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!
Sustrans is the Sustainable Transport charity that created the National Cycle Network, which includes the Hayling Billy Trail. Many Cycle Hayling supporters are also supporters of Sustrans.
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:
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.
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:
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
We recently updated the safe cycle routes to schools project page.
This note provides an update on each of the routes we are working on:
Footpath 88 (the Cinder Track)
Shown as route 1 on the map below.
Route now open. Hampshire County Council completed it in spring 2013. All feedback has been positive, which is very encouraging, especially as Hayling residents are renowned for voicing concerns!
Footpath 102 - Beech Grove to Salterns Lane
Shown as route 2 on the map below.
The landowner has given approval for a permissive route, but a “pinch point” is the main factor preventing go-ahead from Hampshire County Council. Cycle Hayling is discussing alternative options with HCC (e.g. short “dismount” section).
Footpath 89 - Higworth Lane to Church Road
Shown as route 3 on the map below.
The land is owned by Parkdean Holiday Park. The site manager has given agreement to the path, but we are awaiting final go-ahead from the chief executive. Havant Borough Council is hoping to implement this route in 2014 if funds allow.
North-south off-road cycle route
Shown as route 4 on the map below.
The landowner of southern section has given agreement.
The northern section still requires approval from Registered Riders Scheme (RRS) and relevant landowners. The RRS are unwilling to share this limited section of their existing routes. Having tried for some time, we have finally managed to open discussions with the RRS, but it is clear there is considerable opposition from RRS leaders to sharing the footpath. We are trying to address their concerns, because this appears to be the only feasible option for providing a safe north-south link. Havant Borough Council shares this view.
Link from footpath 88 to the Mill Rythe Campus
Shown as route 5 on the map below.
The main landowner (Hayling Island Builders Ltd) has given formal agreement to the link, provided they don’t incur any cost. The land is currently leased to A.D. Walter Ltd (a farm), which has been contacted by Cycle Hayling.
Active involvement by both Mill Rythe Headteachers and the Hampshire County Council Travel Team, which has adopted the project.
Site visit already carried out by Hants Principal Engineer. Feasibility study by Hampshire County Council will begin once legal clearance has been obtained.
£10k is potentially available for this project from Living Streets to spend straight away. Total cost may be more than £10k however, so we may need additional funding from Havant Borough Council.
Map showing all the routes
This map shows all the above routes and how they link the schools together. Click the image to see more detail.
As part of work to establish safe cycle routes to schools Dave Mowatt is helping the Hayling Island schools and the Hampshire Travel Team explore options to set up a ‘Park and Stride’ scheme. This would allow parents to park in some of the Island’s car parks with easy walking to school.
If established, the scheme would reduce congestion at school times and increase safety for children walking or cycling to school.
We hope to see a trial scheme started early in the new school year.
Mengham Junior School pupils took part in a “Cycle Quiz” to think of as many good reasons as possible for traveling by bicycle. They came up with a fabulous total of 51 reasons why. Take a look at the list below, and if you can come up with any more good reasons, why don’t you tell Cycle Hayling about them? Just email them to firstname.lastname@example.org, and if they’re good reasons for travelling by bicycle, they will be added to the list! Continue reading