Parliamentary group calls for urgent action on cycling

The All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group has just issued a report calling for urgent action on cycling.

One clear message is the need for consistent funding. While Dutch cities reap “massive economic benefits from consistent cycling investment”, now at £24 a head, outside of London in England less than £2 is spent, it says, while Scotland and Wales recently increased cycling spending. Read more at cycling weekly.

Progress to Date on the Safe Route to Schools Project – March ’13

Hampshire County Council (HCC) have now laid a new surface on the path running north-south between Mill Rythe and Eastwood Close known as the cinder track, or more formally as Footpath 88. This has been done to make the path ‘dual use’ so that cyclists can now avoid the very busy and congested main Church Road. This path runs just to the east of Hayling College and ends close to the Mill Rythe school campus, and so has been specifically created for those travelling to and from school during the very busy morning and afternoon school trips. HCC still have some ‘finishing off’ to do, such as putting up signs, but with all the barriers, machinery and material now gone the route is available for use. Enjoy and Happy Cycling to all our website viewers!

New surface on Footpath 88
New surface on Footpath 88


Sharing the road (Irish TV ad)

Irish TV are broadcasting a well balanced advert showing how cyclists and motorists should behave together. See

One of the problems highlighted is that cars and lorries don’t feel at all unsafe when passing a cyclist giving just a few centimetres clearance, but the cyRecommended gap of 1.5m when overtking cyclists.clist feels extremely vulnerable in the same situation. The recommendation to leave clearance of 1.5m when overtaking a cyclist is the same clearance as mandated in French law (when out of town; when in-town in France the clearance required is reduced to 1m).

It would be nice to hear a similar recommendation from the Department for Transport, it could be included in the next edition of the Highway Code. Or better still how about a law following the French model?

Wonder when we might see similar adverts in the UK?

Hayling to Holland Charity Bike Ride

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.

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Work to upgrade the ‘cinder path’ starts

Work started on Monday 18 February and is planned to take up to 5 weeks. The resurfacing will upgrade the footpath to a shared cycle path.

This is the result of a three year Cycle Hayling campaign led by Robert Sebley. We hope it will be the start of a network of cycle paths providing safer routes to the island’s schools and improved cycle access to the south east of the island.

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NICE advises local authorities about walking and cycling

From April this year councils in England will be taking on the new role of improving the public health of their communities, and NICE (The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) has been developing a range of public health briefings to help them with this.

This latest set aims to improve the health of local populations by increasing physical activity through walking and cycling, and through changing unhealthy behaviours.

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