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Open Meeting Minutes December 2019

Minutes of the Leicester Cycle Campaign meeting held at the Exchange Bar, Leicester 7:30 Monday 2nd December 2019

Present: Clare, Neil, Eric and Peter

Items:

  1. The new London Road cycle path.
  2. The Leicester railway station cycle hub.
  3. Leaves on Leicester cycle paths.
  4. Wellington Street
  5. Jarrom Street
  6. The Magazine toucan crossing.
  7. The Leicester City Council consultation on the current climate emergency.
  8. The next LCCG Annual General Meeting.

The new London Road cycle path

  • The new London Road cycle path will not be opening until February 2020 due problems with the contractors.
  • There seem to be a problems with signage around bike traffic lights and road markings especially at the junction with De Montfort Street. ACTION: Eric to contact Councillor Adam Clarke to arrange a site visit to highlight these snagging problems.
  • The new cycle path across Victoria Park, from the War Memorial to the Queens Road crossing is still not complete, again apparently due to problems with the contractors.

The Leicester railway station cycle hub

  • Peter emailed customer services at East Midland Railway to enquire what plans they have for the Leicester cycle hub but has not received a response yet. ACTION: Eric to email the press officer at East Midlands railway to expedite a response.

Leaves on Leicester cycle paths.

  • Due to the recent very wet weather Leicester’s cycle paths are covered with slippery wet leaves and several accidents have been caused by this. Leicester City Council has been alerted to this problem via Love Leicester.
  • We are looking to the council to state what strategy they have on keeping paths clear of ice and leaves. If they don’t have a strategy then we want to encourage them to develop one. This is for the benefit of pedestrians as well as cyclists
  • ACTION: Eric to ask Andy Salkeld to add the sweeping of cycle paths as an agenda item at the next city cycle workshop.

Wellington Street

  • Wellington Street has returned to being two way for cyclists but there is a lack of signage to indicate this. ACTION: Neil to contact Leicester City Council to thank them for returning Wellington Street to its former two way status for cyclists but to point out the lack of signage to make this clear to motorists.

Jarrom Street

  • The cycle contraflow at the end of Jarrom Street near its junction with Eastern Boulevard is a second example of the issue of inadequate signage on streets where there is a contraflow bike lane (Briton Street being a third). Elizabeth Burleigh is continuing to engage with the Council on Jarrom Street, and will let us know of any further updates.

The Magazine toucan crossing

  • The new toucan crossing by the magazine is an improvement but there are still problems with the segregation of DMU students from cyclists. Hopefully, Leicester City Council will resolve these snags in time. ACTION: Eric to invite Andy Salkeld for a site visit to highlight the problems.

The Leicester City Council consultation on the current climate emergency

  • Leicester City Council have opened a consultation on the current climate emergency. The consultation will be open until February.
  • LCCG to contact Friends of the Earth to ask them what they have entered into the consultation regarding sustainable transport. ACTION: Clare.

The next LCCG Annual General Meeting

  • The next LCCG Annual General Meeting is to be held on Saturday 28th March 2020 at the Secular Hall, Humberstone Gate. ACTION: Clare to book the hall.
  • The plan is to meet at 10 am on the morning of the AGM for a ride around London road and Victoria Park to highlight the new cycling infrastructure there.
  • ACTION: Eric to invite Chris Boardman MBE to be a speaker at the AGM.
  • ACTION: Neil to invite the West Midland Police to speak at the AGM about their campaign against close passing.

Date of next LCCG meeting

  • 7:30 Monday 3rd February 2020 at the Exchange bar

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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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