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 ….
Continue reading “Cycle Hayling update – March 2019”
Havant Borough Council has announced that it will be starting work on a formal Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan shortly.
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
Continue reading “Havant’s new Cycling and Walking Plan!”
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!
Continue reading “One school’s bike revolution”
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:
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…
Continue reading “New section of cycle path on Hayling”
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
Continue reading “Update from Cycle Hayling”
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
Continue reading “Update from Cycle Hayling”
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.