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Cycling in Havant

The Borough of Havant is ideally suited to the development of walking and cycling infrastructure with a level coastal plain, modern roads, beautiful countryside and good interchange with railways - Havant Station is served by regular direct trains to London, Brighton, Portsmouth and Southampton. Hayling Island is a popular seaside resort, and the hillier areas in the west and north of the Borough - Waterlooville and Cowplain - are on the edge of the new South Downs National Park.

Havant Borough Council is supporting the development of a comprehensive local network of rights of way and dedicated cycle facilities connecting key destinations such as schools, business and retail areas, actively working in partnership with Sustrans.

Important parts of the National Cycle Network - the South Coast Route NCN2, and the London Coastal Route NCN22 - meet in Havant, near the railway station. NCN222, the Portsmouth - South Downs link, passes through the Borough as well.

Comprehensive local cycling information is available on the Council's web site at http://www.havant.gov.uk/havant-9834 including (soon) a downloadable 2014 version of the Borough Cycle Map (present online version is 2013 edition, hard copy leaflets of the 2014 map area available in local libraries and council offices).

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Closepass on Substandard Cycle Lane, Sunnymead Drive. https://t.co/NVFtzZ3z4s

Parents Parking in Advisory Cycle Lane

4 Sheffield Stands.

5 Sheffield stands with tap bars, uncovered.

4 Sheffield Stands with tap bars outside convenience store

Cycle Parking - Wheel Benders - At Forest End Doctors Surgery

Covered Cycle Parking at Sainbury's , showing shape and arrangement of cycle parking stands.

Covered, in Sainsbury's car park Cycle parking with CCTV covering area. However, not using standard Sheffield stands - they are too long, and nigh on impossible to lock a bike to in accordance with the police guidance of double d-locking ... [more]

4 Sheffield stands, uncovered.

2 batch of 4 Sheffield Stands, Covered outside shopping centre.

Adequate, but slightly hidden away cycle parking

Cycle parking for aldi and wickes. Well placed, good access, secure Sheffield stands, although sadly not covered

First of likely many #IlOH from me. Thanks @hantshighways for this. #londonRoad, #cowplain https://t.co/XNkFV6gGvD

#WheelBenders. When your pestering to install #cycle #parking at @asda falls on deaf ears. @AsdaServiceTeam #useless #gonein30seconds #cantDlock https://t.co/CKEPx5ebm9

Much better from @Tesco #havant although not #wheels4all, some could fit on the ends. https://t.co/IgPA7qtYxs

What a joyous evening for the infrastructure provided by @hantsconnect to lead to a #dooring IF i was using it. #DoorZone #DutchReach https://t.co/d5gLRwM8A4

Cycle Path Barricade.

Drain in the middle of the substandard Advisory Cycle Lane that is regularly blocked with mud & debris due to the road layout, and therefore reduces any ability to use the lane.

Sign to NCN route 22 from Havant station

Lots of locks in the platform bike shelter at Havant station - presumably for commuter bikes left here overnight.

No Cycling on the ramp into Havant station; no such sign on the path to the footbridge over the tracks

Footbridge linking cycle routes in Havant

Northbound cyclists on ncr 2 turn off the track bed of the old ’Hayling Billy’ line just prior to this point as the old railway’s bridge across Langstone Harbour has long since been removed; its remains are visible in the distance her ... [more]

New shared status cycle track alongside Emsworth Primary School, part of a local link in Emsworth avoiding busy roads and giving safe access to schools

Newly opened cycle track, part of NCN2 between Warblington and Havant opened in October 2015

Hayling Island to Eastney Ferry Regular passenger (and cycle) service across Langstone Harbour between Hayling Island and Portsmouth. http://www.haylingferry.co.uk/

Imaginative flower tub cycle racks at Staunton Country Park

'Jet lane' on the NCN22 to allow cyclists to easily join the on-road lane at the end of the shared cycle path leaving Langstone Technology Park.

"End of Cycle Route" always seems a bit of a badly-worded sign since NCN22 as a route continues along Brookside Road. All that has changed is that it's gone from off-road path to on-road lanes. At least the NCN22 signing is pretty clear.

Non-reflective bollard! But this section of the NCN22 is a former part of Brockhampton Lane (severed when the A27 bypass was built in the 1960s), so is probably invitingly wide.

NCN22 heads westwards, south of the A27 on a well lit path which is often shared with workers from the adjacent Langstone Technology Park on their breaks.

The NCN22 passes under the A27 trunk road in this cavernous waterside underpass, complete with historic countryside murals. This section of route is 'cyclists dismount' for obvious reasons!

