Tag Archives: Cycling

Haslemere’s First Critical Mass Bike Ride Yesterday

Two weeks ago, I was tagged in a Facebook post by David Elliott who works for The National Trust locally. The post was about a Critical Mass Bike Ride in Haslemere.

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I was delighted to join so many cyclists, including lots of children in the first mass bike ride organised by Transition Haslemere. Below are some photos from yesterday’s ride which began at Shottermill Ponds and ended in Haslemere High Street.

The aim of the ride was to both raise awareness of the desire of many Haslemere residents to make cycling safer for all, and also come up with practical ideas as to how this could be done.   I have been a keen advocate of cycling over my 6 years as a county and town councillor. I fully support and encourage this initiative. I look forward to working with the group to take their ideas to Surrey County Council highways team to explore what can be done.  Given the urgent climate change agenda, the need to reduce traffic pollution in our town and the added health and well being benefits that cycling can bring, I believe this is the perfect time to give cycling the highest priority.

Along the Liphook Road
Up Wey Hill, sharing the road with cars
Sharing the space with cars and pedestrians on Wey Hill
Looping through Haslemere Station
Finishing in Haslemere High Street

Update: Haslemere railway station forecourt improvements

Work to improve the railway station forecourt in Haslemere by South West Trains (SWT) commences on Monday 4 July. The phasing and delivery has been planned to have minimal impact on how you currently use the forecourt and SWT have included night work to aid in this.

South West Trains' notice at Haslemere station

SWT notice at Haslemere station

South West Trains’ forecourt poster (thumbnail above)

Architectural drawing of forecourt improvements

Existing Haslemere forecourt drawing

Improving Cycling in Haslemere

Do you have any ideas for schemes to improve cycling in Haslemere?

The Haslemere and Western Villages Task Group is meeting next week on September 17th to discuss the way forward for cycling in Haslemere and the surrounding villages, as part of the new Surrey County Council Cycle Strategy.

I am meeting with Surrey County Council officers on Monday, September 14th at Haslemere train station for a town cycle ride to identify ways in which the town could be made safer and more attractive for cyclists. If anyone would like to join us to share your ideas you would be most welcome. Please let me know your ideas and/or if you would like to meet via my Facebook page, Twitter, or e-mail on nikki.barton@surreycc.gov.uk.

Cycling Haslemere Barton


Dunsfold Cycle Time Trials This Week

Subject: Cyclists Required for Road Safety Trials at Dunsfold Track – This Week

Transport Research Laboratory (TRL, www.trl.co.uk) are currently recruiting participants to take part in some Road Safety Trials. They are running the trials on behalf of Transport for London (TfL) at the Dunsfold Park Track (home of Top Gear) in Cranleigh, Surrey. More trials will be taking place during June this year and we are seeking more cyclists (aged 18 or over) to take part. The trials are scheduled for the following dates:

Cyclist Trials

·         Tuesday 10th June

·         Wednesday 11th June

·         Thursday 12th June

·         Tuesday 17th June

The approximate times for the sessions for cyclists are:

08:30 – 11:15,

10:15 – 13:00,

12:30 – 15:15, and

14:15 – 17:00.

A reimbursement of £40 will be made on the day as compensation for your time and travel expenses.

Waverley Cycling Forum have asked me to publicise these trials so that we can recruit as many keen cyclists as possible to take part!

If you have any queries or would like any further information about the trials, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Trials Team on getinvolved@trl.co.uk.