Cycleways’ meeting 8th January 2020 Minutes

K2L

Looked at potential routes from the Rocky Lane crossing of the A46 to Warwick University, The ideas from this stimulated a useful discussion, the principle point being an essential need for an early public consultation, both in Leamington and Kenilworth, the latter who have already produced a cycle plan for the town. Following our meeting last December, we wrote to Cllr Bill Gifford about the public interest in a consultation at an early stage, and he has already acknowledged that he will raise this with WCC.

Eco-Fest 31st May

Agreed that we would attend, using our existing gazebo, .although it is showing signs of age. Will investigate the cost of a replacement. Cost of attending the event is £30, but if an activity is provided, then free. Suggested that we provide an organised bike ride, as in 2018. Insurance, Will check with Cycling UK on our current policy. The event will require 2 people, a number volunteered, so please confirm.

New Web site

One of the members who help set up the existing site took us through it and dealt with the numerous questions. Overall, the view seemed to be that we could squeeze more out of our existing site, including Twitter and Facebook. Whilst funding for a new site shouldn’t present a problem, we have located £1000, then there is the North Leamington Community Forum Fund, plus a new WCC community fund supported by Severn Trent, making it not so much a problem of capital costs, but one of recurrent maintenance. So, a working group will draw up a plan of what to change on the existing site, and we will advertise through the Newsletter for someone to manage the site for us.

Cycle Forum 14th Jan

Have a list of items to be discussed, including the problem with the safety audit of the section of cycle path at the Warwick Race Course.

Coventry Road Warwick

The current proposal of a converted footpath down the Coventry Road is seen as a poor option. Have looked at the proposal and highlighted some possible improvements. The view by those present is that what is being proposed would just join the existing list of poor quality and under used cycle routes.

The Dept for Transport strongly recommend that making the highway fit for cycling should be the first choice in any provision, so this option should also be put alongside the off road pavement conversion, to enable a proper assessment to be made. Has of offered to attend the Cycle Forum on the 14th.

Newsletter

Useful to include a photo of the Extinction Rebellion Ride 14th Dec. Please send any items by 13th Jan.

AOB

A note of thanks to the member who hosted the meeting after the last-minute double booking of our usual venue, much appreciated by all.

Next meeting: Wednesday 8 January 2020 – BUT NOT AT THE FAT PUG!

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

The next meeting will be on Wednesday 8th January 2020, at 19:30.

THIS MEETING WILL NOT BE AT THE FAT PUG!  EMAIL EDITOR@CYCLEWAYS.ORG.UK FOR DETAILS.

Cycleways’ meeting at the Fat Pug 11th December 2019 Minutes

K2L

An over- riding feeling from everyone was that the details of the route should be available at a public meeting, such as one week at each of the libraries in Leamington and Kenilworth, but this needs to come from our councillors since this is who highways are accountable to. It is evident from the Report to WCC for next Tuesday’s meeting, that there is still further design work to be done, see 1.11, but it would still be prudent for the outline of the route to be commented on by the public. Suggest that we raise this at the next Cycle Forum meeting in January, along with Cllr Bill Gifford, who has shown keen interest and support for the past couple of years.

New web site

Following on from the good K2L web site, asked designer about something similar for a new Cycleways site, and read out her ideas. Using a WIX platform, the cost would be £1800, with around £200 pa to run it, but quite what is included in the last item needs further clarification. Discussions followed on the idea of Crowd funding for the cost, but no action decided, will also put together an application to the North Leamington Community Fund for a grant.

Mass Ride

Starting at 11.00 Saturday, 14th, Pump Room Gardens

Coventry Road cycle route

Highlighted that the proposed route didn’t take into account Nelson Lane, coming in from the east. Also a number of members highlighted the lack of pavement width over the canal bridge. A professional transport planner offered to have a look at the whole scheme, working to the drawings supplied by WCC.

Increase membership fee to £10

This was proposed at the AGM but there was then no time for discussion, which was now available at tonight’s meeting. All agreed to the £10, but felt that more emphasis should be made on the benefits of the 10% discount available on goods from the listed bike shops.

