Category Archives: Call To Action

Keynsham High Street One Way Trial

Keynsham is trying something rather new and you should visit it by bike if you can.

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There are issues with it, for example they have put the contraflow next to the carriageway and used planters to protect the footpath from people cycling. Around Gregg’s this causes problems as drivers just park up on the double yellow and force other drivers into the cycle contraflow.

I have raised and discussed issues here, BUT the real question is, is the new scheme better than what was previously there? I think it works a lot better for people walking and cycling and creates a better less traffic filled High Street but without YOUR support this scheme will be scrapped and reverted back.

Go try it out. Email your support for the scheme to  transportation@bathnes.gov.uk otherwise we lose it. Don’t just read this and ignore it. Email now or lose one of the better schemes we’ve seen from BaNES for some time.

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Metro Mayor – Why you should vote this Thursday (May 4th)

When trying to understand what the Metro Mayor does, it’s important to understand that Transport is a key aspect of his/her responsibility. So when you think Metro Mayor, think Transport For London for the West of England.

The focus of many of the transport hustings has been on buses and trains, however I think the biggest responsibility is that the Metro Mayor also gets ownership of some roads. This ownership confers similar powers over those roads as TfL has over their road network.

This power has demonstrably shown how to transform the City of London, with people cycling now outnumbering the number of people driving.

So although all you hear about is how the mayor will improve public transport through oyster cards/new train stations etc., THE absolute KEY point that they all seem to have missed is that the mayor has an immense opportunity to redefine how we use our road space.

Taking a standard road layout with a capacity of 22,000 people per hour:

  • footpath – 9000 pph
  • on street parking – 0pph
  • two lanes – 4000pph
  • on street parking – 0pph
  • footpath – 9000pph

You can increase capacity from 22,000 to 36,000 simply by replacing the on-street parking with cycle lanes. This is a 63% increase in capacity. Maximising road capacity rather than the age old maximising motorised vehicle traffic flow will deliver the solution to congestion in Bristol and Bath and the Metro Mayor has the ability to make this happen.

There are 129,000 people that commute to Bristol to work each day. Of those 25,000 drive to work within a 20 minute walking distance (2km). 57,000 drive to work within a 20 minute cycling distance (5km).

There are 28,000 people that commute to Bath to work each day. Of those 4,700 drive to work within a 20 minute walking distance (2km). 8,600 drive to work within a 20 minute cycling distance (5km).

Focusing on maximising road capacity and balancing roads to provide for all forms of travel, that is the provision of dedicated space for walking, cycling, and driving, will have a profound impact on congestion.

Implementing protected safe cycle lanes will provide people of all ages and all cycling abilities with real choice in how they get around our cities. This is a real game changer that not only tackles congestion and air pollution but also reduces the incidence of heart disease and cancer by 50%.  Good, visibly safe cycle networks give children their travel indepence back. They are fantastic for businesses along the routes.

It is absolutely key that the mayor you vote for understands the role the roads have in delivering a healthier, less polluted, and less congested transport system.

To that aim, Bristol Cycle Campaign and Cycle Bath asked each candidate to sign up to three asks:

  1. Champion the West of England’s cycling and walking culture
    By planning a high quality and coherent network of core cycle routes across the West of England for commuting and local trips that meets the needs of all levels of cyclist. Aim to double the number of trips made by cycle in the West of England area by 2025 while upholding the target of 20% of trips to made by cycle in Bristol city by 2020.
  2. Seek the funding to achieve your aims
    Create a dedicated budget for cycling and actively seek enough funding to build your network to a high standard
  3. Establish MetroCycle on an equal footing with MetroRail and MetroBus
    Set up and chair a steering group that brings together councils, business groups, universities, advocates and transport businesses.

Only Darren Hall (Greens), John Savage (Independent), Lesley Mansell (Labour), Stephen Williams (Liberal Democrats), and Aaron Foot (UKIP) signed up to these asks. More telling are the responses from the candidates.

If you want to see cycling supported and grow in the next 5 years, use your two votes to vote bike. (Remember your 2nd vote only counts after the top 2 candidates get through to the 2nd round.)

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13:00 Ferry Lane, Today, 14th of March – Photo of us angrily pointing at kerb for Bath Chronicle

Title says it all. Be there at 13:00 Ferry Lane, Today, 14th of March – Photo of us angrily pointing at kerb for Bath Chronicle. If you know anyone in the area that uses that route, you might also want to get them there if you can.

Do not turn up late. The photographer will be there for about 5 minutes.

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.3796811,-2.3546571,19.5z

 

COMMUNITY OPINIONS – WALKING & CYCLING IN BATHWICK FRIDAY 3rd of March 3-6pm Sydney Gardens

Sustrans are working with Bath and North East Somerset Council as part of the Cycling Ambitions Fund 2 (CAF) to consider how walking and cycling in several areas throughout Bath could be improved. We have been engaging directly with local communities in order to understand the needs and aspirations of those living and working within the project areas.
As part of this process, Sustrans and BANES have been holding a number on-street events and running online interactive maps, giving people the opportunity to tell us what is currently stopping them from walking and cycling and which routes they use at the moment.
We have already ran on-street events in Bear Flat and Larkhall, the next on-street event will be held in the Bathwick area.
It will take place on Friday 3rd March from 3-6pm at the entrance to Sydney Gardens, as with previous events, anyone unable to attend can provide us with their comments online,
http://www.sustrans.org.uk/bathwick this link will go live on Monday (20th Feb)
We would value your input into this process so please do come along to the events or log onto the online mapping tool and record your views.
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Keynsham High Street – Designing out inclusive mobility

The council recently announced a trial to create a one-way system on Keynsham High Street. I’ve even heard it was designed by cyclists for cyclists but I’m guessing the term ‘cyclist’ must have clouded their way of thinking and I’d just like to remind the council that ‘cyclist’ is not a middle aged man in lycra and that you must design better.Designing For.png

There are big big issues in the design which have not considered sustainable safety. I mean serious omissions. Highways have ‘baked in’ infrastructure that encourages illegal behaviour that creates real danger for anyone cycling in the space.

