Minutes of HDCF meeting 14th August 2018

Attendees: Richard Bates (WSCF), Geoff Bragg, Thea Bredie, Ruth Fletcher (Chair), Deborah Rees + Sam and Mark (West Parade), Stella Sharp, Peter Silburn (Secretary), Graham Sitton (FNC), Louise Skipton-Carter (Crawley BC), Francis Vernon Apologies: Philip Ayerst Agenda We were pleased to welcome Deborah Rees along with Sam and Mark representing the West Parade residents. We were also […]

Cycle tour operator calls for paved surface to make Downs Link accessible for all

Following a ride on the Downs Link with his young family Alex Baines-Buffery, who runs the Wine-Rides cycle tour company in Dorking, has written to the new Cabinet Member for Highways Roger Elkins asking for the route to be paved. Their experience is familiar: when it rains you get plastered in mud, sharp stones in […]

Waltham Forest Mini-Holland scheme shows how to create better streets for everyone

What does it look like when you create a more liveable neighbourhood? What does that change look like on the ground, and how do you get the local community behind the change? These were some of the questions we were hoping to answer from our visit to the Waltham Forest Mini-Holland scheme earlier this month. […]

Ladies-only bike ride basks in the sun

The sun shone for the 2018 ladies-only bike ride. Organiser Thea Bredie sent this report. Sunday 8th July saw this year’s first Shelley Bike Ride, on a wonderful sunny day. The women-only ride was part of Cycling UK’s second annual Women’s Festival of Cycling. At the start Horsham MP Jeremy Quin took time to greet us […]

Fate of popular Christ’s Hospital bridleway to be settled at inquiry

The fate of a popular bridleway at Christ’s Hospital School will be decided by a Public Inquiry. The bridleway crosses extensive school playing fields and is enjoyed by the public on foot, bike and horseback. Objectors are hoping to stop West Sussex County Council diverting the bridleway to the southern perimeter of the sports pitches. […]

Ladies-only bike ride Sunday 8th July 2018

Twice as many men as women ride regularly for the simple reason that the roads are too dangerous. On Sunday 8th July there’s a chance to rectify this with a ladies-only bike ride! The ride will commemorate the life of Horsham-born poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and will take place almost entirely on off-road paths. Ride organiser […]

Health Rides get off to a flying start

HDC’s new Health Rides had their second outing of the year last week with riders enjoying a largely traffic-free route from Broadbridge Heath and out along the Downs Link. Last week’s route took riders along a bridleway that is threatened with closure. You can find more details of the rides here.

Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy Safety Review – our submission

The Government recently sent out a call for evidence to its Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy Safety Review. The forum sent the following response. Thanks to Francis Vernon for compiling this response on behalf of the forum. In general we support the responses to the safety review from both Cycling UK (“Cycle Safety: Make it Simple”) […]

A 280 character Transport manifesto

It’s often hard to summarise just what we’re trying to achieve but highway engineer and blogger Mark Philpotts has managed to do just that in a tweet that’s been described as a 280 character Transport manifesto. Build cycle tracks and pedestrian crossings on main roads. Filter through traffic from residential streets. Default urban speed limit of […]

Health Rides for new cyclists in Horsham District

The health benefits of daily exercise are well recognised, and cycling (whether to work, the shops or for leisure) is an effective way of getting your daily dose of the “miracle pill”. If you are new to cycling – or need a little encouragement to venture back on the wheel – HDC is offering free […]