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Meeting Minutes – Monday 1st October 2018

Venue: The Exchange
Present: Jaime (chair/minutes), Clare, Adam, Steve, Peter
Apologies: Eric, Elizabeth

1. End of the Road coalition and demonstration
Background: We agreed to join coalition and added our name with edits to a letter for the council but never saw final copy of the letter. There is a demo on Thursday (4/10) at 4pm when Council will be meeting to discuss the proposal (Evesham Road and other schemes, possibly Soar Lane/Rally Park). We are reticent to send an All-Members email for this issue at this stage.
AP: Clare to ask Elizabeth to procure a copy of the final letter so that she can send to Peter and have put on the website. Also, in same email to ask Elizabeth about the demo and tell her that if anybody wants to take the banner they are welcome but will have to get it from Neil or the council lock-up.

2. London Road
Background: An anonymous LCCG member obtained plans from the council via an FOI and is concerned about some of the design choices, primarily, (1) how to get to the Cycle Hub when arriving from the south and (2) what the cycle flow is at some of the crossings especially at the top of Victoria Park. We agree that it is unclear what happens from the plans. We think a good chance that the council haven’t worked it out yet either. We have confidence in Brian Deegan’s input and hope this means the issues will be resolved adequately. We don’t want to unnecessarily antagonise them.
AP: Jaime to contact Mat and see if we can get an informal meeting with Adam Clarke. Jaime to thank our member and encourage him to follow up on issues if he feels it would be worthwhile.

3. Hospital cycle provision
Background: Neil has been working to improve cycling provision at Leicester hospitals (especially LRI) for a couple of years. George from Sustrans has also been keen to focus on this and has made some progress at Glenfield. Recognition by group that cycling for staff and patients/visitors should be far easier than it is especially given the clear health benefits of cycling. Adam keen to be involved in this issue as he works at Glenfield and may have some useful contacts.
AP: Jaime to put Neil and Adam in touch and encourage them to liaise with George and continue their good work.

4. Cycle City Workshop
No one at the meeting was able to attend.

5. Administration
Who is Twitter?
AP: Jaime to ask Mat and Eric if they have the details although nobody seems keen to take on this role at the moment.

6. Cycle collisions
JM brought up a piece on Radio 4 Today about the ‘increasing danger posed by cyclists’. General agreement that this was a rage-inducing framing of the issue especially given the huge number of accidents and fatalities involving cars. Peter said that one good thing was that on the follow up at 1pm, pedestrian and cycling advocates were also in broad agreement that cars were the problem.

7. Knighton Neighbourhood meeting
Clare had attended a Knighton neighbourhood forum where the local councillor(s) came along with a large map of the area and people were able to point out troublesome locations for cycling. Clare suggested that other wards could try this but that its success also relied on the existence of an engaged neighbourhood forum. Jaime stated that in Westcotes we had tried something similar but maybe it was too focused on cycling – important to have sustained pressure if you want something to emerge from these meetings.

End of Meeting
DONM: 3/12/2018

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Meeting Minutes – Monday 4th June 2018

Present: Jaime (secretary/chair), Elizabeth, Neil, Steve

Apologies: Clare, Eric, Adam, Eric

  1. Business

AGM updates – Elizabeth to send round EMCF minutes and others to comment (AP 18/01: EB)

Secretary position – Jaime to assume, Membership Secretary absorbed into Secretary role

Mat to continue as Adam Clarke/council liaison (AP 18/02: JM, inform Mat)

Committee: Steve, Neil, Elizabeth (treasurer), Jaime (secretary), Eric (press)

GDPR email – we have taken steps to inform members – nothing more to be done

Review of meeting dates – clash with critical mass or other groups, should we go to bimonthly? Our influence is greater than our size/meeting attendance at this stage so we should continue to convene and meet

Next meeting – August, website to show dates of 3 next meetings, even months – AP 18/03: Clare and Peter to update internet

  1. UHL, LRI cycling infrastructure

Neil, two years ago talked to LRI boss and presented document detailing the advantages of promoting cycling, IT issues and hospital bureaucracy/communications made the BUG not work as well. BUG run by carparks/transport administrator. Staff parking v cheap and there is a heavily promoted drive to work scheme. Good news is Sustrans and city council are making progress mostly at Glenfield. Neil (AP 18/04) offering to send letter to boss detailing the ongoing issues and express disappointment – visitors and staff unable to park their bikes. Health implications need to be considered. Infrastructure is terrible. Media (Mercury) to be contacted if response is insufficient.

  1. UoL safety study

Poor level of responses but little else we can realistically do – AP 18/05 Elizabeth to contact and offer some advice.

