Peterborough Cycle Forum
Current DfT consultations.
Lots of interesting stuff about inclusive transport regarding trains, buses, cars, public realm, streets and yes a bit about cycling too. Quotes:
8.11 While we consider CIHT and DPTAC’s recommendations and how to take them
forward, we are requesting that local authorities pause any shared space schemes
incorporating a level surface they are considering, and which are at the design stage.
We are also temporarily suspending Local Transport Note 1/11. This pause will allow
us to carry out research and produce updated guidance.
Objectives regarding Cycling:
• Update Local Transport Note 2/08, which sets out the Department’s guidance to
local authorities on designing safe and inclusive infrastructure for cyclists, to take
account of developments in cycling infrastructure since its publication in 2008 and
the responses to the draft AAP consultation and publish a revised version by early
• By 2020, explore the feasibility of amending legislation to recognise the use of
cycles as a mobility aid71 in order to increase the number of disabled people
Every year there is funding available through Cambridgeshire County Council's Local Highway Improvement (LHI) Initiative to improve county highways. Organisations can submit proposals to improve highways and we should do so to bring about improvements to cycling and walking infrastructure.
This article describes our successful test case submission for LHI funding:
This article describes the LHI funding process:
Each submission must cost less than £11,000 total and while multiple related issues may be included in one submission they should be grouped by county ward (partly to make site visits easier). We should prepare an initial list of ideas by June of each year so that the site visits and liaising with local councillors, council officers, and other organisations can be completed by October. If we want to make more than one submission we will need a different co-sponsoring organisation for each submission as each organisation is only allowed one submission per year.
Complete separation of cyclists and cars can't always be achieved. To make sharing of the road safer I would like to propose using rumble strips instead of flat paint to separate the bike lane from the rest of the road. It would act as a physical reminder for car-drivers that they are encroaching the bike lane. This happens particularly near pinch points like road bends or crossroads. So even just a selective application of rumble strips could have a very positive effect, I believe. What's the view of the cycling community? Has it been tested?
The Department for Transport is offering technical support for the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan. Two questions.
Do we know whether any of our Local Authorities plan to submit a request?
Has any Local Authority consulted CamCycle about a request?
They need to get a move on because the cut off for requests is 20 June.
What do you think of Street Pod cycle parking, as user or local authority installer?
Street Pods enable you to secure front and back of standard-size cycle with only one lock.
Is there an issue of keeping them clean and of the ease of getting bikes into position adjacent to others... They may be more obvious from a distance than hoops, but how do they look in a community streetscape?
Photo shows pods north end of Peterborough bus station, installed abt 5 years ago.
Comments, for or against Street Pods?
At the recent Cycle Forum meeting, PCC provided detailed plans of proposed improvements for cyclists along Eastfield Road, from the junction with Broadway to the junction with Oxney Road / Sainsburys turn off.
I hope that PCC will forward the plans onto Cycle Forum members so everyone can have a detailed look, however, in the meantime I thought it may be useful to open this thread to begin an open discussion about our own views of Eastfield Road - what would we like to see, what do we think are the main issues?
There's a plan to redesign this street which has quite a bit of covered cycle parking at the moment, but no cycle parking is shown on the proposed layout.
An analysis appears at http://blog.jofftastic.co.uk/2013/12/peterborough-city-council-anti-cycling/
http://www.bromptondock.co.uk reports that their docks are offline for upgrades until January 2014. I don't know why or when in January they will return. People with bikes out have just had to keep them until January (free of charge I think).
There is a group of councils and others (including the RAC) calling itself A47 Alliance with a website at http://www.a47alliance.co.uk/ calling for a road upgrade.
The A47 is a significant barrier to cycling in many places, such as the single-carriageway stretch from Tilney All Saints near King's Lynn to Swaffham that blocks several desired east-west cycle routes - it is narrow with much heavy HGV traffic, so it's a challenge to cross and feels no fun for most people to ride along. It is possible that any upgrades could be "cycle-proofed" (to use current jargon) to unblock these routes.
KLWNBUG has asked if CycleNation and CTC groups can be be invited to join the alliance.