Cycle Basingstoke Vision  - Cycling for all

  • Cycling  possible for all, whatever their age or ability.

  • A dense cycle network which makes it possible to cycle from your door to any destination.

  • strategic cycle routes along/close to key roads which are fast, direct and safe.

  • good maps and signage.

A Usable cycle network  - a choice of  direct, convenient speedy routes:

Direct cycle routes connecting housing areas with major destinations make cycling the most pleasant and easy way to travel around.

Convenient cycle infrastructure means avoiding stop-start travel caused by obstructions, lack of priority, and narrow pavements shared with pedestrians. Good cycle parking completes the journey.

Speedy  travel. If cycling is included in the street design and layout, it is quicker to travel by bike than car in urban areas. 

Safety is not increased by slowing cyclists down or using the pavement.


What we need to make a usable cycle network:

  • the highest standards as in CROW or London Cycle Design Standards. Hampshire County Council and the Borough do not seem to be following any of the official rule books such as DMRB, LTN

  • cycle routes that are usable by all, direct, fast and safe.

  • protected cycle lanes not cycle pavements. 

  • transfer between road and  cycle path without having to go across grass,  jump up and down a kerb, weave in and out of a side road or risk a skid and falling off when the wheel  touches an upstand or a lip at the edge of the carriageway.

  • cycle routes free from obstructions, bollards, chicanes, barriers, pinch points, blind corners, potholes and rough surfaces,  as these cause collisions with these objects, falls from the bike and collisions with other users. They require a lot of effort, energy and skill to manoeuvre, ok for bmx bikes going at speed. They restrict the sorts of bike which can use the path.  It makes them difficult to use for the older person and people with adapted bikes or mobility problems as well as being unpopular with commuters and sports cyclists.

  • Cycle paths which connect to your front door, instead of cyclepaths which bypass your house and are therefore inaccessible.

  • Cycle lanes that are wide enough to be safe, at least 1 ½ metres wide. 

  • Cycle lanes that are protected/segregated from motor traffic by protective barrier.

  • Strategic cycle routes that are not shared with pedestrians or motor vehicles of at least 2 metres wide in either direction.

Blue signs on pavements do not provide a direct, convenient or fast way to get about.

End of route signs on pavements do not make it safer for pedestrians or cyclists.


This is what people are telling us they want. It is also what people want nationwide:


Why does the council listen to us?

We are able to show

  • our recommendations meet the needs of all cyclists, whatever their age or ability

  • we have a wide based group of supporters (please encourage your friends to join us and make us more powerful still).

  • Our requests are logical and reasonable by quoting from campaign sites (see above) and official documents such as:


  1. London Cycle Design Standards:

  2. Manual for Streets:

  3. CROW:

  4. CID:

  5. Shared use routes for pedestrians and cyclists LTN 1/12:

  6. Welsh Active Travel Design guidance:

  7. Various cycle campaign sites see above

  8. Pct propensity to cycle tool:

  9. Basingstoke cycle strategy:

  10. Basingstoke transport strategy: due out for consultation in 2018/2019


Is cycling for all  possible?

This vision where everyone can cycle has been realised in the Netherlands, which is why we want to “go dutch”.  It resulted from the oil crisis and lots of demonstrations from parents whose children had been killed on the roads” Kindermord”.    The standards for cycle infrastructure CROW  are translated into English and how street layout can be changed to include cycling is described in View from the cyclepath.

A vision where everyone cycles has been realised in Copenhagen, which is why we want to “copenhagenise”.  In fact the company Copenhagenise advised Southwark borough council how to do it which is why there is now a safe cycle route all the way from London Bridge to the Elephant and Castle.

It took brave leadership from the Lord Mayor to start the change in London helped by the LCC, London Campaign for Cycling .  Cycle Basingstoke is affiliated to Cycling UK which has been campaigning for cycling ever since it was founded in 1878.  Councillor Ruffell, head of planning and infrastructure for the Borough is all in favour of cycling – but will he convince his colleagues of the major changes which need to happen?  Cycle Basingstoke has persuaded councillor Terri Reid deputy leader of the council to lend her support in lobbying the county council.  What we really need though is a cycling champion like Chris Boardman in Manchester to kickstart cycling in Basingstoke and Deane.

Our supporters tell us they want cycle routes, signage and cycle maps.  It is too dangerous to cycle on to-day’s roads and pavement cycle paths that stop and start are pretty useless.  That is why Cycle Basingstoke is campaigning for quality cycle routes, suitable for all types of cycling, whatever your age or ability.






A cycle route for the A30 was first considered in 2000 when a feasibility study was done between Buckland avenue and Sainsburys. Basingstoke Bicycle Users Group were consulted.  They objected to the use of Buckland avenue because of the many junctions and the  complex vehicle movements outside the shops.  This route used existing footpaths, but was never implemented.  Nonetheless it suddenly appeared as a cycle route on the map in the Basingstoke Cycling Strategy  2016.  It fails to meet the criteria of a long distance, arterial route.  Planners also refused to consider how this route would connect up to the town centre or destinations beyond Sainsburys as it these were not part of the study.

King of Wessex and Winton Square

 In 2000 “improvements” were made to the A30 between New road and Winchester road roundabout aimed at discouraging  motor use and encouraging  cycling.  Cycling was permitted for a short length of pavement from near the King of Wessex to near Winchester road roundabout.  A cycle monitor was installed near the busstop.  This indicates that the majority of cycle trips take place with traffic flow, presumably because it involves 2 road crossings to use the pavement contraflow that is in the opposite direction. 

