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Cyclists used to try and prevent towpath repair

In 2011, Sustrans, the council, Don Foster MP, and the Canal & River Trust came together and agreed that the state of the Kennet and Avon Towpath between Sydney Gardens and Bathampton was in such a poor state that funding would be found to upgrade the towpath to a 4 season surface that would last for 15+years.

£135k was found in the council budget and Sustrans had reserved £315k of their core funds for the project. Then in 2012, the UK experienced extreme flooding and the government cut Sustrans core funding to support the development of flood defences.

In 2014 the CRT wrote a planning objection letter to the redevelopment of the Warminster Road MOD site demanding £315k towards maintenance of the towpath as the new bridge across to the towpath would increase footfall on an already busy towpath that was suffering from severe erosion.

In January 2015, the council bid and won Cycle City Ambition Grant money to finally do the repair under the CRT’s new “Better Towpaths for Everyone” policy. A national policy to bring ALL 2000 miles of towpaths up to a better standard through a three pronged approach:

  1. Better infrastructure :- Widening all towpaths (where necessary) and upgrading to 4 season surfaces usable all year round.
  2. Better signage :- Clear and prominent shared use signs to be installed across the country where there are concerns raised by local users.
  3. Better behaviour :- A range of initiatives to encourage considerate use of towpaths. These include the CRT’s “Share the space, drop your pace” campaign and the recently developed towpath code of conduct.

There are some people in the community that do not want this repair to go ahead and have started a shock campaign around the idea that the repair will allow cyclists to cycle even faster along the towpath using a rather horrible picture from an inexcusable hit and run incident on a towpath up on the Wigan canal. They want this upgrade stopped at all costs. They like it the way it is as it slowly becomes unusable to all but the most determined users over years to come.

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CCAG Bath- East 675k Project Overview

[Foreword 26/3/2015:

It has become apparent that the Bath Chronicle’s ‘article‘ is blatant sensationalism and, rather than focus on the core objectives of this plan (to enable a 6 year old child to ride from Larkhall to the city centre safely while creating good accessible surfaces for all), they headline with “Cyclists want to move parked cars on Great Pulteney Street, Bath”.

The Great Pulteney Street proposal is ONE MINOR PART of the overall plan; it would create a buffered separate cycle lane, keeping bicycles off the pavement and away from people walking. This idea has, however, resulted in people suggesting on the Chronicle’s Facebook page that “pavement ‘cyclists’ should be ‘clotheslined'” and that we “do not ‘deserve’ any of this”.

This kind of planned provision should be celebrated, not derided. It’s pretty disappointing, in this day and age, when the provision of good, safe, traffic free routes, which not only help children cycle to school but give people the option of choosing to leave their car at home and embracing a healthy transport option, is placed within the Bath Chronicle’s chosen framing of the debate.  Even if the newspaper took a “neutral” stance they would, by default, side with the status quo; the way the debate was framed, however, was anything but neutral.

Adam Reynolds, Cycle Bath Chair]

After yesterdays guided tour I quickly wrote up my notes on the scheme. I have now updated the trello board with the different elements of the scheme which I believe provide a child safe mostly traffic free route for people to get from Larkhall into the heart of the city centre.

Cycle City Ambition Grant Bath East Proposed Scheme ccag-batheast.svg.zip
Cycle City Ambition Grant Bath East Proposed Scheme ccag-batheast.svg.zip

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CCAG Grosvenor Bridge Guided Tour and on Bike Workshop Saturday 14th of March

As some of you might be aware and many of you may not, the BaNES Cycle Forum held on Tuesday discussed the Cycle City Ambition Grant, in particular how to proceed with delivering the £675,000 Bath – East Grosvenor Bridge improvement.

Due to the timescales (we need to get started in April), we need to move fast. So a public workshop will happen in the next two weeks where all the various options will be presented and then ratified into one ‘final’ design. To facilitate this workshop, tomorrow I am hosting a guided tour and on bike workshop of the project area. If you want to understand the complexity of the issues and what issues need solving, you should attend this.

Meet 10am Kingsmead Square, this Saturday, 14th of March for a ride/walk through Sydney Gardens exiting at the play area gate, cross over to K&A towpath, down to Grosvenor bridge, across to Lambridge, explore St Saviours, down to Morrisons, back along Meadows to Grosvenor bridge. Out to Bathampton, then to Batheaston to discuss Batheaston Carpark plans with the people hosting the event there.

Bring Tape measure and camera. Expect detailed discussions AND very slow riding pace with frequent stops and some bits to be walked.

Please at least read this post where I discuss some of the ideas of what is possible.

See you Saturday!

PS: Probably will have a Fish and Chip lunch at Batheaston.