North-South off-road cycle link

Cyclists wanting to travel from the north of Hayling Island to the south have no easy route.  All of the schools and shops and other amenities of south Hayling can only be reached by using the main A3023 Havant Road between Yew Tree Road and Kings Road.  This section of the A3023 is very busy, especially during peak hours, and therefore intimidating to all but the most experienced and confident cyclists.  As a consequence very few bike riders attempt this journey. The result is that many of the cyclist community in the Northney area are virtually cut off from South Hayling.  Additionally any cyclists using this part of this main thoroughfare cause traffic tailbacks, as a result:

  • Motorists crawl at the cyclist’s speed until they can pass safely
  • Motorists attempt to pass unsafely, risking a collision with the cyclist or on-coming traffic
  • Cyclists resort to using pavements illegally, risking collisions with pedestrians

The answer is a North-South cycling route separating cyclists from motorists and acting as a vital stepping stone for developing cycling routes around the rest of the Island.

The links below explore the benefits and issues of a North-South off-road cycle link.

If you would like to know more, please contact Robert Sebley at


Segregating vulnerable road users from the rest means they are kept out of harm’s way.  Motorists won’t be so frustrated by slow-moving traffic and will be less tempted to try dangerous overtaking manoeuvres. More residents and island visitors will use bicycles and traffic congestion, road noise and exhaust fumes pollution would all be reduced.

The consequences of a collision between a cyclist and a vehicle can be extremely serious for the cyclist and traumatic for the motorist.

Many cyclists are worried about cycling on the road, especially one with heavy traffic volumes such as the A2023, and so they resort – illegally – to cycling on the pavement.

Some pedestrians are intimidated by pavement-cycling and some of their comments echo cyclists feelings about motorists.  It is therefore important to do what we can to reduce pressures to cycle on pavements.  A North-South off-road cycle link would help a great deal.

A better North-South cycle link would encourage more people to cycle to work.  That will mean less cars on the road at busy times.

That’s particularly welcome as new house building on the island increases pressure on the already busy North-South roads.

Current Council policy is to restrict parking at work to encourage alternate means of travel, including cycling.  As a result, there is a lot of parking in side streets around offices such as Langstone Technology Park and Penner Road.

A North-South cycle route would encourage more people to cycle to work resulting in less side street parking.


Cycle Hayling have been investigating alternative off road routes to bypass this section of the main road as described below. The three possible schemes which could provide an off-road cycle link between Yew Tree Road and Kings Road, avoiding the A3023 main road are:

  • Convert an existing footpath to dual use. This footpath runs to the west of the A3023 from just south of the Maypole Pub down to the A3023 near the junction withChurch Road.   There would be a need to then link up this cycle route to the junction of Daw Lane/Yew Tree Road.   This could be along a dual use pavement or by creating a cycleway around the back of the Maypole Pub and up to Daw Lane.  A crossing would be required at the south end of this route for cyclists to cross the A3023 and link up with Kings Road (perhaps a Toucan crossing?)
  • Widen and convert to dual use the pavements which run up the east side of the A3023 betweenYew Tree Road and Kings Road.
  • A private Registered Riders path has been created for horse riders which goes from the field entrance just north of the Mill Rythe Campus and ends at the Fleet Farm Camping and Caravan site off Yew Tree Road.  There is a possibility that the Registered Riders and landowners could be persuaded to have a durable surface installed to allow dual use.

The conversion of footpaths to dual use is generally a much lower cost than road schemes.  The reported cost, at £855K, of the recent (Autumn 2012) resurfacing the main road (A2023), when compared to around £100K for an equivalent length of cycle track illustrates the relative costs.

Most cycling infrastructure is funded from developer contributions.

It’s commonly said that cyclists don’t use the existing cycle lanes, so why should we build them?

In fact, cyclists do use the cycle lanes but those that don’t are highly visible because of the effect they have on traffic.

It’s unrealistic to expect all cyclists to use the cycle lanes – especially when there is no legal requirement – but a well-designed and constructed route will be popular with most types of cyclist.  We accept that groups like ours should encourage all cyclists to use the available facilities.

Both Havant and Hampshire councils have objectives to reduce road traffic by encouraging sustainable forms of travel – including cycling. Public health concerns (obesity) and carbon reduction targets are all part of the pressure on governments and local authorities to get the general public to adopt ‘Active Travel’ options.

Compared to other road developments, cycle lanes are relatively inexpensive.  Groups like Cycle Hayling can make a real difference when it comes to negotiating with landowners – removing a significant obstacle from the process.

