Opening of the Butser Cutting Cycle Route

On 19th November the new cycle route between Petersfield and Queen Elizabeth Country Park was officially opened.  A large number of cyclists from all over the area congregated outside Petersfield train station for a group ride to QECP via the new route.  Once there, the ribbon was cut and this useful link was declared open.  See below for photos from the day.

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A letter from Cycling UK Vice Chair Dan Howard

Following our national AGM earlier this month, I wanted to write to all member groups and affiliated member groups to keep you updated on key decisions which were made. As someone who took part in my first member group ride almost exactly 25 years ago, our member groups and affiliated groups are hugely important to me and I’m proud of the enjoyment our members get from rides and events organised locally through our groups.

Our AGM was well attended and we celebrated the excellent work we do across the UK and also debated a number of important motions.

While we had important motions to discuss at the AGM – for me our AGM was also an opportunity to consider, reflect and focus on our shared purpose – it is about the two year old child scooting along on their balance bike for the first time, or the student riding across town because it’s the best way to get around, or maybe the touring cyclist riding around the lanes for the day, or maybe the adventure touring cyclist dipping their wheels in the ocean ready to ride across the continent, or the commuter or leisure cyclist out for a 10 minute ride, or maybe someone riding their bike to the shops – and recognising that we support all of these things for people all ages and abilities whatever they ride.

At the AGM we discussed a number of motions relating to the way in which we operate and our policies on cycling within the UK. The motion which we rightly dedicated the most time to discuss was motion 5. This related to noting the report from the governance group, agreeing the changes proposed by Council and approving the changes to the Orders in Council of CTC. We discussed these changes in depth during the meeting. This motion was passed and what this means is we’ll now make a number of governance changes. These include agreeing and implementing a transition plan to a smaller body of Trustees elected from all of the UK rather than regions and we will also introduce a number of replacement Board sub-committees. Collectively these changes will allow us to work in the most effective way possible. We’ll provide further updates as necessary through our usual communication channels – Cycle magazine, CycleClips and our website.

You’ll be aware of our rebrand to Cycling UK last month. We are hugely proud of our history and heritage but recognised that our branding needed to better reflect the breadth of excellent work we do now, who we are and what we stand for. We consulted with around 13,000 of our members ahead of this change. Feedback at events and with Government has been hugely positive.

Support and guidance on the brand continues to be available from Head Office and should this be required please contact Julie Rand, Member Group Co-ordinator, Julie.rand@cyclinguk.org, 01483 238308

I ended our AGM by asking members to pause and reflect back on their own cycling story, to think about the work we individually do and to consider the collective difference we can make. Let’s get started!

Thank you for your continued support and I’d welcome feedback from groups.  My contact details are below and I look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,

Dan Howard

Vice Chair, Cycling UK

Dan.howard@cyclinguk.org

 

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John Dowie

John Dowie is crowd-funding his memoirs on Unbound – telling the tale of a man who launched a comic career when no-one was interested, and walked away from it, just as the crowds (and the money) showed up. About a man who took to cycling ahead of the rest of us – but in baggy shorts, not Lycra, and eating lukewarm baked beans rather than performance gels. A man, in short, whose nature ensured he took a very different road. Literally.

And you can get involved in the story – support the book, get your name in there, get exclusive mementos (emphatically not ‘merchandise’), and even have John cycle to your door with your personal copy, followed by your personal story.

It’s an unmissable opportunity to support one of the lost legends of  British comedy and to read a genuinely extraordinary life story.”

Below is a link to the Unbound website where you can read excerpts from the book (as well as watch a video narrated by the great Barry Cryer), and choose a level of pledge that suits you.

As a token of gratitude, Unbound are offering a discount to any cyclist who makes a pledge. Simply apply the code CTC16 at the checkout stage and £5. 00 will be wiped from your bill.

https://unbound.co.uk/books/the-freewheeling-john-dowie

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Grit Storage Facility Planning Application

There is a planning application with Waverly DC for Hindhead Hill Farm,  where the Hindhead Tunnel Construction Compound on the side of the A3 was located, to now be made into a road maintenance compound.

The access they are proposing for the site traffic, lorries, gritters etc etc is along Boundless Road and Bedford Lane.  Boundless Road is the new ‘quiet lane’  that  incorporates the hard surface / commuter cycle route from Hindhead to Thursley (that avoids the tunnel), for cyclists, horse riders and local traffic.   Bedford Lane is only a bridleway.

This flies in the face of the extensive work and costs in getting the design of the A3 tunnel right so as to afford protection to local amenities and public rights of ways.

The Planing Application can be seen online here.

Anyone wishing to comment or object can do so through the ‘On-line comment’ button.

The site is here

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Approx area of site

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The two access lanes are Boundless Road via the underpass into Bedford lane

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The underpass

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View from A3 southbound of prospective site just behind trees. Works vehicles are parked in bus stop bay.

