Merseyside Cycling Campaign AGM 2017

The AGM will be held at the KIND Centre, 19 Back Canning Street, Liverpool, L8 7PB
on Saturday 25 November

Refreshments available from 10:00 for 10:30 start

Stephen Yip who has been the force behind Kids In Need & Distress since 1975 has once again invited the Campaign to hold its Annual General Meeting  at the Centre.
Why not visit the website and see what they have been up to this year at http://kind.org.uk/
If you wish to bring along a Christmas present for a boy/girl 10/12 yr old Stephen will be most appreciative as will indeed the recipients!

A41 – Chester Street, Birkenhead – Improvement Scheme Consultation

“A new segregated off-road cycle lane / improved footpath will be provided along the east side of the A41 – Chester Street, improving safety and the connectivity of the Wirral Circular Trail Route. To the north, via existing on and off-road sections of the Wirral Circular Trail, cyclists will be able to connect to the Priory Trading Estate and, via the promenade, onwards to Morpeth Wharf, Wirral Waters Tower Road development and the John Moores Lairdside Training Centre and new Maritime Hub at Tower Wharf. To the south, cyclists will be directed to the Turbine Business Park, the Business Park and employment along the Rock Ferry trading estates, including the John Moores University Maritime education and training facility.

The existing Puffin crossing directly adjacent to the Rock Park McDonalds Restaurant will also be upgraded to a new cycle friendly Toucan crossing that will serve and connect directly into this new link.

By offering a high quality alternative to using the busy main A41 carriageway, Mersey Tunnel approach / exit roads and a long section of road tunnel, all of which are particularly unattractive to cyclists; this new facility is expected to greatly improve safety, usage and connectivity. Evidence shows that attractive walking and cycling routes can also increase the attractiveness of the Business and Retail Parks and other trading estates to inward investing businesses.”

Any objections (together with the grounds on which they are made) or expressions of support, may be made on-line by Monday 25th September 2017 at www.wirral.gov.uk/highways (“Submit comments, questions or objections about new highway schemes in Wirral”) quoting the scheme reference number DC-STEP-1718-1

A41 – Cammell Laird Consultation Plan A0 (Signs) STEP Schemes Consultation Information

Liverpool City Centre Connectivity scheme

There are wide ranging plans to improve traffic flow across the city centre whilst also providing better cycle links and a more appealing environment for pedestrians. These proposals are known collectively as the Liverpool City Centre Connectivity scheme.

Download full details and the plans here – Liverpool-City-Centre-Connectivity-plans

Please send any comments to us by 2 August 2017 – Merseysidecyclingcampaign@hotmail.co.uk

The Strand

To make the waterfront more accessible for pedestrians it is proposed to reduce the number of traffic lanes along the Strand, Goree, Georges Dock Gates, New Quay, King Edward Street, Strand Street, Wapping & Chaloner Street to two lanes in each direction. This reduction will help remove the barrier posed to pedestrians, currently faced with crossing up to eight lanes of traffic in places. At junctions along the route the carriageway will have additional lanes to accommodate turning movements for traffic without causing congestion.

Cycle Route

With the number of traffic lanes reduced along the route, it is proposed that cycle facilities be introduced to make the area more accessible and permeable for cyclists.  A segregated cycle route is proposed along the south west side of Strand Street, Goree, George’s Dock Gates, New Quay and Bath Street. This will be at carriageway level with cyclists protected from general traffic by kerbs.

Toucan crossings, which can be used by cyclists as well as pedestrians, are proposed at St Nicolas Place, Water Street, Liver Street & Salthouse Quay. These crossings will allow cyclists to continue safely along the route, and to link in with other cycle facilities.

In order to access these Toucan crossings, areas of shared footway are proposed. These areas can legally be used by cyclists and pedestrians. All other sections of the footway should not be used by cyclists.

Tithebarn Street & Great Crosshall Street

Tithebarn Street is another of the routes which is being developed by the scheme. The proposed cycle route along The Strand will link in with the existing segregated cycle facility on Water Street. The two routes will be linked by a proposed Toucan crossing.

Victoria Street

It is proposed to widen the footways and formalise parking within laybys and create two lanes of traffic along Victoria Street from North John Street to a point outside the former Millennium House Council office.

