Merseyside Cycling Campaign are currently collecting information on the numbers of bicycles currently carried across the Mersey using a simple survey form at: http://goo.gl/forms/IkDuWTskR5nxUm022 …. Please spread the word amongst your networks to increase the numbers of responses.
Please keep filling in this survey! We need all the data we can! We have already given Merseyrail some data and we will shortly give Merseyrail an update on the responses received to help inform them of the necessity to provide for bicycles crossing the Mersey during the works
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.
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/
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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.
Skyride was a great event, as always, with thousands of people riding around the city showing how popular cycling would be if it was safe. The MCC stall in Sefton Park, staffed by Lawrence, Don and Ian, was there to inform visitors about our campaign and cycling issues in general as well as to attract new members.
Everyone we saw was thoroughly in favour of the aims and the work of the MCC and enjoyed talking to like minded folk. Many left with new ideas about places to cycle in the surrounding area and how to build rail travel into accessing them. Lots of tales of near misses, potholes that need filling, wasted opportunities for cycle provision and cycleways that need maintaining were swapped as well as stories of long distance journeys in foreign lands, cycle camping, country pubs and just the general brilliant nature of cycling.
During the day forty two new members were signed up adding to the strength of our collective voice. The sun didn’t shine much but it didn’t rain and as ever it was a happy and rewarding day at this event.
A brilliant documentary on BBC2 about the production of this incredible machine. The programme is part of the Inside the Factory series and, like all the other episodes, is made with a good humoured outlook, high production values and covers a wide range of related topics.
Apart from manufacturing the bike the programme looks at the history of the folding bicycle, improving HGV safety, advice from Team GB on improving utility cycling efficiency, the role of the bicycle in promoting equality for women, a visit to the Brooks saddle factory and new cycle designs.
Definitely worth a look.
Follow the link to read our newly published Pedal Press!
Wirral line closure: Major disruption starting January 2017:
See: http://www.merseyrail.org/news/network-rail-track-renewal-on-the-wirral-loop.aspx for information. Whenever you travel across the Mersey by ferry or train for leisure or work, please fill in our survey form at: http://goo.gl/forms/IkDuWTskR5nxUm022. We will then be able to provide Merseyrail of evidence of the demand for bicycle carriage across the Mersey, so will be able to hold an evidenced campaign for e.g. improved and more frequent ferry services at the time of the track closure or/and on-bus bicycle carriage.
Reporting tools: Near miss incidents:
Please use: https://bikemaps.org
Reporting tools: Potholes/ road issues:
Please use the tool at: http://www.cyclescape.org or/and Cycling UK’s site: http://www.fillthathole.org.uk, and of course your own Council reporting tools on the websites (e.g. http://liverpool.gov.uk/parking-travel-and-roads/report-an-issue/report-a-pot-hole/)
Liverpool Skyride Sunday 21st August: https://www.goskyride.com/liverpoolSkyRide. We will also hold a promotional stall for this event – so if you would like to volunteer to help, please fill in our doodle at http://doodle.com/poll/m5s8xqx397uarxue or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please reply to email@example.com by Monday 21st December!
If you use any of these routes and have any comments/issues from your experiences please let us know so that we can collate and forward your comments to Karen Stevens (Liverpool Cycling Officer) for inclusion in the new cycle audits for these routes, or alternatively email Karen but copy us in so that we know what are concerns/ issues about these routes .
||Edge Lane Drive -Phase 1 – Rocket to St Oswald’s Street
||Rocket to St Oswald’s Street
||Scotland Road/ Kirkdale Road
||Kingsway Tunnel to Smith Street
||Walton Hall Ave/ Walton Lane
||Speke Road to Long Lane
||Childwall Valley Road
||Prescot Rd/ Kensington
||Low Hill to Prescot Drive
Also, we will be shortly be sending out online forms to all members (join here if you are not a member) to ask about specific issues within their local area and along routes they cycle regularly. This information will help MCC campaign for improving cycling within those areas/ along those routes and help us to improve conditions for cycling throughout the whole of Merseyside.
We are organising a hack day for 23rd of January. This is targeted at hackers with an interest in mapping, as well as planners and of course cycle campaigners. The idea to this event developed after Dr Robin Lovelace’s talk on the CycleNation Conference we hosted in October. Please find more details over on eventbrite, where you can also book a free ticket. A brief summary below:
The National Propensity To Cycle Tool comes to Liverpool. We will work with the main developer Dr Robin Lovelace to make this tool available to planners and cycle advocates in Liverpool, for Liverpool.
The event will be of equal interest to open source hackers with an interest in GIS, mapping, open data and statistics; highway engineers and decision makers involved in the planning of cycle infrastructure; people who move through the city by bike and who want to see more and better cycle provisions on the routes they use.as well as businesses with a reliance on good cycle provisions throughout their operational area (couriers, cycle hire, cycle training, tour operators) .
The aim for the day is to have the propensity tool working for our city and be able to visualise where people are cycling now, and where they want to cycle, for various scenarios with an increase in the number of trips made by bicycle. We will be able to see in form of heatmaps where cycle infrastructure would be most needed. Planners and cycle advocates will be able to understand the inputs and how to use the tool.