Next meeting: Dependent on government recommendations about coronavirus

The next meeting is dependent on government recommendations about coronavirus.

Cycleways’ meeting 11th March 2020 at the Fat Pug Minutes

Eco-Fest Pump Room Gardens 31st May,

Will go ahead and purchase a new Gazebo, blue being the preferred colour. Insurance cover note in a couple of weeks, and have booked the stall.

Web site

Will convene a meeting of the group to agree on how we run the site.

Leamington Town Assembly 6th April, Clean air for Leamington

Open to those who live in Leamington, ticket can be obtained through Eventbrite, sent out separately to all members. The event will be an opportunity to draw up cycle routes across the town

WDC Climate Change Emergency Action Plan

The Plan sets a target of WDC achieving net zero emissions by 2025, and the District as a whole, by 2030. Since road transport is the largest contributor of CCGs, WDC will formally ask to work with it to develop a sustainable transport strategy urgently and to resource it appropriately. This represents a significant step forward and does provide a means of holding WCC to account for how transport monies are allocated. In this respect, WDC will also instigate a Local Plan Review putting mitigation/prevention of the effects of climate change at its heart.

Cycle maintenance course

Will circulate the details of a bike maintenance workshop with Giant in Leamington, plan is an evening workshop with up to 8 people, charge £5 per person.

Coventry Road, Warwick, cycle route

The original proposal for a shared path route had created concerns from a wide range of members, so a member who is a transport planner, offered to discuss with WCC how these concerns could be met. From this some improvements are possible which they will circulate to us. Once again, the debate on the adequacy of cycle provision came up at the meeting. The problem with the Coventry Road scheme is that it will be funded from a road safety budget, which is limited. As someone highlighted, WCC only allocate 88p per head for cycling, the recommended level nationally should be £10 per head.

This important point should come up in WDC’s Climate Change Action Plan, where they have made a specific link to monies from new developments to be used to achieve the Council’s carbon neutral target across the District by 2030.

On a related, but separate issue, a WDC councillor explained the Council’s proposal to raise additional revenue, for the Climate Emergency Plan through a levy on the Council Tax. Such a proposal has to be approved by the public through a Referendum, to be held on 7th May.

On 17th March the WCC Cabinet will discuss a motion that all transport planning should be halted and reviewed.

Also highlighted that a recent consultation in Kenilworth had found 88% in favour of a cycle route through Abbey Fields.

Social Media and Networking

Attended a talk at the Spa Centre on funding sources with Severn Trent and CAVA as potential sources. WDC see the forthcoming Commonwealth Games as a good opportunity to raise the profile of an active life style.

AOB

At the February meeting we were joined by the Cycling Mayor of Coventry. They had highlighted a cycling schools project in Kenilworth and the subject of funding came up. Subsequently we wrote to a Kenilworth Town and WDC councillor, confirming that Cycleways had a balance of £783 from a ring fenced WDC cycle training grant for Kenilworth.

Sustrans

Mention was made that from time to time Sustrans have monies remaining from projects which could be made over if a project in our area was waiting to go.

Warwick District Cycle Forum, gave a brief outline of the event, and will circulate to members an up dated note on it, where and when it meets, next meeting is the 31st March.

Next meeting: Wednesday 11 March 2020

We hold friendly informal meetings on the second Wednesday of every month, usually upstairs at The Fat Pug, Guys Cliffe Road, Leamington Spa, CV32 5BZ.

The next meeting is on Wednesday 11th March 2020, at 19:30.

Cycleways’ meeting 12th February 2020

Eco-Fest 31st May, Promoted by WDC

Gazebo – suggested that we bought a 3mx3m one for £290, which was agreed. Insurance, will check on this with Cycling UK (). Initial thoughts on a cycle ride, up to Newbold Common and back via the canal tow path, will require a leader and two at the rear, with hi-vis vests. Any other ideas on a route?

Web site

Outlined some useful notes from an ex web page designer who had met to identify ways of improving on our existing site. Suggests that we use a WIX platform (cost around £220 pa), and that the running of the site is shared by say four of us. We could also offer advertising space to bike shops/cafes to help fund the site. The web site group to agree and implement the proposals.

Peace Festival

Certificate of insurance required, as for Eco-Fest. Theme Air Quality linked into work being done with the Air Quality group.

Other events

Leamington Town Assembly, Monday 6th April, Town Hall, “Clean Air for Leamington”, all are welcome

International Women Day Monday 9th March Sydni Centre, “Clean Air”

Warwickshire Pride event in August

Newsletter

Articles by 1st March, please

Warwickshire Heritage and Culture Society

Meets at Shire Hall, had highlighted to them the contribution that cycling and sustainable modes of transport can play in preserving our heritage.

Kenilworth

Proposal by the Town Council to place an iron bicycle at the clock tower to commemorate the original builder of the modern bicycle.

Abbey Fields consultation of cycle access is being undertaken with the result expected 20/21

Commented on the demonstration of electric pods at the Unv, but such a scheme is a distraction to the real transport needs. Reported that a new head of transport planning has been appointed.

Marketing and promotion.

Have been in touch with Coventry Unv with the idea of providing Cycleways as a case study to develop some ideas on how to market it. Also, highlighted the use of pop-up posters outside schools to warn motorists. Useful having some thoughts and inputs on promotion.

Cycle Forum report back from the meeting 14th Jan

Unfortunately some of the items on the attached list were not discussed:

  • Warwick Racecourse
  • Hampton Road
  • Sydenham cycle path

Of the others:

  • Coventry Road cycle route, looking at other possibilities.
  • Tachbrook Road/Heathcote Road junction, although the required Toucan crossing was omitted when the Tachbrook Road cycle route was built, back in 2008, WCC highways still say that nothing can be done until new section 106 money becomes available.
  • Emscote Road – WCC have sent our scheme to Sustrans for comment. We submitted the scheme 7 months ago.
  • K2L – The focus is on getting the route details resolved, possibly this Autumn, before any discussions can take place on the route into Leamington or connecting in to the Greenway and on to Warwick Unv.
  • Crossing of side roads by an off road cycle path. No satisfactory answer given. Here it would be is worth referring to the WCC Cabinet Report on Cycling Infrastructure, 11/10/18, item 3, which states, the West Midlands Cycling Design Guidance is recognised…….complemented by ongoing best practice research…….to delivering high quality, innovative and effective cycling schemes.

The views of those present at the meeting very much reiterated the views expressed by the public at the Air Quality Summit held at Leamington Town Hall last December. WCC highways are content to discuss but show little serious inclination to get to grips with the issues.

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Next meeting: Wednesday 12th February 2020

The next meeting is on Wednesday 12th February 2020, at 19:30, at The Fat Pug (any two house Burgers for £15!).