Why is building cycle paths so hard? Why does it take so long? Is it the councils? Money? Lack of will? Too much regulation?
After 9 years of Cycle Hayling, we’re finally building our own cycle path at Denhill Close (with council money), and we’re finding out the problems for ourselves.
So who is responsible for building cycle paths? Everyone, and no-one. And that’s the problem.
Continue reading “The politics of cycle infrastructure”
Since 2016, we’ve been publishing a monthly Cycle Hayling column in the Hayling Islander to keep everyone up to date with what’s going on (which we now publish on our website for anyone who doesn’t get the Islander).
However, as that’s aimed at the general public, we can’t always speak as freely as we’d like, and so we haven’t kept our supporters or our web site updated as much as we should have.
So here’s a summary of what’s been going on, to save you reading the whole website (which you’ll see we’re gradually updating). A lot has happened, so you can click any heading below to see it in bite-sized chunks ….
This is REALLY important because :
- A formal plan unlocks much more future government funding
- Implementing it becomes a formal policy of the whole council, not just the cycling team
- It forces developers to show how their housing plans fit into OUR bigger plan
- It forces all of us to plan for the best long term solution, rather than just for quick wins
Do watch this inspiring little video from Sustrans, showing one Primary School’s bike revolution. Turns out kids can have fun and get free and healthy exercise at the same time. And reduce congestion and parking problems at school.
Hayling’s schools support cycling, and our cycle routes to school are (slowly) getting better. Cycle Hayling wants to see kids on Hayling having fun and cycling to school. Wouldn’t it be great if by 2018 we could say that this video could have been made on Hayling!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- In writing to the acting solicitor to the council :
Acting Solicitor to the Council
Public Service Plaza
Civic Centre Road
Havant PO9 2AX
We are pleased to announce a new section of cycle path alongside the main road out of Hayling.
It goes from the Mill Rythe roundabout to a little over half-way to the boat yard…
Footpath 101 runs behind Mengham Junior School. The closure starts 28th February 2015.
You can see more detail including a map and suggested alternative route at:
In this update…
- Footpath 88 extension project cancelled
- Billy Trail Phase 4 development
- Billy Trail south end development
- Issues with new cycle paths
- Bike security session
This is the text of an email we sent to all Cycle Hayling supporters with email addresses on 5th December 2013…
Welcome to all our new supporters. You are helping us promote better cycling facilities on the Island.
In this update:
- Good news for the ‘Safe routes to school’ project
- More good news…
- …and even more
- New ‘Park and Stride’ scheme
- An appeal about cycle lights
- Watch out, there’s a thief about!
- North East Hayling Residents Association
- Hayling to Paris ride – update