Next meeting: Wednesday 8 May 2019

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 8 May 2019, at 19:30.

Minutes for April 2019 Cycleways Meeting

10th April 2019 – Fat Pug, Leamington Spa

 

  • Report from the quarterly Warwickshire Cycle Forum Meeting – 9th April
    • Cllr Holland raised the issue of cyclists riding on the pavement which can turn people against cyclists.
    • The new cycle link connecting Warwick Racecourse, Hampton Street and Hampton Road will not be signposted by Warwick District Council until all security features at the racecourse have been completed.
    • Network Rail thinks that the bricked-up arch which forms part of the Cape Road railway bridge could not be incorporated within any cycle route connecting Warwick Station to Ansell Way because the brickwork is required structurally.
    • Improvements to the tunnel under the A46 which enables cycling between the town of Warwick and Warwick Parkway station could be paid from the Stanks Island project fund.
    • The County Council thinks it may not be able to receive enough money from the HS2 Communities and Environment Fund for the section of K2L from Bericote Roundabout (Ramada Hotel) northwards to Thickthorn Roundabout (A46 junction.) It estimates that a 140-metre-long temporary bridge over the Avon is required to withstand flood risk and that that and the widening of the road would cost £1.5 million.
    • The civil engineering works being undertaken as part of the HS2 project are affecting some existing routes used by cyclists. Council officer will be talking to the WCC HS2 team to look for solutions.
    • Cllr Gifford and fellow councillors from neighbouring county electoral divisions have used delegated budget funds to pay for cycling route signage in north Leamington.
    • The County Council will be using West Midlands Cycle Design Guidance published by Transport for the West Midlands as an overarching guide for schemes within Warwickshire.
    • The council is looking at how to incorporate cycling along Harbury Lane as part of a Gaydon-Leamington cycle route which will help alleviate traffic to and from the Jaguar Land Rover site at Gaydon.
    • WCC’s Road Safety team is to take a look at the situation for cyclists along Stratford Road in Warwick.
    • A Cycleways member from Kenilworth, will submit the results of the Kenilworth cycling survey.

 

  • W2L cycle route – Once widths at key points along the route have been measured Cycleways can organise a ride along the route to assess the viability of the various proposed designs at those key points.

 

  • Cycleways will contact council for details of the proposed cycle route that will accompany the widening of Europa Way, especially the sections of the route which will be designed by housing developers.

 

  • Social media update for 12 March – 8th April

 

    • 180 posts on Facebook
    • 60 post engagements
    • 5 page likes

 

  • Material for exhibitions – Joyous Creative took the group through her proposed designs for pop-up banners which could be used at public events. The group like the design and colour scheme and suggested a couple or amendments to the proposed text.  Please contact jess@joyouscreative.co.uk with any proposals.

 

  • Peace Festival – please submit any articles, or ideas for articles, which could be included in the special Peace Festival newsletter to s2@outlook.com

 

  • Next meeting is at 7.30 pm at the Fat Pug on Wednesday 8th May 2019. The pub is located at postcode CV32 5BZ which is at the junction of Guy’s Cliffe Road and Coventry Road in Leamington

Next meeting: Wednesday 10 April 2019

The next meeting is on Wednesday 10 April 2019, at 19:30, upstairs at The Fat Pug, Guys Cliffe Road, Leamington Spa, CV32 5BZ.

Cycleyways’ Meeting 13th March 2019, at the Fat Pug

Long-time member, and stalwart of many voluntary group across Leamington and Warwick, died recently.  Anne’s funeral is at the North Chapel at Oakley Wood Crematorium at 3.00 pm on Friday 22nd March.

Action – Cycleways to donate £25 to Anne’s nominated charity, Leamington Citizen’s Advice Bureau.

 

Warwick to Leamington cycle route along Emscote Road

Provided further discussion on the various challenges which need to be overcome to implement a scheme which be attractive to all cyclists not just confident ones.  It was agreed that a successful scheme will be one which parents will permit their children to use unaccompanied to and from school.  Due to the variance in width and infrastructure along the route it is apparent that a cycle route layout that is consistent across the whole route might not be possible.  Before we submits proposals to the group and the Warwickshire County Council officer who canvassed Cycleways’ ideas for the route a few more details about the route will sought.

Action – Ask County Councillor Jonathan Chilvers about Emsocte Road’s status within Warwickshire County Council’s current list of priority cycle routes.

Action – Provide some road widths along the route’s course.

 

Cycleways stickers

The group agreed to the spend of £45 to print 1,000 Cycleways stickers to be used at events.

Action – To provide the group with a mock-up of the sticker for approval.

 

Social Media

Informed the meeting that 608 Facebook users have reached the Cycleways site; 165 people “liked” the page.  The topics generating most engagement currently are the proposed Emscote Road cycle route and the lack of cycle-parking at the Vue cinema in Leamington.  Cycleways members are encouraged to post on the site to maintain interest in cycling among non-members in the area because much activism is undertaken on social media rather than in organised groups.

 

EcoFest 2019

Have submitted a request to the organisers to set up a stand at the event.  To keep costs to a minimum members will provide a table and gazebo respectively for a Cycleways stand.  The event will be held on Sunday 5th May from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Pump Room Gardens in Leamington.

Action – If any members have any material (leaflets, documents, posters etc) which will enhance the Cycleways display please contact us.

 

Warwick University Green Week

Among Green Week’s range of activities held across the area in the week 4th-10th March was an event held at the Royal Priors in Leamington.  Members represented Cyclewways and encouraged shoppers to cycle.

 

Kenilworth Cycling Survey

Cycleways and Kenilworth Green Party member, John Dearing organised a survey into attitudes to cycling.  A random but representative sample of 89 houses were visited and householders were asked various questions relating to cycling provision within the town. In addition, 125 people responded to an online that John posted on the Kenilworth Vibes public Facebook Group.  Although the latter group could form a self-selecting sample the responses were similar to the former.  John is going to collate the results and send them to the Kenilworth Weekly News but some patterns are noticeable from the raw data, such as:

 

  • Nearly half the households included one or more active cyclists; that’s 313 cyclists in total
  • 9 out of 10 active cyclists want safer cycling provision.
  • The cycle route that people demanded the most was K2L (Kenilworth to Leamington.) Other routes desired included a route across Abbey Fields; safe cycling along the town’s main shopping street (Warwick Road); and safe cycling to Kenilworth School where less than 4% of the students cycle to and from school.

Action – Members are encouraged to contact John with ideas for selecting cycle routes in and around Kenilworth.

 

 

Next meeting: Wednesday 13 March 2019

The next meeting is on Wednesday 13 March at 19.30, upstairs at The Fat Pug, Guys Cliffe Road, Leamington Spa, CV32 5BZ.