Roger Geffen MBE, Policy Director of Cycling UK, is the guest of Portsmouth Cycle Forum (PompeyBUG) at 7pm, Thursday 17th November, when he will talk about the second phase of our national Space for Cycling campaign. This aims to create better places for everyone, by enabling people of all ages and abilities to cycle for any local journey. As well as enabling members of the public to call on councils to commit to planning high-quality cycle networks – and to finding the funding these will require – we are also creating a Space for Cycling toolkit. This will support local campaign groups and councils to work constructively together on planning local cycle networks and prioritising schemes, using a suite of IT tools and crowd-sourced data. This will strengthen the hand of local campaigners – as local authorities seek their support for their funding proposals – while boosting their credibility, their visibility in the local media, and their supporter base.
This should be a really interesting meeting and a great chance for us to engage with Cycling UK’s national campaigns and to use them locally to help us make cycling work for the Portsmouth and Havant area. Put the date in your diaries.
More details at http://www.pompeybug.co.uk/2016/10/open-meeting-making-space-for-cycling-uk/
It’s a triumph for a bunch of persistent and hard-working people and for community support – the ferry is due to be re-launched tomorrow 5th August with a full, Summer service starting Saturday 6th August.
The opening event is free and starts at 12.30 including: pyrotechnics, Police guard of honour, music by local star Chloe Anne, free face painting, and the Portsmouth Football Club mascot.
For one day only, crossings will be £1 per trip.
More details of the opening event, fares and timetable on the ferry’s new web site at www.haylingferry.net.
Service updates will appear on Facebook and Twitter. There will also be an on-board mobile phone – I’ll update Cycle Hayling's ferry status page when I know the number.
On 20th May, eight CTC Portsmouth volunteers worked with a Hampshire County Council officer to minimise flooding and mud on Park Lane Bridleway.
I attended Mike’s very simple and dignified funeral service yesterday. Many riders remember Mike as a most pleasant, calm and friendly ride colleague – never tired or grumpy at the route taken and encouraging riders who might have been a bit tired and struggling at the end of the ride. His bike was always in immaculate condition. He'd often be asked about his 'new' bike only to be told he'd had it for ages.
Mike joined the Navy as a Marine Engineer and served 22 years for pension, during which time he got an Open University degree in mathematics and became a school teacher up to A level standard. Unfortunately after some years he got throat cancer which affected his voice and he had to stop teaching. He then worked in the accounts department of John Lewis for some years. Some 10 years ago he contracted leukaemia but was cured and in remission until 18 months or so ago when it returned.
The photo on the service sheet was taken about 2 years ago and shows Mike with his granddaughter, Viva, then aged 4. Viva is an old Izod family name. Mike came from Huguenot stock and there are a number of Izods who were land owners in the Cotswolds, unfortunately not recently on Mike’s side of the family. A family relative told me after the funeral that he recently visited a church in one of the picture-postcard villages and saw a grave of 'Viva Izod'.
I'm very sorry to have to report that Mike Izod - a regular rider with us until 18 months ago - has died.
Irene Izod writes:
It is with great sadness that I have to tell you Michael died on 28 April 2016 having lost his fight with lymphoma.
He thoroughly enjoyed his cycle rides with the Portsmouth CTC and last autumn had purchased a new bike which he was looking forwarding to testing out, unfortunately that wasn't to be.
The funeral will be held at Portchester Crematorium on Tuesday 17 May at 11.45am and any member would be more than welcome.
You may already be aware of the government’s CWIS (Cycling & Walking Investment Strategy) which is now at the draft stage and open for comment. The consultation closes on 23 May, so it should be possible for all members to have their say, which can be done by using the on-line survey, using the e-mail address supplied or by normal post. You can view the documents and make your views known here.
Mike Ashton previously reported plans for Sheet level crossing that included the possibility of complete closure.
Mike has obtained a copy of this letter from Network Rail that announces the level crossing will remain open and that the half-barriers will be replaced by full barriers.
You might be aware that work at the south section of the route has stalled because of issues with the slope up from the Queen Elizabeth Country Park car park to the new path.
This document is the proposal to Hampshire County Council to spend the extra money necessary to complete the route.
This document is the record of the approval given by the relevant executive member to the extra spend.
So it looks like the path will be completed. It will be a while, however, before we get a reliable completion date.
We're keen to encourage young cyclists. Well Havant Rotary are organising a Father's Day family outing and charity ride, on Sunday, June 19th, 2016. It starts from Northney Farm Field (opposite the Tea Rooms), then south down the Billy Trail to the beach, and back again for a barbecue and bouncy castle. If you know any children or grandchildren, it's a great way to get them riding - or adults, come to that. And prostate cancer is a very appropriate charity for Father's Day.
Riders set off after registering and collecting their free T-Shirt at Northney Farm Field from 10 am. At the end of the ride there is a BBQ and activities back at the field. Alternatively, you can picnic if you wish to bring your own food.
Find out the answers to our quiz! No racing is involved so you have time to enjoy the ride and at the same time be sponsored to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK and Havant Rotary‘s local Charities, or you can choose to donate your sponsorship money to your own charity.
This is a fun day for families who want to have an enjoyable day out with their children and bikes. The 12 mile ride should take about 2 hours at a family-friendly pace (but you can turn round at any point along the way if it's too difficult!). Why not get your wider family and friends to join in and make a real day of it?
Entry is only £12.50 for one adult and a child (under 18) and includes a free T-shirt. Additional children are £2.50 each to cover the cost of the T-shirt. When you complete the entry form don’t forget to let us know the sizes of T-shirt you need!
Fuller details are on the Rotary website at events.havantrotary.org.uk or on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/502724423247667/
The national CTC organisation (of which Portsmouth CTC is a member group) is changing its public image to be more effective in campaign work. It now calls itself 'Cycling UK' and will campaign under the brand 'We are Cycling UK'. The CTC logo will be replaced by this image…