  1. New leaflets

What are we going to do with these leaflets? What do we put on the bottom? No definite dates to go on but just website. AP 18/06 (Steve and Neil): Will cut leaflets up to remove meeting date portion. 

  1. Sky Ride and other bike events

NB Stall stuff is at Neil’s house

Ride Leicester – 7th August – 21st August

HSBC Ride: Sunday 12th August

Could we get close pass mat from Neil’s friend or a contact of Brendan? What should we put on the stall? Survey to find out factors that influence cycling e.g. What puts you off cycling more? Which of these do you like most (photos)? “10 second survey”

Jobs before 6th (Next meeting date): (1) Let Andy know/arrange a table; (2) Recruit volunteers;

Jobs in week leading up: get sign-up sheets and change

AP 18/07: Steve to lead and coordinate LCCG stall (depending on availability)  

Open Streets – last Sunday of every month, if we had enthusiasm we might get involved but at the moment not enough momentum. Tea with cyclists? Something relaxing, quick chat about strategy. Next event should be 24th June (11-2), if somebody goes along, they will report back.

  1. End of the Road

Specific invitation and request from new coalition, being put together by activists, starting in response to the city’s strategic plan. Particular focus on Evesham Road link – building more roads is not the best way to cope with an anticipated rise in traffic. We are asked to put in a statement. Friday (10 am) this week, EOTR going to present petition at Town Hall specifically about Evesham Road link.

Statement on road building agreed unanimously, LCCG signed up to EOTR. AP 18/08 Elizabeth to let Zina know.

  1. Transforming Cities update

Steve and Neil report back. Not particularly innovative but some interesting workshops on city planning particularly on misplaced incentives coming from central government.

Talks: Problems caused by Dutch cycle lanes – people pushing boundaries of what is acceptable (e.g. mobility scooters, electric bikes, large pedal-powered vehicles). Led to uptick in accidents. Law says that certain vehicles have to use them. Designation via speed could be more appropriate in many situations. Rigid designs can cause problems so flexible designs can help retain street character.

Lift-share: should be promoted more, with corporate buy in and good technology solutions. Filling empty car seats could be a really useful solution to congestion.

Council signing up to be 100% renewable.

Waterside development apparently not particularly sustainable. Criticised by a number of people. Shows lack of ambition, put down to lack of budget.

DONM: 6 August 

Table of Action Points

AP# Action Member
18/01 Circulate EMCF minutes for comments Elizabeth
18/02 Inform Mat about ‘City Council Liaison’ role Jaime
18/03 Update Facebook/website with new meeting dates Clare/Peter
18/04 Send letter to UHL / LRI boss about cycling Neil
18/05 Contact to offer advice about participant recruitment Elizabeth
18/06 Chop up leaflets Steve/Neil
18/07 Coordinate stall for Skyride (talk to Andy about stall and ask for volunteers) Steve
18/08 Tell Zina about LCCG support for End of the Road Elizabeth

 

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Road and Path User Statement of Respect

Background: At Leicester Cycle Campaign Group we felt that there is often too much negativity in the discourse about transport choices. This can often lead to resentment and animosity on the roads, which makes the situation worse. Whilst a minority of car drivers have a negative attitude towards cyclists, this often comes from misunderstandings or from poor infrastructure. Cyclists (and pedestrians) can also sometimes be witnessed acting in a disrespectful manner, something which they accuse car drivers of. In reality, most road and path users are willing and able to respect each other and recognise anti-social or foolish behaviour, regardless of the mode of transport involved.

For this reason, we have drawn up a list of examples of the sorts of behaviours that can make the difference between anti-social and respectful travelling. Although almost all of these points are part of the Highway code, they are frequently observed to be breached. We would like all road and path users to consider this statement of respect and we hope that everyone can try to follow it. We would like to hear any comments or points for discussion.

Road and Path User Statement of Respect

We believe that all road and path users have the responsibility to respect other users, regardless of mode of transport. In return, all users should have the right to expect such treatment from others.

A general guideline is that all road and path users have a particular duty to respect more vulnerable users.

Although often covered by the highway code, specific guidelines to be aware of for various users:

Motor-vehicles

  • Pass cyclists at a safe distance (minimum of 1.5m on narrow/ slow moving roads and a car width on faster roads)
  • Be aware of cycles when pulling out of side roads. They move faster than you think. Also be aware that some roads which are 1 way for motor-vehicles are 2 way for cyclists.
  • Do not park to obstruct cycle lanes or pavements.
  • Do not jump red lights. Amber lights are a warning to prepare to stop, not instructions to speed up.
  • Take care when opening car doors, especially on the road side. Check behind first.
  • Remember that everyone pays for the roads through council tax and so everyone has a right to use them.
  • Respect advance stop lines at junctions. These are put in for cyclists safety.

