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 personalĀ 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.šŸ˜¦

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 usĀ to see 30+ people standing outside the Guildhall protesting to keep London Road safe. From the bottom of ourĀ hearts

THANK YOU!

Dear Cllr Tony Clarke,

637Ā peopleĀ simply ask that you keep this section ofĀ London Road safe for cycling. This can be achieved by leaving it as is. It is plainly obvious from the fourĀ 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 RoadĀ 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 atĀ 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

Bridge move planned for next Monday.

BATH NEWSEUM

As part of the regeneration of Bath Riverside, the Destructor Bridge is being replaced with a new bridge designed to accommodate cycles, pedestrians, buses and vehicles for Bath Riverside residents. Some local amenities are affected by these works which commenced in April 2015.Ā 

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During the initial launch in late April, the bridge started to move slightly off its required very precise alignment and the contractor, Britannia Construction, has now put in place measures to prevent this happening.Ā 

Britannia Construction now aim to move the new bridge into place between Monday 18th July and Wednesday 20th July 2016 (inclusive). This work will necessitate the temporary closure of the river and towpath as well as Bath and North East Somerset Councilā€™s Recycling Centre on Upper Bristol Road.

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River Avon Towpath

During the works to replace Bathā€™s Destructor Bridge, the National Cycle Network (NCN4 route)ā€¦

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Shared Space – Saw Close and Seven Dials

Yesterday I spent close to 3 hours looking at Saw Close with Frank Thomson (a.k.a. Mr. Two Tunnels) and attending the public consultation. What was really good was meeting a lady that was blind and seeing her perspective on it.

For those unable to attend it looks like this:

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Image taken from this pdf

Today the Bath Chronicle posted an article about Saw Close. I wrote a reply and then realised it had gone completely over their word limit, so had to edit it down.

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The Great Big Lifelong Cycling Bike Blog Roundup

As a local campaigner and somebody that studies transport, knowing what is happening around the world, and particularly, what is working can require a lot of reading on a daily basis.

The Cycling Embassy of Great Britain’s regularĀ round-up blog post always always is worth reading as it links so many different other articles from around the world. Go check it out and subscribe!

http://www.cycling-embassy.org.uk/blog/2016/07/11/the-great-big-lifelong-cycling-bike-blog-roundup

 

Sustainable Safety

I think the critical bit that UK Highways needs to listen to is: “Many countries have seen a considerable drop in traffic injuries and deaths since roughly the 1970s. Reasons were the introduction of seatbelts, drunk-driving laws, helmet laws for motorcyclists and mopeds, car cages and airbags. But in the Netherlands there also was a dramatic drop in injuries and deaths of the most vulnerable road users: cyclists and pedestrians. Traffic researches attribute this difference to the introduction of Sustainable Safety.”

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Sustainable Safety (ā€œDuurzaam veiligā€ in Dutch) is the name of the Dutch approach to achieve a better road safety. This policy is lesser known than ā€˜strict liabilityā€˜ and underestimated. Where strict liability is a cure after something went wrong, sustainable safety does much more and at a different time. The main objectives of this vision are preventing severe crashes and (almost) eliminating severe injuries when crashes do occur. It was introduced and quickly adopted by all road managers in 1992 and has since been very successful. In 2005 it was revised and extended. The approach began with establishing that the road system was inherently unsafe. The goal was to fundamentally change the system by taking a person as a yardstick. The guidelines for design were to be the physical vulnerability of a person, but also what a person can and wants to do (humans make mistakesā€¦

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