Pedals discusses Broadmarsh proposals with City Council

Keith Morgan of Nottingham City Council attended the 16/10/17 Pedals meeting to discuss the proposals for Broadmarsh redevelopment. Here are the key points:

Concerns and issues to consider:

  • Concerns that without segregation along Canal Street that with the level of buses, bus stops and car park access it will replicate Parliament Street, which is not seen as a good environment for cyclists.
  • Ensuring there is a clear north – south route for cyclists and show options:
    • Highlight you can’t cycle in the BM centre but there is a connection via Lister Gate
    • More detail for Middle Hill to see how this will work for cyclists
    • MMW should have a better connection at the Toll House Hill roundabout to connect northbound cyclists to Parliament Street (without needing to get into right hand lane)
    • Provision for cyclists heading south down Grey Friar Gate to get to Wilford Road which leads to wider connections to the south/south west
  • Concerns cycle connections will require a large number of stop start toucans and island hopping
  • A discussion should be had with NCP to see if secure parking can be provided in the Arndale
  • Provision to allow cyclists to get between Middle Hill and Trent Street

Pedals would like more information on:

  • Location of cycle parking
    • In the new bus station
    • On street
  • Location and number of bus stops
  • Number of buses which will be on Canal Street at peak times
  • Location of car park entrance
  • When the traffic switch will take place to remove traffic from Canal Street
  • Capacity of the new Broadmarsh car park

Incidentally, an item appeared in the 3 Nov Nottingham Evening Post on the dangers for cyclists in the Broadmarsh area.

Image: Mark Fear, Nottingham Evening Post

Have your say on improving the A52 Dunkirk to QMC cycle route

Highways England is planning to improve the A52 Dunkirk to Queens Medical centre (west side) cycle route.

This section of pedestrian and cycle path is one of the busiest on Highways England’s roads in the East Midlands. Highways England would value your feedback – “sharing your views will provide us with valuable insight to inform our detailed design. Please have your say by 30 November 2017.”

Highways England have launched an online feedback tool that allows the local community to share their views about how Highways England can improve the west side cycle and pedestrian path.

The Most Dangerous Roads for Cyclists in Nottingham – What You Told Us

We would like to thank everyone who responded to our recent survey, each giving us up to 3 locations in Greater Nottingham which they find particularly dangerous to use as cyclists.

Within 2 weeks over 150 responses were received, mainly from Pedals members, followed by readers of the Nottingham Post and West Bridgford Wire, and via @leftlion on Twitter. The 150 respondents collectively identified 54 danger points in total. Of these, 17 blackspots were mentioned at least 10 times. The 10 Most Dangerous areas were found to be:

  1. Trent Bridge
  2. Mansfield Road
  3. West Bridgford (many danger points)
  4. Broadmarsh, Canal St, Collin St area
  5. London Road (BBC rdbt to Trent Bridge)
  6. Lady Bay Bridge
  7. Lower Parliament St/ BBC Island
  8. Northern sections of Ring Road
  9. A610 Nuthall Road/ Alfreton Rd
  10. Any Road or cycleway shared with a tram line

A Pedals spokesperson said “Most of the people responding to the survey were clearly confident, experienced road users, using their bikes for commuting from all over the conurbation. We are alarmed at the depth of feeling expressed by many about the dangers on roads which Pedals has been seeking improvements for many years.” 

The problems most frequently cited occur when a confluence of roads forces cyclists into middle lanes squeezed by traffic on either side. These are pinch-points where vehicles deny cyclists space to switch lanes safely. This happens particularly on the southern side of Trent Bridge, at many points along Mansfield Road, and in all lanes around the Broadmarsh Car Park/Bus Station.

The survey is very much a wake-up call for Nottingham City Council and the County Council: most of the blackspots occur in locations which are not priorities in the City Cycling Ambition Plan and the south side of Trent Bridge isn’t even mentioned in the West Bridgford Cycle Network Strategy.

Pedals’ most imminent concern is the success with which cyclists needs are accommodated within the new plans for the Broadmarsh, Canal St, Collin St area.

