Keynsham Strategy – Final Thoughts

On Tuesday I popped along to the consultation event and had a rather long discussion with Rab Smith from BANES. By the end of it I felt warm and fuzzy. Seriously impressed when it comes to what they are planning for cycling in Keynsham. I don’t think cars get a great deal out of the strategy, but that’s because the place actually needs a North-South bypass, but let’s focus on the good bits.

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Further NCN 24 closures between Midford & Wellow.

Following on from repair closure along this stretch of the path, a sign has been put on to the gate near Midford announcing the farmer’s annual closures for grouse shooting parties.

Day Date Month Year
Saturday 1st November 2014
Saturday 15th November 2014
Saturday 29th November 2014
Saturday 13th December 2014
Saturday 27th December 2014
Saturday 10th January 2015
Saturday 17th January 2015
Saturday 24th January 2015
Saturday 31st January 2015

Incidentally, the repair closure sign claimed the path would be open on Sunday, but if heading out to Wellow that day I think you should be prepared to climb the hill.

Coming up this week!

Just a quick heads-up looking at the next week or so. From our calendar you’ll notice that on Sunday (19th) the Bicycle film is being shown at the Little, showing at 14:45 AND recently added 17:10. It looks like it’s going to be popular! After which you are more than welcome to pop along the Cycle Bath Monthly meeting (Sunday 19th 7pm King’s Arms Monmouth St) to raise issues and discuss existing problems.

Further along in the week is the Keynsham Strategy consultation which you should attend. I’ve discussed it in detail here and will be heading over there to give my feedback in full.

On Sunday the 26th, there’s a Cycle Bath casual ride planned. So if you fancy a relaxed ride visiting some of the cafe’s and pubs people have been recommending then this is an ideal opportunity. If the time and date don’t fit you, you are more than welcome to arrange your own, or have a look at our group/club ride schedules to see what would suit you better.

The railway path at Teewell Hill in Staple Hill (Cycling / Walking) will be closed for 8 weeks

20141002-Railway Path Closure 2014-OThe railway path at Teewell Hill in Staple Hill will be closed from Monday 6 October for approximately eight weeks. The essential closure has been scheduled so that our engineers can carry out the foundation works to widen the existing road bridge above the Bristol to Bath cycle and walking route.

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Strategy for Keynsham detailed analysis

To develop a transport strategy for Keynsham, you have to first understand the underlying problems with Keynsham. I don’t think the strategy document fully gets to grips with the primary issues. I also feel that the ‘strategy vision’ is very focused on one type of transport:

To minimise the negative effects of traffic congestion in and around Keynsham and ensuring it retains its independence and its separate identity within an attractive rural setting by becoming a more sustainable, desirable and well-connected place in which to live and work.

This strategy document is all about cars and how to get them through the town. It should be much much more about living in the town and creating a network of walking and cycling routes.

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Developing a Strategy for Keynsham Consultation

Stefano of the Timsbury Posse brought this to my attention.

Bath & North East Somerset Council has launched a new draft transport strategy for Keynsham and wants to hear your views. The aim is to reduce congestion and allow people to move around to make the long-term economic strategy for the area work. The Draft Strategy has a vision for transport in Keynsham which is:

To minimise the negative effects of traffic congestion in and around Keynsham and ensuring it retains its independence and its separate identity within an attractive rural setting by becoming a more sustainable, desirable and well-connected place in which to live and work.

They want our opinions and with statements like this in their consultation document they are definitely going to get them:

2.85 Key Action: Pursue specific junction improvements and investigate other measures 
The existing Wellsway, Bath Road, Bath Hill mini-roundabout is converted to a 
signalised junction to increase its capacity; 
Two southbound lanes are provided at the proposed Keynsham Road / Avon Mill 
Lane signalised junction; 
A study into Hick’s Gate is undertaken to determine a suitable scheme to increase 
its capacity; 
Investigate schemes to introduce one-way operation on the High Street in the short 
term, possibly during off-peak hours only (10:00-16:00); 
Investigate other strategic improvements that could reduce the volume of through 
traffic in the town centre, allowing one-way operation of the High Street to cater for 
the predicted increases in future traffic demand.
Since when do signalised junctions increase capacity over roundabouts (mathematical proof roundabouts are better is here)? Document available on the consultation website here. A more detailed analysis by yours truly to follow up at some point but it looks like they just want to ram vehicles through the middle of Keynsham as quickly as possible.

Oldfield Park Railway Station FGW Shaping the Future Event

First Great Western are inviting people to get involved in “shaping the future” of Oldfield Park train station on Thursday (9th of October) 4pm to 7pm at the Oldfield Park Baptist Church.

If you have time, might be worth popping along and discussing how the provide for cycling (e.g. secure storage). It also gives you an opportunity to get involved in the running of the station.

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Call To Action: Where is the vision for the Enterprise Area Master Plan?

A “call to action” is where we ask people to contact their councillor and/or MP on a specific cycling related matter. It is vitally important that they hear from regular people and not just ‘those Cycle Bath people’. It changes their stance on how important cycle provision is, the way the council allocates cycle infrastructure budgets, and ultimately the way the council officers (planning) see the need for good cycling provision.

All we are asking is for 3 minutes of your time to send the email below. If you want to get more involved then have a look here but copy and send the email below first!

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