Priority was changed at the junction with the Salisbury road/Sarum Hill at Winton Square and lots of railings built which made cycling at this junction more hazardous.  There was also road narrowing to reduce traffic speeds which did not benefit cycling.  Cyclists asked for a cycle contraflow along New Street  by using  Victoria street and then along New road to Fairfields.   This was not implemented, presumably because it was outside scope of the traffic management scheme.   With no consultation Victoria street has now been converted into a pavement cul de sac and part of the one way system which includes a new  carparking lane.  As always cars are prioritised, whether stationary or on the move!



 The A30 campaign for a cycle superhighway started in 2014/2015 when Cycle Basingstoke (CB) and Cycling Uk replied to the Local Plan consultations and attended various meetings including the Local Plan Inquiry conducted by the inspector Mike Fox in October and November 2015.  The Local Plan is all about how many houses to build, where and how.

Cycle Basingstoke won the support of the Inspector for more and better cycle infrastructure.  There would be insufficient space for the increased number of cars unless there was a  “modal shift” – more cycle and less car use.   Hampshire County Council (HCC) agreed to a cycle superhighway down the A30 from junction 7 M3, but this has never been implemented in the policies although the developer for Hounsome fields agreed to partially provide it.    The Local Plan 2011 – 2029 sets out what goes where and the sustainability rules to comply with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).    Policy CN9 Transport on pages 95 - 99 is supplemented by the


BASINGTOKE CYCLING STRATEGY  and the Basingstoke Transport Strategy (due to go to consultation 2018/2019).  Major sites have to comply with specific transport requirements, including connecting to the existing cycle network – not difficult as it mostly does not exist.  There is no requirement to create new cycle routes, plug gaps or build cycle facilities.  The requirement to comply with the highest standards is ignored and the focus is on what is “deliverable” i.e. the cheapest and easiest option which usually results in cycle “routes” which are disconnected, shared with pedestrians, indirect, inconvenient and not usable for cycling.

Longacre has now been built on the A30 but the promised cycle highway is missing.  Instead we have a series of complex junctions and crossings where cyclists are diverted into the housing estate and expected to perform difficult manoeuvres.  Planning permission has been given to the Island site on the opposite side of the road, again no cycle infrastructure or cycle highway provided.  Cycle Basingstoke has been vigorously lobbying officers and Councillors at Borough and County level (see our news item).   At the development control meeting we attended we were told that the Cycle Strategy has all the answers, in our opinion it creates all the problems!  Unfortunately the planning site has failed to print our full reply to the planning application, despite sending in a full paper copy as well as an email .   It is also annoying that they always erase our web address.



Smiths Industries vacant site between Harrow Way and Winchester road

Cycling Uk replied to this planning application detailing the cycling provision that was necessary and providing a cycle audit of local roads.  Cycling Uk was also part of the Tescos Action Group at the public inquiry in March 2013

opposing the Tesco planning application when it went to Appeal.  The planning application was turned down by the inspector, but not on the grounds of transport, as the transport plans had been approved by HCC.  We liked the applicant’s plans for continuous cycle lanes either side of the Harrow Way, HCC did not.  Proposed cycle lanes were replaced by a single shared pavement which zigzagged across the side entrances – very hostile to cycling.  We objected to lack of any provision for cycling across Brighton Hill roundabout and the removal of underpasses.  We objected to lack of any provision for cycling along Winchester road or any cycle access to the site.  We also did a detailed cycle audit of all the roads surrounding the site

St Michaels retail park on the Smiths site:

Cycle Basingstoke attended meetings and lobbied for cycle infrastructure.   The good news is that there are proposals for a cycle path along one side of the Winchester road between Winchester road and Brighton hill roundabouts.  There does not appear to be any access for cycling and no provision for cycling on the south side of Winchester road.   A bit of poor cycle route has just been completed (October 2018) on Harrow Way – see our news item. 


Brighton hill roundabout consultation September 2018

In general we were pleased with the HCC preferred option for the roundabout, although this will depend on the detail of design.  It was good that there were cycle routes across the roundabout and a new cycleway along the south side of the homebase retail park, missing were direct access points to the stores and the Stag and hounds.  We also flagged up that there were no cycle paths from Western Way and Harrow Way on to the roundabout.  We asked for a crossing of Winchester road next to the Camrose bus stop and cycleways on both sides of the Winchester road, making it easier to visit the retail parks and reducing the need for repeated crossings of  Winchester road. 


A30 cycle superhighway?

There is space for a cycle superhighway both sides of the A30 from North Waltham to Brighton Hill roundabout and at a meeting with HCC  in 2017 CB was led to believe that this would happen.  At the Brighton hill roundabout consultation (September 2018)

we were told this was out of the question – no funding – the only money available was what was left over from the Brighton Hill roundabout scheme. Any proposed cycle route would involve switching frequently from one side of the A30 to the other.  The wide verge would not be used to create a cycle path as it would be too expensive.  There were no proposals to create a  direct protected cycle lane from the Sainsburys/Hatch Warren roundabout to the Kempshott roundabout. There was no intention to connect North Waltham to Basingstoke, only urban cycle routes were being considered. This is devastating news after the hopes raised at the Local Plan Inquiry.


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