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, but this is not yet finalized. 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.

Merseyrail Bikebus, a user report.

During the track renewal work of the Wirral loop Merseyrail are offering a unique service for passengers with bicycles. Please read this report by Paul Rogers, a cycling and bus enthusiast who we are proud to have on our member’s list. You can follow Paul on twitter, his handle is @cyclist13:

 

 

Firstly  this appears to be a first in the UK a dedicated bus carrying bikes and cyclists together for rail replacement services, so a big thanks to Merseytravel, Merseyrail ,Network Rail and Arriva bus drivers and its staff at Green lane for the conversion work.

http://www.merseyrail.org/wirral-track-renewal/bikes.aspx

Bike Update. We have listened to our passengers and have decided to run a Bike Bus, which is a vehicle that can carry bikes and owners together.

The bus is a single decker bus run and driven by 2 dedicated very friendly, helpful professional drivers, branded both sides and back as “BIKE BUS”, painted blue and white, running hourly from the side of Hamilton Square station, Bridge street, to Liverpool Tithebarn Street, under the old station clock, near Moorefields stations, 1 minute walk if that. See timetable above.

There are seats for 9 cyclists to the rear of the bus, and floor mounted racks for a similar amount of bikes, the racks hold the front and rear wheels of the bike and a  movable arm attached to the floor clamps onto the  frame.

The racks look as if they can accept a tandem  as there is adequete space between the racks,(see pictures), and the drivers have access to elastic cords, but fat bikes may struggle eg bikes with 4 inch wide tyres.

The Driver will show you how to secure your bike, start loading  from the back of the bus when loading,and work forward, it makes it easier for new boarding cyclists to load their bikes so they dont have to squeeze between bikes.

As the bus runs hourly there is plenty of time to unload, wait till bus stops as there are no grab rails, a bit weird if used to having seats to hold onto.

A few other things of note, the bus is warm, got back tonight soaked through, and nice to get onto a warm bus,its also a recycled bus, it was a service bus, then a bus driver trainer, now a bike bus  = recycled bus.

Finaly let Merseytravel and Arriva bus northwest know your thoughts, and hopefully the scheme/bus can be used on other rail replacement services.

Paul Rogers,  a cyclist and bus enthusiast (@cyclist13).

Wirral Loop Renewal – Update

Success! Merseyrail have finally acknowledged that an important proportion of their customer base want to use bicycles in combination with the trains. We will have a way to cross the Mersey during the track renewal that is not just relying on the ferry service. Please refer to the bike bus timetable here.

This is great news for everybody in Merseyside who wants to continue using their bicycle during the track renewal and a great testimony for all campaigners, from individuals to organisations as ours as well as the local groups of CyclingUK (formerly CTC).

Crossing the River Mersey

NEWS: LETTER FROM MERSEYRAIL:  Rail -replacement specially adapted buses will carry bicycles through the Mersey road tunnels during the wirral track rail closure.  See letter from Merseyrail.

For more information see: http://www.merseyrail.org/wirral-track-renewal.aspx

Merseyside Cycling Campaign have been collecting information on the numbers of bicycles carried across the Mersey using a simple survey form at: http://goo.gl/forms/IkDuWTskR5nxUm022 ….  This survey is now being wound up and updated results will be here shortly.  All updated data will also be given to Merseyrail.

Thank you to all who filled in the survey!  We have nearly 200 responses and lots of great suggestions to give to Merseyrail!

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Data of people with bicycles/ cycles using the trains and ferries to cross the River Mersey, in order to demonstrate on-cycle carriage usage and demand by rail and ferry passengers.  This evidence is required to support appeals for cyclist provision during the proposed wirral track closure in January 2017

Merseyrail now have published their advice on how to travel during the 6 months affected.

Liverpool City Council Connectivity Road Schemes

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Consultations this week around the city for cycle routes on Tithebarn Street, The Strand, Brownlow Hill, etc. – please attend the events if you can and input your comments (positive and negative) on the feedback form.  See: http://liverpool.gov.uk/lccconnectivity.

Deadline for comments 9th November 2016.

Other details for related road schemes (in Liverpool) are on: https://liverpool.gov.uk/parking-travel-and-roads/better-roads/about/

Greenbank Road Consultation

We have been consulted about the following scheme proposed on the busy Sustrans Route 56.  The plans concern the area on Greenbank Road between Penny Lane and Greenbank Lane.  Please send all comments to merseysidecyclingcampaign@hotmail.co.uk or add comments using the link above.  Deadline 19th October!

For information see: greenbank-c-rev-a and sh-second-issue-greenbank

We would also appreciate if you could take part in our quick poll, by following this link.

Islington Road Scheme, Site Visit

Islington Road Scheme, Site Visit

While it is highly unlikely that you can change planning decisions around a massive road resurfacing and improvement scheme while standing on a traffic island in the middle of the junction of St Anne Street and Islington, it is good to meet a representative of the council and of the construction company involved to help make some improvements and comments on the design that will inevitably proceed, for the most part, in its original form.

To this end Don, Ian and Stella from the Merseyside Cycling Campaign met Karen Stevens, Liverpool City Council’s Cycling and Walking Officer and Spencer Pritchard from Amey to look at the plans for the junction and how cycling would fit in. Don was also representing Cycling UK and Stella was giving input for the Liverpool Pedestrians Association.

Islington Plan

Google Map of the Area

 

The plan is to put in shared footway provision from Byrom Street up to Soho Street on New Islington, to improve pedestrian and cycle crossings at the junction and to provide a link to the new LCCCS provision  on Dale Street.

Karen agreed that this should be seen as a first step leading to better, segregated, provision in the future and that increased usage would hopefully strengthen the case for further improvement. Spencer said he would take several of our concerns to his management including:-

  • Improving the dangerous exit from the provision onto St Anne Street Northbound by extending the shared space.
  • Future-proofing some of the Puffin crossings by providing drop kerbs large enough for Toucan crossings to be provided in the future.
  • The danger of running provision across the large radius turn into Soho Street which encourages vehicles to turn in at high speeds.
  • The need for short response times at the Toucan and Puffin Crossings. Widening the inside lane from St Anne Street to Norton Street to accommodate cyclists who wished to stay on the road.
  • Widening the footway at narrow points on Hunter Street to avoid conflicts.

It was pleasing that Karen and Spencer were willing to join in with discussion of matters that were not part of the scheme. For instance, using Christian Street and an existing path to provide an alternative route to the very unpleasant Byrom Street/Hunter Street as well as giving a direct link to the Leeds Street provision. The idea of shared footway on Norton Street to give safe access to the much quieter Kempston Street was also mooted and there was plenty to say about the dire nature of Islington; a 30mph road of near motorway proportions and near motorway speeds at times.

The nature of the meeting was very positive with Karen outlining several plans for the area and the city in general, that will improve cycling provision and uptake in the future.

All in all it was a good meeting that left us feeling that things are moving forward in the city, not as fast or as well as we would like, but forward nevertheless.