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
Please join the Cycle Hayling committee next Tuesday (30-August-16) for a leisurely ride to celebrate cycling on Hayling, and explore some recent and possible future cycle routes.
We’ve seen a lot of progress, especially in Havant and Emsworth, but there’s plenty more to do on Hayling, and we hope to get some funding soon from the Community Infrastructure Levy on the Bellway Development at Goldring Close/Beech Grove.
- Please feel free to join and leave us at any point. We’ll be easy to spot – we’ll be carrying ‘Cycle Hayling’ signs.
- 16:00 Meet at the Yew Tree Inn for a chat (and optional drink!).
- 16:30 Depart Yew Tree Inn to ride around the Northney rural ride loop, stopping for pictures at our Cycle Hayling signboard at the bridge.
- 17:20 Depart Mill Rythe School for Olive Leaf pub, via Cinder track and Tournerbury Lane.
- 17:45 Depart Olive Leaf for Sandy Point, via our Cycle Hayling signboards. Or you can wait for us at the Olive Leaf!
- 18:30 Return to Olive Leaf for an optional celebratory drink!
- 19:00 Depart Olive Leaf (second time) to ride along front to Ferry Boat Inn, again via our signboards.
- 19:20 Arrive Ferry Boat Inn for another optional celebratory drink to toast the new ferry!
- 20:00 Disperse for home, with an optional ride down the Billy Trail for anyone that wants.
It’s open to anyone who is safe to ride on roads and paths, and any type of bike as long as it’s roadworthy. You don’t need to be fast!
- Free! No need to book.
- The timings are approximate and weather dependent.
- Approximate distance if you ride it all is 12 miles (excluding your mileage to & from the start & finish).
- Be prepared to walk your bike at some points.
- Bring lights if you come to the Ferry Boat – sunset about 19:45, so getting dark by 20:00.
- Helmets recommended, especially for children.
- Children under 14 should be accompanied by a responsible adult.
- Riders take responsibility for themselves – Cycle Hayling is only showing you the route and cannot accept any liability.
Please do come along and show your support for making Hayling more cycle-friendly! More details on our website at http://www.cyclehayling.org.uk/2016-08-30-leisurely-ride/. If you have any further questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yours in cycling, Andy Henderson, Sue Underwood, Robert Sebley, Dave Mowatt, Wilf & Joy Forrow.
We understand the ferry has had a good week following its re-launch. To keep running, however, it needs us to use it as much as we can.
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
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
A good chance to encourage young cyclists when Havant Rotary organise a Father’s Day family outing and charity ride, on Sunday, June 19th, 2016. It starts from Northney Farm Field (opposite the Tea Rooms), then south down the Billy Trail to the beach, and back again for a barbecue and bouncy castle. If you know any children or grandchildren, it’s a great way to get them riding - or adults, come to that. And prostate cancer is a very appropriate charity for Father’s Day.
Riders set off after registering and collecting their free T-Shirt at Northney Farm Field from 10 am. At the end of the ride there is a BBQ and activities back at the field. Alternatively, you can picnic if you wish to bring your own food.
Find out the answers to our quiz! No racing is involved so you have time to enjoy the ride and at the same time be sponsored to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK and Havant Rotary‘s local Charities, or you can choose to donate your sponsorship money to your own charity.
This is a fun day for families who want to have an enjoyable day out with their children and bikes. The 12 mile ride should take about 2 hours at a family-friendly pace (but you can turn round at any point along the way if it’s too difficult!). Why not get your wider family and friends to join in and make a real day of it?
Entry is only £12.50 for one adult and a child (under 18) and includes a free T-shirt. Additional children are £2.50 each to cover the cost of the T-shirt. When you complete the entry form don’t forget to let us know the sizes of T-shirt you need!
Fuller details are on the Rotary website at events.havantrotary.org.uk or on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/502724423247667/
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
The money voted to us by supporters under the Hampshire County Council ‘Approved by you scheme’ allowed us to replace the existing sign boards and buy two more.
Thanks to everyone who voted for Cycle Hayling in last year’s ‘approved by you’ ballot, we have been able to replace all the fading cycle map sign boards.
Don’t forget that Cycle Hayling (jointly with Portsmouth CTC) will have a stall at the Donkey Derby on Saturday 30 May from 1 to 5 pm at Legion Field, so why not come along and show your support. We will be running our normal Turbo Challenge competition so come along and see if you can win a prize! Any volunteers to help set up, run and pack up the stall will be welcome. If you can help out please contact Robert Sebley at Robert@PortsmouthCTC.org.uk