Attenders: Clare, Elizabeth (note taker), Eric, Kevin, Jaime, Steve
1. Putney Road/Evesham Road
Was a major campaign to stop Putney Road going through to Aylestone Road when it was first built, and agreed then that it would never be two-way along the full length.
Originally discussed opening it for match days to clear traffic parked in the King Power. King Power have bought the land across the road from the stadium and the old gas works and are working on EON. They probably want to cut parking and create a match day village.
Concerned this will encourage more people to drive to matches.
What is the strategic plan? Ours? The Council’s? The population is growing, how do we put forward a vision where people have housing but don’t drive? Council always say they will put in provision for cycles, but then don’t. Actually, the scheme is being done for cars and that will discourage cycling.
We understand that making more space for cars encourages more driving. Therefore our first position is that the Council not undertake road building and expansion. Good viable alternatives – better infrastructure for walking, cycling and public transport – should be the first priority. If the Council decides it must go forward with a plan likely to encourage driving, we will consider and respond to issues that we think will affect cycling such as the position and quality of cycle lanes and placement of the road generally.
2. East Midlands Forum and LCCG AGM
9:00 – 10:00 LCCG AGM including election of committee.
10:00 – 12:00 East Midlands Forum
12:00 – 13:00 Healthy Air discussion – also perhaps speaker
Brian Deegan has not (yet) responded to messages regarding speaking. (Since the meeting, Brian has agreed to speak.)
12th and 13th April is the Transforming Cities conference. Steve will request (free) tickets for LCCG.
Seems to be coming to Leicester as a pilot. Waiting for a tender to come out. Leicester were talking about a dockless scheme. Question regarding what the tender is for – guess is access to data and targeted advertising via mobile phone app. We would like input as to where bikes are placed and perhaps length of the pilot period to assess.
4. Cycle City Workshop
London Road – most responses to consultation were positive. Many with the same wording. Hurrah – shows the success of campaigning.
Plan for Sustrans routes to integrate with city centre infrastructure. Considering linking to Clock Tower as a ‘hub’. Would like the routes not to have conflicting number systems. Commended Bristol / Derby / Edinburgh bike ‘tube map’ and colour coding.
5. Summer Plans
Main festivals: Riverside (first weekend in June) and City Ride (early August).
The City is trying for 5 car-free routes related to City Ride – last Sunday of each month.
- Riverside might be sparsely attended by us – suggest having LCCG t-shirts and clipboards and going out to talk to people.
- May be option of standing with bike parking sites and/or Sustrans.
- Need someone to do a little coordinating!
6. Date of next meeting
Monday 4 June 2018, 7pm at The Exchange.