Cycleyways’ Meeting 13th March 2019, at the Fat Pug

Long-time member, and stalwart of many voluntary group across Leamington and Warwick, died recently.  Anne’s funeral is at the North Chapel at Oakley Wood Crematorium at 3.00 pm on Friday 22nd March.

Action – Cycleways to donate £25 to Anne’s nominated charity, Leamington Citizen’s Advice Bureau.

 

Warwick to Leamington cycle route along Emscote Road

Provided further discussion on the various challenges which need to be overcome to implement a scheme which be attractive to all cyclists not just confident ones.  It was agreed that a successful scheme will be one which parents will permit their children to use unaccompanied to and from school.  Due to the variance in width and infrastructure along the route it is apparent that a cycle route layout that is consistent across the whole route might not be possible.  Before we submits proposals to the group and the Warwickshire County Council officer who canvassed Cycleways’ ideas for the route a few more details about the route will sought.

Action – Ask County Councillor Jonathan Chilvers about Emsocte Road’s status within Warwickshire County Council’s current list of priority cycle routes.

Action – Provide some road widths along the route’s course.

 

Cycleways stickers

The group agreed to the spend of £45 to print 1,000 Cycleways stickers to be used at events.

Action – To provide the group with a mock-up of the sticker for approval.

 

Social Media

Informed the meeting that 608 Facebook users have reached the Cycleways site; 165 people “liked” the page.  The topics generating most engagement currently are the proposed Emscote Road cycle route and the lack of cycle-parking at the Vue cinema in Leamington.  Cycleways members are encouraged to post on the site to maintain interest in cycling among non-members in the area because much activism is undertaken on social media rather than in organised groups.

 

EcoFest 2019

Have submitted a request to the organisers to set up a stand at the event.  To keep costs to a minimum members will provide a table and gazebo respectively for a Cycleways stand.  The event will be held on Sunday 5th May from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Pump Room Gardens in Leamington.

Action – If any members have any material (leaflets, documents, posters etc) which will enhance the Cycleways display please contact us.

 

Warwick University Green Week

Among Green Week’s range of activities held across the area in the week 4th-10th March was an event held at the Royal Priors in Leamington.  Members represented Cyclewways and encouraged shoppers to cycle.

 

Kenilworth Cycling Survey

Cycleways and Kenilworth Green Party member, John Dearing organised a survey into attitudes to cycling.  A random but representative sample of 89 houses were visited and householders were asked various questions relating to cycling provision within the town. In addition, 125 people responded to an online that John posted on the Kenilworth Vibes public Facebook Group.  Although the latter group could form a self-selecting sample the responses were similar to the former.  John is going to collate the results and send them to the Kenilworth Weekly News but some patterns are noticeable from the raw data, such as:

 

  • Nearly half the households included one or more active cyclists; that’s 313 cyclists in total
  • 9 out of 10 active cyclists want safer cycling provision.
  • The cycle route that people demanded the most was K2L (Kenilworth to Leamington.) Other routes desired included a route across Abbey Fields; safe cycling along the town’s main shopping street (Warwick Road); and safe cycling to Kenilworth School where less than 4% of the students cycle to and from school.

Action – Members are encouraged to contact John with ideas for selecting cycle routes in and around Kenilworth.

 

 

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