What’s a Cycle Bus??? A Cyclebus lets primary school children cycle to school safely, healthily, and sociably, in a bus-like formation, to protect them from traffic. It’s about community involvement – it’s organised by parents, grandparents, teachers, and volunteers.
See this a great video of how they started in Belfast!
Help cut pollution and traffic congestion around schools, and create a safe and healthy environment. Help empower children to become responsible and active and give them freedom, self-reliance and a lifelong love of cycling.
Below is what we wrote back in 2020, but time has moved on. We’re working on a new vision for 2022, and to focus on actual infrastructure we need.
So please tell us now what YOU think should be our new vision for cycling on Hayling!
Our vision for a cycle-friendly Hayling
Let’s not beat about the bush. We can’t say that Hayling is a cycle-friendly island until we’ve hit all these targets:
Safe and pleasant to cycle anywhere on the island and into Havant
Safe for parents to cycle with children of 3 and up
Safe cycling for unescorted children of 12 and up
All-weather, smooth cycling to anywhere
Traffic-free cycle or shared paths everywhere there is fast-moving traffic
Quick and safe crossing at junctions
Direct routes suitable for commuting, not huge diversions
Routes to all schools, shops, health centres, leisure and community areas
Safe places for children and adults to learn and practice
Good signs and maps to show people where to go
Plenty of secure bike parking where people want to stop
Most school-children walk or cycle to school most of the time
And those things probably mean:
30 mph maximum speed limit everywhere on the island
20 mph speed limits in all residential roads
Automated enforcement of speed limits
Traffic calming, to discourage speeding
Home Zones to claim the streets back for people, not cars
Are these achievable?
Yes, they’re being achieved all over Britain, and all over the world.
In Holland, trips up to 5 miles are just as likely to be by bike as by car, and about half of Dutch school-children ride to school every day. The Dutch average lifespan is believed to be half a year longer because of it, and their health-span, when they’re healthy enough to enjoy life, is 2 years longer.
Many British cities are following Holland – London and Manchester leading the charge. Some London boroughs are now becoming mini-Hollands for cycling.
94% of Portsmouth roads have had 20 mph residential speed limits since 2008, and saw 22% fall in accidents.
Since 2016, we’ve been publishing a monthly Cycle Hayling column in the Hayling Islander to keep everyone up to date with what’s going on (which we now publish on our website for anyone who doesn’t get the Islander).
However, as that’s aimed at the general public, we can’t always speak as freely as we’d like, and so we haven’t kept our supporters or our web site updated as much as we should have.
So here’s a summary of what’s been going on, to save you reading the whole website (which you’ll see we’re gradually updating). A lot has happened, so you can click any heading below to see it in bite-sized chunks ….
Do watch this inspiring little video from Sustrans, showing one Primary School’s bike revolution. Turns out kids can have fun and get free and healthy exercise at the same time. And reduce congestion and parking problems at school.
Hayling’s schools support cycling, and our cycle routes to school are (slowly) getting better. Cycle Hayling wants to see kids on Hayling having fun and cycling to school. Wouldn’t it be great if by 2018 we could say that this video could have been made on Hayling!
Consultation is now open on the council proposal to reduce the speed limit from 40 mph to 30 mph on the section of road between the Stoke end of Copse Lane and Northney village. Details of the proposal, ref. number AS/TRO/298, can be found at www.havant.gov.uk/tro
This is a route used by many cyclists to get on and off the island, so Cycle Hayling supporters may like to submit their views to the consultation, which is open until Friday 11th March 2016. Formal comments can be made via one of the following methods:
Using the online response form at the above web address