Cyclists

  • Respect the ‘rules of the road’ and road infrastructure, such as traffic lights. Other road users will expect you to.
  • Do not cycle on pavements, unless it is signposted as shared use.
  • When on shared use space, show respect to pedestrians. Ring bell in good time and do not pass too close to pedestrians. Slow down near children, dogs and people with an obvious disability. If it is busy, consider dismounting and pushing the cycle.
  • If you want to cycle fast, stick to the road or segregated cycle lane.
  • On the roads, allow cars to overtake by keeping to the left if safe to do so.
  • For your and pedestrians safety, wear high vis and use cycle lights when cycling at night.
  • Take care when overtaking horse-riders, so as not to startle the horse.

Pedestrians

  • Don’t walk in designated cycle lanes.
  • Always check for cyclists when crossing a cycle lane.
  • Move dogs out of the way when cyclists approach.

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Minutes from quarterly meeting 4th September 2017

Present: Eric, Jaime, Mat S, Peter, Elizabeth, Clare

Apologies: Neil, Steve

  1. 1.       London Rd (Clare)

Clare representing Leicester Wheels For All – at meeting with Neil. Best of a bad job, difficult to imagine better solutions that could be feasibly implemented.

Basic design – one track on each side. Not too bad until down near station where it gets tricky especially for coming down into town, how do you get across to Station. At top everything moves over to Victoria Park (2 way cycle lane) up to Mayfield Rd roundabout. Nothing past that along A6 towards Oadby. No strong preferences expressed for different version, none perfect.

Pedestrians, 6mm drop for bikes, then 6mm for road/cars. Neil and others suggested that ‘gutter-style’ might be appropriate/better. Designers said ‘but pedestrians don’t want to walk in gutters’. Bikes to be treated as vehicles with priority on side roads (although details opaque).

Upright protection, bollards or wands preferable to sheffield stands (unanimously agreed by us)

No sign of cameras outside station. Or are there? No signage.

Ideas of moving bus stops up to outside Tesco but generally thought not a great idea. Some bus stops to be eliminated and only have one major station bus stops.

Entry/exit points are tricky. Car traffic around station is still a problem.

At the moment, plans expected September. Once plans are out time for consultation.

Working group to (1) look at plans, (2) write recommendations, (3) ask for input from core members, (4) submit ideas to council, (5) ask membership to submit a consultation response using our points or their own.

Main issues:

  • ·         Upright protection
  • ·         Gutter design
  • ·         Prioritisation

Eric mentioned that we have to consider the New Walk faction and if the London Rd solution doesn’t measure up there will be a number of people advocating for using New Walk not crap new infrastructure.

Provisional working party (AP): Neil, Clare, Elizabeth, and Jaime to contact Andy and try to view plans early evening.

  1. 2.       Belvoir St (Clare)

Clare wondered whether new plans had been presented at CCW or plans just changed on the hoof. Not clear where cycles should go. General decision to keep an eye on it but focus on London Road.

  1. 3.       Arriva campaign (Eric)

Arriva approached Eric (27/07/17) to ask if we [LCCG] could help publicise their Safe Pass campaign. Eric replied and said, yes, how can we help. But then everything went silent. Eric followed up with a second email after observing improper bus behaviour on his way to the meeting.

  1. 4.       HSBC City Ride

LCCG would like to thank to Neil for attending on behalf of LCCG and speaking to some useful people.

Also, Cycle Hoop rep made contact with a few people and received some advice (e.g. from Elizabeth and Clare). Sent towards community groups (e.g. scouts, housing groups) who may be able to garner support and funding.

  1. 5.       Dangerous parking (Eric)

In 3 months ask for stats on number of tickets issued for dangerous parking (LCCG AP). Important to make sure that parking on cycle tracks are included in dangerous parking initiatives.

  1. 6.       Memberships (Jaime)

Mat (AP) to give Jaime access to info@lccg address so that J can double check online signups every 3 months.

  1. 7.       Scheduling meetings with Adam Clarke

Ongoing meetings with Adam Clarke in his constituency in informal setting (approx. every 6 months). Mat (AP) to request meeting with Adam. Meeting scheduled for 21st September.

  1. 8.       Home page redesign (Peter)

Discussion concluded that Twitter and Facebook widgets were worth keeping on home page. People generally agreed that we would try to post something on FB/Twitter at least once a month to keep page feeling current. Peter (AP) to make main page static content and leave widgets for dynamic content.

