Call To Action: Please respond to Government’s Cycle Delivery Plan by today!

This one is very very simple but you do need to get your comments in as soon as you can as it closes midnight today [Thursday].

Response is by email :

This is all about money. The government spends £462 per head per year on transport. The government has stated that they have an ‘aspiration’ to spend £10 per head of this money on cycling.
The DfT recently released a report where it was shown nationally that each £1 invested in cycling infrastructure returned £5.50 and in places with established cycling (Cambridge and Oxford) a return of up to £35.
This return beats ANY other form of transport investment hands down. In fact the DfT is legally required to pursue the best return on investment possible.
Please please please EMAIL and tell them you want a yearly £10 indexed linked investment in cycling.
For further information you can see the consultation here:
CTC and British Cycling have also been highly critical of the lack of commitment from the Government.

Bollards to BANES

I may have mentioned Claude Avenue before and what needs to happen.  How what we ended up with was good, but nobody seems to have considered how a bicycle was supposed to get from the road onto the ramp.

Now the council has a lot of cooks. Some have bigger hats then others, so you can end up getting something right and a month later somebody is pissing in the cooking pot…

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Sustrans Working Party Volunteers needed this Saturday 10am-4pm!

We need to do a small bit of site clearance for one of the new picnic tables / benches to go in along the Two Tunnels route. This will involve clearing some vegetation and soil. The lovely new table/bench will then be installed at a later date by a contractor.

If you can help out for part of the day, Sat 8 Nov 14 anytime between 10 and 4 that would be great. (note we may stop for lunch in the Hope and Anchor at some point, so if no one is there you know where to look!)

The location is the south end of Combe Down tunnel, next to the Geology board. Bring some gloves, tools will be provided.

If you want to find out more about Sustrans volunteering see here.

Cycle the city after dark

Is anyone up for a gentle ride through the city areas on quieter roads after dark? We take in some of the attractions you know and perhaps some you don’t. Lights are a must as some areas of the ride are quite dark, but quite safe. I have the route which was part of one we did in the summer.  We should allow about 1 hour 20 minutes for the ride. We might even spot the first christmas tree in a window.

The date IMG_0678is Thursday 20 November at 6.30. Meet at the Nextbike Station, Orange Grove at the side of the Guildhall where you can hire a bike, if required.

For further information use contact page

Keynsham Strategy – Final Thoughts

On Tuesday I popped along to the consultation event and had a rather long discussion with Rab Smith from BANES. By the end of it I felt warm and fuzzy. Seriously impressed when it comes to what they are planning for cycling in Keynsham. I don’t think cars get a great deal out of the strategy, but that’s because the place actually needs a North-South bypass, but let’s focus on the good bits.

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Further NCN 24 closures between Midford & Wellow.

Following on from repair closure along this stretch of the path, a sign has been put on to the gate near Midford announcing the farmer’s annual closures for grouse shooting parties.

Day Date Month Year
Saturday 1st November 2014
Saturday 15th November 2014
Saturday 29th November 2014
Saturday 13th December 2014
Saturday 27th December 2014
Saturday 10th January 2015
Saturday 17th January 2015
Saturday 24th January 2015
Saturday 31st January 2015

Incidentally, the repair closure sign claimed the path would be open on Sunday, but if heading out to Wellow that day I think you should be prepared to climb the hill.

NCN 24 Closure Between Midford Viaduct & Wellow trekking centre

Sustrans South West have announced the stretch of NCN 24 between Midford Viaduct & Wellow trekking centre will be closed for one week (weather dependent) from Monday 20th for resurfacing. A diversion along Twinhoe Lane will hopefully be signed.

Further announcement: SustransSW say the path will be closed until Wednesday 29th

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Coming up this week!

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.

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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