4 June 2016 – meeting minutes

The meeting started on the new Welford Road cycle lane, with a dozen or so people giving the path a tryout (see comments below).

Ten members were present at the meeting at The Exchange.

Riverside Festival feedback
We signed up around 40 new members, although not all of them were able to pay the membership fee. We were in a good location. It was agreed to do something similar at Skyride Leicester in August.

Rutland Centre car park
Neil explained how he was nearly struck by two vehicles exiting the car park next to The Curve. The road direction had recently been reversed to facilitate closure of a section of road outside the Exchange. Neil agreed to write to the council on behalf of the group, expressing concern.

Kiddical Mass
Mat, Anna, Jamie and others are organising an informal gathering for child cyclists and their parents at Abbey Park. The details had still not been agreed, but it would possibly take place on the weekend of July 2 and 3, and would involve traffic free routes.

Email system
The current system being used to send emails to group members was proving problematic. After some discussion, Jamie agreed to set up a fresh account as a potential replacement using Cyclescape.org which will also give us other data and information sharing options. The Committee will trial it for a month and provide feedback at the next meeting before making a decision about whether to move.

Park survey
After some discussion, it was agreed that Brendan would send copies of the parks surveys to Dennis for analysis and to Clare for eventual uploading on to the LCCG website.  It was agreed that due to cutbacks within the parks’ department, we would prioritise asking for a repeal of bylaws curtailing cycling within Victoria Park (?Councillor Adam Clarke) over asking for extra cycle parking provision across the city.

Welford Road cycle path
Before the meeting, there had been a site visit to the new cycle path on Welford Road. Although open to cyclists, it is not yet complete. Cyclists using it will have to stop at Toucan crossings where the road passes side roads – some may decide to use the road instead. The start and finish of the route had poor dropped kerbs, and it doesn’t currently link into the cycle lane at The Newarke – presumably this is awaiting site development. The route narrows and becomes a shared path with pedestrians ahead of the Toucan crossings. However, the lane also brought the first floating bus stop in the city, and would be useful for many/most cyclists. It was agreed to take balanced feedback to the City Cycle Forum. Elizabeth and Steve agreed to deal with any media enquiries.

Active City Workshop
Attendees expressed disappointment with the scale of the workshop, its focus on four-lane highways, and the absence of key figures from the City Council.

Other Business

  1. The Leicester City Public Access Forum is looking for up to four cyclists to join; it meets in afternoons. For details/to express interest, contact standley@leicester.gov.uk ;
  2. We are expecting an announcement on the Golden Mile, Belgrave, soon, with a new exhibition scheduled for 28 and 30 June at the Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre (see Council website consultation pages for information).
  3. There was a discussion of police failing to record injury collisions involving cyclists. This appeared to contradict Leicestershire Police’s own procedure and national guidance: https://leics.police.uk/media/uploads/library/file/Road%20Traffic%20Collision%20Procedure%20-%20PR034.1.pdf which states:

“Police attendance is required where:

  • Any person is injured or killed 
  • There is a suggestion that a driver has been under the influence of drink or drugs
  • The road is obstructed
  • There are any allegations or offences. “

And: “Road Traffic Collisions will be recorded in the following circumstances:

  • Any person is killed or injured; 
  • The officer considers an offence has been committed…”

And: “Injury Collisions:

  • If the collision was on a public highway, an MG NSRF (collision statistics form) must be completed in full, and attached to the RTC booklet when submitting for registration.”

4.  Braunstone Gate would be closed to traffic as an experiment on June 12 and 13.

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