Cycleways’ meeting 14th August 2019, at the Fat Pug

Review of K2L campaign

To date we have 1430 signatures, and the person who runs the K2L web page will post a reminder to all our members to ensure that they have signed up.

Showed the range of advertising material that we now have, leaflet, stickers, “luggage label” to hang on other bikes, etc. Some of the significant employers adjacent to the route, such as the Nuffield Hospital and other firms were highlighted.

Emscote Road

Met with WCC transport planner dealing with this project, to explain our plan of cycle lanes 1.8m wide segregated from the traffic lane by a kerb, a favourable response. Since then, Tony has had further ideas on the section from St Johns to the light controlled crossing adjacent to Coten End school. Instead of a on road cycle lane each way, a 2-way shared use path could be created on the N side of the road which would align and lead to the proposed shared use path leading to Priory Road. Will send a copy of our plan.

Social Media. Currently we have 242 followers on facebook

Hampton Magna – Prior to this meeting had sent out a note that explained the background to the problem. It was agreed that we would do nothing further until the outcome of the WCC Cabinet meeting 12th Sept.

Warwick District Cycle Forum

Some 15 years ago, from a Government directive, WCC established Cycle Forums for Warwick District, Rugby, Nuneaton and Stratford District, as a means of providing a dialogue mechanism with community groups, one of our members is the Chair of the Warwick District Forum.

For a long time, Cycleways has been the principle member of the Forum, but now with the Kenilworth group, KATG, involved and a desire to widen the membership, there is the need for stronger communications. The Forum meets 3x a year on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, before a Cycleways’ meeting, which on the 2nd Wednesday, along with KATG’s meetings. Ideally, it would be better to have the Forum meeting after rather than before our meetings to enable items to be included on the Forum agenda, enabling us to publish an agenda that reflected on current issues.

The other important point is for minutes of the Forum meeting to be published and circulated, particularly since we would like to widen the membership of the Forum to firms within the Warwick District.

Newsletter

The next Newsletter should be published around the 3rd week of September, and contain details of the AGM to be held at the November meeting on the 13th. We should also think about the outcome of the WCC Cabinet meeting 12th Sept, for either positive or negative decision on K2L.

Councillors Discretionary Funds

County Councillors each have an annual £35,000 a year fund that can be used for local safety improvement schemes, currently Cllr Gifford and Davies are funding cycle route signs. We should think ahead for other small projects, at one of our meetings.

Date of next meeting: 11th September 2019

 

Next meeting: Wednesday 14 August 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 14 August 2019, at 19:30.

Cycleways meeting 10th July 2019, at the Fat Pug

Peace Festival – A fairly good event for Cycleways, with many visitors, over 500 signed up to the K2L petition. The new display material looked good, and many thanks to those who helped out over the 2 day event.

Cycle Forum meeting 9/7/19

Cycling Development plan is being replaced by a cycling and walking infrastructure plan.

Cycling on the pavement. It is accepted that little can be done to stop it, but it would be prudent for cyclists to check their insurance, in case of an accident.

Europa Way, does have a dedicated cycle route

Cycle signage is progressing, being funded out of Cllr Gifford and Cllr Davies discretionary safety budgets.

Cycle crossing of side roads – no definitive progress on this

Gaydon  – Leamington cycle route adjacent to Harbury Lane. WCC employed Sustrans to carry out a feasibility study, funded by JLR, but no funds to build the route.

Kenilworth – Common Lane. Raised concerns about the lack of time for cyclists at the newly installed traffic lights by the rail bridge,

The planned new school for Kenilworth needs some thought given to provide access by bikes.

Stanks Island – work due to start in the Autumn, complete in Feb 2020.

Stratford Road – WCC Safety team looking at a route to join up to the Hampton Road route.

Warwick- Coventry Road, the plan is to provide a shared use path on the western side of the road, it has quite a wide pavement, but the section between the rail- bridge and St Johns is a problem.

The Safer Routes to School programme is still in existence.

Sustrans are putting in a bid to HS2 for the funds for a bridge over the Fosse Way, if successful it would make the cycle route to Rugby a real possibility.

Date of next Cycle Forum meeting- 8th Oct.

Emscote Road cycle route – Planning to discuss our proposals w/c 15th July, and possibly organise another ride along the road on Saturday 20th

 

 

Hampton Magna

Email about a planned development of 147 dwellings on the edge of this village, but with no cycle provision outside of the development. Normally in a development of 100 dwellings or more, the developer is obliged to contribute to infrastructure improvements. In this case, the Planning Inspector had ruled that the developer was not liable to provide a cycle link to the Hampton Road as the highway authority, WCC had not decided on how to provide for cyclists along the Hampton road. Will write to Cllr Davies to investigate.

K2L – WCC have located a suitable bridge, for a long term temporary basis, i.e. it could be moved at some future date, it all sounds a bit strange since many pedestrian/cycle bridges could be up lifted if required. However, from it does seem that there is more of a focus in WCC to secure the necessary funding and complete the cycle route.

Petition

Number of signatures so far has now exceeded 1100. Having discussed the idea of the petition with John Holland, he suggested that we also campaigned to get some Tory councillors on board.  Members who are co-ordinating the petition have organised a meeting 19th July with Joyous Creative, the people who did our new roll up banners. The meeting is to get some thoughts on an A5 flyer that can be sent to councillors, and to also put it on display in cycle shop windows.  Plus the idea of hi-vis vests with K2L and its route on the back.

Date of next meeting 14th August 2019

12/7/19

 

 

 

Next meeting: Wednesday 10th July 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 10 July 2019, at 19:30.

Next meeting: Friday 14th June 2019

Date of next meeting: There is no meeting on 12th, instead it will be on Friday 14th June, 19.30 at the Fat Pug, to design the Warwick to Leamington cycle route.