Minutes of Cycleways’ meeting 8 November 2017 (AGM)

Accounts

Handed out copies of the Receipts and Payments Account for the year 2016-2017, highlighting the ring fenced £2063, £1280 for Leamington and £783 for Kenilworth, grant from WDC for school cycle training. Offered to approach other senior schools to see what interest there could be in cycle training, and a decision, through our councillors, would be made at the next AGM on how to deal with any surplus.

Membership: Currently stands at 66

Election of Officers: There was unanimous support for Tony to be the new Chairman with Peter continuing as the Treasurer. Rodney will be the Secretary, proposed by Tony, seconded by Katharina.

Review of 2016-2017

Many thanks to Flavia for her work on the design of the new Logo. Likewise, many thanks to Sandra for her work on producing the new version of the Newsletter.

This time last year, discussions started with the engineers on the Stanks Island scheme, just north of Warwick where the Birmingham road crosses over the A46. Significant additions for cyclists were obtained:

An off-road cycle path to connect St Michael’s road into the scheme.

A cycle route to Warwick Parkway station via the Budbrook Trading Estate.

These two links will provide a route to the station for people living in the north of Warwick.

Two other improvements were also made, one to the approach to the Toucan Xs, the other to increase the width of the refuges at crossings.

A46 Stoneleigh roundabout. Due to the interventions by Cllr Gifford, and supported by the Portfolio Holder, Cllr Jeff Clarke, WCC engineers agreed to provide a pedestrian/cycle route right through the planned new junction. There are still some other improvements required but these can be followed up with the project engineer.

Good to see Cllr Gifford taking a strong interest in K2L, and the Cycle Forum

This time last year WCC published, Healthy Travel Choices in Warwickshire. A publication that emphasises the health benefits of regular activity, such as cycling to work. It also highlights the hidden costs to the County of the inactivity.

 

 

Looking ahead to 2017-2018

K2L: continue to pursue this through the Warwick District Cycle Forum.

The need for WCC to properly consider the needs of vulnerable user groups in the crossing of side roads. Specifically where off-road cycle paths cross minor roads.

The missing link in Hampton Street in Warwick. Offered to write to the Jockey Club to get a resolution on the use of the internal track running in front of the Grandstand. Following recent note on the subject, Cllr Holland has responded by requesting that the problem of this link is discussed at the next Cycle Forum meeting.

Air Quality: Highlighted the recent article in the Courier, plus the response by a councillor. Will follow this up.

Samure Way. This is designated to provide the road link into the new housing development taking place to the west of Europa, in doing so it will cut through the existing Myton cycle path. Will contact Myton School for action.

Early notice of infrastructure schemes. Amongst all of us it was felt that earlier consultation with WCC would be beneficial. Will invite Cllr Gifford to our next meeting December 13th to discuss, also to identify which other councillors we could regard as allies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minutes of Cycleways’ meeting 11th October 2017

Peace Festival

Potential for communal bike sheds in residential areas,- discuss at Cycle Forum.

Cycle route from Radford Semele, two significant new housing developments are taking place in RS, but no cycle links into Leamington, again, bring up at Cycle Forum.

A46 Stoneleigh roundabout.

Highlighted his concerns on how the off road cycle paths would join the road, also access across the Dalehouse junction lane. Will contact the project engineer, for further discussions.

Warwick Town Centre scheme –Priory Road.

We reviewed the proposed off road shared use path, 1-way uphill, the fact that it is considerably undersize, along with the substandard width of long section of pavements on the western side of the road. The consensus that this was better than nothing. There was some concern that the width of the road, which includes for downhill cycling, is only 3.1m wide. Will discuss before any discussion with WCC.

Cycle Parking

Top Park near to the bus shelter on the Kenilworth Road.

Kenilworth Road/Binswood Avenue. Here the cycle path from Lillington crosses the Kenilworth Road. There could be a potential cycle parking need for people who worked in Coventry or Warwick or Stratford, X17 and X18 bus route. Such parking could provide for cycle/bus journeys.

Warwick Street under the canopy of the former Co Op store

Date of next meeting, and AGM

8th November

 

 

Next meeting: Wednesday 13 December

The next meeting is :

Wednesday 13 December at 19.30, upstairs at The Fat Pug, Guys Cliffe Road, Leamington Spa, CV32 5BZ.

Next meeting: Wednesday 8 November 2017

The next meeting is our AGM:

Wednesday 8 November at 19.30, upstairs at The Fat Pug, Guys Cliffe Road, Leamington Spa, CV32 5BZ.

Minutes of Cycleways’ meeting 13th September 2017

Cycle Forum Meeting

  • Cycle Network Development Plan is progressing.
  • K2L – WCC are looking for funding.  They are building a new business case which will be ready in 2 weeks. It should be much stronger than the previous one.

Discussion took place on the role of developers in constructing cycle routes. There is a requirement for a joined-up approach particularly where there are sites with different developers located adjacent to each other. This can lead to inconsistencies where guidelines may have been interpreted differently and gaps in continuity of the route. We highlighted the high number of side roads on Tachbrook Park Drive and where cycles should be treated as a priority. Reference was made to the Government Cycling and walking and investment strategy. ActionTo be discussed with developers.  The developers use a set of WCC guidelines.  We stated that the guidelines are quite old and probably out of date. 

