20th May – Plans were presented at the Cycle City Workshop by a member of the design team. LCCG representatives (and others) were not at all pleased with the reduction in provision being proposed. Works are due to start on the north side (existing lane) in early June, as evidenced by signs already up. We have written to the city Mayor outlining our concerns in relation to the changes to the plans consulted on earlier, as well as our disappointment with the consultation process, and await his reply.
Tag Archives: A50
Leicester Cycling Campaign Group are very aware that, thanks to the city Mayor, Leicester is moving in the right direction with regards to giving people choices in how they travel. We sometimes go into the county, are reminded what cycle provision was like 20 years ago and are glad to be back on something half-useful in the city.
We have some segregated contraflows (Berridge Street, Greyfriars), segregated tracks (Southgates, Newarke St) and a fully pedestrianised town centre. There have been sub-standard bits (north of Belgrave Circle) but we are encouraged by movement on London Road and Welford Road, both major routes into and out of the city. We have a forum chaired by Sir Peter Soulsby, the city Mayor, specifically to discuss cycle infrastructure with him and the planners. We have also raised issues with the way consultation and communication has been handled with other projects, and have been promised greater openness and transparency from the planning department.
In light of all this, recent events around the A50 Groby Road have been extremely disappointing. Details of the consultation on improvements between the New Parks Blvd roundabout by the Glenfield Hospital and the junction with Blackbird Road approaching the inner ring road are available on the Council’s website. Plans at that stage included a dedicated, segregated cycle lane on either side of the road, all the way out to the roundabout at Station Road / Gynsill Lane beyond County Hall (as in the attached drawing, still showing on the website).
We responded to the consultation in November 2014 pointing out (amongst other things), the lack of width at 1.5m and the lack of priority at side roads. The council facilitated a meeting on 3rd December with the project engineer to discuss this project, which was very positive.
Plans were circulated in December which lacked any junction treatments beyond the occasional toucan but did have tracks on both sides of the A50. Our previous comments stand.
Deadly quiet reigned for 3 months. A cycle city workshop meeting arranged a meeting with the planners for 1st April but this didn’t make it into the minutes. Or anybody at the council’s diaries – the key people were on holiday so it didn’t happen.
15th April, cycle city workshop – meeting planned for 21st April.
21st April – meeting cancelled on the day because the design team couldn’t make it.
Discussion moved to the Cycle City Workshop scheduled for 20th May. Aware that time was ticking by, we asked for an earlier meeting with the project manager and hoped that we would at least get a chance to see the plans in advance of the CCW. We’re told that there were no convenient dates available for a pre-meeting and that there were delays with the plans.
Minutes from Monday 1st LCCG Meeting
Skyride Feedback :
35 new members signed up
Stall looked great – thanks to all those who helped put it together
T-shirts were great, just the right level of professionalism whilst still being approachable
Questions over was Phoenix the best location – It was the only location offered kindly by Sustrans who took care of public liability issues
When Dennis is back from working away Anna will contact regarding payment from those who purchased a t-shirt. T-shirts not given out until we sort out payment
Another order may be required – Clare requested a change in the logo placement on the front of the t-shirt
The banner and cost of delivery will be covered by LCCG
Anna has a £25 invoice to give to Elizabeth for printing cost of flyers
All the kit including banners etc. is being stored at Pilot House, Anna and Elizabeth have access
A substantial amount of funding for the A50 is available to redevelop the corridor. Approx.: 10 million. Brendan, Mat and Eric did a site visit (see the doc by Brendan)
Comments from group – There is potential to make a great cycle corridor – lots of space. Key points – priorities at junctions . Andy proposed closing Abbey Gate (Andy will supply notes from the local access forum). Noted that it could link in very nicely with the canal corridor development.
Next step – work on the document, add examples ideally of this country. Then send into the lead officer for the A50 (Elizabeth to find some images / Mat and Anna to pull document together)
Discussion on how best to engage with the County Council – we have struggled before and not really been listened to. Decided that we should make the effort to engage particularly on the section between the station road roundabout and the Hospital Roundabout.
Local Access Forum:
Andy stated that LCCG would be welcome at the next local access forum on Monday 8th at 4.30 venue – Town Hall
Elizabeth, Steve, Neil, Mat and Anna conducted a site visit (see London Road write up)
Next step – Mat to contact Peter Soulsby to chat through options / thoughts.
Be useful to have examples ideally in the UK of roads similar to London Road which have been improved for cycling i.e. floating bus stops
Contacted by a member who was knocked off along Newarke Street at the Marble Street junction.
The cyclist was travelling away from the city; the motorist had stopped partly on the bike lane and pedestrian footway waiting for a space. The cyclist continued along the cycle lane only for the motorist to pull out without checking both ways for cyclists!
The group commented that they have all been involved with near misses on that junction.
Discussion on options – signage i.e. stop sign (there is already a look both ways for cyclists sign) / A signalised junction / blocking Marble street to traffic (mainly rat running going on)
Eric will contact the individual involved, then with permission draft a press release. Ask the council for a meeting to discuss options
Cycle Parking on Humberstone Gate:
Poor placement of new cycle parking, completely blocks cyclist path and funnels both cyclists and pedestrians into the small entrance. It looks like the cycle parking is being used as a barrier for vehicles. A dropped kerb is required to allow bikes to continue along Humberstone Gate. Mat to contact Barry Pritchard
Cycle Strategy Consultation:
Mat has put together an LCCG response which members have added to. Comments – The importance of interim targets, perhaps every 2 years – To state where the funding will come from to deliver – i.e. 50% will be funded internally by the city council and the other 50 by funding bids. – A maintenance budget should be highlighted. Suggested that our response should be less of a dialogue and more direct. Response needs to be submitted this week – Mat.
West End Bike Group: A group based in the West End were successful in a funding bid to purchase some bikes from Cycle Magic a couple of years ago. They’re stored in a lock up near The Western. The group are looking for help to organise a bike loan type scheme. If anyone is interested please contact Steve Massey. Action – Steve to send out an email
CTC Request: A request from Elizabeth for ‘Space for Cycling’ quotes/info