Author Archives: Janice Montgomerie

Summer Bike Rides with Cycling UK Alton

A recent introductory bike ride for families and newcomers to cycling was organised by Cycling UK Alton as part of national Bike Week.   A five-mile route took in Anstey Park and Anstey Mill Lane with a stop at Holybourne Pond, where a heron and several ducklings were spotted.  The return was via the cycle path along Anstey Road and back roads to Alton Community Centre.

 

A second easy-paced ride will take place on Saturday 8th July, leaving the Community Centre at 10am.  This time a longer ten-mile route will include a coffee and cake stop halfway round.  All are welcome, just turn up on a roadworthy bike.  For more details, see the poster below.

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Introductory Rides with Cycling UK Alton

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Weekend away in Tewkesbury

Our club weekend away this summer will be based in Tewkesbury and will include a taste of the Malvern Hills. The dates will be the weekend of 24th – 25th June 2016.
As usual there will be rides arranged for Friday afternoon 23rd as well as all day Saturday 24th (normal and faster paced) and for the morning of Sunday 25th.
Ten have already booked!  But there’s still time to join us – don’t delay, book your accommodation today!
Some useful links to find accommodation:
The following link only provides limited information on this occasion:
Camping for caravans and motorhomes can be found at either:
We look forward to seeing as many of you that can make it for what will hopefully be a ‘cycling filled’ weekend!  For more information please contact Frank.
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Phil Hampton Memorial Ride 2017

A very big “Thank you” to all who supported the recent Phil Hampton Memorial Ride at which we collected the outstanding sum of £752.00, by far the largest amount we have ever raised at this event.  This is down to the amazing generosity of the 82 riders who took part on the day together with the contributions of other supporters.  The full sum has been donated to the Cyclists’ Defence Fund via the Just Giving page and you can see the donation displayed on the Just Giving website:  https://www.justgiving.com/CyclistsDefenceFund.

The Cyclists’ Defence Fund said “Thank you for donating to help the Cyclists’ Defence Fund raise awareness of the law relating to cycling and support more cyclists facing legal battles. With your help we can strive to preserve and protect the health and safety of the public by encouraging and facilitating safe cycling. Thank you for your support!”

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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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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.

rebranding letter from Paul Tuohy

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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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Rushmoor Cycle Forum

The Rushmoor Cycle Forum (RCF), which works closely with CTC, has recently drawn up a survey which they will be submitting to local election candidates, to evaluate where they sit in regards to their cycle-friendly campaigning.

Southwood Woodlands, Rushmoor

Southwood Woodlands, Rushmoor is popular with cyclists and walkers

 

Rushmoor Cycle Forum is open to individuals who have an interest in promoting all forms of cycling in the Borough of Rushmoor and with its adjoining neighbours. Membership is a varied cross-section of Rushmoor residents/employees, who are linked by a desire to facilitate the use of bikes for recreation and as a means of transport, the RCF has the following beliefs –

  • UK’s elected representatives have a key role in the campaigning process.
  • Provisions for cycling shouldn’t be specific to any type of cyclist
  • Improvements to cycling conditions don’t just benefit cyclists
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