  1. 9.       Safe Pass Initiative (Eric)

Very disappointing response from police. Not taking advice from cycling community. Various offers of help offered and not taken advantage of (e.g. web portal for people to upload close pass videos). Eric (AP) would like to discuss the relationship between Simon Cole (Chief Constable) and LCCG/the cycling community so that there can be more two-way communication rather than police telling us how things should be.

  1. 10.   Cycle parking at the station (Clare)

All cycle parking removed from station but Cycle Hub has run out of fobs and may not be getting more. Clare (AP) may go and discuss with rail people.

  1. 11.   Date of next meeting: Monday 4th December

Elizabeth (AP) to consider a Winter Safari to take place ~6pm on the week before meeting.

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Meeting Minutes – Monday 5th June 2017

Present: Anna (chair), Jaime (secretary), Dave C, Nicola, Mariangela, Clare, Peter, Neil, Adam

Apologies: Eric, Mat

  1. 1.       Infrastructure
    1. a.       Five-ways plans

Discussion of plans presented for Cycle City Forum (CCF). Improvements to many junctions proposed. Major issue is that cycle provision is likely to be shared space (Clare). No definite plans at the moment as exact measurements not available – planners would prefer segregated lanes but shared space seems the most likely outcome. Consultation is closed so few options to influence. Peter mentioned that central reservation could have been used (Blackbird Road) and alternative parallel routes (Bradgate Road) but suggestions not acted on. Nicola raised the possibility of pushing for a Leicester City Design Guide (similar to the London one). Timeframe for scheme unknown. Anna to ask for input from James (SusTrans) (AP).

    1. b.       Wellington Street

Neil is concerned about the route from Market Street onto Wellington Street as the redesign may have ignored the needs of cyclists. Anna, Clare and any other volunteers to attempt to ride after the meeting and report back (AP).

    1. c.       De Montfort University routes

Raised by Adam. Concerns about actual route of Route 6 after redevelopment paerticularly the lack of signage. Clare mentioned that route has been changed a few times during the process and it is not clear what the finalised route will be. Anna mentioned that in the near future the National Cycle Network may look at this afresh(?).

    1. d.       Sheffield stands outside The Criterion

Peter mentioned the missing cycle stands removed during work and hoped they would be re-installed.

    1. e.       Castle Gardens

Group discussed the lack of cycle paths through Castle Gardens as somebody had been told off by member of the public for riding through. Short discussion of whether group should ask for this ban to be lifted but this idea not to be followed up on at present.

    1. f.        London Road

Clare and Nicola had attended most recent CCF at which this was discussed. Currently, the council’s proposal should be with the Mayor and the finalised plans may be at the next CCF meeting. Suggestion to ask for plans to be available in advance (30 minutes) of the meeting to allow some consultation and appropriate responses. Anna (as rep for LCCG) and Nicola to coordinate and request early viewing at next CCF meeting (21st June; AP).

  1. 2.       City Ride

Now sponsored by HSBC rather than Sky. Date is 14th August although this clashes with races, i.e. Castle Classic. Event is likely to be more ‘corporate’ this year and LCCG may not be offered a stall. Suggestion to do something more informal and wear LCCG-branded T-shirts while cycling round the course and engaging people at opportune moments. A popular idea. Anna to discuss with Andy what general arrangements will be on the day and subgroup of interested people to meet up in mid-late July to discuss specific plans (AP).

  1. 3.       Safe Pass Initiative

Eric (absent) reports that police have decided to ‘go it alone’ and he has had little contact of late. Decision of group to thank Eric for his hard work in establishing this initiative and to monitor the effectiveness of the campaign over the summer.

  1. 4.       Meeting frequency

All present were happy with new arrangements. In addition, it was pointed out that meeting dates no longer clash with Bank Holidays so no need to move from Monday. Mat to email The Exchange to cancel room booking on months not needed (AP).

  1. 5.       Online presence and social media

Clare mentioned lack of up-to-date information on website. Consensus by group that a more static website with links to dynamic content (Facebook, Twitter) would be preferable and easier to maintain. Peter to start a redesign of a simpler, static homepage (AP.) Jaime (and future secretaries) to ensure minutes are sent through to Peter for archiving (AP). Adam and Claire to continue posting relevant information on Facebook (AP).

  1. 6.       Field trip

Nottingham and London both suggested by Neil as potential locations for a trip to examine cycle infrastructure ‘done properly’. Nottingham preferred due to cheaper cost. Suggestion to contact Nottingham Cycle Group (Hugh?) as way of building bridges and getting local opinions/information. Cycle hire in Nottingham mentioned as may be easier than trying to get lots of bikes on a single train. Anna to contact Hugh (AP) and Neil to send out email to discussion group with some candidate weekends to garner expressions of interest (AP).

Meeting closed at 20:30

Date of next meeting: Monday 4th September

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