  • Heading south on Radmarsh Rd as it crosses Derby Rd (drivers turning right across your path don't expect emerging cyclists and don't give priority resulting in fairly terrifying near misses)
  • London Road towards the BBC roundabout
  • Collin St/Canal St/Castle Blvd - The western corridor disappears just before the loop around broad marsh bus station.
  • Crossing from lady bay bridge onto meadow lane
  • Train station to West Bridgford is awful!
  • mansfield road past the forest
  • A60/a52 roundabout between west bridgford and ruddington
  • from trent bridge onto London road (into town) traversing lanes across the bridge
  • Mansfield road junction with Forest Road
  • Anywhere with a tram line
  • Junction Melton Road/Loughborough Road/Wilford Lane end of suspension bridge crossing to West Bridgford
  • Trent Bridge turning right from Radcliffe Road then having to cross over the traffic from the slip road in front of County Hall
  • A610 alfreton road bewteen intersection with gregory boulevard and aspley lane
  • Literally every junction with a "bike box" at the front, that you can't access because the road is too narrow and there are no bike lanes to get to them.
  • London road roundabout
  • Exiting the cycle superhighway in town. It just stops! Where are you supposed to go if you want to access, say, London Road end of Canal Street
  • Junction melton Road/Loughborough Rd/Wilford lane in West bridgford. Traffic in left lane on melton Rd should go left but only told this by paint on road surface which could be covered by a car.
  • A610 between ring road and phoenix park
  • Mansfield Road, between Sherwood shops and Hucknall Road junction inbound
  • London Rd & Crossing Trent Bridge in either direction
  • Loughborough Rd, Wilford Rd, Melton Rd junction. Particularly bad when approaching from Wilford Suspension Bridge - a major cycling route.
  • A60 Nottingham Knight Roundabout
  • The roundabout where the A606 Melton road crosses the A52
  • Ladybay bridge junction with meadow lane
  • Davies Road, West Bridgford - the horrendous bike path exit at the Radcliffe Road end and so many close passes in the morning because of the parked cars and people using it as a rat run
  • Machine Mart Corner
  • Castle Blvd/Castle Bridge Rd junction - heading west on Castle Blvd the lights go green for going straight (cars and cyclists) but stay red for turning left onto Castle Bridge Rd
  • Trent Bridge/London Road - Trent Bridge is horrible to cross on bike, but is the most direct route for most of west Bridgford. It's six-lanes wide, one of these should be converted into a cycle track, all the way into the city.
  • Newly created pedestrian island and right hand turning into new Llidl on carlton hill road leading to loss of cycle and bus lane - compressing the traffic into 1 lane
  • A60 Trent Bridge crossing from the West Bridgford side over towards the city. There's a merging lane of traffic coming from the left which cyclists must cross in order to get to the left hand lane.
  • Access to Phoenix Park from A610 westbound
  • Radcliffle Rd East bound from Trent Bridge to Regatta Way Junction
  • Canal Street / Collin Street

Growing menace of taxi abuse on Queen’s Bridge Road cycle route

Pedals is well aware of the increasing problem of abuse by taxi drivers with the Queen’s Bridge Road cycle route and we are pressing the City Council for urgent action to address it. We are also are very concerned about the poorly designed new taxi feeder lane (especially as we were not consulted on the plans) which may well make this an ongoing problem without the City Council modifying the layout and taking the dangers of increased conflict between cyclists and taxi drivers much more seriously!

To help tackle this menace it would be very helpful please for people to send details of continuing problems, including the number plates of taxis obstructing cyclists, to the City Council. Please send details to John Bann: john.bann@nottinghamcity.gov.uk Photos and video footage would also help them to take appropriate action.

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Sustrans Bennerley Viaduct project continues to attract wider support

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Photo of the viaduct by Paul Atherley

 

UPDATE: On March 28 the Nottingham Post published a double spread article which records the growing support and enthusiasm for the Sustrans Bennerley Viaduct restoration Project.

Pedals is one of several local groups involved in the Friends of Bennerley Viaduct working with Sustrans to restore this major structure between Ilkeston and Awsworth, with a walkway /cycleway over the top and linking to both sides of the Erewash Valley Trail, etc.

The exhibition they arranged this summer about their project in the Erewash Museum in Ilkeston attracted much interest, and included a model of the restored viaduct and its new links at both ends. This model is now being shown at other local venues.

As well as continuing a wide range of efforts to encourage local interest and support Sustrans are focusing on many other elements of preparing the first part of their main funding bid, to be submitted in mid-2017 to the Heritage Lottery Fund. The HLF have already funded two part-time posts as part of this long process.

 

[Previous post on Bennerley Viaduct]

Pedals comments to Nottingham City Council Overview and Scrutiny Committee discussion on cycling on 8 March 2017

The City Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee carries out regular reviews of various aspects of City Council policies and their meeting on 8 March 2017 focused on cycling and the draft new City Cycling Action Plan for the next 4 years.

In advance of the meeting Pedals was invited to submit one page of comments as a stakeholder, as were RideWise and Highways England.  Here is our submission.

Nottingham City Council Scrutiny Panel Discussion on Cycling of 8.3.17:
Comments from Pedals

Pedals welcomes the commitment to higher standards of cycling provision, as in the recently adopted Nottingham Cycling Design Guide, provided that it is kept up to date and reflects the latest developments in best practice.

The Western Cycle Corridor in general is of much higher standard, e.g. wider paths and with more cycle priority at junctions but has some more problematic areas, e.g. at Gregory Street junction, on the Abbey Street cycle path by the QMC, and some issues with the new signals at the Castle Bridge Road junction. Safer connections at the east end to and past the Broad Marsh area and to and from Nottingham Station are also vital. We much welcome the new connecting route between University Boulevard and Thane Road (Boots Enterprise Zone) including the new bridge over the railway etc.

