In this update from Cycle Hayling:
- Act of remembrance for Tim Atkins
- Feedback on the Langstone cycle path
In this update from Cycle Hayling:
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
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!
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:
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.
Chair, Cycle Hayling
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 email@example.com.
Yours in cycling, Andy Henderson, Sue Underwood, Robert Sebley, Dave Mowatt, Wilf & Joy Forrow.
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.
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.