Hayling Herald article July 2020

This is the article we submitted for the July 2020 edition of the Hayling Herald. They may of course edit their version, and we format this version for the website with extra photos and links. Or view it in your browser.

  • Cycle Hayling is 10!
  • Revive-A-Bike’s 28!
  • Vote for our 2020 vision of a cycle-friendly Hayling
  • And check out our 2020 vision for yourself, at at cyclehayling.org.uk/vision.

Cycle Hayling is 10!

Cycle Hayling is 10 years old! No cake, but we’ll treat ourselves to a 10 year celebration wheelie!

I wish we could say ‘Our work here is done’, but we’re only just starting. And we need your support more than ever. If you’re not getting our occasional emails, you’re not on our supporter list – please go to cyclehayling.org.uk/signup. And ask your friends as well!

Councillors need to know they have the public behind them when they invest public money. We’re currently at 350 supporters – get us to 400!

And Revive-A-Bike’s 28!

Our Revive-A-Bike scheme has given 28 flat-lining bikes a new heartbeat!

That’s thanks to Neil and Les at Hayling Cycles (no relation to Cycle Hayling), for doing all the great work. And to Councillor Lance Quantrill, our Hampshire County Councillor, for coming up with the idea, and getting us £1,000 funding.

We’re almost out of funding, so we need the government’s promised £50 vouchers as soon as possible. But don’t wait – revive your bike now and get cycling!

Here are two successfully revived bikes.

Vote for our 2020 vision of a cycle-friendly Hayling

Vote to tell Hampshire what cycling should be like on Hayling at cyclehayling.org.uk/vision.

Covid-19 lockdown has taught us that plenty of Hayling Islanders want to cycle, and stay healthy doing it. And when the roads were empty and safe, we filled them up with bikes. A dream!

Now the roads are full of cars, that dream has turned back to the old nightmare. The main A3023 is back to a cycling war zone. We have some of the most congested school entrances in Hampshire. People tell us cycling is too scary again.

The shocking truth is that in 2020, Hayling Islanders do not have safe, smooth, traffic-free, all-weather cycle paths to go anywhere useful :  

  • Not directly to the bridge and off the island.
  • Not to shops.
  • Not to schools.

Our few useful cycle paths are rough, muddy in the rain, and often too narrow to pass anyone with social distancing and safety. And most people don’t know they’re there. Even our treasured Billy Trail is deteriorating.

But over the bridge, and the Billy Trail from Langstone into Havant is up with the best cycle paths in Hampshire. We think Hayling deserves paths like that.

We’re not blaming anyone – it’s hard. But now’s the perfect opportunity to put it right. Covid-19 has changed the world. Air pollution, that kills more than Covid-19, every single year, has plummeted.

Cities and towns all over the UK and the world are rushing to make safer space for cycling. Even Portsmouth.

We’ve seen traffic-free cycling and we’re not going back. We want safe cycling paths, speed limits, and safe, traffic-free school entrances. We’re claiming streets for people, not for cars.

Cycle Hayling wants some of the government’s £2 billion cycling investment to come to Hayling, to build the cycle infrastructure we deserve.

Phase 1 gave Hampshire £863k for emergency social distancing over the next 8 weeks. That’s about 70p per person.

Phase 2 will bring another £3.45m, but still only £3 per person. Pro-rata, that might give Hayling about £53k – less than a quarter mile of cycle path.

It’s a fair share of the remaining £1.75 billion we need.

If we’ve got room for 1,200 to 2,000 houses, surely we’ve got room for a mile or two of 3 metre wide cycle paths? And with all those extra houses, we’re going to need them.

Help us now to build our 2020 vision of what cycling should be like on Hayling, at cyclehayling.org.uk/vision.

Tell Hampshire by up-voting ideas you like. No votes means no money.

Our councillors and MP will need to fight tooth and nail for the funding – help us help them.

Now is the time! If not now, when?

Sign up at CycleHayling.org.uk/signup. Even better, join our campaign committee.

Our 2020 vision

Vote now for better cycling!

Please vote now for the cycle network you and Hayling need!

Hampshire and Havant will only invest with community support, so they need your votes to know where is the best place to support walking and cycling.

No votes means no money!

To vote for Hayling, simply go to Hampshire’s CommonPlace map here, search for Hayling or drag Hayling Island to the centre and expand. But don’t vote automatically for every one, they need to know which are MOST important.

Click on the icons to see what they propose, and up-vote cycling (and walking) facilities you agree with!

The Votes button is pink before you vote, and goes green after you vote :

Cycle Hayling and others have already put some ideas up. But if you see more things that need doing, click the ‘Have your say’ button to add any you think SHOULD be there. But please follow our guidelines:

  • You can’t edit comments after they’re made, so get them right first time.
  • Make it very clear in the first sentence what you’re asking for.
  • The map was created for emergency measures for Covid-19 social distancing, but we’re now adding more long term requests. We don’t know how long it will stay around.
  • If you don’t know quite what to say, ask Cycle Hayling to help.
  • Always be polite and respectful to all road users, and to the council.
  • And do drop us a line to tell us where you’ve added something!

Our vision for a cycle-friendly Hayling

Let’s not beat about the bush. We can’t say that Hayling is a cycle-friendly island until we’ve hit all these targets:

  • Safe and pleasant to cycle anywhere on the island and into Havant
  • Safe for parents to cycle with children of 3 and up
  • Safe cycling for unescorted children of 12 and up
  • All-weather, smooth cycling to anywhere
  • Traffic-free cycle or shared paths everywhere there is fast-moving traffic
  • Quick and safe crossing at junctions
  • Direct routes suitable for commuting, not huge diversions
  • Routes to all schools, shops, health centres, leisure and community areas
  • Safe places for children and adults to learn and practice
  • Good signs and maps to show people where to go
  • Plenty of secure bike parking where people want to stop
  • Most school-children walk or cycle to school most of the time

And those things probably mean:

  • 30 mph maximum speed limit everywhere on the island
  • 20 mph speed limits in all residential roads
  • Automated enforcement of speed limits
  • Traffic calming, to discourage speeding
  • Home Zones to claim the streets back for people, not cars

Are these achievable?

Yes, they’re being achieved all over Britain, and all over the world.

  • In Holland, trips up to 5 miles are just as likely to be by bike as by car, and about half of Dutch school-children ride to school every day. The Dutch average lifespan is believed to be half a year longer because of it, and their health-span, when they’re healthy enough to enjoy life, is 2 years longer.
  • Many British cities are following Holland – London and Manchester leading the charge. Some London boroughs are now becoming mini-Hollands for cycling.
  • 94% of Portsmouth roads have had 20 mph residential speed limits since 2008, and saw 22% fall in accidents.

What do we need?

  • Permission from landowners and councils
  • Community backing
  • Plans
  • Money, possibly lots, but not all at once
  • Patience 🙁

If you agree with all that, sign up at CycleHayling.org.uk/signup.
Even better, join our campaign committee.

Now is the time! If not now, when?