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Meeting Minutes – 3 February 2020

Attended: Eric, Neil, Dave, Clare. Apologies: Peter.

London Road

Following our request for a site meeting with Adam Clarke, the Cycle City Workshop members were invited to a site visit on Dec 18. Visit was attended by Peter Soulsby (City Mayor), Adam Clarke (Deputy Mayor), Andy Salkeld (Cycle City Officer), Barry Pritchard (Highways Director) and other bike group reps. Barry took notes and some hints have been made that additional wands/bollards would be provided and more signage to clarify where bikes are meant to go. Yellow box markings will be removed from the cycle lanes. No more work has been done on the lanes since before Christmas. Neil has requested that a list of all the suggestions made at the visit be shared at the Cycle City Workshop and will pursue this. (Action: Neil)

Cycle City Workshop (CCW)

Eric to follow up on other issues raised recently, include cleaning/gritting of cycle lanes, signage for contraflow bike lanes, eg. Briton Street, publication of the Healthy Streets Design Guide. Some of these items have now been added to the minutes of previous CCW meetings but are not necessarily going on to the upcoming agendas ahead of time. (Action: Eric)

Eric will also ask at CCW about bike counters: where are they located, is the Council monitoring changes in road usage following installation of new infrastructure, is the data going to be published and do the counters pick up pavement riders? (Action: Eric)

We have received a query regarding how quickly lights change at toucan crossings (ie. controlled crossings for pedestrians and cyclists). Eric to ask at the CCW what the criteria are which determine this, as it is clear the speed and delay between changes is different at different crossings and at different times of the day. (Action: Eric)

Station Cycle Hub

East Midlands Railway have responded to emails from Eric and Peter about promoting the cycle hub in conjunction with the completion of the London Road work. Rachel Rundell, Area Manager, has requested an informal meeting with us. Eric will encourage her to attend February CCW and if she can’t, will offer to meet with her separately with Neil and Andy Salkeld. We understand EMR have been clearing bikes from their other station hubs that have been left unattended for a period of time. They haven’t started at Leicester, but Rachel appears to have it on her to-do list.  (Action: Eric)

Council’s Climate Crisis Consultation

Information from Climate Action Leicester and Leicestershire encouraging people to complete the consultation survey was circulated on FB and via the discussion email.

Possible change of day/venue

Eric raised the suggestion of changing the day of our bimonthly open meetings to allow people who can’t come on a Monday a chance to attend. Also to consider a change of venue – one suggestion was the Two Tailed Lion on Millstone Lane, which has an upstairs room available to book for free. Clare to include this in the email about the AGM. (Action: Clare)

AGM/Public Meeting

Plan for the meeting as follows:

09:30        Clare and Dave meet at Secular Hall to set up for meeting
09:45        Eric, Neil and Peter meet at Railway station ready for site visit
10:00        London Road Site visit, including cycle hub if time
10:45        Gather at Secular Hall for refreshments (Clare to provide)
11:00        Start AGM, Eric to chair, Clare to take notes

  • Campaign Report – Eric
  • Treasurer’s Report – Neil / Elizabeth
  • Membership Report – Clare
  • Constitution Changes
  • Election/appointment of Committee

11:25        End / Prepare for speaker
11:30        Mark Hodson, West Midlands Police
12:00        Q&A with Mark
12:15        Feedback on London Road visit and Any Other Business
12:30/45  Finish

To be done:

  • Clare to check IT requirements for projector at hall
  • Neil to let Mark Hudson know about timing and to ask Mark whether there are people/organisations in Leicester who we should specifically invite to the meeting.
  • Neil to check with Elizabeth about how to pay for hire of hall
  • Clare to invite East Midlands Cycle Forum representatives
  • Eric/Neil to inform CCW

 (Action: All)

 

 

 

 

 

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Open Meeting Notes – 7 October 2019

Present: Clare, Dave, Peter, Eric

Apologies: Neil

Report back from City Ride. Not a lot of interest/engagement for a lot of effort by a few committee members. Changes to location at the last minute, difficulty coordinating with police regarding mat, issues related to need for all stall holders to have public liability insurance. We would not be covered by police insurance if using the mat without a police officer there and it may even be tricky for us to join them in an official capacity at an event where they had the mat. Seems unlikely to be worth getting our own insurance (cover from Cycling UK would be £70 per year), so we probably won’t be able to attend such events in future. Eric to feed this back to the Cycle City Workshop.

London Road – still no response from Council to Eric’s request for information about the physical segregation where there is not currently a kerb. More kerbs have started appearing on sections of outbound side just up from the station, so worth waiting until it is clearer what more is going in – wands have been mentioned. Not certain when the scheme is due to be completed but should be soon. We’re keeping an eye on things to be able to organise some groups of cyclists to ride loops around the length of the cycle path to raise drivers awareness of it once completed.

Cycle Hub at Station – likely to be more demand once London Road scheme is completed. Still difficult to get hold of fobs (station information office get sent a few dozen at a time, as and when) although hub often appears under-used. Peter to contact EMR to begin engagement, either through arranging a meeting or email correspondence.

