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Sign e-petition to make cycle skills training compulsory for children

May 16th, 2013 No comments
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Most children do not cycle. We need to encourage young people to ride a bike as a healthy, active, cheap and fun experience and help them cycle as much as they can. Cycle training is a cheap and effective way of promoting activity that children can do outside school, can be integrated into sport in school and can help tackle childhood obesity. It is a skill that they will be able to use all their lives. Despite the Government’s support for Bikeability cycle training (which
was described to us as “cycle proficiency for the 21st century”), it is currently only available for about half of all school pupils in England, with even fewer being trained to level 3 Bikeability in their teens. It should be available to all, as swimming is. Better training at an early age will also train future car drivers to think bike and could have a long term impact on driver safety. People of all ages should be enabled to give cycling a try, and particularly those we know cycle less: people with disabilities, ethnic minorities and those from disadvantaged backgrounds. The Department for Transport’s own research shows that smarter choices measures of this kind are highly cost-effective ways to boost cycle use. Transport for London’s Catch up with the Bicycle campaign is an excellent example of how to promote cycling as stylish and aspirational, which anyone can do in their normal clothes. Cycling must become a normal activity, not a minority pursuit.
Recommendations from the Get Britain Cycling Report
  • Provide cycle training at all primary and secondary schools
  • Offer widespread affordable (or free) cycle training and other programmes to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to give cycling a try, as evidenced by NICE.
  • Promote cycling as a safe and normal activity for people of all ages and backgrounds

To sign the petition to ‘Get Britain Cycling’, click  http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/49196

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I don’t ride a bike, why should I sign the Times cycling petition?

May 14th, 2013 No comments

“If you are not a regular cyclist, you may ask why you should sign The Times’s petition for greater investment in cycling?” An article to pass onto non-cyclists. http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/cyclesafety/article3755751.ece

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Portsmouth Cycle Forum Newsletter January 2013

January 20th, 2013 1 comment

The latest newsletter of the Portsmouth Cycle Forum can be found here.

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Southampton Cycling Survey

December 10th, 2012 No comments

photo credit: Todo-Juanjo via photopin

Rebecca McCarthy, an undergraduate geography student at the University of Southampton is carrying out some research for her final year dissertation into the implementation of cycling as a mode of green transport within the city of Southampton. This focuses on how the council’s sustainable transport strategy has been carried out by the public.

Rebecca has created a brief questionnaire that she invites Southampton Cycling Campaign members and other Southampton cyclists to complete.

The questions concern cycling habits and awareness of sustainable transport policy. Answers will remain completely anonymous and are non invasive or personal.

The survey can be found here.

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Dilys on the Alex Dyke show BBC Radio Solent

October 28th, 2012 No comments

Alex DykeDilys Gartside was invited onto the Alex Dyke BBC Radio Solent prog as guest speaker on Thurs 25 October. Topics ranged from Twenty’s Plenty to cycle paths to hi-vis. Dilys was splendid in the face of some predictable anti-cyclist rhetoric! If you missed the show, you can download a recording here.

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Lee Lane

May 12th, 2011 No comments

You may have seen this report in the Echo regarding Lee Lane:

http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/9024641.Trial_closure_of_rat_run_to_Romsey/

It gives details of an experimental closure of part of Lee Lane to test the effect of traffic reduction on use by cyclists and pedestrians. I suggest that as many of us as possible use it and get counted in the trial period Mon 16May – Sun 29May. Please forward this information to any others who you think may use the route.

Update – 14 May 2011

I have been told about the experimental closures by TVBc Transportation planners.

It would be good for users to write to TVBC supporting the closures if they think them beneficial.

With my Sustrans buddies are after Lee Lane be part of a continuation of NCN 246 Test Valley trail from Kintbury in Berkshire to Eling.

The NCN 246 route is being waymarked over the downs from Berkshire to Hurstbourne Tarrant, then on quiet lanes/rail trail to Andover-Stockbridge -Romsey .

After Romsey we want to go alongside A27 and down via Lee lane to Redbridge en route Eling.

The concept for NCN246 is similar to the Test Way which is for recreational walking between Eling and inkpen Beacon .

If one cycles between Mottisfont and Andover along the old railway line route and lanes it is very pleasant.

There is to be an NCN 246 opening event at Vigo Road recreation ground Andover on 18 June, in conjunction with the sports fair there that day, all south Hampshire people welcome to attend.

The event is listed on the Bike Week web site.

Eric Reed
Sustrans South Hampshire Volunteeers Group Coordinator.

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Challenge to find quickest rush hour transport in Southampton

March 25th, 2011 No comments

Thea BjaalandFROM THE DAILY ECHO:

MANY motorists stuck in Southampton’s morning rush hour must have wondered if there’s an easier way to get to work.

Now it’s been proven there is – with a commuter race through the city centre.

As the Daily Echo continues with the Don’t be a Fuel Fool campaign, which looks at ways of getting around the rising costs at the pump, it’s been shown that ditching the car on the daily commute could save time as well as money.