This is only a quick run down of the issues. If you want to follow along, this is the PDF from which I’ve taken the details.

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Events: How can walking and cycling be improved in Bearflat (Thu 26th Jan) and London Road (Tue 31st Jan) 3pm-6pm

Sustrans are working with Bath and North East Somerset Council as part of the Cycling Ambitions Fund 2 (CAF) to consider how walking and cycling in several areas throughout Bath could be improved. We will be engaging directly with local communities in order to understand the needs and aspirations of those living and working within the project areas.

As part of this process, Sustrans and BANES will be holding a number on-street events and running an online interactive map, giving people the opportunity to tell them what is currently stopping them from walking and cycling and which routes they use at the moment.

We would value your input into this process so please do come along to the events or log onto the online mapping tool and record your views (http://www.sustrans.org.uk/bearflat & http://www.sustrans.org.uk/londonroad).

IF YOU CANNOT MAKE THE EVENTS PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE FEEDBACK THROUGH THE ONLINE FORMS: http://www.sustrans.org.uk/bearflat & http://www.sustrans.org.uk/londonroad

Bearflat event is this Thursday the 26th of January: bear-flat-event(pdf)

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London Road event is this Tuesday 31st of January:london-road-event(pdf)

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Cycle Ambition Fund 2: Bear Flat Event Thursday 26th 3pm-6pm

Sustrans are working with Bath and North East Somerset Council as part of the Cycling Ambitions Fund 2 (CAF) to consider how walking and cycling in several areas throughout Bath could be improved. We will be engaging directly with local communities in order to understand the needs and aspirations of those living and working within the project areas.

As part of this process, Sustrans and BANES will be holding a number on-street events and running an online interactive map, giving people the opportunity to tell them what is currently stopping them from walking and cycling and which routes they use at the moment.

We would value your input into this process so please do come along to the events or log onto the online mapping tool and record your views.

Please find details of the Bear Flat event attached, I will be sending details of the London Road event in the next few days but for reference it will be held on Thursday 26th  of January from 3pm until 6pm.

I would be very grateful if you could pass the details on to any groups or individuals you think would find this of interest and please do get in touch if you require any further information.

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Keeping London Road Safe for Cycling

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

THANK YOU!

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:

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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 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.

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

Saw Close squeeze on traffic.

The leaflet that is linked in the consultation is the “Creating space for Everyone”. This states:

The first modern Shared Space designs originated
in the Netherlands and have since become common
across other European cities. An area like this
recognises that people are equal and should be
treated as such. The perceived pecking order that
pedestrians must give way to cars is removed,
instead encouraging cooperation between users.
Cars no longer control the space and must allow
for pedestrians, this reduces traffic speeds and
makes the area less hectic. Cyclists can use the
area without being restricted to narrow cycle lanes.
The aim is for people to use this space courteously
and considerately.

Modern shared space is no longer being built in the Netherlands as it creates too much danger for pedestrians and cyclists. Instead it is absolutely and ONLY being used on roads where motorised traffic has been removed or excluded. https://aseasyasridingabike.wordpress.com/2015/07/16/getting-shared-space-the-wrong-way-round/

It is why Seven-dials fails. You do not build shared space on a through road. Saw Close is still a through road (of sorts) and it is important to ensure that the route cars take through the space is not a direct fast line. Ideally Cheap Street/Westgate Street would have rising bollards put in place to prevent motorised access during the day as has been done on Lower Borough Walls, to fantastic praise from the businesses on the street.

The cherry on the top would be to install rising bollards on Westgate Street and to reroute buses to pick up on James St West.

Also of significant note, the Bath Accessibility report presented at the Bath City Conference specifically highlighted those corduroy stones as too narrow and easily step-over-able by a blind person at only 350mm wide and that a more suitable 800mm wide ledge was better. I would even suggest a slightly dropped kerb.

I’m also concerned that no clear route through the space is being provided for cyclists. However the fact the road is still clearly “marked” does give some hope, however the council must learn from Lower Borough Walls where they installed a 2m wide shared path in front of a very busy pasty shop, rather than a clearly defined contraflow cycle lane that should have been part of the road.

Unfortunately it does feel that lessons are not being learnt from the Seven Dials fiasco.

BATH NEWSEUM

As part of Bath & North East Somerset Council’s plans to remove obstacles for walking and cycling and reduce the dominance of motor vehicles in the city centre, the Council proposes to make improvements to Saw Close to  re-establish the area as a key social space and a focal point for Bath’s entertainment quarter.

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Saw Close experiences low vehicle traffic but is a busy pedestrian area that is largely occupied by carriageway. It is proposed to see the road narrowed to slow traffic and encourage pedestrians to make more use of the entire area.

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The plans will be on display on Monday, 11 July, from 1pm to 6pm in the Brunswick Room on the ground floor of the Guildhall in Bath, where locals will be able to give their views on the proposals. Council officers will also be present to answer any questions.

Councillor Anthony Clarke (Conservative, Lansdown), Bath &…

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