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Bath Clean Air Zone Consultation, DEFRA’s failure to understand the problem

As people are very aware I am not just somebody that campaigns for cycling but spend a significant amount of time working on policy and, with my systems analyst hat on, how we create better cities and towns.

The council are currently consulting on the Clean Air Zone here and I’ve written my 25 page response here: CAZ Response.

The TL;DR is to implement:

  • Workplace Parking Levy
  • Citywide Parking Control with inner and outer zones based on CO2 g/km, car length, and a 50% diesel surcharge
  • Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs)
  • Sustainable Transport Levy on all parking fees
  • Free/cheap public buses

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Evaporating traffic? Impact of low-traffic neighbourhoods on main roads

A brilliant summary of the impact Low Traffic Neighbourhoods can have.

London Living Streets

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By Emma Griffin, vice-chair, London Living Streets

Low-traffic neighbourhoods can be life-changing for the residents who live in them. Since the neighbourhood improvements in Walthamstow Village in 2015, people are walking and cycling more, children play out, air pollution has improved and life expectancy increased.

More information on what low-traffic neighbourhoods are and how they work is available here.

But bold traffic plans such as this are often introduced amid concern and opposition. This series of blogs explores these questions and presents research that helps fill missing gaps and tackles any misunderstandings.

Here we examine concerns that low-traffic neighbourhoods may divert traffic onto main roads leading to increased congestion and air pollution.

Traffic evaporation 

Experience reveals that predictions of traffic problems caused by low-traffic neighbourhoods almost always fail to materialise, and that significant reductions in overall traffic levels across an area can happen as a result of people making…

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Literally driven off our roads…

Alex messaged me with the following and he gave me permission to publish it here. It is unedited (written on his phone). It is shocking. It is utterly depressing. It is demoralising. It should not be this way.


Hi Adam. I hope you’re well. I wanted to get in touch again potentially offering a bit of assistance. If you remember, I live in Timsbury, work in Bristol and used to cycle every day of the week. My partner works in Bath usually doing the same.

Just recently I’ve had some rather horrific experiences using the lanes around Saltford commuting to and from work. I chose to use the lanes to avoid using major roads reducing my likelihood of contact with dangerous vehicle drivers and to access the Bristol to Bath cycle path as quickly as possible. Doing this added 5 additional miles to my journey in both directions to and from work.

Recently though, the lanes have become much busier with vehicles and the frequency of me being literally driven at by cars coming the other way or cars wanting to pass at inappropriate times has increased.

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I want my street to be like this…

This is simply brilliant

Nicer cities, liveable places

I want my street to be like this…

Reclaiming residential streets, Dutch street design, and why this REALLY REALLY matters.

This might be the most important blog post I write on urban design – but it’s also been one of the most difficult. I want to demonstrate how to look at a quiet Dutch residential street, and to see what isn’t there – and to be amazed by that. Obviously that’s not an easy thing to do.

Look at this video. It’s quite a nice street isn’t it? Nice, but I don’t expect many people to be amazed by it. I’m going to try to change that. Perhaps you’re trying to encourage people to cycle in your city. You might look at this street and say ‘so what?’ – and go looking for one of my articles on segregated infrastructure. But if you do that you’re going to miss out…

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More cycling fatalities than deaths in cars

BICYCLE DUTCH

Disturbing news this morning: more people died on a bike than in a car in the Netherlands in 2017. A total of 206 people died on bicycles and 201 in cars. This is the first time that ever happened. The figure for cycling deaths is also the highest in 11 years. The fatality increase is completely male. The number of killed men went from 125 in 2016 to 148 in 2017. For women the total decreased a little, from 64 in 2016 to 58 in 2017. And yet, when you look at deaths per cycled kilometres, then cycling is becoming safer, not more dangerous.

More cycle fatatilies in the Netherlands while cycling is becoming safer. The elderly account for three quarters of the cycle fatalities in the Netherlands.

Statistics Netherlands published the annual road fatalities this morning and the fact that “cycling is deadlier than driving” made all the headlines…

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From main road to attractive people’s space

BICYCLE DUTCH

Utrecht is reconstructing the streets directly around the historic city centre. These streets, alongside the former city wall and moat, were once supposed to become a four lane main road. For that the water would have disappeared. That never happened at this location but the streets did become a main route for motor traffic for decades. Now the streets have been designated as a main cycle route around the city centre. The design of the streets is being changed accordingly. The second stage of this project has just been finished and a third stage is under construction.

The reconstructed Maliesingel in Utrecht has first and foremost become a main cycle route. The area is now also an attractive urban space where people may want to linger longer.

Two years ago I showed you the first stage of this project. The streets named Maliesingel and Tolsteegsingel were transformed from a…

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Bike roadshow

I hate this idea that everyone shares the same responsibility. As has been shown by West Midlands Police, most collisions between a person cycling and and a person in control of a motorised vehicle is the fault of the driver. The use of the term ‘accidents’ has been banned by the British Medical Journal as there is always a root cause and don’t get me started on “Share with care”. Something stolen from the towpath scene and more appropriate to sharing space between people cycling and walking. However they will be handing out free stuff. Expect to be berated for cycling without a helmet and be encouraged to let your 8 year old child “share with care” with big lumbering HGVs or aggressive parents late on the school run. Nothing about what this charity does is good. They are not trying to enable cycling by campaigning for segregated safe cycle space, they simply want the status quo. 1700+ people die each year due to driver error, over 18,000 are seriously injured, yet we all have the same duty of care. Ridiculous. Still free swag bag. Just make sure not to wear a helmet and make sure to ask them why they are not campaigning for real safety changes by creating space for cycling.