A car driver, cyclist, walker and bus user set off at 8.30am from Southampton General Hospital yesterday morning to settle once and for all which is the quickest way to get across the city.

It was cyclist Thea Bjaalan, 30, from Portswood, who crossed the finish line at Guildhall Square first, having made the 3.5mile journey in a time of 15 minutes.

And she says she didn’t even pick the quickest route – but instead opted for a scenic ride through Southampton Common.

She said: “It was probably slightly quicker to go the road way but it was a really nice cycle ride through the common. The sun was shining, there were no cars – it was a treat and definitely better than being in the car and getting annoyed by the traffic lights and other drivers.” [Read the whole story here.]

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Low cost improvements will make big difference for cyclists

March 25th, 2011 No comments

Campaign membersFROM THE DAILY ECHO:

A group of Southampton cyclists is taking steps to make the city safer for bikes.

As the Daily Echo continues its Don’t be a Fuel Fool campaign and begins to look at ways round the rising price at the pumps, Southampton Cycle Campaign are working to fill in the ‘missing links’ in the city’s network of cycle paths and routes.

Spokesman for the Cycle Campaign Lindsi Bluemel says there’s low-cost improvements that could be made in Southampton, which would make a big difference to cyclists.

She said: “We’re very well aware that there’s not going to be money around in the next few years for completely new schemes, even though some of them are badly needed.

“What we’ve looked at is easy ways to implement inexpensive connections that will cost the council very little but will improve the network of cycle paths in Southampton.”

The group has already been in touch with Southampton City Council about a number of improvements that are cheap but could help cyclists avoid dangerous junctions or busy roads.

Mrs Bluemel added: “There are quite a lot of roads that are two-way but they don’t want traffic entering at one end, so there are no entry signs.

“The council has agreed that they can put ‘except cycles’ on some of these signs so cyclists know they can use them – it will cost them next to nothing.

“We’re also asking for a shared use path to go through Bitterne Manor Park.

“It’s no cycling there at the moment but there’s going to be quite a substantial tarmac path put in, and if cyclists could use that it would cut a whole chunk of Bitterne Road West off.”

With petrol prices topping £6 a gallon for the first time ever, more and more people are looking at cheaper ways to travel – and low-cost cycling is a popular choice in the city.

But the Cycle Campaign says they need more bike-users to give ideas about what could be done to improve the cycle network in the city.

Mrs Bluemel said: “Sometimes it’s just one little dangerous section of road that puts people off cycling somewhere.

“We really need other cyclists coming and telling us what problems they experience.

“People will moan and say ‘Why is it like this?’ – but sometimes it’s because no one has raised the issue.”

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Record breaker

September 17th, 2010 No comments
Chris Davies cycled 906,900 miles in 60 years

Chris Davies cycled 906,900 miles in 60 years

Chris Davies, 72, of East Street, Havant, has now cycled a record 906,900 miles in 60 years – setting the new world record for the Most miles pedalled.Mr Davies said: ‘For as long as I can remember I have loved cycling. I still love it as much as I used to and I cycle every day. It keeps me in good shape and gets me out and about. My bike is an extension of me.’

The 72-year-old who had a hip replacement eight years ago, clocked up almost 10,000 miles last year to maintain his place as leading member in the 300,000 Miles Club.

He is the Portsmouth representative for CTC, the national cycling organisation, and says his love for the bike began when he visited his grandmother’s beach hut in Hayling Island as a boy.

Chris Davies, former cycling correspondent for The News in Portsmouth, has kept a record of miles ridden in the same school exercise book he bought almost 60 years ago.

Mr Davies took his first ride in 1950 when he travelled 10.5km (six-and-a-half miles) from his home town of Havant, Hampshire, to Hayling Island. He was so smitten with his new hobby that he jotted down the exact details of his ride in a school exercise book.

He now uses a computerised speedometer attached to his handlebars to calculate the length of rides.

There’s always a story behind his mile-eating, such as when in 2005 he dreamt up a unique way for a Portsmouth man to mark two special occasions: one his 50th consecutive year of knocking up over 1000 miles a year, the other, the 200th anniversary of Nelson’s famous naval victory in the Battle of Trafalgar. He did this by riding from Cape Trafalgar in Spain to Trafalgar Square, where he reported to the figure atop the column.

Mr Davies has never wed – he says he is married to his bike.

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April newsletter

March 31st, 2010 No comments

The latest newsletter (April 2010) is available for download in [pdf] or [MS Word] formats. Highlights of this issue include:

  • Forthcoming events
  • Fill that hole – with some flowers
  • CTC/Cyclenation conference
  • City Centre bike parking
  • Proposed road traffic orders: Ruby Rd & Lyon St
  • Bitterne Road West/Bullar Rd junction
  • Cycling campaigning in Chile
  • StreetTread – Sustrans active travel project
  • Vote bike in the General Election
  • IPayRoadTax.com
  • Discount in bike shops
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