What’s our vision for cycling on Hayling?
Below is what we wrote back in 2020, but time has moved on. We’re working on a new vision for 2022, and to focus on actual infrastructure we need.
So please tell us now what YOU think should be our new vision for cycling on Hayling!
Our vision for a cycle-friendly Hayling
Let’s not beat about the bush. We can’t say that Hayling is a cycle-friendly island until we’ve hit all these targets:
- Safe and pleasant to cycle anywhere on the island and into Havant
- Safe for parents to cycle with children of 3 and up
- Safe cycling for unescorted children of 12 and up
- All-weather, smooth cycling to anywhere
- Traffic-free cycle or shared paths everywhere there is fast-moving traffic
- Quick and safe crossing at junctions
- Direct routes suitable for commuting, not huge diversions
- Routes to all schools, shops, health centres, leisure and community areas
- Safe places for children and adults to learn and practice
- Good signs and maps to show people where to go
- Plenty of secure bike parking where people want to stop
- Most school-children walk or cycle to school most of the time
And those things probably mean:
- 30 mph maximum speed limit everywhere on the island
- 20 mph speed limits in all residential roads
- Automated enforcement of speed limits
- Traffic calming, to discourage speeding
- Home Zones to claim the streets back for people, not cars
Are these achievable?
Yes, they’re being achieved all over Britain, and all over the world.
- In Holland, trips up to 5 miles are just as likely to be by bike as by car, and about half of Dutch school-children ride to school every day. The Dutch average lifespan is believed to be half a year longer because of it, and their health-span, when they’re healthy enough to enjoy life, is 2 years longer.
- Many British cities are following Holland – London and Manchester leading the charge. Some London boroughs are now becoming mini-Hollands for cycling.
- 94% of Portsmouth roads have had 20 mph residential speed limits since 2008, and saw 22% fall in accidents.
What do we need?
- Permission from landowners and councils
- Community backing
- Money, possibly lots, but not all at once
- Patience 🙁
If you agree with all that, sign up at CycleHayling.org.uk/signup.
Even better, join our campaign committee.
Now is the time! If not now, when?
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.
[UPDATE JUNE 2021: We’re still waiting!!!]
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”