BATH NEWSEUM

A free cycling roadshow will be taking place in Bath next week, helping cyclists get ‘Bike Smart’ for winter as part of UK Road Safety Week 2018. Offering on-site cycle maintenance services, anti-theft cycle marking and a competition to win cycling lights, the roadshow is part of a wider campaign focusing on the safety of those on two wheels.

Cyclists and motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable road users in the UK. More than a third of people killed or seriously injured on UK roads are those travelling by bike and more than 100 riders are injured every day in preventable crashes.

Taking place between 19–25 November and coordinated by Brake, Road Safety Week seeks to raise public awareness about the importance of protecting those on two wheels and the message at the heart of this year’s campaign is ‘Bike Smart’: helping cyclists and motorcyclists to be ‘BikeSmart’ through safe…

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Design Details (1)

Probably one of the best explanations of continuous footways that councillors and highways engineers really needs to read.

Nicer cities, liveable places

Design Details (1)

Continuous footway, side-road crossings, simplicity and clarity, blending, getting it right, getting it wrong.

What it is which makes the Dutch ‘continuous footway’ design work so successfully?

Copies of this are becoming more common in the UK, but are we getting our designs right?

What Dutch design principles are relevant here? What can we learn from these principles?

What’s wrong with the idea of ‘blending’ designs?


This is, I hope, the first part of what will become a series of articles looking at details of Dutch (and perhaps Danish) infrastructure – specifically at how these support cycling, walking, and the vitality of their cities and towns – and comparing these designs to those in the UK. Details about other posts in the series will appear here.


What is ‘continuous footway’?

In Dutch cities and towns one of the features which first stands out to a UK audience…

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Active Travel and Accessibility Forum Follow Up

While it is all fresh in my head I will quickly write-up as much as possible.

LCWIP

The Bath and North East Somerset Local Cycling Walking Infrastructure Plan is being developed as a whole across BaNES, North Somerset, Bristol, and South Gloucester. It was good to note that Cllr Mark Shelford want a commitment from the people that are developing the LCWIP that the priority would be Safe routes to school then commuter routes to centres of employment, then centre of commerce.

Cllr Shelford also noted that walking was analysed at 2km and not the 3 miles that is currently used for school travel support.  (5km for cycling).

There was an admission that no money is available to implement this and we will be needing to look to the DfT and WECA however WECA are going through the process of developing a Joint Spatial Plan, a Joint Local Travel Plan, and there is also something called the Local Plan.

All in all good. What was not so good is there was no connection to what Wiltshire are doing or any detail about the connections between Urban areas. Also Secondary schools were ignored in the node to node analysis in Bath. However expect further work on this.

Oxfordshire Walking and Cycling Standards

I’ve spoken about these before and there is progress on these with the council now looking to develop or adopt these. They are absolutely vital and can transform what developers can do with their roads space. This is a big big change and will make a huge difference.

Somerdale Bridge

Apparently £1M is not enough to build a bridge. I understand the one at Batheaston cost £900k with material costs of around £500k. Cllr Shelford made it clear he could not understand why a bridge could not be built here for that money. Expect this one to explode.

Seven Projects for Bath City Forum

The ATAF will be developing a set of 7 costed projects to submit for CIL funding via the Bath City Forum. Projects can be as simple as installing a dropped kerb to finally getting a good ramp from the Two Tunnels into Lyncombe Vale rather than that root infested dirt path.

Given that other community forums have similar CIL pots, there is no reason not to develop this out to other areas.

Share with Care

As cycling has become more popular, so has poor interaction between people walking and cycling. Council is going to reach out to Sustrans and their One Path initiative on the B2B and see if something similar could be done on some of our shared routes. The reality is though, we simply must start designing for cycle traffic and recognise a cycle is a vehicle capable of speed. Grade separated segregated space is realistically the only way to achieve this to remove much of the cycle traffic from leisure routes.

A.O.B.

Keynsham High Street design process is about to kick off.

Western Riverside was discussed and how the whole development should be considered a Low Traffic Neighbourhood and that Destructor Bridge should be restricted to buses only. Further work needed.

Weston to City Centre cycle scheme was discussed as to whether the advisory cycle lane actually did anything. A few people noted that if the parking along here was removed then this would no longer be a problem as segregated cycling infra using orcas (see London Road) could be implemented.

Cllr Shelford should be congratulated for defending the London Road Orcas. Apparently he got a lot of flack for them. They are an example of how to achieve light protected cycle infrastructure.

 

Active Travel and Accessibility Forum (16th) + Follow Up Meeting (23rd)

Bath and North East Somerset Council Active Travel and Accessibility Forum (ATAF)
5.30pm to 7.30pm 16 October 2018, Kaposvar Room, The Guildhall, Bath

Agenda

1. Review previous actions outstanding
2. Feedback from Oxford research visit
3. Current scheme/project updates:
Local Cycling and Walking Investment Plan
Mulberry Park walking and cycling improvements
4. AOB:
Fielding Road Bridge (FT)
Keynsham High Street (AR)

(There will be other discussions)

This will be followed by a Cycle Bath meeting on the 23rd at the Guild Co-Working space at 6:30pm to discuss and analyse the LCWIP, and form our initial response to the process.