Inevitably, councils face many demands on available time and money.  Sustained encouragement from groups like Cycle Hayling is needed to ensure cycling infrastructure developments get done but there are plenty of examples of recent successes:

  • Extensions of the cycle route North of the Hayling bridge
  • The Broadmarsh cycle route linking Langstone and Eastern Road
  • New school-oriented routes in Emsworth
  • Park Lane Cycle track between Waterlooville and Leigh Park.

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Progress to date

Cycle Hayling update July 2018

Posted on: July 26, 2018 by: AdminWilf

Thank you for supporting Cycle Hayling in our efforts to make Hayling more cycle-friendly.  When you read on, you’ll realise we will need your support more than ever.

1) This Friday evening, don’t forget to join our leisurely ride to preview the Council’s planned cycling improvements, chat about future ones, and celebrate cycling on Hayling.
More details on our website

2) Wednesday 8th August, our Turbo Challenge at 3 Churches Fete, from 12.00 to 16.15, in Hayling Park, West Town, Hayling Island.
Cycle Hayling and Portsmouth CTC will, as in past years, have our 2 Turbo Challenge bikes to see who can ride the furthest in 1 minute.  This has been very well attended with many riders competing at previous events and is one of the ways we promote Cycle Hayling, our local Cycling UK club (Portsmouth CTC) and generally encourage cycling.
Come along and join the fun, and even better help to set up and manage the stall.
If you can help out in any way please email me at

More details here.

3) Cycle Hayling is feeling re-invigorated, and we’re delighted to welcome two keen new committee members, Heather Mulgrew-Tonge and David Giffard, and a new chair, Joy Forrow.  They will work alongside our existing committee, Sue Underwood, Robert Sebley, Dave Mowatt, Andy Henderson and Wilf Forrow.

4) Friday’s ride will visit the sites of some improvements which are the culmination of years of hard work by Cycle Hayling, Havant and Hampshire Councils, our councillors and others.  So we’re somewhat frustrated that they’re not big as hoped, and that they’ve been delayed yet again – from starting in spring, then summer, and now autumn, partly waiting for landowner permissions. 

They’ve been ‘within months’ for a very long time now.  We need the council to finish these so we can move on – there’s so much more to do.  We badly need more cycle paths and quiet routes all over the island, where children and adults can be protected from traffic, and gain confidence.  We need to complete the East/West path to the Billy Trail, including at least the path from Denhill Close, which we recently won funding for, a cycle path along Rails Lane, and another to the Ferry.

5) But most of all, we need a good direct route from Mengham to the bridge.
One which is direct, safe, clean, all-weather and pleasant to ride, targeted at commuters, school-children, shoppers, as well as for exercise and leisure.  With e-bikes getting cheaper and better, and doubling most people’s range, Havant is within range of many, and could replace many car journeys.  So the main road on Hayling and Havant would have less cars, less bikes, and less air pollution – a win-win for everybody.

What we have today is completely unacceptable, especially for children or the less confident.  The Billy Trail is out of the way for most people, and its surface is rough and hopeless in wet weather.  The only alternative is a narrow, over-crowded and dangerous main road.  Even the Northney route is a long detour, and too daunting for many. 

This is an ambitious project – we know, because we’ve been trying for years, and it might take many more – but it’s worth it because it would transform our island.

So we’re applying to the council’s CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) fund to fund a professional feasibility study for a proper non-traffic cycle path.  And we’ll be asking you to lobby your councillors when they have to decide, probably around November.

So come along on Friday and tell us what you think is most important!

New signage for the Mill Rythe path

Posted on: May 22, 2016 by: Andy Henderson

We’ve now installed permanent signage at the north and south ends of the new section of shared cycle path going north from the Mill Rythe roundabout.

Our thanks are due to Wilf Forrow who contributed his time, effort and money to install the new signs (I stood around and offered the all-important encouraging words).

You’ll also see that, compared to how the path was last year, it is much improved through the efforts of our supporters, the Registered Riders Scheme and Andrea and Simon Walter (the land owners). The track along the middle of the path is encouraging evidence that the path is being used.

North end of the path

South end of the path

Proposal to reduce the speed limit on the Northney route

Posted on: February 21, 2016 by: Sue Underwood

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

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
  • In writing to the acting solicitor to the council :
    Sara Bryan
    Acting Solicitor to the Council
    Public Service Plaza
    Civic Centre Road
    Havant PO9 2AX


Online speed limit survey

Posted on: November 10, 2015 by: Sue Underwood

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:

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.

New section of path is cycle-able

Posted on: July 10, 2015 by: Andy Henderson

After a fantastic effort from supporters yesterday, the new section of path on the east side of the main road going north from the Mill Rythe roundabout can now be cycled. I know because this is me riding it!

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