Appeal for CycleWatchers

Appeal for CycleWatchers, anywhere, but especially around Gosport and Fareham.

Could you be at Bridgemary around at 11am on Tuesday 2nd July? There’s a stakeholder viewing for the Eclipse Busway extension between Tichborne Way and Rowner Road, and our Right to Ride reps can’t make it.

[Update: 11-12 is a preview for stakeholder groups like us, but it’s also open to the public from 1pm to 7pm if that’s easier for you. The more people that turn up, of course, the better.]

All you have to do is turn up, say you’re from Cycling UK, ask how it will improve cycling, so they know we’re watching, then report back.

We particularly need more CycleWatch support in the Gosport and Fareham area, and without more cyclists pushing the councils, they could de-prioritise cycling even more than they do now.

So what’s a CycleWatcher? It’s someone who wants to see better cycle infrastructure, but isn’t ready to become a full cycle campaigner. They just watch out for issues affecting everyday cycling where they are, and report them to Mike Ashton or me, Wilf Forrow. They can do as much or as little as they want.

Some examples of useful things CycleWatchers could do:

  • Tell us if cycle paths need attention, or vegetation cutting back.
  • Highlight improvements needed, to routes, signage, parking, etc.
  • Watch out for local road ‘improvements’ or planning applications that might affect cycling.
  • Estimate numbers of cyclists, count bikes parked at shops, etc.
  • Chivvy their councillors to better support cycling.
  • Ask for cycle parking at local businesses, shops, health centres, dentists, etc.
  • Spread the message about everyday cycling!

If you think you might be able to help, in Gosport or Fareham, or anywhere, let me know.

Thanks, Wilf

About Wilf Forrow

I'm a retired IT consultant, and a touring and utility cyclist. I'm particularly interested in campaigning for better cycle infrastructure, and a member of Sustrans and Cycle Hayling, amongst others. I am fascinated by cycle technology, and especially folders.