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Hayling Island is a great place to cycle:

  • Good weather
  • No hills
  • No through traffic
  • The South Downs national park on our doorstep

It could be a great deal better. Provision for cyclists is limited or flawed, but there is plenty scope for improvement to encourage people to cycle more.

We are a volunteer community group campaigning to make Hayling Island more cycle-friendly.

We have several projects on the go, the main ones being:

  • Safe cycle routes to schools
  • Hayling Billy trail restoration
  • North-South off-road cycle link

See below for more details on these projects and other Cycle Hayling activities.

If you want to support our efforts, please register your support; registration is free and we will keep you up-to-date with progress.

Home Page: Safe Cycle Routes

Safe cycle routes to schools

All of the 5 Hayling Island schools lie on the main road (Havant Road, Church Road & Elm Grove) which serves the Mengham shopping area, and the entire large residential area at the south of the island. This road is very busy during the rush hour with queueing at peak times.

The proportion of pupils and staff who cycle to school is very low. Figures provided by the Hampshire County Council Travel Team show that 79% of pupils are driven to the two Mill Rythe schools. The national average is 34%. Most schools’ walking rates hover around 50%. Currently at the Infant school, only 4.5% of pupils walk and barely 18% walk to the Junior school. A questionnaire conducted at Hayling College showed that 10% cycled against 50% using a car. Those that do cycle are often seen using the pavements around Hayling College.

Since the Travel Team survey, the Cinder Track has been upgraded by Hampshire County Council. Mill Rythe Junior School has conducted a new survey of travel behaviour which found that car use has fallen to 68%, 16% walk, 12% cycle or use a scooter, and 4% use the bus. That suggests a significant improvement.

More safe cycling routes to the schools would allow more students to cycle to school and college, and help keep them off the pavements. They would also encourage school and college staff to cycle to work.

Find out more

If you want to support our efforts, please register your support; registration is free and we will keep you up-to-date with progress.

Home Page: North-South route

North-south off-road cycle link

Cyclists wanting to travel from the north of Hayling Island to the south have no easy route. All of the schools and shops and other amenities of south Hayling can only be reached by using the main A3023 Havant Road between Yew Tree Road and Kings Road. This section of the A3023 is very busy, especially during peak hours, and therefore intimidating to all but the most experienced and confident cyclists. As a consequence very few bike riders attempt this journey and even fewer cycle-commute off the Island.

Any cyclists daring to use this road cause traffic tailbacks, as a result motorists:

  • crawl at the cyclist’s speed until they can pass safely; or
  • attempt to pass unsafely, risking a collision with the cyclist or on-coming traffic

Some cyclists resort to using pavements illegally, risking collisions with pedestrians and using very narrow sections caused by hedges growing out over the pavement.

The answer is a North-South cycling route separating cyclists from motorists and acting as a vital stepping stone for developing cycling routes around the rest of the Island.

Find out more

If you want to support our efforts, please register your support; registration is free and we will keep you up-to-date with progress.

Home Page: Hayling Billy trail restoration

Hayling Billy trail restoration

The Hayling Billy trail runs all the way up the west side of the island starting in West Town and ending near the bridge. It is open to walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

There’s another section starting from the main Langstone Road that passes the Spring Centre in Havant and ends at Havant railway station.

Since its creation following a campaign by a group of cyclists in the 1980’s, the condition of the Island section of the trail has deteriorated badly. It is now suitable only for bikes designed for rough terrain, and any rain means no-one can cycle the trail without getting covered in water, mud and sand.

Worse, a section of the trail collapsed into the sea in 2015. That was repaired (leaving a very poor surface) but the repair was only temporary. The problem will return.

These issues also affect walkers, prams, mobility scooters and wheel chairs. We are therefore campaigning to restore the trail with a properly drained, all-weather surface. The Langstone section of the trail and the restored section at the north end of the Island show what is possible.

Find out more

If you want to support our efforts, please register your support; registration is free and we will keep you up-to-date with progress.

Home Page: Other activities

Other activities

As well as our main campaign projects, we:

We also spend time with councillors and officers of both Hampshire County Council and Havant Borough Council and liaise with land-owners and funding agencies.

If you would like to help us, please register your support. It doesn’t cost you anything. In return we will send you occasional emails to let you know what’s happening – including any events we organise.

If you would like to get more involved, please contact Joy Forrow.