Revive-A-Bike scheme

Revive-A-Bike is a scheme to revive dead bikes from the back of your shed or garage. Islanders can apply to have their old bike assessed and brought back to road-going status.

It starts from 1st June 2020, in advance of the proposed national scheme that may take some months to go live, and it’s funded by a £1,000 grant from Hampshire County Council.

How does it work?

  1. Any Hayling resident takes a disused bike to Hayling Cycles (completely independent of Cycle Hayling).
  2. Hayling Cycles assess it, estimate the repair cost and tell you how to apply for a grant up to £50 towards the repair.
  3. If Cycle Hayling approves it, you will be contacted to arrange for your bike to be revived.
  4. And Hayling’s Community Policing Team can postcode your bike for extra security at the same time.
  5. You pay the first £5, then Cycle Hayling contributes up to £50 off your bill.

Are there any conditions?

  1. The bike must have a significant problem – eg rusted chain, perished tyres, no brakes. It’s NOT for pumping up flat tyres, or tuning up working bikes, or cosmetic problems.
  2. You must specify someone who commits to ride it and send us a photo riding it afterwards! It’s NOT for bikes that go back in the garage ‘just in case you need it’.
  3. While stocks last (of grant money!).
  4. If you don’t collect the bike and pay within 4 weeks of notification, the repairer reserves the right to sell or dispose of the bike.
  5. Cycle Hayling and the repairer reserve the right to refuse an application if either has reason to believe the scheme is being abused.

FAQ:

  1. What repairs are covered?
    A: Parts and labour to make unrideable bikes rideable and safe, so things like fixing a rusted chain, perished tyres, no brakes. It excludes cosmetic problems, ‘tuning-up’ a working bike, accessories, etc.
  2. What if the repair costs more than the grant?
    A: You would have to pay the excess.
  3. Is there a warranty?
    A: The warranty would be the same as normal repairs.
  4. Can I fix more than one bike?
    A: Only one bike per family until we see how far the grant goes.
    Each bike can only ever have one grant.
  5. Can I sell the bike afterwards?
    A: Yes, so long as it’s still being ridden, ideally on Hayling, and not just put in a garage.
  6. My kids have grown out of this bike. Can I trade it up for a bigger one?
    A: Not directly, but we want to see more bike riding, so we’ll try and find a way to help.
  7. I don’t have anyone to ride it, but I’d like to see it back on the road.
    A: We may be able to accept it as a donation to raise funds for more cycling.
  8. Why do you want a photo of it being ridden?
    A: To encourage it to be ridden, and to help our publicity (with your permission).
  9. Is there a time or volume limit?
    A: We will keep going as long as we have grant money available.
  10. Who funds the scheme?
    A: Hampshire County Council, through Councillor Lance Quantrill.
  11. Who administers the scheme?
    A: Cycle Hayling, through its approved repairers. This includes approving repairers, publicity, and handling the payments.
    Note: Cycle Hayling is a voluntary community group, a part of Hayling’s Best.
    The committee can be seen at: http://www.cyclehayling.org.uk/about-us/who-we-are/
  12. What does Cycle Hayling get out of it?
    A: Nothing but the satisfaction of increasing cycling.
  13. What if I revive a dead bike myself?
    A: Please tell us, so we can count it in!

To apply

Either:

Or contact us, at I need help.

Get Reviving!

 

The politics of cycle infrastructure

Why is building cycle paths so hard? Why does it take so long? Is it the councils? Money? Lack of will? Too much regulation?

After 9 years of Cycle Hayling, we’re finally building our own cycle path at Denhill Close (with council money), and we’re finding out the problems for ourselves.

So who is responsible for building cycle paths? Everyone, and no-one. And that’s the problem.
Continue reading “The politics of cycle infrastructure”


Portsmouth commits to 10% of transport budget on cycling

Portsmouth City Council has just voted to commit at least 10% of its local transport budget to cycling. It’s a real watershed moment. 

Many of us cycle in Portsmouth. Being flat and a student city, it’s big on cycling and has pretty good cycle infrastructure (compared to Hayling, Havant and the surrounding area). But it’s also pretty big on accidents, so there’s lots more to do.

It’s a tribute to the tireless campaigning of PompeyBug, the Bicycle User Group, also known as Portsmouth Cycle Forum. And to Cycling UK – our national team was heavily involved, so it’s great to see what our subscriptions help to pay for.

If you want to see Havant and Hampshire commit to the same, just sign up here (it’s free!).

More details at: www.cyclinguk.org/blog/watershed-moment-portsmouth-council-back-space-cycling . Well worth reading.

Our local Cycling UK branch has many members in and around Portsmouth, (although we mostly ride from Havant). We’ll be holding the council to it, and making sure it leads to real improvements in cycling, not just a spinning class 🙂

3 Churches Fete – Hayling Park, 10 August

Cycle Hayling together with Portsmouth CTC will have a stall at the 3 Churches Fete to be held on Wednesday 10 August from 12.00 to 16.15 in Hayling Park, West Town, Hayling Island. We will, as in past years, have our 2 Turbo Challenge bikes to see who can ride the furthest in 1 minute. This has been very well attended with over 100 riders competing at previous events and is one of the ways we promote Cycle Hayling, our cycling club and generally encourage cycling. Come along and join the fun, and even better help to set up and manage the stall. If you can help out in any way please contact me at Robert@CycleHayling.org.uk

Donkey Derby & Fete on Saturday 28 May

Hayling Lions Club are holding a Donkey Derby & Fete on Saturday 28 May at Legion Field (just off Legion Road), Hayling Island, from 13.00 to 16.00. Cycle Hayling together with Portsmouth CTC will have a stall with 2 Turbo Challenge bikes to see who can ride the furthest in 1 minute. This has been very well attended with over 100 riders competing in previous year’s events and is one of the ways we promote Cycle Hayling, the Portsmouth CTC club and generally encourage cycling. Come along and join the fun, and even better help to set up and manage the stall. If you can help out please e-mail at: Robert@CycleHayling.org.uk

3 Churches Fete, Hayling Park – 12 August

Cycle Hayling together with Portsmouth CTC will have a stall at the 3 Churches Fete to be held on Wednesday 12 August from 12.00 to 16.15 in Hayling Park, West Town, Hayling Island. We will, as in past years, have our 2 Turbo Challenge bikes to see who can ride the furthest in 1 minute. This has been very well attended with over 100 riders competing at last year’s event and is one of the ways we promote Cycle Hayling, our cycling club and generally encourage cycling. Come along and join the fun, and even better help to set up and manage the stall. If you can help out in any way please contact me at Robert@CycleHayling.org.uk