• Do you care about people, planet and the future? • Do you want to hold our decision makers and big corporations to account, and ask them to create the change our climate desperately needs? • Do you want our fossil-fuel guzzling transport system to be reformed? • Can you cycle a few miles?
If so, lets get the powerful message of climate action and people power to the critical decision makers at COP26. Join the #ride2COP26, a movement of individuals travelling to COP26 purely powered by ourselves and our trusty two-wheeled-steeds. Rain of shine (you really can’t trust the Great British weather!) the ride will be full of colour and joy as individuals come together to create collective change and climate action.
One mile or 50, anyone is welcome to join the movement as we wind our way towards Glasgow in the weeks leading up to COP26 (31st Oct-12th November 2021). Think of it like a ‘tag team’ – people joining the ride for a few miles as it passes their area!
In eight years, 1118 cyclists and pedestrians have been killed or seriously injured in Liverpool. That’s one cyclist or pedestrian per road kilometre. While some new cycle lanes have been installed, they have not created a coherent network, while the dismantling of the West Derby cycle lane sends the wrong message about who is given priority in road safety planning.
The protest is to commemorate those injured and killed and to demand safer travel.
This is how it works: cycle or walk from across the city towards the Pier Head. Meet friends on the way, become a group, and show that you are cycling or walking for a reason (feel free to decorate your bike or bring a poster). Wear a purple top. Bring bells. All meet at the Pier Head at 12 noon on 25 September.
Show the city that we exist, that we matter and that we want to be able to use the roads and pavements safely, and that there are many who would love to use active travel if only – if only active travel was safe. For us, for our kids, for the climate, for our future.
Hosted by Liverpool Cycling Campaign @CycleLiverpool
Confirmed speakers – Councillor Tom Crone, Dr Kay Inckle, Councillor Jay Roberts and Councillor Kris Brown.
Free Community Cycle Rides – September 2021 Aigburth Community Cycle Club is a community club affiliated to Cycling UK and offering free cycle rides led by local trained volunteers. All rides start at John Mitchel Sports Field, Greenbank Lane, L17 1AG opposite student halls of residence. For more information and to book onto a ride emai: email@example.com phone: 0151 728 7884 or join our group on the Spond bookings app: https://group.spond.com/GSDOY
Bikes available to borrow for free for all rides
5-mile traffic-free rides Sefton park, Otterspool, Festival Gardens Thurs 9 September 6pm-7.30pm Thurs 23 September 10am-11.30am
12-mile rides Thurs 2 September 6pm-8pm Sefton Park to Garston Coastal Reserve Sun 19 September 10.30am-12.30pm Sefton Park to Crosby (return by train)
20-mile rides Saturday 11 September 10am-3pm Sefton Park to Ainsdale (return by train) Saturday 26 September 10am-2pm Sefton Park to Stanley Park via Loop Line
The Regent Road cycle lane was almost completed 18 months ago, with the serious omission of the planned traffic lights on the Bascule Bridge. The narrow width of the bridge meant the cycle lane could not continue across it, and the lights were to allow cyclists to cross the bridge safely. Without the lights, cyclists have to either check the motor traffic and chance the road, or use the rickety wooden pathway. The wooden pathway had fallen into disrepair and become dangerous, so MCC member Paul Rogers complained to Liverpool City Council (LCC) and put in a Freedom of Information request to find out why the route remains unfinished.
In response, LCC explained that the Bascule Bridge is owned and maintained by Peel Ports, and that LCC would raise the walkway issue with them. Some work has now been done on the walkway, but it is still uneven and slippery when wet.
On the issue of the traffic lights, LCC said that the contractor working on the scheme had gone into administration and that a new contractor would be appointed in “the next couple of weeks”. Dates of when the work will be done will be publicised after that appointment.
In a stroke of true genius, Councillor Daniel Barrington had the inbound pop-up cycle lane on West Derby Road removed before waiting for evidence from his own review. The government’s response was to halt funding to Liverpool for other active travel schemes.
To prove that irony is not dead, Councillor Barrington is Cabinet Member for Climate Emergency, Transport and Environment.
Simon O’Brien, Liverpool City Region cycling and walking commissioner, said: “There were over 98,000 cycle journeys on the West Derby Road temporary cycle lane in Liverpool between July 2020 and July 2021. Bus times on the route not affected.”
West Derby Road is one of seven “pop-up” routes that were planned during the pandemic. Only three have been delivered, despite the second tranche of funding being awarded in October 2020.
Sustrans reports that 69% people in the city region support more segregated cycle lanes, even if it means taking space away from cars.
Councillor Barrington made vague suggestions for alternative routes, including using Newsham Park. He may not be aware that women in particular avoid cycling through dark parks at night, but then, his decision was not evidence-based.
The crash map shows road casualties on West Derby Rd in just five years (2015-19).
Pop-up cycle lanes The proposed routes are: Route 4 – East Lancs Road – City Centre Route 5 – East Prescot Road – City Centre Route 6 – (University Route): Gateacre – City Centre Route 7 – Liverpool Loop South: Hale – City Centre
St Helens Borough Council has launched a public consultation to seek views on how more than £1m of funding should be spent to make walking and cycling safer, accessible, and enjoyable for residents. www.sthelens.gov.uk/activetravelfund Closing date 28th March 2021.
Transition Liverpool CIC (Community Interest Company) is part of the Transition Network and strives to bring communities within the Liverpool City Region (LCR) together through green projects. Having recently become a CIC our priority is to help support diverse communities across the LCR to make the necessary changes within their personal and civic lives to tackle the multiple problems of climate breakdown. To do this we will be providing several activities such as: free public educational talks, film shows, workshops and demonstrations on ways to create our own local and family based resources, climate cafes and finally mapping green enterprises within the Mersey region to support the development of an alternative local economy. One of the projects that Transition Liverpool supports is sPark It. The sPark It team have now raised £10,649 on Spacehive with the support of 94 backers. The original event was supposed to take place on a weekend in June – a big street festival where everyone would be welcome to join us in supporting some of Liverpool’s greatest community organisations. Unfortunately with the way the world is right now the team decided that, in the interest of everyone’s safety, we would no longer be planning a street festival. However, the good news is we have come up with a plan! We will still support these organisations with pop-up parklets but instead of them being just on Hope street they will be across the LCR and on a staggered time scale. We hope with all your support this will be possible and it will still be as amazing as we first planned. How do you get involved? Please don’t hesitate to contact Bee via firstname.lastname@example.org Want to keep up to date with sPark It? Sign up to Transition Liverpool’s Newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/cAyFUH More info on Transition Liverpool: www.transitionliverpool.org