City Bus Hub – Old Haymarket

To allow buses space to layover in the city centre, without inhibiting traffic flow by waiting on street, it is proposed to replace the existing car park on Old Haymarket with a bus facility. This facility is to have capacity for eight buses.

Princes Avenue Consultation: Update

Draft plans are still being displayed in the Kuumba Imani Millenium Centre, 4 Princes Rd, Liverpool L8 1TH, with further consultation events being planned at Granby Market, etc.  Plans should be on the Better Roads website soon, but as yet are not there.

In the meantime, below are some photos of the draft plans.  Main issues/questions identified at present are:

  • Access on and off the central Boulevard section in both directions:
    • Safety and viewpoints (for both people walking and cycling)?
    • Possible for non-standard cycles ? (obligation required under the Equality Act (2010))
    • Priority to cyclists (and pedestrians)?
    • Will time delays/phaff at toucan crossings be too much? (as stated in Sustrans design guidance, cycle design criteria needs to be direct with minimal detours or delays)
  • Connections to other places/junctions/cycle network: access from/to side roads?
  • Connections to Upper Parliament Street: a 1.5m cycle lane (just a painted line on-road) is proposed:
  • Chichane adjacent to Selbourne Street and access to central Boulevard:
    • How to slow traffic at this point (to be safer for all road users)?
    • How to protect people cycling on road or on proposed cycle track?
    • How to safely access central Boulevard?
  • Central Boulevard: space constrictions/viewpoints around sub-stations?

 

Please send all comments to Transportation@liverpool.gov.uk and please copy MCC (Merseysidecyclingcampaign@hotmail.co.uk) in so that we can also represent your views!

MCC are also meeting up with the designers on Tuesday, so any comments before then would be great!

 

 

 

Consultation – Princes Avenue STEP Scheme

Liverpool City Council is working on a scheme to enhance the central reservation of Princes Avenue/ Princes Road together with upgrading of the footway and carriageway surfaces.

There is a public consultation event to discuss the scheme. The event will be held on Wednesday 17th May 2017 from 11am to 7pm at The Kuumba Imani Millenium Centre, 4 Princes Rd, Liverpool L8 1TH.

As part of this meeting Liverpool City Council Highway Staff and Designers from Amey Consulting and BCA Landscape will be available to answer questions  about the scheme.

Invitation for cyclists to briefing session about new Merseyrail trains

In 2020, new trains will be introduced on to the Merseyrail network. Merseyrail says they will be state-of-the-art, safer, more reliable, and thanks to faster acceleration, journey times will be reduced. A sliding step level with the platform will improve access for people with bikes, pushchairs or wheelchairs.

Merseyrail is inviting cyclists to a briefing session about the new trains, there will be an opportunity to ask questions.

The session will take place on Wednesday 31st May, 12 noon at Merseytravel, Mann Island, PO Box 1976, Liverpool, L69 3HN. It will be hosted by David Powell, new trains programme director for Merseytravel and David O’Leary, commercial director from Merseyrail.

Metro-Mayoral Candidate Asks

Due to the forthcoming 4th May Metro-Mayoral elections for the Liverpool City Region, Merseyside Cycling Campaign have teamed up with the votebike Cycling UK campaign to produce questions to which each candidate is asked to respond.  More information on the asks for the Liverpool City Region are here.

Please take part by asking the candidates to take action to support cycling if they are elected!

Space for Cycling, Rally 22nd April

SAVE THE DATE!

22nd of April is International Earth Day. We want to show how important cycling is to us:

We are planning to be part of events that will be held all over the country, coordinated by CyclingUK and organised by local campaigning groups, like MCC.

Current thinking is to hold a mass rally at the Pier Head in Liverpool, from 11am on the 22nd of April. Please comment here or email with more ideas. We would also appreciate volunteers to help organise and promote the event.

Come on your bicycle, bring a banner or flag, or whatever you can think of, to show your love of cycling and to support our campaigning efforts.

Download a poster to print out Space-for-Cycling-1

Please note: As an attendee you take full responsibility for any travel arrangements and attend the event entirely at your own risk.