The railway path at Teewell Hill in Staple Hill (Cycling / Walking) will be closed for 8 weeks

20141002-Railway Path Closure 2014-OThe railway path at Teewell Hill in Staple Hill will be closed from Monday 6 October for approximately eight weeks. The essential closure has been scheduled so that our engineers can carry out the foundation works to widen the existing road bridge above the Bristol to Bath cycle and walking route.

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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.

Oldfield Park Railway Station FGW Shaping the Future Event

First Great Western are inviting people to get involved in “shaping the future” of Oldfield Park train station on Thursday (9th of October) 4pm to 7pm at the Oldfield Park Baptist Church.

If you have time, might be worth popping along and discussing how the provide for cycling (e.g. secure storage). It also gives you an opportunity to get involved in the running of the station.

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Call To Action: Where is the vision for the Enterprise Area Master Plan?

A “call to action” is where we ask people to contact their councillor and/or MP on a specific cycling related matter. It is vitally important that they hear from regular people and not just ‘those Cycle Bath people’. It changes their stance on how important cycle provision is, the way the council allocates cycle infrastructure budgets, and ultimately the way the council officers (planning) see the need for good cycling provision.

All we are asking is for 3 minutes of your time to send the email below. If you want to get more involved then have a look here but copy and send the email below first!

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Get yourself a dutch bell

I live on Bear Flat so a lot of my cycling starts with riding down onto the Two Tunnels. If I need to get into town in a rush, then it is straight down Wellsway, but if there is any excuse, any, I’ll ride down Linear Park across Fieldings Bridge and into town. It is too nice a ride not to do it.

So when Linda Donaldson writes about mirrors and bells and states

I don’t have a bell, but I have a voice which I have always felt is more effective. The walkers and runners I spoke too shared a consensus that they felt bells are vital particularly where cyclists are using the canal path or the Two Tunnels. But on the other hand cyclists felt bells were often not listened to. It seems we are back to my long-standing point on the need to respect each other’s right to be in the space again – whether on two wheels or two feet!

I get a bit annoyed because this is a classic case of completely missing the point of a decent bell. Your voice just doesn’t work and most pedestrians she spoke to agreed with that fact.

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Bicycle Film at the Little Theatre

Being involved in Cycle Bath is as much about our love of cycling as our belief that Bath needs better cycling infrastructure.

There is a beautiful film all about the Bicycle coming to Bath on the 19th of October at the Little Theatre. You should go see it. I am 🙂

If you do go, Cycle Bath will be there handing out one of our campaign posters to all attendees. (Have to keep up the good work!)

Bath Quay really sucks if you want to cycle

Let’s be really clear. I went to the Enterprise Area Master plan presentation and was told in no uncertain terms by Cllr Ben Stevens that in the master plan, the river path was considered to be a walking and leisure cycling route. They would design in a ‘fast’ route for commuter cyclists. When pressed further, he confirmed those cyclists would share the road for parts of it. In other words, it would only be suitable for current confident cyclists.

This strategy of forcing cyclists to mix with road traffic WILL NOT get people cycling. It will not make Bath a cycling city. The council’s promise of providing cycling aged 8 to 80+ is a lie and this development clearly shows this. They really don’t care about making this city fit for cycling for ALL the family.

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Bath Quays Planning Application is out!

Been a long time coming and the Quays area development is out for consultation.

Flood risk mitigation works enabling the development of the Bath Quays to include: Realignment of Green Park Road; Changing Corn Street to be two-way traffic and Ambury to dual-lane; Relocating access points to Avon Street Car Park; Changing the Coach Park to be drop-off and pick-up only; Widen the River Channel in places between Churchill Bridge and Midland Bridge; Replace Riverside ground floor windows and doors at Waterfront House, Camden Mill and Bayer Building; Demolish existing walls and replace with higher walls between Churchill Bridge and Camden Mill; Provision of new flood wall between Bayer Building and Midland Bridge and Realignment of Riverside footpath at Green Park.

Planning application is here

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