We had planned by now to have some sort of monthly newsletter up and going but things have been rather busy.
What We’ve Been Up To
Cycle Bath has produced a document, viewable online here or downloadable as a pdf Cllr Shelford The Way Forward This document is now ‘locked’ but is probably one of the most comprehensive overview of ‘stuff that needs doing to get people cycling’ in BaNES ever produced. Expect yearly versions of this going forward.
The I Want To Ride section of the site is probably the most visited section of the website. We want to call attention to the newest addition to our Organised Rides page, the rather fantastic 30 Mile Thursdays. If we were to describe what they do, it very much is a ‘lovely’ ride out taking 3-4 hours to cover around 30 miles and eat cake. This is not club riding.
Club Rides Get Political
Our Cycle Clubs section is there for those people who are looking to get into sport cycling. Many of the clubs run a number of different rides each week and run rides for all abilities.
Cycle Bath wants to highlight Timsbury Cycle Group for the work they have put in raising awareness of issues with the Two Headed Man junction which Cycle Bath has written about. They now have the unanimous backing from their parish council for their request for safer cycling facilities to be designed into the ‘car only’ Two Headed Man scheme.
Bath CC has Nigel Sherwin as their rights officer. Timsbury Cycle Group has the rather awesome Stefano Marazzi. We’re not saying that all clubs should have a rights officer, but if there is somebody passionate about getting better cycle infrastructure, then your club can become a powerful voice within the community and at council level by simply recognising/appointing them as the Club’s Rights Officer and letting them gather like minded members around them and letting them get on with it.
Talking about voices, your feedback on Keynsham High Street Trial is needed or it will be scrapped. Email in and support it, or lose it.
Something For The Weekend
For something crazy to do this weekend, cycle over to Ashton Court and watch the balloons rise on Saturday morning. Gates open 6am, so a 5am start should get you there for 6:40ish, just in time to see the balloons go up! 😀
I thought I’d give a quick roundup of the things our group is involved in:
- Dave’s excellent post on Larkhall to Alice park is now a document sited in the planning application. I really hope it results in a good route through the site.
- There is a bus with a cycle rack on the front of it in Bristol! However until the Driver Vehicle Safety Agency get their hands on it, we’re not allowed near it. 😦
- Cycle City Ambition Grant Bath East proposed set of ideas are now ‘solidified’ and are being looked at by council officers to determine viability. Getting a child on a bike from Larkhall into the city centre safely apparently can be quite controversial [Bath Chron Article].
- The CCAG Bath East tour brought up an interesting question over the Hampton Row footbridge. The replacement has still not been designed. A wheelchair accessible bridge is possible. Chris and Frank well done for this one.
- The Bath Train Station manager and Southgate manager are on board with kitting out the tunnel under the station with more racks, probably a 100 of these, better lighting AND CCTV. CCAG money is potentially available for doing this.
- The river path will have some verge maintenance done on it, but tying down what that is is almost impossible. BaNES needs a path maintenance team kitted out with the tools needed to keep paths wide and clear.
- Projects that should be completed within the next two months:
- Rainbow Woods
- A4 Ramp
- London Road
- CCAG Seven Dials!
- Cycle Bath is in the process of becoming an associate member of FoBRA. We hope this is a fruitful relationship, particularly with the work we are doing with the CCAG money,
Apologies if I’ve missed you off. I know a lot goes on I hope the above gives some idea of the amount that people are doing. Be proud people. We’re helping to make this city a better, healthier, less congested place to live. Now get out on your bike and ride!
Adam Reynolds – Cycle Bath Chair
PS: If you like what we are doing, just get involved. The more the merrier.
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.