BaNES Cycle Forum – Guildhall 6pm May 10th

CycleBath re-aligned it’s meetings to prepare a set of questions they want the council to address at the Cycle Forum. These have now been sent to the council in preparation for the meeting in a week’s time.

The agenda for the meeting is as follows

  1. Q&A session based on the submitted questions.
  2. Presentation of Scholar’s Way
  3. Presentation of the interactive strava tool.
  4. Any other business.

 

Note that I (Adam Reynolds), within my capacity as Cycling UK BaNES Right to Ride rep, will be reaching out to each of the connecting communities forums (Somer, Bathavon, Keynsham, Chew Valley, and Bath City) as well as all cycling groups to bring a more balanced view of the needs of cyclists within BaNES and not just Bath. This will take time.

Below you will find the set of questions (primarily focused on the city of Bath)

Bath and North East Somerset – General

DFT Highways changes

  1. How do the latest changes to the DfT Highways design guidance impact what the council is able to do on a day by day basis but also as part of any road maintenance programmes?
  2. Will the council consider introducing a road-diets policy (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Road_diet) as part of any road resurfacing, where possible narrowing the lane widths to 3m, moving the parking out into the road and creating protected cycle lanes between the parking and the pavement?
  3. Can Newbridge Road be the first example of the council using this road diet policy? Using the “quick build” policy this could be implemented extremely quickly https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/cities-tactical-urbanism-speed-up-change-peopleforbikes
  4. Can a rural road with a low PCU that is being resurfaced be made into a Cycle Road to facilitate safe walking and cycling? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cycling_in_the_Netherlands#/media/File:Fietsstrook_Herenweg_Oudorp.jpg

 

Context:

  • Parallel pedestrian-and-cycle zebras will finally be allowed in the UK. Changes mean Dutch-style roundabouts – where pedestrian and cycle crossings are positioned around the outside of a roundabout, giving people on foot and bikes priority over turning traffic – will finally be possible in the UK
  • Mandatory cycle lanes – marked with a solid white line – can now be introduced without councils applying for a special Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) from the DfT.
  • Low level traffic lights for bikes – these will now be allowed without councils having to make a special application to the Department for Transport. They are already in use on many of London’s recently upgraded Cycle Superhighways, and common on the Continent, and allow separate light phases for cycles, and early release from traffic lights, potentially reducing conflict and the risk of collision with motor traffic.
  • Green filter light will now be allowed without a special traffic order. This allows an early release for cycles in the same way a green arrow lets turning traffic move at different times to other traffic lanes
  • Red bike symbol on traffic lights can now be used for the first time. Previously only green and amber bike symbols were allowed on cycle crossings, with a normal red circle for a stop light. The change will make cycle crossings clearer to understand when the light is red
  • Cycle lanes can now continue through zebra crossings. Where previously cycle lanes had to stop at zebra crossings, now the zig-zag line can be moved out from the kerb, to the width of a bike lane – so bike lane markings can continue up to the zebra. Cycles will continue to give way to those crossing on the zebra.
  • “Elephant footprints” – large white squares marking a cycle lane crossing a junction or road – can now be used in the UK. These are common on the Continent.

 

Highways Safe Routes to School initiative

  1. What are the current levels of cycling at schools (breakdown by school)?
  2. How are you measuring the success of the initiative?
  3. How many schools have Bikeability training where the children are able to take the lesson from the school, rather than being walked to a “safe” road for the lesson?

Bath Area

General

  1. What is the state of CAF2 funding re-purposing? What has happened to the terms of reference of the steering group?
  2. London Road – The TRO with the changes is not at the One Stop Shop. Would you please forward a copy?
  3. Closure of Riverside path for Destructor Bridge replacement. Does the council consider the contractor’s diversion along the footpath on the Upper Bristol Road to be safe? How does the 6-8 week delay in dropping the bridge into place affect the whole programme? Is the ramp to the riverside path being delayed??
  4. Two Tunnels ROSPA study – Nothing has been heard of for 6 months. An update report is requested.
  5. Transport Budget – Which items relate to the Sustans report (2 years ago) recommendations?
  6. LSTF funding is delivering some of Newbridge Hill and Weston routes? What parts? Are drawings available?
  7. What is the progress on the double height cycle racks at the station? Has a supplier been identified? Are the drawings ready?
  8. Could secure sheltered cycle storage on major bus routes to Bristol be provided to create bus cycle hubs?
  9. It is proposed that additional cycle racks be installed at Larkhall, the Library (Podium), Bear Flat and Chelsea Road.
  10. Does the council have an abandoned cycle policy? Abandoned bikes are currently in Kingsmead Square and around the railway station and asking the council to remove them does not seem to work.
  11. Will Fieldings Road Bridge need widening when the University opens the new campus on the Herman Miller site?

Seven Dials

  1. What is the state of the Seven Dials Safety Review required by DfT? Can you confirm CycleBath will be invited to feed into the review?
  2. Westgate Buildings – Disabled car parking has been quoted as the reason why the contraflow cannot be introduced. Please advise the exact nature of the reason and the legal position?
  3. What has happened to the CAF1 £243K Seven Dials underspend that has been returned to the council?

Keynsham Area

  1. A proposal is in place to make Keynsham High Street one-way. This seems non-sensical when a suitable road runs parallel to the High Street which can take all the through traffic. Why is the council not considering making this access only by blocking one end off to motorised vehicles or using rising bollards to make the space more pedestrian and cycling friendly? This approach has been successfully used on Lower Borough Walls and the businesses absolutely love it.
  2. How is the Keynsham to B2B (towards Bath) path at Bitton being delivered?
  3. When is the developer of Cadbury’s delivering the cycle bridge?
  4. There has been quite a lot of concern from cyclists in Keynsham concerning the route to Bitton (A4174. This is considered another vital commuter route and many have to take to the road because the narrow shared rough path is unsuitable for riding on. Can something be done?

Somer Valley Area

No issues.

Bathavon Area

No issues.

Chew Valley Area

No issues.

 

 

 

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