Cycle Bath March Roundup

I thought I’d give a quick roundup of the things our group is involved in:

  1. Dave’s excellent post on Larkhall to Alice park is now a document sited in the planning application. I really hope it results in a good route through the site.
  2. There is a bus with a cycle rack on the front of it in Bristol! However until the Driver Vehicle Safety Agency get their hands on it, we’re not allowed near it. :(
  3. Cycle City Ambition Grant Bath East proposed set of ideas are now ‘solidified’ and are being looked at by council officers to determine viability. Getting a child on a bike from Larkhall into the city centre safely apparently can be quite controversial [Bath Chron Article].
  4. The CCAG Bath East tour brought up an interesting question over the Hampton Row footbridge. The replacement has still not been designed. A wheelchair accessible bridge is possible. Chris and Frank well done for this one.
  5. The Bath Train Station manager and Southgate manager are on board with kitting out the tunnel under the station with more racks, probably a 100 of these, better lighting AND CCTV. CCAG money is potentially available for doing this.
  6. The river path will have some verge maintenance done on it, but tying down what that is is almost impossible. BaNES needs a path maintenance team kitted out with the tools needed to keep paths wide and clear.
  7. Projects that should be completed within the next two months:
    • Rainbow Woods
    • A4 Ramp
    • Widcombe
    • London Road
    • CCAG Seven Dials!
  8. Cycle Bath is in the process of becoming an associate member of FoBRA. We hope this is a fruitful relationship, particularly with the work we are doing with the CCAG money,

Apologies if I’ve missed you off. I know a lot goes on I hope the above gives some idea of the amount that people are doing. Be proud people. We’re helping to make this city a better, healthier, less congested place to live. Now get out on your bike and ride!

Adam Reynolds – Cycle Bath Chair

PS: If you like what we are doing, just get involved. The more the merrier.

CCAG Bath- East 675k Project Overview

[Foreword 26/3/2015:

It has become apparent that the Bath Chronicle’s ‘article‘ is blatant sensationalism and, rather than focus on the core objectives of this plan (to enable a 6 year old child to ride from Larkhall to the city centre safely while creating good accessible surfaces for all), they headline with “Cyclists want to move parked cars on Great Pulteney Street, Bath”.

The Great Pulteney Street proposal is ONE MINOR PART of the overall plan; it would create a buffered separate cycle lane, keeping bicycles off the pavement and away from people walking. This idea has, however, resulted in people suggesting on the Chronicle’s Facebook page that “pavement ‘cyclists’ should be ‘clotheslined'” and that we “do not ‘deserve’ any of this”.

This kind of planned provision should be celebrated, not derided. It’s pretty disappointing, in this day and age, when the provision of good, safe, traffic free routes, which not only help children cycle to school but give people the option of choosing to leave their car at home and embracing a healthy transport option, is placed within the Bath Chronicle’s chosen framing of the debate.  Even if the newspaper took a “neutral” stance they would, by default, side with the status quo; the way the debate was framed, however, was anything but neutral.

Adam Reynolds, Cycle Bath Chair]

After yesterdays guided tour I quickly wrote up my notes on the scheme. I have now updated the trello board with the different elements of the scheme which I believe provide a child safe mostly traffic free route for people to get from Larkhall into the heart of the city centre.

Cycle City Ambition Grant Bath East Proposed Scheme ccag-batheast.svg.zip
Cycle City Ambition Grant Bath East Proposed Scheme ccag-batheast.svg.zip

Continue reading CCAG Bath- East 675k Project Overview

CCAG Grosvenor Bridge Guided Tour and on Bike Workshop Saturday 14th of March

As some of you might be aware and many of you may not, the BaNES Cycle Forum held on Tuesday discussed the Cycle City Ambition Grant, in particular how to proceed with delivering the £675,000 Bath – East Grosvenor Bridge improvement.

Due to the timescales (we need to get started in April), we need to move fast. So a public workshop will happen in the next two weeks where all the various options will be presented and then ratified into one ‘final’ design. To facilitate this workshop, tomorrow I am hosting a guided tour and on bike workshop of the project area. If you want to understand the complexity of the issues and what issues need solving, you should attend this.

Meet 10am Kingsmead Square, this Saturday, 14th of March for a ride/walk through Sydney Gardens exiting at the play area gate, cross over to K&A towpath, down to Grosvenor bridge, across to Lambridge, explore St Saviours, down to Morrisons, back along Meadows to Grosvenor bridge. Out to Bathampton, then to Batheaston to discuss Batheaston Carpark plans with the people hosting the event there.

