Isle of Wight council to get £235,600 to improve cycling networks

It will be interesting to see whether suggestions from Cycle Wight are considered this time round

cycle lane markings on a badly made road

News that the Isle of Wight is to receive £235,600 of investment to improve its walking and cycling networks has been welcomed by MP Bob Seely.

The news comes as part of a government announcement by Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, to give councils across England £175 million to create opportunities for walking and cycling.

The new money is intended to fund measures such as ‘School Streets’, where streets around schools are closed to motorists at school times, low-traffic neighbourhoods, where residential side streets are closed to through traffic to stop rat-running, segregated cycle lanes and pedestrian improvements.

Consultation essential
However, the Transport Secretary has set tough new conditions on councils receiving funding, requiring them to ensure schemes are properly consulted on.

He said councils must:

  • Publish plans to show how they will consult their communities, including residents, businesses and emergency services, among others
  • Show evidence of appropriate consultation prior to schemes being implemented
  • Submit monitoring reports on the implementation of schemes 6-12 months after their opening, highlighting how schemes have been modified based on local feedback to ensure they work for communities

Seely: Great for everyone
Mr Seely said:

“This is good news for the Island. It’s great for those of us who live here and want to walk or cycle more, but it’s also great for our visitors who are looking to come and enjoy what the Island has to offer.

“Walking and cycling is something I have been doing a lot more of during lockdown and it would be great to see our networks enhanced. I’m also chatting with landowners and Natural Enterprise about continuing to make progress on the west wight cycle route linking Yarmouth to Newport.

“I look forward to working with the council and others on how this money can be spent to enhance the networks we already have.”

Cycle training for every adult
The funding is part of the government’s wider plans to boost active travel.

Commitments from the plan include making cycle training available for every adult who wants it, setting new, higher standards for cycling infrastructure and boosting access to e-bikes.

News shared by the office of Isle of Wight Conservative MP, Robert Seely, in their own words. Ed

Image: Phil Hearing under CC BY 2.0

Tuesday, 24th November, 2020 3:32pm



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9 Comments on "Isle of Wight council to get £235,600 to improve cycling networks"

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It is still not clear to me where the first lot of emergency active travel funding went to, let alone if we received anything from the second tranche of the funding. The silence is deafening. Now we have an extra 200k, lets hope the council consult with stakeholders to find beneficial ways to spend the money, rather than coming up with obscure proposals that go down like… Read more »

There was also a separate fund given for Covid Wardens, but they are existing members of council staff already on the payroll.

Steve Goodman
Firstly: if Bob wants to bring us really good government news, perhaps he should end the even bigger deafening silence by responding to the open letter about condemning government bullying. Secondly: spot the striking difference between the requirements for ‘essential consultation and tough conditions’ before any work gets done for (a)something useful, healthy, and comparatively cheap, and (b)the needless hugely expensive and disruptive destruction of a perfectly… Read more »
Benny C

How about a Council motion to keep Ian Ward away from this money to reduce the chances of it being wasted through ineffective oversight?

My initial reaction of “oh, good” turned to “oh dear” once I’d read what the money was aimed at. By the time all the consultations and evidence and monitoring has been done, there will be precious little left for anything tangible. Mr. Seeley is ready with a soundbite but his aims don’t seem to tally up with the published conditions surrounding the grant. Cycle training for adults?… Read more »
Sally Perry

This blog post about UK cycle laws gives useful info about why it’s safer to cycle two abreast:

Not that I wish to argue with the boss but…with repect may I just point out that taken from the article Sally mentions is as follows “Rule 66 states you should never cycle more than two abreast, and ride in single file on narrow or busy roads.” Many Island roads are narrow where I am, and I’m on the Islands official signposted cycle route. Nothing more annoying… Read more »

So, in the unlikely event that any of this money actually gets used to produce the desired intent aren’t we being shortchanged per head of population? (175,000,000/67,000,000×141,000= £368,283).


Good news-perhaps they’ll start maintauining pavements and foot paths so they don’t fall off their bikes