The Eastern Cycle Corridor is also very welcome but will only achieve its full potential with more links, especially across the Island Site to and from the City Centre, Canal Street and Nottingham Station.

Southern Cycle Corridor. Much reliance on the recently built tramside paths but part of these are distinctly substandard and will need upgrading as part of a higher standard route. This route would also achieve more with wider links, e.g. to and from the proposed major new housing development S of Clifton and to and from Rushcliffe Country Park, etc. Needs close collaboration with the County Council and Rushcliffe BC, as well as Highways England.

Close collaboration with the County Council, Rushcliffe BC, and Highways England also needed on the SE side of Nottingham with improved cycle links across the Trent to serve the major new housing developments E and S of West Bridgford, e.g. our proposed new foot-cycle bridge between Trent Lane and The Hook, with upgraded and extended connections on both sides of the river, particularly extended riverside paths between Trent Bridge and Colwick Park, etc. Such a facility would provide much more attractive cycling conditions than on Trent Bridge and Lady Bay bridges, with their very serious congestion and air pollution problems, and would also to do much to help promote cycle tourism, as well as being of great appeal to walkers, especially in terms of providing much better connections between the Colwick Park, Colwick Woods and Holme Pierrepont areas, and other major leisure attractions.

Other points of increasing relevance in the future:

  • Growing concern with the very serious health effects of traffic-generated poor air pollution and the need for cycling (and walking) to be seen as part of the measures required to address this, not just cleaner buses and motor vehicles and tram route extensions.
  • Growing interest in e-bikes and their value in encouraging longer trips and cycling in hillier areas and by older people. This could do much to encourage cycling in hillier areas of the city. We would much welcome expansion of the Citycard hire bike fleet to include ebikes to help promote this new dimension of cycling.
  • Need for upgrading of many older substandard cycle facilities, e.g. narrow cycle lanes, A-frame barriers and inconspicuous bollards on off-road paths.
  • Need for all (major) transport, planning, regeneration or traffic management schemes to consider likely impact on cyclists and how cyclists might gain advantages from rather than be disadvantaged by such schemes, including any future NET extensions, especially on-road tram schemes, learning more from the detailed experience of all three existing NET lines.
  • Lower speed limits, and proper enforcement of speed limits, vital for promoting the safety of vulnerable road users, particularly cyclists and pedestrians.

Hugh McClintock, for Pedals, 23 February 2017

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Western Cycle Corridor issues

Increased priority for cyclists generally welcome, as in this example on Castle Boulevard

Main concerns from feedback include:

Lack of complete segregation for cyclists at the junction of Abbey Street and Abbey Bridge with Gregory Street (1 of 2)

Lack of complete segregation for cyclists at the junction of Abbey Street and Abbey Bridge with Gregory Street (2 of 2)

The intrusive poles on the widened cycle path on the north (QMC) side of Abbey Street, just east of the Dunkirk flyover

Some issues relating to the low level lights for cyclists at the junction of Castle Boulevard with Castle Bridge Road

 

 

Proposed cycle route between University Boulevard and Thane Road

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Proposed cycle route between University Boulevard and Thane Road (click for detailed view)

Pedals generally supports this proposed cycle route between University Boulevard (near the Tennis Centre) and Thane Road (Boots). It includes a new foot-cycle bridge over the railway. Due for completion by Easter 2018.

Approximate north end point of the route

Approximate south end point of the route

Pedals response to Network Rail re. Attenborough Crossings

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Pedals sent the following response to Network Rail today:
Please find below the response by Pedals to your consultation regarding the three level crossings at Barratt’s Lane, Long Lane and Nature Reserve (Meadow Lane) as set out in your letter to local residents dated 28th November 2016.

We restrict our response to discussing the crossing at the end of Meadow Lane, Chilwell (Nature Reserve) as this, as you will know, forms part of a Bridleway connecting Meadow Lane and The Strand in Attenborough village and is therefore a legal right of way for cycling.

It is our opinion that should the level crossing be closed without replacement with a suitably ramped bridge there will be a significant detrimental effect to cycling levels and safety in the area.

The crossing is used as a commuter and leisure route by many cyclists providing as it does access to and from the Nature Reserve and links to the Big Track and Beeston Canal towpath for journeys to and from Nottingham.  Were this access to be removed it would seriously affect the journeys of people from an area far wider than the immediate neighbourhood of the crossing.  The alternative for many would be the busy A6005 Queens Road though Beeston which has no cycling provision for much of its length. The potential for serious accidents for cyclists along that route must surely be considered against the current risks posed by the crossing.

In addition to the current use of the crossing there is the potential for an additional direct route to Beeston Rylands  via Technology Drive and the flood wall running parallel to the railway. This would be an excellent active travel route between the Rylands and Chilwell School.  It would be very unfortunate if this potential were to be ruined by the loss of the ability to cross the line.

Finally, at a time when people are encouraged to seek greener routes to work and take more exercise it seems extraordinary that anything other than a bridge should even be considered for such a busy, healthy route.