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GLOBAL DAY FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE

Liverpool’s COP26 March
Saturday 6th November

  • Assemble at Sefton Park obelisk noon
  • March moves at 12.30
  • Liverpool cathedral joining point approx 1pm
  • Bombed out church approx 1.30pm
  • Derby Square 2pm rally

Click here to see the complete programme

There is a lot of emphasis on it being family-friendly, positive, with creative ideas to make various points about protecting the environment. Music, dance, art, T-shirts, banners. There will be stewards and first-aiders.

Cycling Peloton

Meet at Sefton Park at midday for a 12.30pm ride start.

MCC member Derek Gould will be taking those that can join him on a fantastic route of Liverpool. You will leave the main march at Sefton Park, take in parts of Liverpool then rejoin the march at St. Lukes (the Bombed Out Church) at approximately 1.30pm. Here, cyclists can walk in unison with the rest of the campaigners to Derby Square where speeches will take place.

Here is the route:

  • Out of Sefton Park past the Obelisk towards Sefton Park Road.
  • Cross the park perimeter road carefully!
  • Use the mandatory cycle lane to go through the Park Gates ahead but turn half left at the traffic lights towards Princes Park.
  • At 100 yards lies a quiet T junction – turn left here, where Princes Park gates now lie ahead.
  • Go through these gates and immediately go right to cross a main pathway, then go left to travel clockwise around the lake (the lake is on your right) for 200 yards.
  • Take the wider walkway ahead that runs straight across, through the Park’s fields to a driveway and up to some gates on right and left. Go through the gates on the right and go up to the main road (Devonshire Rd).
  • Cross this road around the bollards and into Admiral Street which lies ahead. Ride for about 1 mile along Admiral street taking great care when crossing a wide road half-way along. The huge cathedral is unmistakably straight ahead of you.
  • At the end of Admiral Street there is a Toucan Crossing across Parliament Street. Press the button and cross when this is green for bikes. Go onto the pavement opposite and turn left down the hill on the walkway; if you are uncomfortable with this, dismount and push your bike.
  • Ride into the Cathedral’s rear driveway on your right and go ahead to cross the car park with the Cathedral on your right. There is an event happening nearby.
  • When we are to move off, leave the car park by the gates (note there is a barrier here) at the opposite side of the car park to where you entered.
  • Ahead is a curved, short roadway that takes you up to some traffic lights. When these are green, go straight ahead into Rodney Street. Go carefully along Rodney Street to the next set of lights where, when green, we turn left.
  • Go 200 yards down the hill to the next traffic lights where we dismount and go onto the pavement; this is the famous burnt-out-church, St.Lukes.

Twitter and Facebook @lcrCOP26
Instagram @lcr_cop26_coalition

People Pedal Power Event

• 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!

https://httpspeoplepeddlepower.wordpress.com/

Members of MCC will join the ride at Warrington, riding onwards to Lancaster. For information contact Don Thompson theroost95@btinternet.com

Active Travel Protest Liverpool

Saturday 25 September 2021
12 noon

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.

Leverhulme Summer Cycle

Cyclists of all ages and abilities can explore tree-lined tracks of Wirral’s historic Leverhulme Estate in a popular event returning on Sunday, 12 September 2021.

The Leverhulme Summer Cycle was last held in 2019 with hundreds of cyclists of all ages enjoying the opportunity to explore some of the hidden paths of the Estate.

A leisure bike ride, it will include the opportunity to sample the delights of various independent stall-holders located on the cycle route and outlets at Brimstage Hall and Courtyard.

This is a free event to attend but registration is required this year so participants can be updated with any last minute instructions and possible restrictions on numbers relating to COVID-19.

Sunday, 12 September 2021 – 10:00 – 16:00
Claire House Children’s Hospice, Clatterbridge Road, Clatterbridge, Wirral CH63 4JD

Aigburth Community Cycle Club

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: aigburthcommunitycycleclub@gmail.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

Regent Road cycle lane update

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.

Cycle lane scrapped and Liverpool loses funding

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).

For more reading, see articles at Scallymag and Confidentials.