Brilliant to see so many bikes out on Hayling! I don’t know about you, but I’m staggered by the number of riders I’m seeing (and I’m in lockdown, so hardly ever out!).
I met Gary and family yesterday, who cycled all the way round from Portsmouth, with two kids. Impressive! And they had some great riding on the way. The Eastern Rd has a really good cycle path most of the way down the side of Langstone Harbour, and some beautiful cycling along Farlington Marshes. Even down through Langstone and over the bridge has got a lot better.
But then they got to our beloved Hayling.
I was just embarrassed to show them. The main road from Yew Tree Inn to Mill Rythe is totally unacceptable, now the traffic has got back to normal after those beautiful lockdown empty roads.
And even worse, the cinder track, our very first ‘cycle route to school’ is STILL blocked off and has been wrecked by contractors. It’s full of builder’s rubble and broken glass. Puncture city, and dangerous. We’re working with the council to find out who did it and fix it. It looks as if it wasn’t authorised – if it had been, it would have proper signs and detour directions.
And Gary and family would never have found the detour, or the lovely quiet cycle route to the beach that I showed them, because it’s got virtually no cycle signs.
It’s time we were able to welcome cyclists like Gary and family to Hayling with proper, safe cycle paths, that you can ride in any weather, and find without half an hour’s googling. It’s time to get people healthy, to cut traffic and air pollution.
The government has promised us a greener future, and it’s putting big money into cycling. We’ve got to get that money to Hayling. Now’s the time. If not now, when? Who’s with us?