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Agendas, minutes of our meetings.

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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Meeting Minutes – Monday 1st April 2019

Present: Jaime (JM; chair/secretary), Neil (NB), Peter (PE), Eric (EL), David (DM)
Apologies: Clare

1. AGM debrief
Thanks to be sent to Stephen Cammiss and Andy Salkeld for speaking (AP: JM). Agreement that it was successful meeting. Emails and Facebook messages were useful. Timings were good. Speakers were informative and appreciated. Donations for refreshments were a good idea. Venue was good.
Ideas for next year, generally similar format. May want to look at UoL’s respiratory scientists interested in clean air initiatives to speak/contribute.

2. Proposed PCC meeting
Eric suggested that we arrange a meeting with Willy Bach (PCC) as it had been ~2 years since last meeting and Dr. Stephen Cammiss’s research and new initiatives by West Midlands (e.g. Operation Zigzag) are likely to be in the media (AP: EL to set up meeting and DM to attend as well). Also, group to request Safe Pass mat from Cycling UK (AP: NB).

3. Operation Bike Box
Eric suggested new campaign centred on vehicular mis-use of bike box’s (advanced stop lines; ASLs). Will take advantage of new facility to upload footage direct to police website. Proposal is to ask members to take photos/videos and put on associated media campaign. AP: EL to draft email to all members and, in parallel, to send message on forum to prepare people.
4. Braunstone Gate
Neil alerted group that although BG project was about to move forward, there had been council issues to do with bus access. Darren from Sustrans will update LCCG soon. Also, new development near Route 6 and Bede Park (large student block) that may affect the Sustrans route as it will presumably need car access. No action required at present.

5. Ongoing issues with trouble spots in city
Neil brought various troublesome spots to group’s attention including Wellington St and Westcotes Drive (poor bike box position). Agreed that best to start by writing a letter to Adam Clarke and Andy to ask whether any action planned. AP: Neil to draft letter, JM to review.

6. Bollards
Neil alerted group to the many bollards being put in when Sheffield stands would be preferable (and cheaper). Andy Salkeld is keen for this to happen to so members encouraged to let him know.

7. Hospital
Still no reply sent to hospital staff who we have contacted regarding cycling provision. AP: Neil to draft response, JM to review.

8. Riverside
Email to be sent around before next meeting. No member assigned.

***Meeting ended 8:30. Followed by Committee meeting***

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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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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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