Cycleways’ meeting 13th February 2019, at the Fat Pug

Warwick to Leamington cycle route via the Emscote Road

Highlighting the widths of cycle lane, 1-way or 2-way, with discussions from the members of whether kerb protection was possible, as in a London Super Highway. Other specific problem areas were identified:

The Tesco junction

To reallocate one of the west bound traffic lanes to provide road space for a west and east bound cycle lane. East bound, to move the traffic lights away from the brow of the hill, and to provide a cycle phase to give the cyclist a head start. Coming out of Tesco, is it possible to provide a cycle lane when turning right, to Warwick?

St Johns

It was felt that a shared use path could be created on the north side of the Coventry Road lane to give access to and from Priory Rd, Also for east bound cyclists coming from Smith St or Priory Rd heading towards at St Johns, a cycle lane between the Coventry Rd and east bound traffic lanes. 20 mph

Rugby Road junction

East bound traffic will all pass through the traffic lights. For cyclists, on leaving the bridge, the cycle lane will leave the road and become a cycle path to the traffic lights, for cyclists heading towards Leamington College. For cyclists heading to the Rugby Road, a cycle path will connect to it.

Wharf Street junction– There is a need to make this junction area much more cycle, and pedestrian, friendly.

K2L – WCC have allocated £2m for cycle routes in the capital spending budget. Alix to ask her County Councillor about K2L funding.

HSBC – The following motion was passed unanimously:

Our Treasure to access the Warwick District Cycleways’ HSBC account online, but not to have the facility to issue any payments on line. They can make payments using the account’s cheque book with cheques counter signed.

Peace Festival – Google map of Leamington and Warwick, to get laminated.

Aim to have for display the Emscote Road proposal, plus the K2L proposed route.

Useful to have Cycleways logo stickers for bikes, also enquire about nameplates for public events.

Kenilworth cycle ride. It was agreed that we would support such an event, but will check our insurance cover.

Social Media – Peak time is lunch time and we need to ensure regular postings. Recommended that we should supply a template plus link to WCC .

Warwick District Cycle Forum 15th Jan. – Cllrs Holland and Gifford attended.

  • Hampton Street/Racecourse, awaiting security fencing, being provided by the Racecourse. Also the need to provide signage for people to use this route, particularly school children.
  • Warwick Parkway link under the A46. Lisa has applied to Highways England for permission for the footpath to be widened to provide for a shared use path.
  • Finger post Cycle signs hve been designed, and will be installed in the next financial year.
  • JLR Gaydon to Leamington cycle route. Sustrans are currently surveying it.

Eco- Fest May 5th 10.00 -16.00. The event is organised by WDC and coincides with the official opening of the Band Stand in the Pump Room Gardens

It was agreed that we would take a stand, cost £30. Provide an activity, smoothie maker and/or a cycle ride, if the latter, start at the traffic lights at the Wills Rd/Newbold Terrace junction.

Who from Cycleways is organising our involvement in the Eco-Fest?

Date of next meeting March 13th.

Next meeting: Wednesday 13 February 2019

The next meeting is:

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

Cycleways’ meeting 9th January 2019 at the Royal Pug

New Brochure

Much liked by all, suggested that we included some of our more recent achievements, and we should include our involvement on the Kenilworth Neighbourhood Plan.  Will produce a version 3 incorporating these up-dates, send it for circulation to all, if OK, then we order 400? We could decide on actual numbers when we meet for the Enscote Road survey 20th.

Social Media

A good discussion, offered to convene a meeting to draw up a plan for those interested in being Facebook contributors.

Peace Festival 16th/17th June

Following the recent NICE report on health and exercise through cycling, thought that health should be a clear item. Others, useful to get a new Google map of the Warwick District to enable visitors to put pins in where they see difficult road conditions.  Failing a Google map could Tony ask if WCC could provide one of the three towns. Also we thought it would be worth asking WCC if they had material on Active Travel, that could be displayed. Or even better, have a stand at the P/F.

Review of Cycle Routes in Warwick

We reviewed the presentation given to Cycleways 14th Nov by WCC Town Planner.

Overall with a 20 mph within the town, it looks good. Some extra points emerged:

  • The junction of Church St with Jury St needs to be defined
  • The road that the County Records office is located is poorly lit
  • The use of raised kerbs to mark the beginning or end of car parking sections in Jury/High Street are not good for cyclists when there are no parked cars.
  • One –Way streets, there should be a presumption of a contra-flow cycle lane, but marked.
  • The new Warwick Race Course addition to the NW cycle route is good, but it would be useful to have clarity on the possibility of a route to Warwick Parkway station via St Mary’s Land.

