Cycleways meeting 5th June 2019, at the Royal Pug, Leamington Spa

The purpose of the meeting was to put together ideas to launch the K2L campaign, and to review our plans for the Peace Festival, 15th & 16th June.

K2L launch plans

K2L coordinator.

Agreed to take on the job.

Web site – Currently there is already a K2L [site] set up some years ago, and linked into the Cycleways site [no, there isn’t.  At least there is no website.  There was at, but that’s long gone.  Someone has the domain, but no idea who that is]. Will set up a new site also linked into Cycleways.

Petition to WCC

The petition will be both an on-line and paper copy.

With the first draft, plus ideas from others, it has now circulated on Cycleways for final comment. Aim to have a paper copy available for the Peace Festival.

Also to note, that the new leader of WDC, Andrew Day, has already declared an aim of making Warwick District carbon neutral.

Peace Festival – Focus on K2L and the petition

Reviewed the equipment, 2 tables, 2 display boards for the laminated maps of Kenilworth, Warwick/Leamington Spa,  will put together a list of councillors web addresses,(useful for visitors to e-mail),  also, Seek MP Matt Western’s support.

Also at the Peace Festival, aim to recruit new members.

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.


No meeting Wednesday 12 June 2019!

The meeting was on Wednesday 5 June 2019, at 19:30.

Cycleways’ meeting 8th May 2019, at the Fat Pug

Eco-Fest 5th May, Pump Room Gardens, an excellent presentation using pictures to illustrate the new Cycleways’ publicity material, plus written up notes on the event, all providing some good ideas for the Peace Festival in June, which we could discuss in more detail at a Peace Festival planning meeting nearer the time, suggested date 5th June.

 Action: Check availability of a room, also to ask WCC for some more WCC cycle route maps, also a clip-board to record visitors’ e-mail address. Send out notes from the Eco-Fest event, and to enquire about the cost of a new Gazebo.  Membership forms from the old Cycleways’ leaflet, it would be useful to have these on the stand to sign up new members.

New publicity material. All agreed it looked very good and to pay the invoice .

KATG, Kenilworth All Together Greener Group,. Reported back on his meeting with them in April when K2L was the subject of the meeting. A very useful partner organisation to us for the K2L campaign.

The Chairman of the group has joined the WCC Cycle Forum, and a member of Cycleways has been elected as a WDC Green Party councillor, his wife is also a GP councillor.

Subsequent to the meeting, one of the KATG members, a civil engineer, visited the Chesford Bridge site with me. Apart from the need for a bridge over the river Avon, the embankment to the south of it is pierced by three large culverts, all three of which require bridges. The engineer is going to look at some options to see if costs could be reduced. WCC have put an estimate of £1.5m on crossing the river and the embankment. We already have an earlier feasibility design from a bridge engineer, of a 2m wide footbridge that could be bolted onto the existing road bridge. The cost of this will also be up dated.

A discussion followed on how to step up the pressure on getting the K2L route off the ground. Having subsequently gone through my notes from the site visit with the civil engineer in April, I feel we would have a stronger argument to make with our respective councillors once we have some estimates from the engineer.

Leek Wootton Summer Fair 15th June. To supply some leaflets.

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 with any proposals.


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


  • 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