David White (leader of the Cycle Ashurst group) has been co-ordinating a campaign to get the speed limit on Woodlands Road reduced from 40 mph to 30.
It’s an odd, anomalous road. It’s residential on one side and forest on the other. It’s a link between Ashurst, Netley Marsh and Bartley. It’s a link between villages and forest. It’s used by cyclists and riders. There’s no pavement, but it is used extensively by walkers. Aside from the ponies on the open forest stretch, traffic hazards include a couple of blind bends and a narrow cattle grid. Reducing the speed limit would decrease the risk to road users whilst costing motorists very little time (it would take a whole 36 seconds extra to travel the 1.2 miles from Bartley Road to Lyndhurst Road at 30 mph instead of 40).
A petition has been presented to Hampshire County Council, to no avail. The New Forest East MP has lobbied the Council, to no avail. On 17 February 2016, it was time for a small demonstration of fellow feelingAll classes of non-motorised users were represented – the very tall people at the back were actually sitting on horses.
In the right of the picture, the demonstrators mill about prior to departure. In the left of the picture, you can see the view a speeding car gets of the pedestrians, horses and cyclists who have reached the bend on the Ashurst side of the cattle grid.