AOB

Creative Quarter – Drop- In session at Leamington Town Hall 11.00 to 14.00, 11th Jan

New bank account. We agreed that we would continue with counter -signed cheques.

Booking of the Fat Pug for our monthly meetings – offered to take on this responsibility.

Eco-Fun Day May 5th – Being sponsored by WDC who have now named it Eco-Fest, further details to follow.

Newsletter – Has published an annual timetable for dates. Current one needs an article from on Europa Way and the Chairman’s Report .

Warwick to Leamington cycle route via the Emscote Road. Agreed to meet at the Portuguese Café, opposite St Nicholas Park (not the Pump Room Gardens) Sunday 20th at 11.00 to carry out an on road survey of the Emscote Road.  Pastelaria Portuguesa, Coten End, Warwick CV34 4NU.

Next meeting: CHANGE OF VENUE Wednesday 9 January 2019

CHANGE OF VENUE!

The next meeting is on Wednesday 9 January 2019 at 19.30, upstairs at The Royal Pug, 141 Regent Street, Leamington Spa, CV32 4NX.

Cycleways’ meeting 12th December 2018 at the Fat Pug Summary of Minutes

K2L : Asked what progress was being made by WCC. Advised that at the next Cycle Forum, 7th Jan, would ask for an up- date on the WCC’s expression of intent to HS2 Ltd for the funding of stage 1, Leamington to the Bericote roundabout, just south of the Chesford Bridge.

HS2 Had written to our MP Matt Western concerning reports in the cycling press that HS2 Ltd were not working to the standards originally agreed in the provision of cycle routes related to the HS2 project. Had received today a copy of a letter from the Under Secretary of State to Matt Western that these reports were incorrect and that HS2 Ltd were firmly committed to the originally agreed standards.

Cycle connections to/from the housing developments west of Europa Way:

Took us through the slides of this development that were shown by WCC at the Cycleways’ meeting in November. A number of significant points were raised by those present:

Europa Way A452, is to be made into a dual carriageway, with a dedicated  2 – way cycle lane along the western side from the Gallows Hill junction to just short of the roundabout leading up to the Leamington retail Park. There was concern that cyclists would be dazzled by on-coming vehicle lights, the preferred and better option is a cycle lane each side of the dual carriageway.

There is no evidence that the extra lanes of the dual carriageway are dedicated for High Occupancy Vehicle, HOVs, and buses, as stated by WCC, as set out in their policy strategy:

Warwick District Local Plan – Transport Proposals in Key Corridors, January 2015

  1. The A452 Europa Way Sustainable Spine Corridor

Increased highway capacity along the route from the M40 J14 to Europa Way/Myton Road roundabout offering the opportunity for dedicated bus lanes and for the investigation of High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes to be introduced along this route

Other features that require further explanation:

Access in and out of the Leamington Retail Park needs clarity, also is there a gap between Debenhams and Sainsburys?

There is no access shown for cyclists/pedestrians into Warwick Technology Park

The cycle link into the exiting Myton cycle path for access towards Leamington station and destinations into the town is seriously inadequate. The Myton path suffers from acute congestion from Myton School students, while the route relies on a footbridge with two blind junctions, and a very narrow path under the A452 bridge over the canal.

A cycle route is shown crossing Myton School playing fields, is this correct? A path using school land is likely to be closed off outside of school hours.

The Asps and developments south of Gallow Hills.

A 500 place car park for Park and Ride is being provided adjacent to the road depot at Greys Mallory. From this a high frequency bus service to Warwick and to Leamington will be provided.

Currently there are no plans of cycle route connections to this area of development available for comment, yet.

Copies of the slides illustrating the above development proposals are attached to these minutes.

For those members who have a specific interest in this area of development it is worth registering for up – dates on the WCC web site.

To write to Stephen Rumble WCC planning officer dealing with the above developments.

AOB

A draft of an up dated brochure was shown via the big screen, approval from all present. A copy will be sent out to members for their thoughts and comments.

The draft brochure was put together by a media business, Joyous Creative, who produced the new Leamington Society brochure and event material for Art in the Park.

Joyous Creative felt that Cycleways would benefit from the use of social media, such as Facebook, as a means of accessing the wider public, a view that was strongly supported by those present. On the subject of media and the public, it seemed a suitable opportunity to ask Joyous Creative to look at our potential displays for the Peace Festival, again, strong support from all present.