Mythbusting: The business benefits of bikeways


Many of the objections businesses around the world have to the installation of cycle lanes at the expense of on-street parking are hard to justify given the financial benefit cycle lanes bring to an area. Cars go from A to B. Bikes go from A to B via C, D, E, F, and G.

Originally posted on Cycling in Christchurch:

With the new Major Cycleways coming to Christchurch, a major trade-off in many locations will be the removal of on-street car-parking (either on one side or both) to provide enough space for separated bikeways. Already we are seeing some concerns being raised in both the Rapanui – Shag Rock and Papanui Parallel cycleway proposals about loss of parking.

Let’s be quite clear upfront. Nobody has an absolute right to any carparks on the street, whether they’re in front of your place or not. The Council’s District Plan (see Vol.3 Part 13) is very specific that any land use (whether it’s a home, business, or whatever) is expected to provide a certain number of parking spaces off-street (including often a number of bike parks). Generally it is only those pre-existing historical land uses that might avoid this or some businesses in certain shopping areas that pay cash-in-lieu to help fund…

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30 mile thursdays goes bananas


The three of us who turned up in the cold rain last Thursday invoked rule 5 and went home to read a good book.

So this Thursday 26th November, we’ll be doing last Thursday’s ride to Bradford On Avon, which will be lovely as no rain is forecast. There are also two great attractions at Bradford. First,we’ll pop into Mr Salvats for coffee and travel back in time (really). Second, Thursday is market day in BoA, so we can all stock up on fruit and veg and lug them back on our bikes.

We will cycle out through Conkwell woods and back through Iford and Freshford, mostly on back lanes, with just a tiny bit of towpath.

See you Thursday. 9:30, Kingsmead Square. Back about 2 pm. Share this with your friends and lets see if we can beat our record of 15!
FFI: Tony Ambrose 07816 588287.

Against shared use


I cannot stress enough how important this is. Do not mix cycling and walking. Do not create shared use. IT DOES NOT WORK. The new Bath Quays Bridge falls fowl foul of this.

Originally posted on As Easy As Riding A Bike:

One of the most baffling aspects of British cycling policy is the contrast between the periodic clampdowns on ‘pavement cycling’ (and the intolerance to this kind of activity in general) and the way cycling is actually designed for by most councils across the country – namely, with shared use footways, and shared paths.

Footway cycling is simultaneously something that people hate, and that the police expend resources on dealing with, while at exactly the same time councils are putting cycling on footways, and lumping cycling with walking on new paths, bridges and underpasses.

To take just one example – there are undoubtedly many – Reading’s cycling strategy has this to say.

… we recognise that cyclists have varying abilities and needs. As a result, we will consider providing off-carriageway facilities by officially re-designating a footway to permit cycling when there is a high proportion of inexperienced cyclists and children to…

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BaNES Communities Forums, please please attend

If you are reading this, then I beg you to attend one of these forums and make your voice heard. We need to design cycling into these new housing estates. We need to give children travel independence.

Each of the five Connecting Communities Forums across the district will be hosting a Budget Fair and these will be open to the public. The Fairs provide an opportunity to hear about the Council’s financial plans for the next four years, ask questions and participate in discussions on the budget proposals.

Following the Budget Fair, there will be an additional presentation from Planning Officers on the West of England Joint Spatial Plan and Transport Study and an opportunity ask questions. The Plan will set out a prospectus for sustainable growth that will help the area meet its housing and transport needs for the next 20 years. Estimates state that to maintain its current prosperity, the area needs at least 85,000 new homes by 2036 – nearly 30,000 more than the number already planned – as well as the transport and other infrastructure needed to support this level of growth. Officers will also be giving a brief update on Placemaking.

If you are unable to attend this meeting, you are most welcome to attend any of the other meetings taking place. The dates and locations are:-

* Bathavon Forum – 19th November, 6pm – Sixth Form, St Gregory’s School, Combe Hay Lane, Odd Down, Bath, BA2 8PA

* Chew Valley Area Forum – Monday 23rd November at 6pm, in The Library, Chew Valley Secondary School, Chew Lane, Chew Magna BS40 8QB

* Keynsham Area Forum – 24th November, 6pm – The Community Space, Market Walk, Keynsham, Bristol, BS31 1FS

* Somer Valley Area Forum – 30th November, 6pm – The Conygre Hall, North Rd, Timsbury, Bath BA2 0JQ

Please do help publicise these events in your local communities and encourage people to attend.

30 Mile Thursdays goes back in time


Please join us this Thursday 19th November, for a ride to Bradford on Avon for morning coffee at Mr Salvats coffee rooms rooms. If you haven’t been there, expect to be surprised, and transported back in time.

The ride leaves from Kingsmead Square at 09:30, then a short stretch of the canal path, before heading out through the woods of Warleigh and Conkwell. This may be the last chance you have to cycle on the canal towpath for a while as it’s due to close soon for resurfacing, so don’t miss out!

