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.
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.
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
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/
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:
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 email@example.com
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.
The November edition of the Hayling Islander newspaper contained several letters that might interest our cycle community, and which some supporters may not have read.
One letter-writer singled out for criticism the behaviour of Hayling cyclists (in particular the “lycra clad fraternity” – so that excludes any of us ladies!). The criticism centred on cyclists riding two-abreast and not using approved cycle paths.
Four letters, however, concerned the new 30 mph speed limit on Havant Road, including a letter from John Perry, UKIP Hayling East Councillor. Apart from disapproving of the reduction in speed limit from 40 mph to 30 mph, there were also complaints about lack of prior notification and signage from Hampshire County Council.
I’m sure many of us who support Cycle Hayling would disagree with at least some of these opinions. Instead of an “official” response from Cycle Hayling, however, it might be more effective if individuals who felt strongly on these issues were to write their own letter to the Hayling Islander.
The contact details if you wish to do so are:
by post to: The Editor, Hayling Islander, 78 Elm Grove, Hayling Island, PO11 9EE
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
Hayling Lions Club are holding a Donkey Derby & Fete on Saturday 30 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 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 our group and 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 contact me via my usual e-mail address. Robert Sebley