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Phil Hampton Memorial Ride 2016

19 Mar 2016 Phil Hampton ride

Sixty cyclists descended on Medstead Village Hall recently for the annual Phil Hampton Memorial Ride, held to commemorate the local cyclist who was killed by a lorry while cycling in 2002.

Local riders were joined by others from further afield including Reading, Poole and London.

Organised as usual by Dan, this year the grand sum of £525 was raised for the Cyclists’ Defence Fund, a charity which was set up to fight legal cases involving cyclists.

Setting out into a cold north wind, the cyclists chose one of two routes, either a 30 mile northerly loop via Upton Grey and Cliddesden, or a 50 mile circumnavigation of Basingstoke.

On their return the cyclists enjoyed hot drinks, rolls and cakes prepared by the kitchen team of Janice, Kaye, Chris and Dave.

Follow this link to see the donation displayed on the JustGiving website: https://www.justgiving.com/CyclistsDefenceFund

 

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Rebranding of the CTC

The following letter has been received from the Chief Executive of the CTC Paul Tuohy by a few members, and due to its importance it deserves a wider audience.  The national organisation is soon to be called “Cycling UK”, and we await more information on how this will affect us locally.

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Good home wanted…

I am trying to find a home for a cycle trailer.  It was made by an engineering student many years ago.  It is located here in Andover and as a CTC member thought that a member might give it a good home.  We are not talking money, but don’t want it scrapped!

Email for details

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Publication of the Hampshire County Council Cycling Strategy 2015

The following item was published on the Hampshire County Council website on 18th November.

Following public consultation earlier in 2015, the County Council Executive Member for Economy Transport and Environment, Sean Woodward approved a new Cycling Strategy in September 2015.

Aims of the strategy

The aim is to provide a clear statement on the County Council’s overall aspirations for cycling; set a strategic framework to support the planning and development of cycling measures with local partners including district councils; provide a means to prioritise available funding for cycling to the best value for money investments; and support the County Council in attracting new investment from funding partners for cycling and other associated sustainable transport measures.

The strategy links the County Council’s corporate priorities of health and well being, economic development, supporting communities and improving efficiency, as well as the planning and implementation of cycling measures with local partners. It aims to support and strengthen the importance of current and future cycling and the active travel strategies developed by local authorities in the County.

How the strategy was developed

Following public consultation earlier in 2015, the County Council Executive Member for Economy Transport and Environment, Sean Woodward approved a new Cycling Strategy in September 2015.

Over the Spring and Summer of 2015, Hampshire County Council prepared and consulted on a draft Cycling Strategy. The vision is that by 2025, cycling will be a convenient, safe, healthy, affordable and popular means of transportation and recreation within Hampshire.

This document went out to public consultation for 12 weeks between 6 May 2015 and 29 July 2015. There was an enthusiastic response from members of the public and the comments and suggestions submitted were incorporated, where appropriate, into the final strategy. The strategy document was approved by the Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment on 15 September 2015.

Comments and questions

If you want to comment or have any questions on the strategy then please email: Hampshire.Cycling@hants.gov.uk

Related links

Cycling in Hampshire: Over 750 miles of off-road cycle routes and urban cycle paths make Hampshire a great place for cycling

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Arthur Ramsey

Today we said goodbye to Arthur Ramsey who has died aged 84.  A life-long cyclist, he was well-liked by all who knew him, and he will be much missed.

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Arthur heads the queue waiting for the ferry departure on the gentleman’s tour to see the start of the Tour de France in Brittany, 3rd July 2008.

Arthur’s funeral service took place on 22nd July at Basingstoke Crematorium.  Donations, if desired, can be made to the Cyclists Defence Fund through Co-operative Funeralcare, 1 Buckland Avenue, Basingstoke, RG22 6JW.

A great many cyclists from various clubs, including many from North Hampshire CTC, gathered in the lay-by opposite The Wheatsheaf, in order to accompany the funeral cortege into the crematorium.  The attendance was so large that many had to stand throughout the service.

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The photo shows just some of the many cyclists who attended Arthur’s funeral.

R.I.P. Arthur Ramsey.

 

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Tea stop

My name is Sarah Bridges and I own a small sandwich shop in Alresford. I have noticed over the last few weeks a lot of cyclist around on a Sunday. They go to the co-op which is next door to us then stand outside with their food and drink.  We don’t currently open the shop on a Sunday but I thought that if we could get ourselves onto some cycling websites we could offer deals to cyclists for breakfast baps and hot drinks.  We are not really a tourist shop and tend to serve local workers, so wet cyclists and their bikes would be no problem. We have a table and a few chairs inside but we also have a small courtyard garden.  Our prices are very reasonable compared to other places in Alresford.

If this is something you think would be of interest to you please get in touch.  You can see a few pictures of the shop and the type of food we serve on our face book page, The Sandwich Shop Alresford.

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