New cycle posts for harbour walkers

BIKE Nicky Horter, Georgia Siddle, Bernard Clarke, Martin Rhodes and Keith Rathbone
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VISITORS to a village can now arrive safely on two wheels rather than four.

A scheme to promote cycling in Nutbourne, near Emsworth, has been introduced by Friends of Chichester Harbour, a group of residents who promote conservation and amenities in the harbour.

The group has installed three bicycle posts in the village, providing a safe facility for leaving bicycles.

Situated near the public footpath at Farm Lane, the three oak posts can take up to 12 bicycles between them.

The project was the brainchild of the group’s outgoing chairman Martin Rhodes, a keen cyclist and walker, who saw the need for secure places for people to leave their bikes while enjoying walks around Chichester Harbour.

There are also other cycle posts at North Common, Hayling Island, near the Scout hut at Prinsted, Bosham Hoe car park, Fishbourne Church car park, and by the RNLI Lifeboat Station at Hayling Island.

Mr Rhodes said: ‘The project has been a challenge but I’m thrilled to have secured 10 sites throughout the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

‘Arriving by bike and then walking the shoreline paths makes for a perfect day out.’

Chairmanship of the Friends group has now been passed to Bernard Clarke.

Mr Clarke is a keen sailor and has recently sailed around the world in his boat Golden Eye of Chichester.

He said: ‘The role of the Friends of Chichester Harbour will become ever more important as Chichester Harbour Conservancy faces cuts to its environmental budget over the coming years.

‘Ideally we will grow in strength in order to keep pace with the task that we face.’