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

R4 Woman’s Hour gives entertaining and informative program on cycling

I’m no regular listener, but luckily I happened to switch on Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4 this morning (while spending May Day morning catching up with cleaning, rather than getting out on my bike!) and this edition was all about cycling. I found it very interesting and entertaining, so am sharing the link here in case you want to “listen again” (be warned you men out there however – you might find the detailed discussion of saddle-related health issues a bit too graphic!!). Click here to listen!

We’d like your views on a new cycle path

Havant Borough Council is planning a new cycle path. The path would join up with the existing shared path that goes from the north west corner of the bridge, to Mill Lane. It would continue all the way up the west side of Langstone road to the entrance to Langstone Technology Park. The path will be two-way. Some of it will be resurfaced and it will by-pass a tree that is right in the middle of the pavement. Havant is also proposing to improve some road layouts, crossings and amenities.

Click here to see the ‘before’ and ‘after’ plan.

On your behalf, we asked the following questions, and show the answers given by the project manager:

  1. Can you confirm the new shared cycle / pedestrian path to the south of the plan will be continuous from the end of the grey shaded section?
    Yes the grey merely indicates the section we would resurface. South of that, given pedestrian usage, we don’t propose at this stage to do anything physical other than to sign the route as far as Mill Lane. Were Southmere Field to come up for development we would expect a S106 to fund the remainder.
  2. What’s the thinking behind the upgraded crossing point between Woodberry Avenue and Langbrook Close? Is there an intention at some point to help people coming from the entrance to LTP cross to Woodberry Avenue as a route through to the Langstone section of the Billy Trail and then on to the east of Havant?
    That is a S278 commitment with the Langbrook Farm pub development which has been subsumed into this scheme for ease of delivery. It is to cycle standard and thus useful for access to the Billy Trail. It effectively forms part of the ‘jug handle’ for any southbound cyclists on Langstone Road to join the off road route on the west side.
  3. Having reached the north end of the new path, people will be looking for a route through to Havant or towards Portsmouth. Do you have another section in mind? We’ve heard that the Seagate car park is permissive – do you know if that’s right?
    We would be looking at a route continuing up the west side of Langstone Road past the Premier Inn, then through the woods (unregistered land) with a bridge over the stream to meet the cycle route at the subway. As to Seagate etc., yes there is a S106 agreement with SEEDA for a permissive cycle route. SEEDA no longer exists of course, and we never unfortunately claimed the money that the S106 allowed for. In theory the route is established by the agreement, albeit unmarked and unsigned.

NB:

  • A section 278 agreement is a section of the Highways Act 1980 that allows developers to enter into a legal agreement with the council to make alterations or improvements to a public highway, as part of a planning application.
  • An S106 agreement is a planning obligation under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended).
  • SEEDA (the South East England Development Agency) was one of a number of regional development agencies – it was closed by the Government in 2012.

We’d like to hear your comments about the planned path. It’s human nature to criticise more easily than to praise, but we would like to hear positive feedback as well as issues you see. We’ll aggregate the responses (including contradictory ones) next week-end (18/19 March) and report back to Havant.

People who cycle do so for a variety of reasons and have a variety of skills, experience, confidence levels and equipment. We’d therefore like to hear from as many people as possible. So, please send your views to me at Andy@CycleHayling.org.uk. It would help if your response could also indicate the kind of cycling you do, whether you are a regular user of Langstone Road, and how the proposed path would affect you.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Andy Henderson
Chair, Cycle Hayling

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.

Northney 30mph speed limit to go ahead

I’ve just received the following from the Havant Travel Team:

Thank you for your submission regarding the proposed speed limit reduction along Copse Lane and St Peters Road, Hayling Island from 40mph to 30mph.

Following a review of all consultation comments and with agreement from your district and county councillors I can confirm that the speed limit reduction will proceed as originally advertised.

Our contractor has been instructed to complete the associated lining and signing works in the week commencing 5th December with a view to having the scheme implemented as of 9th December. Due to the time of year, the lining works will be weather dependant so it may be the case that these estimated dates slip slightly but I would hope that the 30mph speed limit will be in force by the end of the calendar year.

Thank you for taking the time to submit comments on the proposals.

Pictures from our social ride round the island

Some of us at the Cycle Hayling signboard at the bridge

Thanks to everyone who enjoyed yesterday’s beautiful evening for our social ride around the island.  I’ve uploaded a few more pictures to Google at https://goo.gl/photos/9Lktb4V5UoGr73Wu9.  Several of you took more – please let us have them to add to the site.

I hope everyone found it interesting, and discovered at least one new place to cycle.  We passed plenty of places that badly need better cycle paths.  Rest assured that we’ll be working with Havant Borough Council to ensure they spend the Bellway Homes Community Infrastructure Levy on them.  Please lobby your councillors!  If you have ideas, or think you can help, please post on the site or give us feedback.

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.

 

Ferry re-launching!

It’s a triumph for a bunch of persistent and hard-working people and for community support – the ferry is due to be re-launched tomorrow 5th August with a full, Summer service starting Saturday 6th August.

The opening event is free and starts at 12.30 including: pyrotechnics, Police guard of honour, music by local star Chloe Anne, free face painting, and the Portsmouth Football Club mascot.

For one day only, crossings will be £1 per trip.

More details of the opening event, fares and timetable on the ferry’s new web site at www.haylingferry.net.

Service updates will appear on Facebook and Twitter. There will also be an on-board mobile phone – we’ll update our ferry status page when we know the number.

Later this evening we’ll be removing the ‘No Ferry’ sign at the top of the island and updating all the sign boards around the island.

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