See
5. IW Council
RM reported that Route 23 Cross-Newport was nearing completion. The Connie's Way section was
complete although some vandalism had taken place already. The work had been delayed by the need to
let tarmac harden and to lay the green surface in temperatures above 5 centigrade. A safety audit will be
shortly be carried out, and a date will then be fixed for an official launch. When signage has been
completed the existing cross town signs will be removed.
The Cowes-Newport section is work in progress. When approval for funding was finally given there was
a time limit on its expenditure, so they were unable to organise bypassing the work. They are sorry for
the interruption to the route. The condition of the track is quite bad in places and the work involves repair
to sub-structure plus some pushing back of side growth to widen the track, as well as surfacing. They will
keep going until time and money run out, but a lot of track has been completed and the sub-structure
improves towards Newport so they hope to get most of the track renewed. Total spend on route 23 will
be around £450 000, including Sustrans grant and 106 money.
The Council hope to improve the track near Alverstone where flooding takes place, although there
seems little support from local parish councils for this to be done. They also intend to review and sort
signage on the Round the Island route, and will make use of information from the Wayfarers.
VGL asked about a route from Newport to the west, as Forest Road represents a danger to cyclists
before reaching Coleman’s Lane. RM indicated that a route had been found not deliverable, but this
seems to apply to the Gunville proposal.
MR inquired about a section of route 22 from Wootton to Fishbourne lane which is a missing link on this
route. Again this has been investigated and found not deliverable. Some discussion took place about the
Quarr Abbey section and lack of progress at Brading.
In the coming year the transport budget will be £997 000, which is likely to include £250 000 for cycling
(subject to Cabinet approval in March). This will lead into the PFI era, commencing April 2013, when
responsibility for highways passes to the contractors who will employ most of the current department
staff (although not Rights of Way). The initial concept was for the PFI simply to cover highways, but it
progressed to cover street lighting, drainage, grass cutting, CCTV transport etc. The first 7 years will be
the core investment period during which time all roads will be brought up to standard. From year 8 roads
will maintained at this level until the end of the 25 year PFI period. There are 2 contractors short-listed at
present and the final appointment is to be made by the autumn.
RM said bridleway are classified under Rights of Way and will not be part of the PFI. Funding for
maintenance will come from the Council budget.
On roads and cycle routes everything fence to fence including NCN routes will be part of PFI.
SG and TT asked if the maintenance contract will cover only pre-existing parts of the cycle network. RM
explained that the Council could chose to take up any funds available for construction of new cycle
routes: however any price obtained for such a scheme would need to include maintenance for a suitable
Turning to the
Local Sustainable Transport Fund bid RM said this would be ready for submission on
the coming Friday, 24 February. It was designed round sustainable access to tourism. Groups present
had given endorsements which would be included in the bid documentation. These groups had been
given advance access to a summary of the bid, but the full bid would be published the following week.
The bid is for £3.95 million of funding from DfT, but RM emphasised that there was only a 1 in 8 chance
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of success as other authorities were in competition.
TIG asked if it was really necessary to have 6 “CYLISTS DISMOUNT” signs on the cross-Newport route.
RM replied that they had taken advice from Sustrans on the route and signage. Although the signs are
advisory cyclists who ignore these do so at their own risk. Responding to a question about the access
from Connie's Way towards Pan, RM said this is being designed for pedestrians. (The official opening
could be on Monday 5-3 which would give time for the CP to include on the Friday.)
6. Funding opportunities
TT circulated a Coastal Communities Fund paper describing its intention to support the economic
development of coastal communities by promoting sustainable growth. A list of eligible targets is given,
with examples.
MG said local authorities can bid for funds but pointed out that other organisations can also bid. He
mentioned job creation as a number one criteria for a successful bid, and gave cycle based tourism as a
project example.
RM said funding was on offer for a community led project but application had to be made by the end of
March. It is often the case that application have to be made on a short time scale. TT said the St Helens
to Brading link comes to mind for this funding.
MG said the forum should look strategically at cycling needs. We should have a set of proposals each
nearly ready to go and be aware of which group could be a fit for a funding category. RM said Highways
need to know our priorities. VGL said we have prepared a list of priorities over 15 year of forums and
TT said the priority list would be revisited and recirculated.
7. Management of Cycle Forum
TT said he had now been Chairman of the forum for two years and thought an election should be
considered to find someone else for the job. Voices suggested that TT should continue please.
8. Any Other Business
CC provided the 2011 RESPONSES from Cycling Festival participants (since circulated by email).
MB said it was his first time at the Cycle Forum. As chairman or the Vectis Roads Cycle Club he was
especially concerned that road surfacing is taken seriously. He gave the Wiggle Sportif as an example of
an event which may bring 1000 people to the Island, provided the issue is addressed. There had been a
death on Brook Shute which may be determined at inquest to have been caused by poor road surface.
RM accepted that there is a problem. It had been estimated that £390 million would be needed to bring
the roads up to a proper standard, and the PFI is the councils long term plan to deal with the problem.
JA noted that the BBC want to interview and film cyclists about activities on the Island. This will be on
Saturday 10 March at about 3pm, at the End of the Line Cafe, Freshwater.
9. Date of next meeting
Thursday 28 June 2012 venue to be confirmed.
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