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:
Continue reading Bath Cycle Network Quality Audit
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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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.
Continue reading Why “sharing the road” has failed
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:
Continue reading GWR Cycle Booking Policy Update
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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The delayed BaNES Cycle Forum is happening tomorrow night (26th of July @ 6pm) at the Guild Hall in the Aix-en-Provence room.
The current set of issues that have been raised are to be found here
We’re not expecting this to be a long meeting.
The Issues document has been setup for the 8th of September meeting and can be added to here .
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
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:
Continue reading Keeping London Road Safe for Cycling
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.
The event details are here should you need to share this with anyone:
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.