August 2020 Cycle Hayling newsletter

Lot’s in Cycle Hayling’s August newsletter (if you’re not too busy out cycling!) :

  • 20 ways Boris’ Gear Change for cycling has blown us away
  • Help us build our 2020 vision for a cycle-friendly Hayling
  • Government copies our Revive-A-Bike scheme!
  • We’re starting up Cycle Havant
  • And we’re working on Cycle Hampshire
  • Our August Hayling Herald article if you missed it

Or you can read it online here.

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Our 2020 vision for a cycle-friendly Hayling

So Cycle Hayling is 10 years old, and what a year to start our next 10 years.

Help us now to build our 2020 vision of what cycling should be like on Hayling.

Safe, pleasant, everyday cycling, for everyday journeys, in everyday clothing, by everyday people of ALL ages, and ALL abilities.

Tell us what is needed, and where. Help us set priorities. Help us to help our councillors and MP fight for the funding to do it. Continue reading “Our 2020 vision for a cycle-friendly Hayling”


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.

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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?