Other infrastructure:

  • Exit from New Street on to Peacock Lane is on blind corner and cars are coming out very quickly with some doing wide turns, putting cyclists and pedestrians using Peacock Lane at risk. Dave to take photos of signing, etc, and investigate vehicle routes.
  • Contraflow lanes on Jarrom Street and Briton Street. Dave to email Elisabeth Burleigh who has been in contact with the Council about a potential site visit to discuss signage for the contraflow on Jarrom Street. Might be worth involving Cllr Sarah Russell.
  • Path across Victoria Park is almost completed.
  • York Road restructure is ongoing.
  • Wellington Street to get a contraflow cycle lane from Belvoir Street junction. Council processing necessary traffic order.
  • Segregated route along St Matthew’s Way at Wharf Street to provide cycle path around sections of inner ring road due to start soon.
  • No sign yet of anything happening on Belgrave Gate to link Burleys Flyover roundabout to Belgrave Circle.
  • Cycle Lane planned for Abbey Park Road from Belgrave Circle to link up with NCN6 and new housing developments at old Wolsey factory site.
  • New paths on Belgrave Gate between Burleys Flyover and Haymarket – still a problem of cars on side roads not giving way to cyclists on paths. Probably just a matter of time for drivers to get used to new layout, as is likely to happen on London Road. Advice is to be assertive but vigilant when using path and to engage if possible (politely) with drivers to show them cyclists have priority.

Accident stats: Contact via Facebook from Matt Vallins suggesting we request KSI (Killed, Seriously Injured) figures from the police related to accidents involving cyclists and specifically for cycle lanes, which he considers do not contribute to cyclists’ safety overall. National stats were issued on 8 November last year – figures for year to June 2019 should be available next month via DfT website. Clare had suggest to Matt that he put in a FOI request. She will let Matt know about national stats and ask him to let us know if he finds out anything more. We are generally supportive as a group of segregated cycle lanes on fast/busy roads.

Cycle Safety Video: Nassar Kaliisa, media student from DMU who did some video recording with Jaime at AGM has put together a short video on Bike Safety in Leicester. Clare to email link to committee members to agree whether to post it on FB.

Engagement with Hospitals – Issue was raised by Elisabeth Burleigh on email list about lack of promotion by UHL of Bike to Work Awareness Day/Week . Person she contacted in Communications at UHL was interested to consider something for next year. Suggestion that Neil draws up timeline for engagement with George Pollard at Sustrans aiming to have something definite in place by Bike Week next year.

Climate Action Coalition: Dave attended Climate Action kick-off meeting organised by Friends of the Earth on 29/09/19, attended by 85 people. A Climate Action Coalition is proposed and a list of demands has been made to Council, including prioritising investment in cycling, walking, etc. Dave to follow up with meeting organisers on what involvement we might want to have with the proposed coalition.

Date of next meeting:

Monday 2 December 2019

Agreed to move start time to 7.30pm. Peter to update website, Clare to do FB event post and highlight change of time. Eric to inform The Exchange staff.

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AGM and Public Meeting, 30 March 2019

Draft minutes from our AGM held in March and reports on the two Presentations made at the Public Meeting meeting which followed can be found here:

LCCG 2019 draft AGM minutes and public meeting report

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Meeting Minutes – 5 August 2019

Present: Clare, Neil, Eric, Stuart Mottershaw (Leicestershire Police, manages Safe Pass programme)

City Ride, 25 August:

Martin Bujdoso is organising an area at King Power stadium, to demonstrate bike safety issues with different road users – Biffa truck fitted with safety features, First Bus, etc. Stuart can’t be there but has arranged for a colleague to bring the Close Pass mat and the VR headsets.

Gazebo available from the Council as we are a member of Cycle City Workshop.

Eric and Neil plan to go to ‘Activation Meeting’ on 13/08/19, will discuss any risk assessment requirements.

Safe Pass programme

 Stuart will have the Close Pass mat and VR at the Big Bike Bash at Rutland Cycling, Everards Meadow on 24 August as part of the Festival. Eric will try and go along to represent LCCG.

Stuart will be organising some road-side driver awareness sessions. Eric will plan to go along to some, to gather some publicity material.

Get Behind the Bike Box

Eric and Dave met with Willy Bach, Police & Crime Commissioner in June. He wasn’t aware of the campaign but was generally supportive and agreed to see it was promoted via Community Safety Partnerships. See full report on website: https://leicesterccg.wordpress.com/get-behind-the-bike-box/

Eric has received feedback from people who have reported infringements to the police. Follow up article published in the Mercury today says police have actioned about 20 reports since the start of the campaign. Also bus companies expressing support by educating their drivers.

People are reporting serious Road Traffic Collisions online and this data can’t be transferred across to the system which reports data to the DfT.

Safe Bike Parking

Stuart and his boss Graham attended the last Cycle City Workshop and were impressed with the demo from the company that provide bike lockers to be based on streets. Felt it had been well received.

