We have carried out a survey of the 101 candidates for the local council election candidates, on May 5th, to find out their opinions on cycling. This year we have asked two questions:
Question 1. If elected will you sign up to the Space for Cycling campaign?
Question 2. If elected what would you do to encourage cycling in Southampton?
Before you vote, find out if the candidates in your ward have chosen to respond and see what they have to say.
The minutes from the monthly meeting on April 11th 2016 are now available.
The Campaign ride on Sunday 17th April is a 20 mile circular route using cycle paths, quiet roads and forest tracks. There will be a short distance on the B3056 and we will have to negotiate the one-way system in Lyndhurst. Approximately 5 miles of beautiful forest tracks. Coffee and cake stop in Lyndhurst.
Assemble from 9.45 am at the Ship Inn, Redbridge, for a prompt 10 am start. Short steep hill at Eling, otherwise fairly flat. Return by 1.30 pm.
Route in brief: cycle paths to Eling, Eling Hill, Trotts Lane, Pooksgreen, Long Lane, Twiggs Lane, Beaulieu Road, forest cycle tracks to Lyndhurst, tarmac cycle path alongside Southampton Rd for approx 1 mile, forest cycle tracks through Lodgehill and Costicles Inclosures, Fletchwood Lane, Ashurst Bridge Rd, cycle paths and quiet roads through Totton back to Redbridge.
A good opportunity to try out part of the improved Lyndhurst to Ashurst cycle route. Suitable for all bicycles. Family and friends welcome, children able to cycle 20 miles.
The minutes from the monthly meeting on March 16th 2016 are now available.
A documentary about the bicycle’s history and impact in Britain.
86 mins, tea and popcorn provided
£2.00 per head, £2.50 per couple
The programme of the 2016 Rides for All is now available. The format allows the programme to be printed and folded into three to make a convenient leaflet to distribute to friends, colleagues etc.
The route will be circular using quiet roads and greenways out and return along Western Shore. Coffee stop at Hamble Quay. Mainly flat with a small number of hills.
All ages (able to cycle 20 m) and all types of bicycle suitable although those with road bikes should note that the NCN route through the Royal Victoria Country Park includes gravel tracks.
The minutes from the monthly meeting on February 8th 2016 are now available.
The next Cycle Campaign ride is around Owslebury. Original plan was for a circular route but this involves using at least one bridleway and my risk assessment on Tuesday confirmed that the bridleways are not currently usable. However, the lanes around Owslebury are almost traffic-free and we can have an enjoyable ride using the same out/return route.
Meet outside Lakeside cafe between 9.45 and 10 am. Return between 1 and 1.30 pm. Parking free; toilets available.
Quiet roads through Eastleigh then cycle path; after Bishopstoke all on quiet rural lanes (except Nob’s Crook, track). Very hilly beyond Eastleigh. Approx 18 miles. All bikes suitable.
Coffee and cake stop at Fishers Pond PH on return route.
Route in brief: quiet route through Eastleigh, Bishopstoke Rd (on cycle path), Church Lane, Nob’s Crook, Hensting Lane, Whites Hill, Owslebury, Jackman’s Hill, Morestead, Hazely Rd, Mare Lane, Hensting Lane, return from here as outward route.
Please join us if you are a regular on our rides or have never been on one. A friendly group cycling at a moderate pace; it’s fine to walk up the steeper hills. It is forecast to be sunny.