The Hayling to Holland Ride provides a tough but achievable challenge for anyone who wishes to raise money for a good cause. The event has been thriving since 1986 with over £1,300,000 raised for more than 500 good causes. It used to take place in France and was formerly known as “The Paris to Hayling Ride” but successfully switched to “bike friendly” Holland in 2012. Riders are free to cycle at their own pace and there is a real emphasis on fun rather than pure speed and this might explain why many riders have come back year after year.
Work started on Monday 18 February and is planned to take up to 5 weeks. The resurfacing will upgrade the footpath to a shared cycle path.
This is the result of a three year Cycle Hayling campaign led by Robert Sebley. We hope it will be the start of a network of cycle paths providing safer routes to the island’s schools and improved cycle access to the south east of the island.
From April this year councils in England will be taking on the new role of improving the public health of their communities, and NICE (The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) has been developing a range of public health briefings to help them with this.
This latest set aims to improve the health of local populations by increasing physical activity through walking and cycling, and through changing unhealthy behaviours.
- Met with Peter Drury of HB50 to discuss we will work together. The meeting was very productive and we readily agreed how we would split the work between us. We also agreed some specific actions to take in the immediate future (most have been done already).
- Supported Peter in his presentation to the Hayling Island Residents Association
- Following an introduction from Peter, we have started discussion with Havant council about the possibility of a booth in or near West Street over the weekend of 6/7 July.
More treasure hunt details on the project page.
While most of you were recovering from Christmas over-stuffing on Turkey, a few of us braved the weather with David Willetts, our local MP, to show him what Cycle Hayling has been up to recently. David is a keen cyclist, both here and in London, and a past ‘Paris to Hayling’ rider, so he jumped at the chance to burn off a few calories and get some fresh air.
Sustrans has published a code of conduct for shared-use paths like the Hayling Billy trail. It’s good advice:
Continue reading “Code of conduct for shared-use paths”
The option to share the Registered Riders Scheme (RRS) trail to the east of the main road (A2023) has been explored. All three landowners have been contacted and have indicated they would be happy to have cyclists sharing these paths; however all have also stated that the RRS must first accept the proposals. A Hampshire County Council officer has appraised the route and indicated that it appears feasible. To date (Jan 2013) Cycle Hayling, in spite of several requests, has yet to get the RRS to meet and discuss the proposals. We remain optimistic that we will eventually achieve a meeting with the RRS membership.
Hampshire County Council has agreed to implement the northern part of the scheme (Footpath 88) between Eastwood Close and Mill Rythe and work is expected to commence in Spring 2013. The southern part is now deemed to be Phase 2 of the project and solutions to the contentious ‘pinch point’ adjacent to My Lord’s Lane are being sought.
More details on the project page.
We’ve discussed and agreed the broad terms of the treasure hunt and sent them to Peter Drury – organiser of the Hayling Billy 50 celebrations – to see if the HB50 team has any issues and find out what scope there is to collaborate on – for example – publicity.
We have published details of the project here.