Safe cycle routes to schools update – August 2013

We recently updated the safe cycle routes to schools project page.

This note provides an update on each of the routes we are working on:

Shown as route 1 on the map below.

Route now open. Hampshire County Council completed it in spring 2013. All feedback has been positive, which is very encouraging, especially as Hayling residents are renowned for voicing concerns!

Shown as route 2 on the map below.

The landowner has given approval for a permissive route, but a “pinch point” is the main factor preventing go-ahead from Hampshire County Council. Cycle Hayling is discussing alternative options with HCC (e.g. short “dismount” section).

Shown as route 3 on the map below.

The land is owned by Parkdean Holiday Park. The site manager has given agreement to the path, but we are awaiting final go-ahead from the chief executive. Havant Borough Council is hoping to implement this route in 2014 if funds allow.

Shown as route 4 on the map below.

The landowner of southern section has given agreement.

The northern section still requires approval from Registered Riders Scheme (RRS) and relevant landowners. The RRS are unwilling to share this limited section of their existing routes. Having tried for some time, we have finally managed to open discussions with the RRS, but it is clear there is considerable opposition from RRS leaders to sharing the footpath. We are trying to address their concerns, because this appears to be the only feasible option for providing a safe north-south link. Havant Borough Council shares this view.

Shown as route 5 on the map below.

The main landowner (Hayling Island Builders Ltd) has given formal agreement to the link, provided they don’t incur any cost. The land is currently leased to A.D. Walter Ltd (a farm), which has been contacted by Cycle Hayling.

Active involvement by both Mill Rythe Headteachers and the Hampshire County Council Travel Team, which has adopted the project.

Site visit already carried out by Hants Principal Engineer. Feasibility study by Hampshire County Council will begin once legal clearance has been obtained.

£10k is potentially available for this project from Living Streets to spend straight away. Total cost may be more than £10k however, so we may need additional funding from Havant Borough Council.

This map shows all the above routes and how they link the schools together. Click the image to see more detail.

Map showing proposed safe cycle routes

Cycle Hayling supports motorists!

As part of work to establish safe cycle routes to schools Dave Mowatt is helping the Hayling Island schools and the Hampshire Travel Team explore options to set up a ‘Park and Stride’ scheme. This would allow parents to park in some of the Island’s car parks with easy walking to school.

If established, the scheme would reduce congestion at school times and increase safety for children walking or cycling to school.

We hope to see a trial scheme started early in the new school year.

Good Reasons to travel by Bicycle

Mengham Junior School pupils took part in a “Cycle Quiz” to think of as many good reasons as possible for traveling by bicycle. They came up with a fabulous total of 51 reasons why. Take a look at the list below, and if you can come up with any more good reasons, why don’t you tell Cycle Hayling about them? Just email them to sue@cyclehayling.org.uk, and if they’re good reasons for travelling by bicycle, they will be added to the list! Continue reading “Good Reasons to travel by Bicycle”


Credit where it’s due

We work alongside other organisations campaigning for safe routes to schools. In particular, we’ve been working with:

  • Hampshire County Council Minor Works Team – the team that resurfaced Footpath 88 and which will be implementing further improvements to the Safe Route to Schools network
  • Hampshire County Council Travel Team– which is helping us:
    • Explore and make a case for additional safe routes to school
    • Donate prizes for school cycling competitions
  • Living Streets – the national, pedestrians’ charity which we hope will be a source of funding for the Footpath 88 extension to the Mill Rythe Schools

And, of course, the schools involved:

We wanted to record our official thanks for all the time and effort they are putting in to improve cycle routes to the schools on Hayling Island.

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

 

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.

Continue reading “Work to upgrade the ‘cinder path’ starts”


Safe Route to School Scheme – Progress to January 2013

Hampshire County Council has agreed to implement the northern part of the scheme (Footpath 88) between Eastwood Close and Mill Rythe and work is expected to commence in Spring 2013. The southern part is now deemed to be Phase 2 of the project and solutions to the contentious ‘pinch point’ adjacent to My Lord’s Lane are being sought.

More details on the project page.