I’ve somehow got myself onto a list of TRO announcements. This has enabled me to provide feedback to proposed schemes and also get comments from people on the CycleBath email group and the CycleBath Facebook page. However I think it’s important that people know we do this and maybe also add their own comments. Comments need to be in within the next 10 days at the bottom of this post.
We all know that we have a growing obesity crisis in this country. We all know that traffic congestion is getting worse, and that the fumes (and invisible particulates) are poisoning our air and ourselves. We all know that the more traffic there is, the less safe we feel walking or cycling around and even more so letting our children walk or cycle around. So what are we doing to break into this vicious cycle?
My recent encounter with the M4 and other busy roads as I walked along the Kennet and Avon canal left me thinking a lot about alternatives to motorised transport, and the daily choices we make.
I’ve pretty much given up hope of our government (at either a national or especially my local level) doing anything about it.
Which leaves me. Myself. I. To take action to try to make things different.
I thought I’d give a quick roundup of the things our group is involved in:
Dave’s excellent post on Larkhall to Alice park is now a document sited in the planning application. I really hope it results in a good route through the site.
There is a bus with a cycle rack on the front of it in Bristol! However until the Driver Vehicle Safety Agency get their hands on it, we’re not allowed near it. 😦
Cycle City Ambition Grant Bath East proposed set of ideas are now ‘solidified’ and are being looked at by council officers to determine viability. Getting a child on a bike from Larkhall into the city centre safely apparently can be quite controversial [Bath Chron Article].
The CCAG Bath East tour brought up an interesting question over the Hampton Row footbridge. The replacement has still not been designed. A wheelchair accessible bridge is possible. Chris and Frank well done for this one.
The Bath Train Station manager and Southgate manager are on board with kitting out the tunnel under the station with more racks, probably a 100 of these, better lighting AND CCTV. CCAG money is potentially available for doing this.
The river path will have some verge maintenance done on it, but tying down what that is is almost impossible. BaNES needs a path maintenance team kitted out with the tools needed to keep paths wide and clear.
Projects that should be completed within the next two months:
CCAG Seven Dials!
Cycle Bath is in the process of becoming an associate member of FoBRA. We hope this is a fruitful relationship, particularly with the work we are doing with the CCAG money,
Apologies if I’ve missed you off. I know a lot goes on I hope the above gives some idea of the amount that people are doing. Be proud people. We’re helping to make this city a better, healthier, less congested place to live. Now get out on your bike and ride!
Adam Reynolds – Cycle Bath Chair
PS: If you like what we are doing, just get involved. The more the merrier.
Working, Living, Cycling, and campaigning for better cycle infrastructure in Bath, UK