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!
- 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 LAST MEETING BELOW THE AGENDA
Date of next open meeting on Zoom – Thursday December 10th 6 pm – 7.30 pm
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AGENDA FOR NEXT MEETING TBC:
Minutes from the open Zoom meeting Tuesday 29th September 2020
Present – Clare Smith (chair), Stuart Mee, Hilary Neve, Bernhard Haas, Jon Stevens, John Abraham, Cllr. Andrea Johnson, Caitlin Hellyer, Sue Jennings, John Miller, David Clark, Dean Bowles, Mike Kelly
Apologies – Graham Wilson, Bill Nicholson, Dave Gibbs
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
1. Report from Chair – CS started by reflecting on the increasing number of people on bikes due to the pandemic and the change in Govt attitudes to cycling signalled by proposals to amend the Highway Code and new standards on street design. The increased funding for PCC through emergency active travel fund and the TCF was welcomed. PCyC has continued to be active despite the restrictions on public events with the committee continuing to meet regularly on Zoom and in person where possible within restrictions as well as two open Zoom meetings. The first quarterly Strategic Liaison Group meeting of PCyC with senior officers from PCC took place in August and it is hoped this will lead to a more constructive dialogue to the benefit of cycling in Plymouth. In general CS was pleased to see more activity and focus on cycling. She shared some photos showing recent developments (resurfaced and widened paths around Marsh Mills / sewage works; Central Park paths that have been further improved since earlier patchy works, the cycle route in Armada Way (reservations expressed), and a mini-ride to mark Cycling UK’s Big Bike Ride). Emergency funding has already been used in Plymouth to provide more bike lockers for rent, remove some barriers to cycling and introduce mandatory cycle lanes on Billacombe Rd for example.
SM thanked CS for her hard work and dedication as Chair of PCyC over the last two years.
2. Report from Treasurer – MK reported on behalf of BN – accounts were signed off at the end of August and showed £547 in the bank and 36 paid up members. Main expense is the annual affiliation to Cycling UK which is approx. £80 per year. Other expenses cover publicity materials and website hosting. An alternative suggestion to sponsor a cycle locker with BikeAway was discussed. As BikeAway is a commercial company it was not considered appropriate to pursue this option. Alternative suggestion that we could sponsor cycle training for people who didn’t qualify for free tuition through Plymotion / Plymouth School Sports Partnership. ACTION – agreed that JA would contact BikeSpace to find out if a donation in the region of £250 would be beneficial.
2. Nomination and Election of Officers:
- New post of Social Media Officer – this new role will include running the Twitter account, helping as a moderator on Facebook and developing other social media campaigns work. Currently SM and CS operate the MailChimp email service and assistance with this could be part of the role too. AJ offered advice and assistance in developing our use of this system and suggested setting up an event calendar and planning forward over 12 months to align events / campaigns with Sustrans, PCC etc. CH was nominated for the role by CS and seconded by SM. All in favour and CH elected to the position.
- Secretary – MK was nominated by SJ and seconded by SM. All in favour and MK re-elected to the position.
- Treasurer and Membership Secretary – BN was nominated by CS and seconded by MK. All in favour and BN re-elected to the position.
- Committee Members: currently; Bernhard Haas (Sustrans local group coordinator), Bill Nicholson (Treasurer), Clare Smith, Dave Gibbs (Maintenance), Graham Wilson, Hayley Smith, Hilary Neve, John Abraham (Infrastructure), Mike Kelly (Secretary), Stuart Mee (Communications), Sue Jennings (Vice Chair). All committee members remain and CH joins the committee as Social Media Officer Jon Stevens was co-opted to join the committee.
- Chair – CS has stood down as chair and there were no nominations prior to the meeting. CS suggested a temporary situation with rotating chairs to run meetings and a re-allocation of roles with two or more co-chairs to coordinate the group’s activities. HN, JA, BH, and SJ willing to chair meetings. Further discussion led to the nomination of JA for the role of chair – nominated by SJ and seconded by HN. All in favour and JA was elected to the position.
- Strategic Liaison Group membership – JA, CS and MK had attended the first meeting. CS unable to continue and timing of proposed meetings is difficult for MK. Agreed that BH and HN would join JA as PCyC attendees. ACTION – CS to inform Paul Barnard (later amended so that MK would inform PB)
- Size of committee – PCyC constitution states that the committee should consist of between 2-5 members with the ability to co-opt further members. Our current committee is larger than that set out in the constitution and following discussion it was agreed to review the size and make up of the committee and review the constitution but not immediately.
