Pines Way Gyratory – Ignoring people who want to cycle

You wouldn’t think a cycling campaigning organisation would be too concerned about a development in the middle of a horrible gyratory near Sainsburys. I mean I hate riding that hell hole and do it very rarely.

It does sound very innocent:

Erection of an office building (use class B1) with basement parking, associated infrastructure and landscaping following the demolition of existing office building.

However what I didn’t realise was that they were redesigning the gyratory but completely ignoring cycling as a mode of transport.

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Front Bus Cycle Racks

[Edit 3 March 2015: We are one step closer with an actual installation happening. Expectation is a test bus available by beginning of April 2015.]

[Foreword 8th June 2015: We have now had the result from the DVSA, and it’s not good.]

CycleBath have been working with  Bath and North East Somerset Council, First group, and Wessex buses to get to a pilot to put  free front cycle racks on public buses in Bath. It is almost ready!

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Hacking your neighbourhood

London is leading the charge on the provision of great cycle infrastructure. The recent announcement from Transport for London of 18 miles of east west protected cycle super highways and the ongoing successful Space4Cycling campaign are transforming London and the expectations of residents.

Councils are beginning to understand that there is a ‘gold’ standard that cycling infrastructure should be built to and that ‘sharing’ space with pedestrians or painting lines on roads is a horrendous cop-out and will never get parents cycling their children to school.

So what TfL are doing is a massive game changer and is great to watch from afar, but how does this translate into what you can do locally in Bath?

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Claude Avenue Ramp – Unfinished business

It was with great aplomb that the ramp was finally opened last week. I love the way it connects the area of Oldfield Park to the Two Tunnels path.

It’s been one hell of a battle, at one point having to meet with the council’s Senior Cycling and Accessibility engineer, Highways Department Senior Engineer , and Jamie Edwards (Sustrans) on the ramp to try and sort out the dire bollard situation.

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