The Taking Cycling Seriously workshop was held on Thursday evening, 9 November at
the United Church in Winchester. It was supported by Bespoke Biking, City of Winchester Trust, Friends of the Earth, Winchester CTC, part of Cycling UK and Winchester Action on Climate Change.

The aim of the workshop was to create a stronger voice in Winchester city and the surrounding area. The objectives of the workshop were:
1. To recruit people who want to be involved in increasing cycling as a form of
transport locally
2. To agree a short statement of vision
3. To agree a short list of priorities for improvements
4. To recruit three or more people to take things forward on behalf of all involved
(i.e. to be members of a restructured Winchester Cycle Working Group)

More than 100 cyclists attended the workshop representing both young and old and a
wide range of cycling interests. The workshop focussed on encouraging cycling for work, school and shopping. The workshop heard a couple of presentations, in particular on the City of Winchester Movement Strategy being developed by Hampshire County Council and Winchester City Council.

This was followed by group sessions and the following action plan was derived:
1. Set up a group to act as a strong voice for cycling in the City and surrounding
areas and systems for organising it.
2. Communicate through a wide range of channels, e.g. mailing list, Facebook,
Twitter, websites, local media
3. Lobbying and advocacy: Identify opportunities, e.g. the City of Winchester
Movement Strategy, Central Winchester Regeneration Area, Station Approach and
the review of the Local Plan in 2018. Provide encouragement and advice on
responding to consultations and also respond as a group to consultations.
4. Organise events, such as car-free day, demonstrations and awards (for good and
bad), with a particular focus on children and young people.

A full copy of the workshop report is available for download.


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