Bring Tape measure and camera. Expect detailed discussions AND very slow riding pace with frequent stops and some bits to be walked.

Please at least read this post where I discuss some of the ideas of what is possible.

See you Saturday!

PS: Probably will have a Fish and Chip lunch at Batheaston.

Condition of Kensington Meadows & Grosvenor footpath

 Kensington Meadows

This is a typical winter condition at the entrances into the meadows, slippery on a bike, even with knobbly tyres. De rigueur footwear – wellies:: SAL_0195_001

I persuaded BANES’s parks department to lay wood chippings, but is just a temporary solution. The path in the middle of the meadow is still muddy. SAM_0912_012 Continue reading Condition of Kensington Meadows & Grosvenor footpath

CCAG 2015/16: Kennet and Avon Canal connection to Grosvenor Bridge

Upgrade Kennet & Avon Tow Path (NCN4) to improve access from the East of Bath to the City Centre and Enterprise Area. Also to improve access to Grosvenor Bridge for residents of Lambridge and the London Road area of the city.

With the Cycle Forum tomorrow (Tuesday the 10th of March 2015) and with a budget of £675,000 that needs to be spent in the 2015/2016 financial year we need to get a move on! There are aspects of this project that were not clearly defined as part of the Cycle City Ambition Grant Bid. This is my proposal. Please feel free to rip it apart. In fact it’s your duty to do so.

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BaNES Cycle Forum – The £3.8Million for 2 bridges, tarmacing a canal path and 400k for some other stuff in the county edition

As you may be aware the council hosts the excellent, informative, and sometimes raucous BaNES Cycle forum. This one is quite interesting because Cllr Nigel Roberts will be detailing:

  • The £3,800,000 Cycle City Ambition Fund that Bath has won and how it is to be spent over the coming 3 years, with a particular focus on year 1. Expect to have the following explained in detail:
    1. Kennet & Avon Canal tow path. To enhance the traffic free route into central Bath along the tow path by upgrading the surface and widening the path for 2.44km along the NCN4 cycle route to benefit cyclists and pedestrians. This includes the path between Grosvenor Bridge and the tow path. Estimated cost £675,000.
    2. Halfpenny Bridge. To widen the bridge, or construct a new bridge alongside the existing structure, to span the River Avon and link up the Bath Spa Rail Station with Rossiter Road for cyclists. Estimated cost £1.82m.
    3. Locksbrook Railway Bridge. To provide a new crossing for pedestrians and cyclists over the River Avon, linking the Railway Path and Two Tunnels. Estimated cost £1.3m.
  • The £400,000 Local Sustainability Transport Fund spend for the 2015/2016 year within the county.

For those people asking why Halfpenny Bridge is going to cost £1.82m this is where to why. (Hint it’s not just sorting out the bridge but the connections from Widcombe to the City for cycling).

Facebook event here or just turn up at the Guildhall on Tuesday the 10th, for 6pm and get stuck in!

2015 Spring River Path Work Audit

What follows is a 25 image ‘audit’ of the River path starting at the Green Park entrance all the way up to Locksbrook. The audit does not go beyond Greenpark as significant works are being performed as part of the flood defence work. However should the principle of what is needed can be applied along the full path. ‘Luckily’ I was down there on rather rainy afternoon and can show the immense amount of flooding that occurs.

The primary issue with the path is one of encroachment and neglect that can be overcome using a very simple set of approaches:

  1. Maintenance Work
    1. The full width of the original path must be exposed.
    2. All encroaching vegetation must be cleared back. With maintenance only once every 6 months, growth can be phenomenal.
    3. Embankments should be dug back and made level or below the path to facilitate drainage either side of path. Reseeding of dug back areas should be considered carefully.
  2. Structural Changes
    1. A 0.5m drainage channel should be dug and filled with aggregate either side of the path where possible.
    2. Where ‘lakes’ of puddles occur, drainage solutions should be implemented. That is, where flood defences block drainage, drainage holes should be drilled or ‘sink holes’ should be drilled and capped to facilitate drainage.
    3. Consideration should be made to removal of some embankments against walls and tarmacing up to the walls to reduce long term maintenance and provide wider path.
    4. Widening of path to 3m minimum where possible should be achieved along the full length of the path.

It should be noted that the river path should be valued higher than it is and could be a fantastic part of Bath in Bloom rather than something that feels like it’s a forgotten industrial waste ground.

Remember that this is an exceptional healthy transport corridor and a real asset to Bath.

Each picture will have a general maintenance (GM) tasks and structural changes (SC) tasks.

Continue reading 2015 Spring River Path Work Audit

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