New Cycle Hub for West Cowes
01 March 2017 – Red Funnel is installing a brand new cycle hub adjacent to its West Cowes terminal this spring. The cycle hub project is one of 11 projects being supported by the Isle of Wight Council through its current Sustainable Travel Transition Year (STTY) programme. The STTY funding was secured competitively from the Department for Transport.
The cycle hub, together with its twin in Newport, aims to 1) increase the use of the Cowes to Newport cycle track by commuters, and 2) encourage economic growth and reduce carbon emissions. It will also provide an integrated sustainable transport experience for cyclists and increase levels of physical activity, contributing to a healthier workforce.
The Cowes cycle hub is expected to be ready for use at the end of March, and will include a two-tier storage rack system for 72 bikes, as well as a repair stand and tools for users. For security, 24hr CCTV will be in operation.
The 7.1km Cowes to Newport cycle track links both cycle hubs, following the western bank of the River Medina along the former Cowes-Newport railway line. The new facility will not only allow commuters heading to the mainland to be able to leave their bikes in a secure environment, but also those who cycle to and from Newport.
Kevin George, CEO at Red Funnel, said: "We are delighted to support the cycle hub initiative in West Cowes which we expect to prove very popular with cyclists on the Island. We are also keen to support the council's initiative to encourage new users to the Island's cycling routes and reduce carbon emissions through cycling."
Councillor Ian Ward, executive member for transport and infrastructure, said: "The Isle of Wight Council is pleased to have secured external funding to support two new cycle hubs in Newport and Cowes. These facilities will make cycling more attractive to new cyclists, offer a more secure cycle parking environment and deliver an improved experience for existing cyclists using this popular route corridor. The ambition is to make cycling and walking the natural choice for shorter journeys."