This modern replica (not very good) marks the site of the former Havant Mill which was demolished when the A27 bypass was built in the 1960s (photo taken under the slip road bridge). This section of the NCN22 is 'cyclists dismount'.

NCN22 follows the Lavant Stream as it makes its way past Tesco (on the right / west) towards the crossing of the A27

The open environment of the NCN22 as is passes the Solent Retail Park with the Lavant Stream on the right (east)

NCN22 crosses the Lavant Stream on this Vierendeel girder bridge, provided as part of the Solent Retail Park development

NCN22 restarts on the west side of Havant town centre on this shared route leading to the Solent Retail Park

Cycle parking at the west end of West Street precinct - in keeping with the design theme of the pedestrianised area

Cycle parking for Havant Bus Station outside the Meridian Centre

Cycle parking at West Street / Bulbeck Road, Havant

This section of NCN22 presently starts at the top of North Street, outside Havant Station. At this point the route includes a contraflow cycle lane. This view includes the covered cycle parking for commuters at the Station, provided as part ... [more]

NCN22 runs through the Havant Station car park. In the western half, nearest North Street, the route includes a contraflow cycle lane

NCN22 runs through a dedicated lane within Havant Station car park

NCN22 runs through the Havant Station car park before crossing New Lane through replica gates, copied from the originals which were removed in 1963

The NCN22 follows this shared footway link between New Lane and Centenary Gardens.

NCN22 follows New Lane for a short length before turning on a dedicated shared path into Centenary Gardens. When the railway gates are lowered (behind the photographer) cyclists have to carry bikes over the footbridge which does not current ... [more]

Despite signage to the contrary, this small section of the Hayling Billy Trail is actually NCN22 (NCN2 will in future join the Trail from the east, behind the photographer, on a new path crossing Warblington School playing fields). The wood ... [more]

Hayling Billy Trail passes under East Street bridge, an original railway bridge, in Havant town centre. Temporarily this section of the Billy Trail is a stub of the NCN2, which passes over the bridge (the connection is south of the bridge).

At the north end of Town End House car park, the Hayling Billy Trail heads northwards, dropping in level to join the track bed of the former railway line, passing under the East street bridge. Temporarily the route northwards is a temporary ... [more]

Entrance to the off road section of the Hayling Billy Trail as it leaves the Town End house car park. The route drops away steeply as it heads southwards, onto the original track bed of the old railway line.

A slight climb and curve as the Hayling Billy Trail leave the track bed of the old railway line (closed in 1963) and meets the footpath between Grove Road and Lymbourn Road (which used to cross the railway on a bridge)

Hayling Billy Trail approaching Havant town centre. Out of sight to the east (right) is the Lymbourne Stream

The Hayling Billy Trail as it passes under the A27 trunk road. There is no connection between the two.

The Hayling Billy Trail runs beside the Lymbourne Stream south of the A27 crossing

Hayling Billy Trail at the crossing of paths from Wade Court (left) and Southbrook Road (right)

The Hayling Billy Trail (National Cycle Network route NCN2) as it crosses the A3023 Langstone Road; until 1963 this was the location of a level crossing on the railway line which the cycle route now uses.

The Hayling Billy Trail heading northwards from Langstone towards Havant, following the route of the old railway line which closed in 1963. This section was built by Havant Borough Council in 2003 and forms part of National Cycle Network ro ... [more]

The Hayling Billy Trail heading south from Mill Lane, Langstone in a section built by Havant Borough Council in 2010. This forms part of National Cycle Network route 2.

Southleigh Road, Havant - new off-road cycle route created in 2010 at the gateway into the built-up area

Upgraded uncontrolled crossing as part of new cycle route across the north of Leigh Park, Havant, linking into National Cycle Network route NCN22. Constructed by Havant Borough Council in 2011 using 'Safe Routes to School' funding.

New link onto the Hayling Billy Trail, part of National cycle Network route NCN2, created by Havant Borough Council in 2012. The gravel surfaced section of the Trail further from the camera was completed in 2009. Funding is by Sustrans.

Welcome to Hayling Island! New map and attraction signage associated with the upgraded Hayling Billy Trail (part of National Cycle Network route 2) provided by Cycle Hayling in 2012

The Hayling Billy Trail, part of National Cycle Network route NCN2, on the northern coast of Hayling Island; recent works by the Environment Agency have provided coast protection and a safe cycling surface behind the new sea wall

A section of Langstone Road footway, part of the Hayling Billy Trail, National Cycle Route NCN2, created by Havant Borough Council using funding from Sustrans in 2012

Shared cycle path outside St James School, Emsworth, built 2011

East Street, Havant, with the National Cycle Route 2 access to the Hayling Billy Trail

New cycleway provided under A27 at Emsworth, Hampshire

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