BANES are planning to remove & replace the Destructor Bridge which will mean the closure of the river path between Windsor & Victoria Bridge. The claimed start date is 4th March ’15 for a period of six months, however BANES say this closure will not be in effect for the whole period. Continue reading River path Closure. Windsor Bridge to Victoria Bridge
Why Does the circuit need to be locked up when not being used by cycling clubs and organisations? It would be nice if parents and the community could use it with children to give them confidence cycling in a safe environment at a time which suits them.
See Cafes and Pubs Around Bath page
Range now extended from (approx) 12 to 14 miles from Bath centre!
20+ cafes added in the location list and interactive map. Next stage to update the pubs…
Thanks to those that have added suggestions for new entries all of which have been incorporated – please keep them coming…. (Remember, they might be hidden away in garden centres, supermarkets, community centres, visitor attractions…..)
From http://democracy.bathnes.gov.uk/mgConvert2PDF.aspx?ID=34441 the key cycling items I could identify are:
Page 11 – £100K to meet the costs of the Council hosting cycling events in 2015/16 including the City Cycle Race Series
Page 20 – £100k of the Corporate Supported Borrowing funds cycling schemes identified from the Sustrans review of cycle networks within the city as outlined in the Getting Around Bath Transport Strategy. The further £1m of Corporate Supported Borrowing will fund additional pedestrian schemes (£400k), additional cycle schemes (£400k) and 20mph scheme adaptations (£200k) Continue reading B&NES Budget 2015/16 – Headline Numbers for Cycling
For the uninitiated at present this is a light industrial site that lies north of the junction of Bellotts Road and the Lower Bristol Road. Environmentally it is currently pretty uninspiring.
For cyclists the proposal effectively provides an opportunity to start extending the Two Tunnels route to the north, and on Wed 14 Jan 15 myself and two TT committee members attended a presentation given by Deely Freed (DF) in advance of them submitting an outline planning application.
The DF team were all well aware of TT and the Bristol-Bath path and some of them use them on a regular basis. While the footprint they are directly responsible for developing lies inside both paths they are recommending infrastructure that will allow additional elements to be built if and when later development takes place.
a. a toucan crossing into the site from the north end of Bellotts Road
b. space for ramped access (and steps) up to the approach to the old Midland Rail bridge
c. a link across Windsor Bridge into the Western Riverside development when the opportunity presents itself.
They were also cognizant of the potential to utilize the wide path across Windsor Bridge which could link in to the riverside path opposite the new Tescos on the Upper Bristol Road (UBR), although they had some reservations about its width. (Evidently no-one knows who owns the bit of path from UBR to the Riverside path which doesn’t entirely help.)
Within the site a pedestrian/cyclist shared use path would run round the back of the site thereby avoiding most vehicular traffic. A bit roundabout but would lead to a nice area overlooking the river. A more direct route would also be available via an access road (for the occasional bin/delivery lorry etc).
The site in question does not include the buildings that abuts north to Windsor Bridge (including BBC Audio Books) which evidently have leases running for another 4 or 5 years and would be part of a later development stage.
According to DF the move of Homebase to this site as a result of the Sainsbury Green Park redevelopment has not been a consideration: draw your own conclusions about Sainsburys Green Park.
All in all we came away fairly happy.
e-images of the display boards and a record of Q&As are being provided which I will post up when I get them, although I’m not sure when that will be.
Cycle the city of Bath 2
Sunday 8 February 2015
Meet at the Nextbike station, Guildhall, Orange Grove 10.30 am
This is another gentle ride to suit all. Don’t worry we always pace with the slowest rider
We leave the city taking in the first part of the night ride route, and towards the newly restored Victoria Bridge and then head for the Two Tunnels (I know you may have already rode the two tunnels, but it still gives me a buzz) We aim to ride through both tunnels to Midford, and if the pub is open we can stop for coffee!!
We come back through the tunnels, both, depending how wet one of the exits, and return to the city on a different route, still on quiet roads with a down hill run. Slight gradients in places, but if I can do it anyone can.
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Please note you ride at your own risk.