Council plans for the next 10 years of cycling

Hampshire County Council has just published it’s 10 year plan for cycling, the LCWIPLocal Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan, covering Hayling Island and the whole Borough of Havant.

And Cycle Hayling’s verdict:

  • It’s not good enough, or ambitious enough for Hayling (yet)
  • And we think Hayling will be low on the priority list.
  • Every other part of Hampshire will be competing for the limited resources available.
  • You can see our 10-point response here – please read.

The consultation has closed now, but 89 of you managed to overcome the complexities and vote your support for it (and a massive thank you!).

It will be a while before Hampshire reads and processes all the responses, but in the meantime we’ll be lobbying our councillors and council officers to translate the plans into real cycling improvements.

Here’s what we asked you to do ….

Vote for Hayling, by clicking ‘Agree’ on the CommonPlace map here

  1. You may need to create a CommonPlace account to prevent cheating, but that is easy.
  2. Share with your friends and ask them to do the same.

If you have more time:

The money will follow the biggest votes.

If we don’t vote for Hayling, no-one else will.

 

 

3 Replies to “Council plans for the next 10 years of cycling”

  1. It is vital that proper infrastructure for cycling, walking etc is provided for Havant and Hayling Island. Both areas have pockets of deprivation and Hayling also has a higher proportion of people with multiple health issues. To enable the population to improve health through cycling/walking etc provision needs to be easy and joined up (including to the Hayling ferry) encouraging everyone to be outside and active. This needs to cater for commuting for work as well as for leisure and health. Any surfaces need to be all ‘all weather’ and not disintegrate in poor weather. For example in the winter the Billy trail is often impassable on anything other than a mountain bike or with expensive hiking footwear. Thus, just at the time when the greatest motivation is needed there is the biggest disincentive. Any healthy habits that may have started fall by the wayside and are difficult to re-start. Any paths need to link up with the other areas eg Hayling to Havant and Southsea, Havant to towns east and west as well as to the train stations. This enables transport other than with a car (which the most needy people can often ill afford) to be a proper, viable alternative. A comprehensive vision would not only help with the health of people in the area due to increased exercise and access to the outdoors but would also reduce the pressure on our already over crowded roads. I hope that our elected members have the vision and determination to provide a proper network rather than a piecemeal hodgepodge that does not meet the needs of anyone.

  2. One of the biggest barriers to developing a good, all weather, cycling network on Hayling Island (and in the rest of Havant Borough) lies within Hampshire County Council. The only reason that the new East-West cycle path is not all-weather is because HCC Countryside Access service who are responsible for all footpaths, bridleways and other types of Rights of Way, refuse to even contemplate installing any type of all-weather surfaces. This means, that unless this HCC policy is changed, none of the many possible cycle routes, created by upgrading already existing Rights of Way will ever be made good useable cycle paths. Perversely, often the only tarmac surfaces for use by cyclists are on-road cycle lanes (none on Hayling!) or shared pavements and these are mostly narrow and very intimidating to cycle with motorised traffic only inches away.
    Over to you HCC, because if you don’t change this ridiculous ‘No all-weather surface on Rights of Way’, then your much vaunted LCWIP will be nothing but Greenwash!

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