  • A number of Warwick Town Centre proposals had been approved e.g. 20 mph speed limit in Jury Street, 30 mph Birmingham Road and the Priory Road scheme have been approved.
  • Warwick Town Council – there was to be a future public meeting (Q and A session) ay 7.30 p.m. on 25th September at Warwick Town Council Office.
  • Abbey Fields – no new progress.
  • Race Course-The jockey club have objected to the proposals that run in the front of the Grandstand, current proposal is to use the canter track (which is unpaved) and we mentioned that this was despite the restrictions that would apply i.e. no use on race days, opening hours between 7am and 7 pm.
  • LEP (Local Enterprise Plan). – Some funds have been made available for Europa Way and improvement of the Ford Roundabout (probably for increasing traffic flow, not cycling provision).
  • Gallows Hill – plan to include shared use path. KHS to Warwick – Discussion of the entrance on to Banbury Road.
  • Stanks Island – Autumn plan to be made to mirror “Thickthorn’ round about scheme.
  • Myton Road – Aim to complete the route to the Technology Park. There has been discussion concerning the location of a refuge by a big tree – we asked ‘why not move the refuge’.
  • Signage-Warwickshire County Council have produced a document that covers the proposals. The document was too big to circulate. The proposals have been split into routes. The total cost was around £70,000 if all the proposals were implemented and hence a ‘route by route’ basis was being used.
  • Ansell Way (Arch proposal). –They have not looked at the proposal in depth. It is likely that Network Rail would need to be involved.

 

Bath Street

A member had concerns about Bath Street as individuals were cycling on the pavement which was not a cycle route and the pavement was not wide enough to accommodate pedestrians and cyclists.  They need a cycle lane on either side in the road.

Cycling on pavements

Aked the committee if they felt Cycleways should publicise that ‘adults cycling dangerously on pavements’ is forbidden.  There was discussion as to whether the Police should do more to enforce the regulations or to make it clear. Cycling provision on all highways would be good (hence individuals would not resort to using pavements).  Neighbourhood Watch were a good resource as they were supported by the Police. Local Community Forums were suggested as a means of raising the subject of local cycling provision.

Action – List of upcoming Local Community Forums to be provided, so members can attend them and ask for better policing of adults cycling dangerously on pavements, and also for more/better on-road cycle lanes to be provided so adults have no excuse.

 

 

A46 Stoneleigh Junction proposals

Whilst progress had recently been made in relation to this following on from the meeting with the council regarding the consultations (on 1st September).

  • The number of lanes reduced from 3 to 2 on entry and on the gyratory.
  • Off-road cycle/pedestrian paths on both side
  • Signal controlled crossing or toucan on all 4 arms

However the proposals showed a ‘lack of ambition’.

Phase 1 – Link Road / Stoneleigh Junction.

Phase 2 covers Dalehouse Lane- widening and extending Kenilworth Green.

Ran through the scenarios of a cyclist approaching the junction using the off-road cycle/pedestrian route.  Pointed out that a cyclist would have to make a 90 degree (LH) turn to stay on the cycle route and then another turn on the NW side.  It was agreed that in the other direction it was worse due to the turn lane/filter lane (likely to have high speed traffic flowing across the lane) making it difficult for cyclists going straight on.

It was agreed that when they make changes to Dalehouse Lane – there will less traffic in the vicinity of the roundabout.

Suggested the use of sensors to detect a cyclist approaching the lights.

Explained that the scheme overall would make it difficult to access the countryside on other side of A46.   It would be good to find out the cost of a bridge crossing for cyclists.

Action – Scheme needs to be reviewed further.  For example – find out the cost of a bridge.

It would be good to get more people engaged with the project.

 

Newsletter

The Autumn edition had been drafted in outline only.  Notification of the AGM is to be included.

Action – To provide the Accounts for approval and two pie charts of income and expenditure.

No suggestions received for a speaker for the AGM so it was agreed that the Cycle quiz should form part of the meeting. Action -To provide quiz (to recycle quiz not used in 2016).

A book list had been produced previously of cycle related material, as there was likely to be no room for this to be published in the next edition. Action -Place the books on the Cycleways Facebook site.

 

 

Committee Members

Current Chair is to stand down as Chairman of Cycleways as they have held the post for four years.   Will still take an active part in Cycleways.  Another memeber offered to stand as Chairman, this proposal was welcomed at the meeting and will be discussed at the AGM.  Nominations are to be sought as Secretary.   Not all committee members were present at the meeting.

 

 

Any Other Business

Brunswick Street Enquiry.

We received an enquiry regarding Brunswick Street, Leamington.  It has been repaved and has speed humps.  The enquiry concerned whether the speed humps could be made more cycle friendly.  The officer contacted by stated that in the particular location they had ‘had job to fix the road surface,’ so it was unlikely that changes could be made in this location.

 

Leisure Cycle Routes

Action -To circulate for comments.

 

 

Next meeting…11th October 2017 at The Pug.