Minutes and agendas
The Plymouth Cycling Campaign (PCyC) meetings are open to all
- Anyone who would like to get involved in our campaigns to improve cycling in Plymouth and to help raise the profile of sustainable transport is very welcome to attend these meetings. We need all the help we can get!
- Currently we are looking for someone to lead on the campaign to get a cycle path built along the A386 between Roborough and Yelverton. This has been on the back burner recently due to lack of people willing to try and move it forward, although plenty of people bring it up on our Facebook forum. It’s not a new idea and has been investigated by Devon County Council previously. If you’re interested we’d be happy to welcome you on board and brief you.
- Or just come along to find out what we’re up to – you’ll be very welcome whatever type of cyclist you are, or even if you don’t cycle but would like to! And any comments you may have will be welcome too.
Minutes of the meeting 25 July 2018
Present – Stuart Mee, Sue Jennings, Hayley Harvey, Bill Nicholson, Dave Gibbs, Simon Trevan, David Clark, Jeremy Goslin, Jim Woffenden, Claire Smith, Bex Stunell, Mike Kelly
Apologies – John Abraham, Graham Wilson
Introductions – all those present introduced themselves, including Cllr Jeremy Goslin the newly appointed Cycling Champion for the City Council
Minutes of the last meeting – one amendment – SM had paid £39.60 to PCyC in respect of unsold T-shirts. It was agreed that should any more T-shirts be sold then SM would keep the money received including associated profit to off set cost of providing web site etc which SM has been paying for.
- Embankment path – SM outlined the background to this campaign. Sustrans have been involved and keen to see progress but have been quiet recently. After the local elections SM wrote to the new council leader sharing proposals for the route, no response so far. Sustrans has talked about removing the NCN designation from this section of route as not fit for purpose. JW said that PCC (Plymouth city Council) has submitted a funding bid to the DFT Transforming Cities Fund which, if successful, could help with funding improvements. ACTION – SM to forward proposals to JG; SM to continue pressing Sustrans and BN offered to contact Alistair Millington and James Cleeton directly.
- Colin Woodman – SM has sent a letter of thanks to Colin on behalf of PCyC acknowledging his years of support for cycling in Plymouth
- Efford Pathway – SM restated his view that a quick and effective fix is possible here with some fairly simple improvements to the path
- New cycling commissioner – PCyC welcomed the appointment of a daily cyclist to this position. ST confirmed his willingness to act as a link between PCyC and JG. ACTION – ST to arrange a meeting with JG; JG to be invited to forthcoming led ride
Meeting with Luke Pollard, MP – members of PCyC met with Luke Pollard and SM phoned to make follow up appointment – date TBC, possibly the end of August
Report from JW for PCC
- Barbican to Laira Bridge route – improvements along Finnigan Rd have been completed, including raised tables across road junctions. JW welcomed feedback on the changes which was positive from those who had been along the route.
- The ‘Seagull Bridge’ has been resurfaced with high friction surface
- Issues with kerb at eastern end of the new path at Broxton Drive – PCC are talking to Persimmon about this and it will be resolved when final surface is completed. JW to get an update on timescales
- A press release has gone out to introduce JG as Cycling Champion and about the relaunch of the Bikelinks ‘Wheels to Work’ scheme which provides bikes for people in certain disadvantaged groups to help them access work etc
- CS asked for an update on work on cycle contraflows on one way streets. JW has received 10-15 suggestions to look at further out of 300+ one way streets. His initial work suggests that there may be 60 that are worth looking at but currently the priority is on schemes that have funding with timescales attached. No funding for work on contraflows is available right now but could be if Transforming Cities bid is successful
Infrastructure Group report –
- A386 Roborough to Yelverton – there has been a lot of discussion on the Facebook group about the need for a good cycle route here and PCyC have been considering it but despite this no one has come forward to take a lead on it. BN has forwarded a document prepared by JA that refers to the A386 route among others to Johnny Mercer MP – no response as yet. Concern was raised about the lifting of the temporary speed reduction to 40 mph on the stretch between Plessey roundabout and the Dartmoor Diner – this has made the road more dangerous again for cyclists. ACTION – SM to contact Graham Cornish at DCC and will encourage others to raise their concerns
- ST has gone through the recent posts on Facebook and collated a summary of issues and themes
- Hooe Lake Bridge – JA has been in touch with the harbourmaster. There are around 8 high-masted yachts that have mooring permits within Hooe Lake. JA pursuing the possibility of having these permits re-allocated to remove one barrier to progressing a permanent cycle link across the route of the old bridge
- NCN 2 / 28 – PCC are looking at the route at Dawes Lane but nothing new to report. There are a couple options but issues with land owners. Funding will be triggered when Sherford has progressed further. SJ pointed out that the Devon side seems to be well maintained but the Plymouth side doesn’t – suggestion that this is Sustrans’ responsibility
Led rides –
- HH reported some progress with British Cycling – Plymouth has been allowed to join so more mixed social rides will be on offer – people encouraged to sign up. There will be a ride leader training course on 1st Sept with 10 places available. HH has further info
- Series of rides in the area through the summer – details from https://www.letsride.co.uk/events and also on the Sustrans website
- SJ reported on progress of Breeze riders – moving from beginners to more challenging rides
- British Cycling have advertised a post covering all aspects of their work in the SW. ACTION – SJ to find out who is appointed and invite to a future meeting
- SM is planning a big led ride in Plymouth for the weekend of 6 / 7th Oct – more details to follow. HH said she may be able to offer some funding for refreshments at the end
Treasurer’s report – there are currently 27 paid up members, 4 of these have dropped off the database having not responded to email contact. Account balance stands at £406.65. BN proposed and DG seconded that payment of internet provider costs for PCyC be covered by funds. All in favour.
- GW sent info to highlight a recent report on the BBC about changes in travel patterns some of which could be helpful in influencing decision makers https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-44849381
- ST reported that it had been suggested on Facebook that PCyC should have a women’s campaign section to feed into PCyC as a whole. Some discussion followed. ACTION – ST to look into this further
- BN asked about the number of people on the email contact list. SM said we had 265 before GDPR came into force, it is now around 80. Facebook page has 746 followers
Date of next meeting – Tuesday 16th October (AGM) 7 pm Room 417 Babbage Building Plymouth Uni Campus MAP