All posts by awjreynolds

Full-stack developer dancing in the mosh pit that is modern JavaScript development. I'm also deeply involved in active travel campaigning as chair of Cycle Bath.

Newbridge Park and Ride – Another BANES cycling/walking disaster in the making

I was down that way this morning and thought I would go have a look at the development as I had heard the entrance has now been completed. Tell you what, if you are a car or bus, it is pretty damn good. If you grab a Next Bike to ride into town, welcome to cycling hell. Want to walk? Here have a long detour. There was an immense amount of space for the council to play with here and they just really messed it up. I do not know who they have designing these schemes but they need to be re-trained to start delivering good infrastructure for ALL modes of transport.

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Stall Street – How the council missed a trick

[EDIT 25/11/2014] It has been pointed out to me by the council that the ‘ramped’ kerbs are in fact flat corduroy and that the whole scheme is a flat shared space. I will be correcting this article in light of this]

I recently became aware of the public realm improvements on Lower Borough Walls and Stall Street and to be honest they still absolutely prioritize cars. They may want to paint it as great for pedestrians but seriously, what were they thinking?

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Call To Action: Please respond to Government’s Cycle Delivery Plan by today!

This one is very very simple but you do need to get your comments in as soon as you can as it closes midnight today [Thursday].

Response is by email : Walking.Cycling@dft.gsi.gov.uk

This is all about money. The government spends ¬£462 per head per year on transport. The government has stated that they have an ‘aspiration’ to spend ¬£10 per head of this money on cycling.
The DfT recently released a report where it was shown nationally that each £1 invested in cycling infrastructure returned £5.50 and in places with established cycling (Cambridge and Oxford) a return of up to £35.
This return beats ANY other form of transport investment hands down. In fact the DfT is legally required to pursue the best return on investment possible.
Please please please EMAIL Walking.Cycling@dft.gsi.gov.uk and tell them you want a yearly £10 indexed linked investment in cycling.
For further information you can see the consultation here:
CTC and British Cycling have also been highly critical of the lack of commitment from the Government.

Bollards to BANES

I may have mentioned Claude Avenue before and what needs to happen.  How what we ended up with was good, but nobody seems to have considered how a bicycle was supposed to get from the road onto the ramp.

Now the council has a lot of cooks. Some have bigger hats then others, so you can end up getting something right and a month later somebody is pissing in the cooking pot…

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Sustrans Working Party Volunteers needed this Saturday 10am-4pm!

We need to do a small bit of site clearance for one of the new picnic tables / benches to go in along the Two Tunnels route. This will involve clearing some vegetation and soil. The lovely new table/bench will then be installed at a later date by a contractor.

If you can help out for part of the day, Sat 8 Nov 14 anytime between 10 and 4 that would be great. (note we may stop for lunch in the Hope and Anchor at some point, so if no one is there you know where to look!)

The location is the south end of Combe Down tunnel, next to the Geology board. Bring some gloves, tools will be provided.

If you want to find out more about Sustrans volunteering see here.

Keynsham Strategy – Final Thoughts

On Tuesday I popped along to the consultation event and had a rather long discussion with Rab Smith from BANES. By the end of it I felt warm and fuzzy. Seriously impressed when it comes to what they are planning for cycling in Keynsham. I don’t think cars get a great deal out of the strategy, but that’s because the place actually needs a North-South bypass, but let’s focus on the good bits.

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Coming up this week!

Just a quick heads-up looking at the next week or so. From our calendar¬†you’ll notice that on Sunday (19th) the Bicycle film is being shown at the Little,¬†showing at 14:45 AND recently added 17:10. It looks like it’s going to be popular! After which you are more than welcome to pop along the Cycle Bath Monthly meeting (Sunday 19th 7pm King’s Arms Monmouth St) to raise issues and discuss existing problems.

Further along in the week is the Keynsham Strategy consultation which you should¬†attend. I’ve discussed it in detail here¬†and will be heading¬†over there¬†to give my feedback in full.

On¬†Sunday the 26th, there’s a Cycle Bath¬†casual ride¬†planned. So if you fancy a relaxed¬†ride visiting some of the cafe’s and pubs people have been recommending¬†then this is an ideal opportunity. If the time and date don’t fit you, you are more than welcome to arrange your own, or have a look at our group/club ride schedules to see what would suit you better.

Strategy for Keynsham detailed analysis

To develop a transport strategy for Keynsham, you have to first understand the underlying problems with Keynsham. I don’t think the strategy document fully gets¬†to grips with the primary issues. I also feel that the ‘strategy vision’¬†is very focused on one type of transport:

To minimise the negative effects of traffic congestion in and around Keynsham and ensuring it retains its independence and its separate identity within an attractive rural setting by becoming a more sustainable, desirable and well-connected place in which to live and work.

This strategy document is all about cars and how to get them through the town. It should be much much more about living in the town and creating a network of walking and cycling routes.

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Developing a Strategy for Keynsham Consultation

Stefano of the Timsbury Posse brought this to my attention.

Bath & North East Somerset Council has launched a new draft transport strategy for Keynsham and wants to hear your views. The aim is to reduce congestion and allow people to move around to make the long-term economic strategy for the area work. The Draft Strategy has a vision for transport in Keynsham which is:

To minimise the negative effects of traffic congestion in and around Keynsham and ensuring it retains its independence and its separate identity within an attractive rural setting by becoming a more sustainable, desirable and well-connected place in which to live and work.

They want our opinions and with statements like this in their consultation document they are definitely going to get them:

2.85 Key Action: Pursue specific junction improvements and investigate other measures 
further: 
The existing Wellsway, Bath Road, Bath Hill mini-roundabout is converted to a 
signalised junction to increase its capacity; 
Two southbound lanes are provided at the proposed Keynsham Road / Avon Mill 
Lane signalised junction; 
A study into Hick’s Gate is undertaken to determine a suitable scheme to increase 
its capacity; 
Investigate schemes to introduce one-way operation on the High Street in the short 
term, possibly during off-peak hours only (10:00-16:00); 
Investigate other strategic improvements that could reduce the volume of through 
traffic in the town centre, allowing one-way operation of the High Street to cater for 
the predicted increases in future traffic demand.
Since when do signalised junctions increase capacity over roundabouts (mathematical proof roundabouts are better is here)? Document available on the consultation website here. A more detailed analysis by yours truly to follow up at some point but it looks like they just want to ram vehicles through the middle of Keynsham as quickly as possible.