Let’s see if we can beat last weeks record of 15 riders!

Remember our mantra: we don’t do fast, lycra not needed, and walking up hills is fine by us.

Back in Bath by about 2 pm.

Cycle City Ambition Grant Halfpenny Bridge Scheme

The original CCAG Halfpenny bridge scheme was an odd one that tried to place another bridge next to the existing bridge. This would never have worked. Last night I presented my idea to the senior council officer in charge of the CCAG money and it has been accepted in principle.

I present you the new Halfpenny Bridge Scheme

Halfpenny Bridge Scheme
Halfpenny Bridge Scheme
  1. A new cycle/foot path behind the bus station.
  2. A suspended cycle/walk way under Skew Bridge.
  3. A new path next to Halfpenny Bridge around the back of the train station.
  4. A new cycle/foot bridge across to Widcombe.

It is the link that creates a continuous off-road route from Locksbrook all the way through until St John’s Road. It gives people a choice of not walking/cycling down Dorchester Street (which can be a pain) if they want to access the railway station. It significantly reduces footfall on Halfpenny bridge enabling anyone walking towards Widcombe to have an alternative route home. It gives a child safe route to access the Widcombe schools.

It is simple in its execution and solves an immense amount of crowding issues. It even enables people cycling along the Quays area to have a quick route through to Pultney Bridge without negotiating the centre of Bath. It provides a good access route to the K&A Towpath. It’s even brilliant for tourists!

HOWEVER do not count your chickens. There is an immense amount of work to do with the council, the Canal And River Trust, Network Rail, and English Heritage. However what this achieves for Bath is phenomenal. If you like it, write to your councillor. Write to your MP. We have £1.8Million to get this done. It should be doable.

Further details will be discussed at the upcoming BaNES Cycle Forum on the 10th of November at 6pm in the Guildhall.

And now for some pictures….

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Parking the problem


Parking. The one thing that frustrates me about London Road in Bath. Heading east on London Road I count about 12-15 cars parked in designated parking spaces. Without those there, London Road could have a protected cycle lane heading east.

Originally posted on Cargobike Dad:

Generally, I don’t do problems. They are opportunities to change practice for the better.

Cars don’t move much

Cars don’t move very often. Most of the time they sit outside your home, then sit outside your place of work. Occasionally they sit outside a shop, or a leisure centre. You get my drift. Cars do an awful lot of sitting.

And when they are sitting they take up space. Lots of space. Belfast City Centre is not very big. A very walkable square mile or two, well connected by public transport. Yet it hosts about 14,000 parking spaces. Each taking up roughly 15 square metres of prime city centre real estate. Around 30 football piches, not including space for access. Occupancy of car parks at peak time is about 60%. Or: 12 of those 30 pitches are always empty.


The implementation of Belfast on the Move has coincided with an…

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Where your money goes.


It sounds boring and it probably is, but going to these and asking what funds are allocated to developing cycling are key.

Originally posted on THE VIRTUAL MUSEUM OF BATH:

The Council are holding a series of budget consultation meetings across the Communities of Bath and North East Somerset. These meetings provide people with the opportunity to hear about the Councils financial plans for the next four years. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and feed into the discussions on the budget proposals.

moneyThis year there will be five meetings which are open to the public and are being hosted by the Connecting Communities Area Forums. To help us plan for the numbers attending this year’s meetings please can you complete our online form

· Bathavon Area Forum – 19th November 6-7.30pm – The Sixth Form Building, St Gregory’s Secondary School, Combe Hay Lane, Bath BA2 8PA
· Chew Valley Area Forum – 23rd November 6-7.30pm – The Library, Chew Valley Secondary School, Chew Lane, Chew Magna, Bristol, BS40 8QB
· Keynsham Area Forum – 24th November 6-7.30pm…

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Have fun next Thursday

Don’t wait till next weekend to have more fun. Join 30 Mile Thursdays for a lovely easygoing ride to Tormarton on 29th October. You should by now know the score. Just in case you don’t, you need to know that we are very sociable, we enjoy cycling at an easy pace and we have no interest in lycra. Or speed. And some of us enjoy walking up hills too. We usually do 30 miles and are back by mid afternoon after a tea or lunch stop. Even if you have never been before, we would love to see you.

Thirty Mile Thursdays Flyer

It’s what Thursdays are for

Thirty Mile Thursdays: If by the time you get to Thursday you fancy a day out, why wait for the weekend? Join us for an easy going ride of up to 30 miles, with good company, great scenery and cake to match, as we amble through quite lanes on our bikes. You don’t need lycra. You just need your bike! This Thursday, 22nd March we are going to Chew Lake and we are sure to see some birds. We snapped this one on our last ride. It’s amazing what you see from a bike. We leave every Thursday from Kingsmead Square at 9:30 prompt. Back early afternoon.  Everyone is welcome. Just turn up and ride. ffi Tony 07816 588287

Working, Living, Cycling, and campaigning for better cycle infrastructure in Bath, UK


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