Membership

We agreed at the AGM that we would no longer charge people for membership. Eric to write piece to go on website highlighting the change and Clare to update other membership information accordingly.

Date of Next Meeting

Monday 7 October.

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Meeting Minutes – 3 June 2019

LCCG Minutes – 3rd June 2019

Present: Jaime, Eric, Clare, Neil, Peter, David

  1. Change in roles

Secretary role will be vacated as Jaime is leaving. Discussion of what the duties were and whether it makes sense to divide secretary from membership secretary. (ACTION: Jaime to prepare description of current duties for circulation to committee). Clare may be able to take on some duties, at least as a temporary measure. (ACTION: Jaime to pass on all membership data to Clare or other volunteer).

Group agreed that a gentle push to recruit new active participants from existing members would be worthwhile. Also, may be a good time to re-consider timing of bimonthly meetings. (ACTION: Jaime to draft all-members email informing of situation).

  1. Riverside Festival debrief and plans for City Ride

Group wishes to express particular thanks to Neil, Eric and Stuart (police volunteer) as well as all other volunteers for helping. Neil has sent Stuaart an email thanking him for participation.

Queries over whereabouts of Close Pass-associated items (e.g. VR set) that Cycling UK should have sent out. (ACTION: Neil to investigate. UPDATE: Neil has found, had been sent to Future Cycles after being damaged in the post.)

General agreement that it would be good to run a similar set-up again (e.g. for Sky Ride). Improvements may be creating a vertical sign to attract more people/drivers. (ACTION: Neil to write to Stuart to request help for City Ride and ask for meeting beforehand to discuss plans).

  1. Upcoming events

Clare and Neil will represent us at the Street Design Guide workshop being organised by the Council on Friday 7 June. Dave also hopes to go to represent Friends of the Earth. (ACTION: Clare and Neil)

Eric is going to the East Midlands Cycle Forum on 22 June and will give an update on our recent/current campaigns. Clare to promote the event on Facebook. (ACTION: Eric and Clare)

Eric and Dave will be meeting with Willy Bach, Police and Crime Commissioner soon. (ACTION: Eric and Dave)

  1. “Get Behind the Bike Box” campaign

The campaign has already provided good opportunities to engage with the police. Responses from members/followers to the initial launch of the campaign were shared with Simon Coles (Chief Constable) at Eric’s meeting with him. One response was from a Bikeability instructor who was considering giving up their role due to the abuse they get from other road users.

Three bus drivers reported by Eric have each been fined £100 – first ever cases in the County as far as we know! Due to a police error, they didn’t also get three points on the licences, but anyone convicted in future will get both the fine and the points.

Two of the bus companies (First Bus and Centrebus) agreed that entering the boxes when lights are red is illegal and will be addressing the issue with their drivers. First Bus training officers will be receiving cycling awareness training from Ride Leicester, including taking them out on bikes around town. Centrebus have said they will review their driver training.

First Bus and Biffa will be bringing vehicles to the City Ride to give people the opportunity to experience what it is like for drivers on the road with cyclists around. The Biffa lorry will have the latest sensor equipment fitted.

  1. Other issues

Neil expressed concern about the lack of attention to cyclists in the plans to make Braunstone Gate more people-friendly. He will talk to the project manager, Darren, about whether to try and get the project onto the Cycle City Workshop agenda (ACTION: Neil).

The meeting gave a formal expression of thanks to Jaime for his work on behalf of the group over the past few years, especially as Membership Secretary and for helping to plan and chair meetings, particularly the AGMs. We wish Jaime and his family well in their new life in Norway.

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Letter to the Mercury

After seeing some of the negative comments on the Leicester Mercury website in response to the article about our Get Behind the Bike Box campaign, our press officer Eric Ludlow felt compelled to respond. Here’s his letter to the Editor (or you can click here to read the full text in a Word document).

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Meeting Minutes – Monday 4th Feb 2019

Present – Jaime, Neil, Peter, Clare

  1. AGM

Sat 30th March confirmed. Brian Deegan to speak. Secular Hall. Jaime to ask at Uni. Of L. about other attendees (e.g. cycle safety, air quality; AP). Neil to book lunch nearer to the time (AP). Jaime to send all members email 30 days before meeting (AP). Claire to get in touch with other East Midlands colleagues to invite (AP).

  1. Adam Clarke meeting

Jaime gave brief update on meeting with Adam Clarke in early January. Decision to try to ensure more regular meetings.

  1. Hospital letter

Needs following up. Neil to update at next meeting (AP).

  1. Belvoir/Wellington/Granby

(Lack of) Markings and width of lanes make some of these junctions very dangerous for bikes. How do we tackle these issues? Neil to email about issue to forum and get ideas (AP). To be brought up with Adam Clarke at next meeting or at Cycle City Workshop.

  1. Anstey Lane

Questions on what plans are as there are trees missing and it could suggest new cycle provision but currently nobody knows anything. To enquire at CCW?

  1. Date of next meeting: April 1 2019

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