Minutes and agendas
THE MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING ARE FURTHER DOWN THE PAGE
From now on our meetings will be different, offering talks, presentations and workshops on various aspects of cycling. The more technical aspects of our work will continue at smaller group meetings for those who want to be more involved.
NEXT MEETING: Tuesday June 6th at 7 pm in room 403 of the Babbage Building, Plymouth University: ( Map)
We have booked two interesting speakers for our next open meeting on Tuesday June 6th at 7 pm in room 403 of the Babbage Building on Plymouth University. Here is a link to a map of the Campus. Everybody is welcome to these meetings.
Tony Hall is the trainer at Plymouth City Bus and he’ll be talking about the successful programme offered to all their drivers regarding vulnerable road users. There’s been a noticeable improvement in Plymouth CityBus drivers around cyclists, in my opinion, and I’m looking forward to exchanging views with Tony, who is very enthusiastic about the programme.
Our other speaker is Mark Youngman from GWR who will talk about their policy towards cyclists, including their booking policy for bikes on trains, bike spaces on the new trains, and their plans for cycling facilities at stations, as well as their plans for Plymouth Station. Should be a lively session!
Those who are currently active in the Campaign (or would like to be) can stay for a few minutes after the above to plan a date for the next meeting and perhaps arrange meetings for one or other of the “groups”.
As mentioned above, we now hold small focused meetings of the groups within the PCyC. The last full and formal meeting was held as below.
Minutes of Plymouth Cycling Campaign (PCyC) meeting 7 pm Tuesday 29th November 2016
Venue: room 404, Babbage Building, Plymouth University. Map
Stuart Mee (chair), Sue Jennings, Dave Gibbs, Pierre-Henri Musiedlak, John Abraham, Colin Woodman, Clare Smith, Jim Woffenden (PCC), Mike Kelly, Bill Nicholson, Graham Wilson, Julie Fraser, Stacey Deamicis, David Clark, Jordan Guilfoy-Richards, Jim Baldwin
- Apologies – Paul Griffiths, Mike KellyThe meeting commenced with attendees introducing themselves and with a welcome to new attendees.
- Minutes of last meeting: approved with no amendments
- Changes to meetings and Officers’ roles
Stuart explained that at a recent meeting consisting of members of the Infrastructure Group, the Expressway Group and Maintenance Group plus the Officers of the Plymouth Cycling Campaign a new strategy for meetings and a different apportionment of Officers’ roles had been proposed:
Open meetings will now be held quarterly and detailed policy will be discussed at more frequent meetings by the relevant sub groups. The quarterly meetings will try and be more engaging and interesting and to feature talks and presentation. These changes were proposed and agreed.The following changes to Officers’ roles were put to the meeting and agreed:
- Sue Jennings to act as Chairperson assisted by Stuart
- Mike Kelly to act as Secretary
- Bill Nicholson to act as membership secretary and treasurer
The necessary changes will be made to the banking mandate to reflect these changes
- Authentication of accounts:
The treasurer confirmed this has been actioned.
- Parking at Coypool/B&Q.
Discussion re B&Q closure, (who have in the past, had no real concerns about cyclists using their car park), and new outlets moving and allegedly will be stopping the car park being used for recreational purposes. This car park is used by Breeze along with locals and visitors, not just for cycling, but for the railway. More information is required re the new tenants and their proposals for the site. Action by Clare Smith
- Cycle delivery plan – Graham Wilson
Graham presented an overview of the Cycle Delivery Plan, which hopefully will become law soon. Assuming this is the case, local authorities etc will be able to apply for funding. We discussed upgrading the NCN in the eastern corridor which includes NCN2 from Ivybridge to the city centre and Brixton/Sherford to city centre. This concept would be made possible as Devon CC has already identified NCN2 from Ivybridge to Deep Lane. Other stakeholders identified so far include PL21 Transition Town Initiative, Sustrans, Dame Hannah Rogers School, Gary Streeter MP and PCyC. It is recommended that PCyC invite PCC to join in.It was suggested that Oliver Colvile MP is invited to come on board (Action: Stuart) Jim Woffenden was asked if he could get PCC on board, to which he replied he would take the proposal back to PCC but also said that he was not aware of any funding available via the cycle delivery plan as yet.
Graham is also meeting with Gina Small of SHDC re the Sherford development
- Logo for PCyC
Julie Fraser and Pierre-Henri Musiedlak gave a presentation of various possible logos for PCyC which resulted in a lengthy discussion. A short list of possible logos to be put on the webpage asking members to vote.
- The Embankment
After the article regarding possible ways to improve the Embankment shared path was emailed out, there were plenty of people saying “good idea”. Stuart wondered how we could take it further; Graham suggested it may be a candidate for the Cycle delivery plan. The proposals will be a major and expensive challenge but could result in a modern expressway style cycle route.
- Speakers at future meetings.
Suggestions included: – Rockets and Rascals; City Bus re their training programme which includes awareness of vulnerable road users; GWR – re bikes on trains
- Review of structure and frequency of meetings
Proposed 4 meeting per year with smaller meetings as necessary, Bill will complete a news letter explaining officer roles; Bill went on to say that new members are vital to PCyC.
- Plymouth City Council – Cycling Commissioner
PCC no longer has a Cycling Commissioner, does this mean PCC no longer thinks cyclists merit/need a commissioner? It was felt PCC should be contacted re their positionAction Dave Gibbs
- Space for Safer Cycling Conference
A Space for Safer Cycling conference is taking place in the Guildhall on January the 14th. The event is being organised by Cycling UK (Formerly CTC). It comprises a series of presentations and workshops looking at all aspects of campaigning for better cycling routes and facilities. PCyC will attend, although the meeting is open to anybody. Graham offered to speak on behalf of PCyC. There will also be a demonstration of a new app which allows users to report things they believe could be better. For more information and to register visit: http://www.cyclinguk.org/event/space-cycling-workshop-plymouth
Dave gave a quick update re cycle path maintenance or lack of it, but was in the process of arranging a meeting with PCC. David Clark wished to mention and thank the organisers of the Retro ride; it was brilliant even though the weather was atrocious
Booked for 7th March 2017. Bill suggested the media needs to be involved, so invite them to next meeting and if possible try to ascertain how many would attend. Bikespace will be invited to speak.