Designing for people by erasing a car friendly past

Interesting how segregation is not being used here, but the nature of the road is being redefined. I’d be very interested in revisiting this area in 1 year. I have a feeling that pedestrian/cycling injuries will be up.

BICYCLE DUTCH

Utrecht has reconstructed a complicated five-arm junction. While it had been designed to suit the needs of the car for decades, it has now been reconstructed to be a place for people. Traffic can still get through the intersection, but especially motor traffic now needs to behave as a guest in an area that is used by people first.

ostadelaan1 The corner of Adriaen van Ostadelaan with Jan van Scorelstraat has become a very lively and people friendly place.

The Utrecht Adriaen van Ostadelaan and its five-arm intersection looked like a relic from another era. Multiple car lanes and traffic lights were needed to organise the traffic going in the five different directions. Most of the available space in the area was used for motor traffic lanes, a bit for incomplete cycle lanes and the least bit (that was left over) for the many pedestrians in this area. That there are…

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Meanwhile, back in Bath…..

the magic jug

Earlier this week Bath hosted the end of Stage 5 of the Tour of Britain (cycling).  There was great celebration by our local council, and lots of publicity for the event.

2016-09-08-08-51-51 Emma Leith’s yarn-bombed bike

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2016-09-08-11-10-39 Someone updated the wall art in Walcot Street to mark the moment

Many of us turned out on a lovely late summer afternoon to watch as the cyclists and their support teams arrived in Bath.  It was all very exciting – and very very fast.  In fact, all over and done with in about 15 minutes from the first riders coming past to the last.

2016-09-08-15-43-58 Didn’t see Wiggo, but I saw the car…

2016-09-08-15-43-18 The front runners rushed past…..

2016-09-08-15-43-14 And lots, lots more

There were tents and displays to browse in the park, and the award ceremonies to watch there too.

A shame then that our local council (Bath and NE Somerset) has such a blinkered view…

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Bath Cycle Network Quality Audit

If we’re going to have a conversation about cycling in Bath and North East Somerset we need to be able to know where we are starting from and where we want to end up. More importantly we need a way of talking to individual councillors and asking them, what they are doing about “their” patch.

So something that was started as a project at a Bath Hacked “Celebrate the City” hackathon, has very quickly, over the last couple of days, evolved into something rather powerful:

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You’ll Never Leave…

Following some chat on Facebook about how the cycle routes through Radstock are in the process of changing I thought I would try and clear up some of the current confusion.

Prior to 22nd August 2016 the “Colliers’ Way” cycle route left town in the direction of Kilmersdon, Mells and Frome via Church Street and Meadow View. This was always intended to be a temporary route, pending redevelopment of the former Radstock West Station site (once a busy station on the GWR Bristol and North Somerset branch) since the  cycle route opened in 2004.

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Why “sharing the road” has failed

It’s quite interesting how you can end up with strange bedfellows within a Facebook group and have interesting, if unfortunately fruitless conversations. However I do think that the 44 ton truck driver I was in discussion with had some interesting points that needed addressing.

Do I think, that in anyway, I changed his viewpoint? I hope so. Some of what he stated and believed is quite scary, and if we, as a society, want to create better road spaces that provide facilities that enable people to make real choices to move away from the private vehicle, then we need to bring these truck drivers with us.

More importantly this discussion is about councils being honest with the way roads are perceived and how different types of traffic should be using them.

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GWR Cycle Booking Policy Update

I wrote to my MP about the big problems people were having with GWR’s new booking policy. In a very detailed response Mark Hopwood has stated that there are good reasons for the booking policy and given the new design of the Inter City trains he is right.

GWR cannot have people wandering up and down a train platform trying to find a free space.

However I have had numerous reports that flexible returns are simply impossible booking a slot can be painful and very very slow going with it taken upwards of 15 minutes if you get through to the right person.

Photos of the letter are below:

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Bath operates within a political void

This is a personal opinion piece and does not reflect the views of CycleBath.

It follows on from what I wrote (rather hastily) for the Bath Newseum “Making Roads Work“. Apologies to Richard as I keep re-reading it and coming up with edits I’d like to make to it. It’s very rough.😦

I’m part of the Save Bathhampton Meadows Facebook group. There was a post on there about the statement Cllr Alison Millar made to the Scrutiny Panel on the 25th of July. It’s powerful stuff and I post it here.

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Keeping London Road Safe for Cycling

We cannot begin to tell you how proud it makes us to see 30+ people standing outside the Guildhall protesting to keep London Road safe. From the bottom of our hearts

THANK YOU!

Dear Cllr Tony Clarke,

637 people simply ask that you keep this section of London Road safe for cycling. This can be achieved by leaving it as is. It is plainly obvious from the four speeches made about London Road last night that a working party of all stakeholders needs to be organised, but whatever comes out of it, London Road must be kept safe for cycling without compromising the safety of pedestrians.

Nigel Sherwin – Bath Cycling Club

Bryn Jones – Transition Larkhall

Dick Daniels – Transition Bath

Adam Reynolds – CycleBath

The speech made by Adam Reynolds, written as a group by the people above:

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Space For Cycling – Keep London Road Safe – Protest 5pm Thursday Guildhall

Hi,

As you are aware, the petition will be handed into the council at the general council meeting this Thursday (tomorrow as of writing). The meeting starts at 6:30pm, however councillors start arriving at 5pm for pre-council meetings.

If you are intending on going, please try and be there for 5pm. It is likely that by 5:30, the impact of the protest will be less but even turning up slightly late will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for signing the petition Keep Bath’s London Road Safe For Cycling. We achieved over 600 signatures, a fantastic number to show the council how important it is to support space for cycling on London Road.

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/new-threat-to-cycling-infrastructure-london-rd-bath

The event details are here should you need to share this with anyone:

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/events/space-for-cycling-protest-ride-keep-london-road-safe-for-cycling

I really really hope you can make it tomorrow.

Thank you for your support and see you outside the guildhall at 5pm on Thursday (21st of July). I’ll be handing out posters for people to hold.

Adam Reynolds

S4C_LondonRoad

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