CycleBath Workshop – Tonight – The Guild 18:30pm-

Apologies for the late notification. Meeting at the Guild next to the Guildhall http://www.theguildhub.co.uk/en

Work through:
– Cycle Map primary, secondary, and tertiary route classification in preparation for Local Cycling Walking Infrastructure Plans that the council will need to consider publishing in the new year. https://docs.google.com/drawings/d/1TNfz2RC7Y5l_pJAuGun8o2fa-CmNbKvcJl9Gb9tyqfo/edit

https://www.jointplanningwofe.org.uk/consult.ti develop official response.

– Campaigns for the new year.

– Potentially, if there is time, discuss the ‘Living Heart’ Proposal https://docs.google.com/drawings/d/1Fq0y0lAWJlLXvHvd_5wqTu8a8BEcJ05rN9I5G7v9wDA/edit

– Mincepies

Note that the guild hub offers soft drinks (50p per can) or free coffee. If you want to drink alcohol, please bring your own😉

See you there.

CycleBath Meeting This Wednesday 19th Oct

Been a long time and I think this is very much over due.

Items on the agenda:
1) News on the BaNES Cycling Walking and Accessibility Forum (none as of today and am chasing with Paul Crossley).
2) Cross-Groups Bath Die-In Protest. That last email from Cllr Clarke made me angry (https://www.facebook.com/groups/CycleBath/permalink/1155344674511775/). This will need Police co-ordination. (Adam Reynolds& Dick Daniel to coordinate with other groups)
3) Bath Bike Jumble (Tim Beadle now heading this up).
4) Council to implement an Inclusive Cycling Campaign? (All routes should cope with a 2.8m long by 1.2m wide cycle design vehicle) (Need somebody to lead on this.)
5) Construction update covering Bellotts Road Bridge and Destructor Bridge. (Any others?)
6) Tube maps and a vision for Bath.
7) Cycle Racks on Buses update. (DfT now have their cycling officer involved.)
8) Let’s talk about Cllr Clarke’s exceptionally ignorant email (https://www.facebook.com/groups/CycleBath/permalink/1155344674511775/)
9) Street Diets as part of road resurfacing programmes.
10) Keynsham is getting active.
11) A.O.B

Anything else people want to raise, please add to comments.

We’ll be meeting at 7pm in the New Inn, Monmouth Place.

Utrecht reclaims ever more space for people

Utrecht is a city Bath can learn so much from.

BICYCLE DUTCH

People were drinking champagne on the street and enjoying beautiful singing; not something you see every day. They were celebrating the opening of yet another reconstructed street in Utrecht; their street, with their homes on it. Again, the city of Utrecht has reclaimed a lot of space from motor traffic, to become living space for people.

The new Maliesingel has become a very pleasant street alongside the old Utrecht city moat. The new Maliesingel has become a very pleasant residential street alongside the old Utrecht city moat. The walking path on the left hand side could only be rebuilt because the roadway is so much narrower now.

The current council is delivering on what the former council decided: the car is no longer king in Utrecht. The closer to the city centre, the more people friendly the city has to be. Driving your motor vehicle into the city centre will remain possible when it is absolutely necessary, but it will not be a convenient option…

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Ben urges B&NES to sort out the traffic.

It’s good to see that Ben seems to be focusing on walking and cycling. However I’m guessing Ben didn’t get the more recent memo from the council where they admitted that the East Park And Ride would have no effect on congestion and that it was all about ‘future’ required capacity. This is all going on while in Wiltshire plans are moving ahead to open up Corsham Train Station with a high capacity car park sometime 2019 onwards. What’s significant about this is that they are predicting 400,000 journeys a year with a focus on people wanting to get to Swindon. Corsham could become a Bath Park and Rail site and double that number of journeys from that train station. I hope BaNES are supporting the case for opening the Corsham Train Station and in particular working with Wiltshire to create a good park and rail option for Bath.

BATH NEWSEUM

Bath’s city roads are now operating at maximum capacity – says the city’s MP Ben Howlett – and that means any accident or obstruction within the system is causing chaos.

He’s jumped into the traffic issue fray by urging B&NES  to pull its finger out and take measures to ease things.

london road 1 London Road traffic.

Mr Howlett says Bath city centre has seen even worse congestion than normal in recent days. 

In a statement he says, “It is increasingly clear that the city’s roads are at maximum capacity and that any accident, or obstruction causes widespread traffic issues.  I am therefore calling on the Council to place renewed energy behind the Integrated Transport Strategy, which has received cross party support, to improve cycle paths, create safer non-car routes to schools and facilitate a stronger focus on walking in the city.  

I also urge the Council to take the long overdue…

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The Department for Transport needs to show leadership on safe junction design, instead of blaming victims

As Easy As Riding A Bike

On Monday the Department for Transport’s Think! campaign launched an HGV ‘safety’ campaign that has been universally panned by cycling organisations and campaigners. There’s a very good summary of the reasons why here.

The intention of the video is apparently to show the risks of ‘undertaking’ HGVs when they are about turn. But the video itself is, frankly, a mess. It initially shows an implausible situation – a lorry travelling on the wrong side of the road on a 20mph street, with a cyclist somehow managing to travel even faster on their inside.screen-shot-2016-09-28-at-12-45-34

Why is the lorry right over on the wrong side of the road, so far from the junction? I can’t think of any reasonable explanation. Most likely the driver has started to overtake the person cycling, who has then implausibly  managed to accelerate and move ahead of the HGV.

This is followed by a shot, accompanied by tasteless clips of meat…

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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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