Ring fenced account for Kenilworth

Andrew Milton, WDC councillor and Kenilworth TC, had contacted us as to whether the Cycleways’ account could be used as a recipient of any grant funds which could then be drawn upon for Kenilworth projects. We had no problem with this, and the discussion then moved on to the existing ring fenced sum of £783 for Kenilworth and the £280 for Leamington, left over from a training grant received from WCC/WDC nine years ago.

For the Leamington sum, put forward a suggestion that it could be used to assist a project at Brookhurst School, no problem in principle but suggest that a proposal is put to our next meeting

Sydenham cycle path,

Pictures brought up on the large screen that illustrated the overkill on metal barriers. As was pointed out, a similar, but much longer path between Queeensway and the Tachbrook Park Road has worked well without such barriers since it was built some years ago, will bring this item to the Cycle Forum meeting next January.

AOB

Warwick Racecourse. The wide path that is used by pedestrians and horses, when races are being held, has been made available to be used as a cycle by-pass as an alternative to the narrow section of the Hampton Road. However, a new safety audit engineer has deemed this arrangement to be unsafe. Will raise this matter through the Cycle Forum.

Date of next meeting: 8th January 2020

Next meeting: Wednesday 11 December 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 on Wednesday 11 December 2019, at 19:30.

Cycleways’ AGM 13th November 2019 at the Fat Pug

Review of the past year

Oerview of the past year via the large screen on the wall, key points:

K2L with the emphasis on the team work to take the campaign to the Council meeting at Shire Hall- a lot of good feedback from councillors present. Over 3000 signatures in the petition. WCC will decide 14th Nov.

Warwick School, a 2 phase signal crossing has now been installed on the shared use path along the Banbury Road, at what was a most intimidating crossing, but why not a single phase crossing?

Peace Festival – another good year, in spite of the rain, over 1000 signatures collected for the K2L campaign. Also a good use of the new display material.

Emscote Road- plans for segregated protected cycle lanes, each side of the road, to provide a Super Cycle Highway. These were presented to WCC in June and will be followed up at the next Cycle Forum meeting.

Coventry Road, Warwick- WCC propose a shared use path on the western side of this road, but no adequate provision for crossing the side roads- don’t have the budget. This route has the potential to provide a link from the Woodloes area to the station and to the Warwick to Leamington cycle route, so it is worth getting it right. Have offered to see what raised tables for the crossings would cost.

Stratford Road cycle route into Warwick – an off road shared path link from the Stratford, via Shakespeare Avenue, to the Hampton Road is proposed. However, one problem relating to the proposed route in front of the Grand Stand, is the lack of lighting for the winter evenings.

Social media – Facebook and the K2L Twitter account continue to attract use- review at the December meeting.

Accounts

By means of the big screen, the current Treasurer took us through the accounts highlighting some of the key points. The two figures, £280 and £783, relate to what was left over from a WDC cycle training grant from 9 years ago. The future of this can be discussed at our next meeting in December.

Current figures from the accounts show 74 members.

Current Treasurer would like to stand down as treasurer, many thanks for his work from all those present.

Another member offered to take on the job of Treasurer.

It was agreed by all present that the Cycleways’ subscription should be increased to £10 per annum, but to be ratified at the December meeting.

A chartered accountant has agreed to continue to verify our accounts, for 2019-2020

Election of Officers

Proposed Seconded

Chairman-Tony James Rodney

Treasurer- Bev Rodney Tony

Secretary- Rodney Sandra Peter

Newsletter Editor- Sandra Tony Rodney

Membership Secretary- Marie Tony Sandra

The election of officers concluded the AGM, leaving the remaining of the evening to the guest speaker, a civil engineer and transport planner, who gave an excellent presentation of the key travel patterns in Leamington, and how substitution by the sustainable modes could be started with a focus on schools.

Good examples from London illustrated what was possible.

Labour Town Councillor outlined the cross party work currently being undertaken to address the problem of air pollution from traffic, and this very much illustrates that to tackle the problems of air pollution and climate change requires a political initiative.