Havant Borough Council has installed a new shared cycle path along the promenade. The new path is intended to improve access to the beaches and is shared with pedestrians, wheelchairs and mobility scooters. This will help Hayling satisfy the conditions needed to retain its two Blue Flag beaches.
Some of the finest views, picnic spots and beaches on the Island are best enjoyed by bicycle. For instance, most of the Island’s western shore, with its superb views across Langstone Harbour and unrivalled birdwatching, is only accessible by bike on foot or on horseback. And cycling along Hayling’s seafront lets you enjoy the excellent beach facilities without having to pay parking charges.
The Hayling to Holland Ride provides a tough but achievable challenge for anyone who wishes to raise money for a good cause. The event has been thriving since 1986 with over £1,300,000 raised for more than 500 good causes. It used to take place in France and was formerly known as “The Paris to Hayling Ride” but successfully switched to “bike friendly” Holland in 2012. Riders are free to cycle at their own pace and there is a real emphasis on fun rather than pure speed and this might explain why many riders have come back year after year.
While most of you were recovering from Christmas over-stuffing on Turkey, a few of us braved the weather with David Willetts, our local MP, to show him what Cycle Hayling has been up to recently. David is a keen cyclist, both here and in London, and a past ‘Paris to Hayling’ rider, so he jumped at the chance to burn off a few calories and get some fresh air.
We’ve created a cycle map of Hayling that you can download from this site. You can get a printed copy from several locations on the island including the Information Centre at Beachlands and the library.
Portsmouth City Council publish several cycle maps that include Hayling Island or are within easy reach of the ferry (which has provision for bikes).
We’re running several projects campaigning for improvements to cycle provision on the island. If you’d like to support our efforts, please subscribe to the supporter’s newsletter.