Report on Taking Cycling Seriously Meeting

It was good to see so many Winchester CTC members amongst the 100 or so cyclists who attended the Taking Cycling Seriously workshop. The meeting, held on 9 November 2017, agreed that we needed to build a stronger voice for cyclists locally.

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The meeting was prompted by the current consultation by Hampshire County Council and Winchester City Council on a once-in-a-lifetime Movement Strategy for the city and the surrounding area.

After hearing about the Movement Strategy from a City officer, the various issues were discussed in smaller groups and ideas were shared on how to make cycling safer and easier in Winchester.

Amongst the conclusions were that the highest priority should be given to pedestrians and cyclists, particularly in the City Centre, followed by public transport and private cars last. This is already government policy and it should be reflected in the Movement Strategy as well as the Supplementary Planning Document for Central Winchester which is also out for consultation.

It was also agreed that contraflow cycling would improve access to, from and through Winchester. Other ideas included uphill cycle lanes and advance stop lines at junctions as well as more radical solutions such as restricting the area within the old City walls to pedestrians, cyclists, public transport and essential motor vehicles such as those for users with a disability.

The meeting called for safe, effective and attractive cycle routes into the city for work, shopping and school. To increase confidence, more cycle training is needed for both children and adults and a change in attitude so that employers and traders view cycling as a good way to increase business and help their workforce.

Representatives from the meeting will meet the two Councils to discuss ideas in more details whilst others are planning publicity to engage more people, including a Facebook page and a publicity event.

Sue Coles, speaking as a member of the Winchester Cycle Working Group said “It was great to see to many people, who had a real opportunity to say what they wanted. It shows the level of support for changes that encourage people to get out of their cars and cycle.”
The workshop was supported by Bespoke Biking, City of Winchester Trust, Friends of the Earth Winchester, Winchester CTC (part of Cycling UK) and Winchester Action on Climate Change. For more information or to go on the dedicated MailChimp list for updates on campaigning issues, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Christmas Social 2017


Christmas Social Thursday 14th December 2017 

It’s that time of year again and for 2017 we are returning to the Gurkha Gallery in Peninsula Barracks, Winchester. Thanks again to John Spiers for making the arrangements. Unfortunately, John won’t be able to join us this year as he will be in New Zealand for the winter!!

Places are limited so please book as soon as possible.

The main information is below and the full details and booking form are in the downloadable attachments.

There will be the usual optional short cycle ride before the meal starting at 6.30 pm from King Alfred’s Statue.


What:          Winchester CTC Christmas Supper 2017

When        14 December 2017, 7.30pm for 8.00 pm  

Where:        Gurkha Museum, Peninsula Barracks, Romsey Road, Winchester SO23 9PZ


Menu: Buffet style meal with a variety of vegetable, chicken and lamb curries, rice and chutneys, followed by fresh fruit salad and cream and tea/coffee and mints. The meal is gluten free, including the poppadums and the only dish with any dairy in it is the Black Lentils and they are cooked with ghee. (full menu information in downloadable information sheet)

To book:   Complete booking form (see downloadable attachment)

Places are limited to please book early. Closing date is 30 November 2017


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Watership Down 105 km 2018

Watership Down 105 km:

Our winter classic is on Sunday 7th January 2018. It is a challenging ride of 105 kilometres organised by Winchester CTC under Audax UK rules and starts and finishes at Jubilee Hall, London Road, Kings Worthy, SO23 7QN, just outside Winchester.

Detailed written route sheet and gpx file are provided and are sent out with your confirmation of entry.

The Hatchet Inn at Lower Chute will provide coffee/tea and biscuits. The cost is included in your entry fee

There are no entries on the day and the limit is 150 riders.


Mudguards are a condition of riding this event and this year there will be a bike check at the start to ensure that all riders have mudguards.


Mudguards are required at both the front and rear. As a minimum these can be a Crudcatcher-style guard at the front and a 'whale tail' (min 50 cm) at the back, but we strongly recommend that you fit full length mudguards, out of courtesy to the venues we use and to your fellow riders."


How to enter: Please download the Information Sheet and if new to Audax rides the sheet entitled “Riding your first Audax”. For postal entries, please also download the entry form.

For online entries, (payment by PayPal), the necessary information is entered online. The link is in the Information Sheet.  

Early entry is recommended. The event is usually full at least 2 weeks before the event.  

Help required:

I am also looking for help on the day at the start, finish and Lower Chute and so if you don’t fancy riding please volunteer.


Sue Coles


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