Bath and North East Somerset Council Active Travel and Accessibility Forum (ATAF)
5.30pm to 7.30pm 16 October 2018, Kaposvar Room, The Guildhall, Bath
1. Review previous actions outstanding
2. Feedback from Oxford research visit
3. Current scheme/project updates:
Local Cycling and Walking Investment Plan
Mulberry Park walking and cycling improvements
Fielding Road Bridge (FT)
Keynsham High Street (AR)
(There will be other discussions)
This will be followed by a Cycle Bath meeting on the 23rd at the Guild Co-Working space at 6:30pm to discuss and analyse the LCWIP, and form our initial response to the process.
Letter sent to Cllr Shelford (Transport), Cllr Goodman (Environment) and Keynsham Cllrs Hale, O’Brien, Organ, Gerrish, and Simmons as well as key officers.
Dear Councillors and Officers,
The attached picture was taken this morning.
It is very clear that paint does not and will not prevent this type of behaviour that endangers residents that want to cycle.
I think there is an opportunity to ensure that the design protects all vulnerable road users while designing in good space for cycle traffic.
Vauxhall Street, London was successfully upgraded and I think the same design can be used in Keynsham High Street.
A video of the scheme is available here:
If we want to create an environment that tackles car dependency then we need to ensure that we design infrastructure that enables kids to cycle to school. Paint simply will not cut it.
Please be aware that there is a moratorium on flat “shared space” issued by the DfT (mainly due to schemes like Kingsmead Seven Dials) and that grade separation will be needed between the cycle track and the footway.
I hope that the BaNES Active Travel and Accessibility Forum (ATAF) will be heavily involved with the design and, particularly, that any concerns the RNIB raise are treated with the utmost importance.
I also want to ask that nobody is ‘surprised’ by the type of design the members of ATAF will be pushing for. It must be visibly safe for a parent to allow their 8 year old to cycle it independently. We need to enable cycling and stop just promoting cycling.
I really hope this is useful.
A picture is a thousand words.
The work of council officers, Cycle Bath, Bath Cycling Club, Transition Larkhall, and Cllr Mark Shelford needs to be recognised in getting to this point where we now have an example of a Light Segregated (protected) on-road cycle lane in Bath and North East Somerset.
Continue reading The thin end of the wedge
London Road has been a long running saga and although the design is poor particularly by keeping polluting cars close to pedestrians and honestly if we had the money, I’d start with fixing the junctions either side, ANYWAY, good things are happening with the installation of Orcas and wands to protect the cycle lane. The build out is being reshaped to allow you to continue through it.
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Work has started today and will be complete in the next couple of weeks.
It’s good to see protected cycle lanes being built using orcas
PS: London Road still needs a redesign with an east protected cycle lane but for now this is really good to see.
Bristol is about to go into a review of its 20mph speed limits.
The arguments around removing 20mph speed limits always focus on how they do not work and people *still* speed through areas. Even the DfT admitted 80% of drivers broke the 20mph speed limit. Yet you will find that the average speed on a 20mph road is around 23-24mph.
What people fail to recognise though is that the impact kill curve is not linear. Hitting somebody at 23mph is of an order of a magnitude less deadly than hitting somebody at 27mph.
When seatbelts became mandatory, pedestrian deaths went up as people felt safer in their cars and drove faster. 20mph speed limits and zones (where the road is designed to make it hard to go faster than 20mph), are key to redressing this balance and preventing the continued whole sale slaughter of pedestrians, the biggest group of victims of road violence.
Let’s not forget that we should also be implementing cheap Low Traffic Neighbourhood Cells within our cities to reduce road deaths, air pollution, and get more people walking and cycling. 20mph speed limits and particularly 20mph zones are key to making these successful.
Sustrans, in association with a number of cities, has produced an excellent “Bike Life – Women: reducing the gender gap” report. Go read it. It really shows the way our Highways Engineers have excluded women (and men) from taking up cycling. This gender gap is born out in many studies with around 28% of people that cycle being women in the UK, vs 55% in Netherlands
There is a big big problem in Highways and the DfT. Being an engineering profession I suspect it is also dominated by men and this directly impacts the design process “I would ride that.”.
However this report also showed something interesting. Continue reading We all want traffic free cycle routes! Well no we don’t.