MAIN MEETING: –
Minutes of last meeting and matters arising – no matters arising
- Recent developments: COVID emergency funding, Transforming Cities Fund, national “Gear Change” policy. First tranche of funding from COVID funding should have been spent by now. The main project (Armada Way cycle route) is in place and in use. It has drawn mixed responses. Bid for tranche 2 of the emergency funding has been submitted. PCyC had very limited input to the bid and we have not seen what’s in the final bid. No news yet on how much funding has been allocated.
TCF 2 bid – £51m allocated to PCC. Almost all is directed at public transport projects. The main cycling project is a route from the Tamar Bridge to the dockyard and city centre. No details on this scheme have been shared with us. JA has responded to the TCF2 proposals to make the case that the projects included will not lead to a modal shift in the city and to restate the necessity for major infrastructure investment like PCyC’s Embankment proposals and the Central Park bridge.
At the national level the Gear Change project is a positive initiative which takes cycling seriously and sets standards for high quality infrastructure (paint on roads and shared footpaths do not count as cycle infrastructure).
- Plymouth Plan Climate Emergency Consultation – consultation launched on how the Joint Local plan needs to be changed to meet climate emergency priorities. There needs to be a considered response from PCyC with all members encouraged to read the consultation document and a committee meeting to detail PCyC’s views. This process does give a lever to push for positive action. ACTION – discussion at next committee meeting
- Strategic Liaison Group: in early August JA, CS and MK met with senior officers form PCC – Paul Barnard (Service Director for Strategic Planning & Infrastructure), Philip Heseltine (Head of Transport, Infrastructure and Investment) and Rosie Starr (Major Schemes Officer – Sustainable Transport) at their invitation for the first of what will be regular 3 monthly meetings. JA reported that there was positive engagement and we were able to air our concerns about lack of consultation and communication from PCC and PCC informed us of bid outcomes and an outline of what was in the TCF2 bid as well as asking for further information about cycle signage issues which could be incorporated into future bids. Two signage surveys with our proposals were submitted but no response was received. Email contact this week has suggested we should wait for the next meeting. JA is wary of this new group being used as a consultation tick box. MK felt positive initially about the meeting but nearly two months on we haven’t received minutes from the meeting or any other communication. AJ is happy to talk to Cllr Vincent who has contacted PB re. the Efford Pathway route after email from PCyC. ACTION – MK to draft a letter asking for minutes from the first meeting and further to seek answers about how we will be kept informed of developments regarding cycling now that no PCC officers will be attending PCyC meetings. Further, to inform them that JA, HN and BH will be attending subsequent meetings for PCyC.
AJ suggested that we could question the progress on Pledge no 16 to appoint a cycling champion for the city and what progress had been made as a result.
- Plymouth City Council update – no update as no officer in attendance
- Campaign Progress Reports – there is encouraging news from the South Hams with GW forwarding a summary of progress as follows:
- There is hope that Highways England will fund a fully upgraded traffic free route from Deep Lane to Ivybridge train station.
- Street Design Study for Ivybridge and its travel to work area is in the public domain as this link: https://pl21.weebly.com/news.html.
- Cllr R Hosking (DCC) and Cllr T Holway (SHDC) are working with us to identify a traffic free route from Ivybridge to Bittaford by contacting landowners. When complete we will apply for funding.
- DNPA has announced that it has started to investigate a traffic free route from Ivybridge to Bovey Tracey known as the A38 Scoping Project. This is a major project but at extremely early days.
- Several years ago, Highways England announced its desire for a cycle bridge across the A38 at Deep Lane to connect to Sherford. No recent news
- PCC has recently contacted Sustrans about connecting Sherford to the existing NCN28 at Brixton. No details
- The lease for the estuary route between Kitley and DCC is due for review in December 2021. Kitley does not want it changed. YETAG are working out how to respond to this
- Maintenance – no time for discussion on this item although SM reported that DG is happy to continue as the Committee member for maintenance and he encourages cyclists to report any issues to him via either email@example.com or on the Facebook group page https://www.facebook.com/groups/PlymouthCyclingCampaign/
7. Armada Way cycle route – first impressions – no time for discussion on this item
8. Manadon interchange – no time for discussion on this item
9. Replacement of erroneously removed one-way contraflow system at the Barbican on NCN27 – this has gone out for consultation. Uncertain whether consultation period has ended.
10. Proposal for car free day – no time for discussion on this item
- CS posted a link to a consultation on road collision reporting guidelines on Facebook which highlights the importance of the language used when referring to traffic incidents. Felt that PCyC should offer a response.
- SJ asked whether any progress had been made on addressing traffic light issues that had been forwarded to PCC or if there had been an acknowledgement. No progress or acknowledgmentDONM – ACTION JA to set a date for a committee meeting and circulate.
Date of next open on Zoom – Thursday December 10th 6 pm – 7.30 pm – Zoom link to be sent to all those on our email list a few days in advance – see below
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