Bath Quay really sucks if you want to cycle

Let’s be really clear. I went to the Enterprise Area Master plan presentation and was told in no uncertain terms by Cllr Ben Stevens that in the master plan, the river path was considered to be a walking and leisure cycling route. They would design in a ‘fast’ route for commuter cyclists. When pressed further, he confirmed those cyclists would share the road for parts of it. In other words, it would only be suitable for current confident cyclists.

This strategy of forcing cyclists to mix with road traffic WILL NOT get people cycling. It will not make Bath a cycling city. The council’s promise of providing cycling aged 8 to 80+ is a lie and this development clearly shows this. They really don’t care about making this city fit for cycling for ALL the family.

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Bath Quays Planning Application is out!

Been a long time coming and the Quays area development is out for consultation.

Flood risk mitigation works enabling the development of the Bath Quays to include: Realignment of Green Park Road; Changing Corn Street to be two-way traffic and Ambury to dual-lane; Relocating access points to Avon Street Car Park; Changing the Coach Park to be drop-off and pick-up only; Widen the River Channel in places between Churchill Bridge and Midland Bridge; Replace Riverside ground floor windows and doors at Waterfront House, Camden Mill and Bayer Building; Demolish existing walls and replace with higher walls between Churchill Bridge and Camden Mill; Provision of new flood wall between Bayer Building and Midland Bridge and Realignment of Riverside footpath at Green Park.

Planning application is here

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London Road, Cleveland Road Junction showing wasted public space due to traffic lights.

Bath has given over too much space to cars

In Bath, what you will notice, are queues and queues of standing traffic all being controlled using traffic lights. Very much a stop start design that frustrates drivers, plays merry hell with pollution and steals space from people who want to walk or cycle in the city.

Traffic lights have a space requirement that cannot be overcome in our compact city.

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Pines Way Gyratory after build.

Pines Way Gyratory – Ignoring people who want to cycle

You wouldn’t think a cycling campaigning organisation would be too concerned about a development in the middle of a horrible gyratory near Sainsburys. I mean I hate riding that hell hole and do it very rarely.

It does sound very innocent:

Erection of an office building (use class B1) with basement parking, associated infrastructure and landscaping following the demolition of existing office building.

However what I didn’t realise was that they were redesigning the gyratory but completely ignoring cycling as a mode of transport.

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Hacking your neighbourhood

London is leading the charge on the provision of great cycle infrastructure. The recent announcement from Transport for London of 18 miles of east west protected cycle super highways and the ongoing successful Space4Cycling campaign are transforming London and the expectations of residents.

Councils are beginning to understand that there is a ‘gold’ standard that cycling infrastructure should be built to and that ‘sharing’ space with pedestrians or painting lines on roads is a horrendous cop-out and will never get parents cycling their children to school.

So what TfL are doing is a massive game changer and is great to watch from afar, but how does this translate into what you can do locally in Bath?

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Claude Avenue Ramp From Road

Claude Avenue Ramp – Unfinished business

It was with great aplomb that the ramp was finally opened last week. I love the way it connects the area of Oldfield Park to the Two Tunnels path.

It’s been one hell of a battle, at one point having to meet with the council’s Senior Cycling and Accessibility engineer, Highways Department Senior Engineer , and Jamie Edwards (Sustrans) on the ramp to try and sort out the dire bollard situation.

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