A cycle ride around Langstone Harbour

This very accomplished video shows how to use the Hayling Ferry to cycle all the way around Langstone Harbour.

The illustrated route uses the new cycle path from Langstone Technology Park south along the main road. Havant plans to extend the path all the way down to the existing path to the bridge but, for the time being, it’s pavement cycling along this stretch. A quiet alternative is to cross the main road to Woodberry Avenue which becomes Southbrook Road. Turn left into the small cul de sac after Hamilton Close (also called Southbrook Road) and use the tucked-away cut-through on the right to join the Langstone section of the Billy Trail and on to rejoin the described route.

Hayling Island traffic consultation

Havant Borough Council is conducting a short consultation about traffic on Hayling Island. This includes a section about cycling and a specific question about use of an all-weather surface for the Billy Trail.

You can get printed copies of the questionnaire at the library or the community centre, or you can complete the survey (which is just 21 questions) online at www.havant.gov.uk/hayling-survey.

Completed surveys have to be in by 10th December.

Donkey Derby & Fete – Saturday 27 May

Hayling Lions Club are holding a Donkey Derby & Fete on Saturday 27 May at Legion Field (just off Legion Road), Hayling Island, from 13.00 to 17.00.

Cycle Hayling together with Portsmouth CTC will have a stall with loads of information about cycling.  We also have 2 Turbo Challenge bikes (full size and a children’s bike) to see who can ride the furthest in 1 minute, with prizes for the top riders.  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

Cycling shifts up a gear at Havant Borough Council

Cycling infrastructure shifts up a gear at Havant Borough Council, where a pro-cycling islander, Councillor Tim Pike, has been appointed as Cabinet Lead for Strategic Innovation, Infrastructure and Projects.  This is a new role, reflecting the council’s growing realisation that our infrastructure needs a massive boost.

Although a councillor for St Faith’s ward, Tim has always lived on Hayling, and is very aware of the challenges we islanders face.  He also knows that cycling must play a key role in fixing the transport and infrastructure problems caused by all the past house building (whether or not the new developments go ahead).  When we asked Tim whether a particular project would be ‘cycle-friendly’, he said “all projects have to be cycle-friendly these days!”.  

Members of Cycle Hayling have met Tim three times recently to lobby for our programme of cycling infrastructure improvements, so we know he’s actively working with council officers to push through some of them.  We’re going to see big cycling improvements during 2017, both on the island and in Langstone and Havant, much of it funded by the controversial Bellway development north of Goldring Close through the Community Infrastructure Levy.

So Cycle Hayling congratulates Tim on his appointment, and looks forward to working with him to make Hayling a happier, healthier and more cycle-friendly island.

Join Cycle Hayling next Tuesday for a leisurely ride to celebrate cycling on Hayling

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 wilf@cyclehayling.org.uk.

Yours in cycling, Andy Henderson, Sue Underwood, Robert Sebley, Dave Mowatt, Wilf & Joy Forrow.


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

Father’s Day family outing and charity ride on Hayling

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/

Proposal to reduce the speed limit on the Northney route

Consultation is now open on the council proposal to reduce the speed limit from 40 mph to 30 mph on the section of road between the Stoke end of Copse Lane and Northney village. Details of the proposal, ref. number AS/TRO/298, can be found at www.havant.gov.uk/tro

This is a route used by many cyclists to get on and off the island, so Cycle Hayling supporters may like to submit their views to the consultation, which is open until Friday 11th March 2016. Formal comments can be made via one of the following methods:

  • Using the online response form at the above web address
  • By email to tro@havant.gov.uk
  • In writing to the acting solicitor to the council :
    Sara Bryan
    Acting Solicitor to the Council
    Public Service Plaza
    Civic Centre Road
    Havant PO9 2AX


Hayling Ferry Public Meeting

Hayling Island and Havant Labour party have organised a public meeting about the Hayling Ferry. The meeting is being held on Saturday 23rd January from 12pm at The Shades public house, 29 Seafront, Hayling (near the funfair).

It will be attended by Tim Trayte and Dave Baker, the new owners of the ferry, and chaired by Mike Evans, Secretary of Havant Labour Party.

It will be an opportunity to find out about new proposals and to discuss the way forward, including community involvement.

For further details, please email Sue Underwood at sue@cyclehayling.org.uk

Online speed limit survey

A Hayling resident who is opposed to the new 30mph speed limit on the main Havant Road (see letters in November edition of The Hayling Islander) has set up an online poll regarding the speed limit.

It is a very quick two-question poll, which can be accessed at: www.surveymonkey.com/r/V6MYVWK

It simply asks whether or not you are in favour of the new speed limit and whether or not you were properly informed about the change.