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!
- 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.
Date of next open meeting – Tuesday 28th January 2020 7.00 pm , Room 003, The Babbage Building, Plymouth University Campus (Map)
Minutes of previous meeting below Agenda
AGENDA FOR PCyC OPEN MEETING JANUARY 28th 2020
Welcome and Introductions
Minutes of last meeting (Oct 15th 2019) & matters arising
- Mayflower 400 and cycling events June 2020 (HS)
- Facebook group, survey of members and suggestions of new ideas for action; suitability of meeting venue and time (CS/HS)
- Rides: Social ride and event in Clearbrook 5th April (SJ); Retro ride
- Campaign Progress Reports: A386 (JA); Saltram (CS); Hooe Lake (JA); Ivybridge (GW); Plympton sewage works on NCN2 path
- New one-way system at the Barbican blocking NCN27
- Roadworks on Tavistock Road and Forder Valley – cyclists’ diversions?
- PCC update – (JW)
- Plymouth City Council’s Climate Emergency Plan: what is in it for cycling? (CS)
- Proposal for car free day
- Policing of close passes
- British Cycling meeting report (SJ)
MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
Minutes of the Plymouth Cycling Campaign (PCyC) meeting November 19th 2019. Venue: Room 003, Babbage Building, Plymouth University Campus (Map)
Present – Hayley Harvey, Sue Jennings, John Abraham, Bill Nicholson, Dave Gibbs, Jackie Kleinot, Stuart Mee, Andy Jane, Jean Jane, Clare Smith, Mike Kelly
Apologies – David Clark, Louise Swain, Jim Woffenden, Graham Wilson, Tom Unwin
- Saltram one way system – signs to indicate cycle contraflow are up, but disappointingly small. ACTION – SM to acknowledge what’s been done but ask that signs be made bigger with suggestion that a formal road sign format is used
- NCN 27 – maintenance issues. ACTION – flag up at Sustrans local group meeting on Nov 25th
- Hooe Lake – CS has liaised with parents group in Hooe. Suggested a photo opp with local school children to raise the profile of the issue
- TCF bid – SM, JA and CS met with JW and Richard Banner from PCC. A lot of things that PCyC has been pushing for are included in the bid. The bid currently remains confidential. PCyC has written a letter in support of the bid and expects to be consulted further over the details.
- The public meeting at the Newton and Noss Environment Group on Nov 27th has been cancelled.
- A386 cycle route campaign – JA has been invited to give a talk at the Tamar Energy Fest on Nov 23rd
Consultation on DCC’s ‘call for evidence’ on the climate emergency – SM reported back from GW – Ivybridge and South Hams groups have been very active in terms of sustainable transport. Feeling that this is important and we should be involved where there is overlap on Plymouth boundaries. The document from DCC is woolly. ACTION – SM (and others) to review the document and form a response.
Cycle Delivery Group – SJ is part of this group in her coordinator role for Breeze / British Cycling. The group represents those who deliver cycling projects funded through Plymotion. A video was shown which highlighted the Bike and Baby rides undertaken in the summer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fynMaTZ61JE – these rides will start again in spring. HH talked about an initiative for encouraging children to play outside which British Cycling is supporting. It involves closing roads for a couple hours so kids can play safely. Councils around the country have put Street Play Policies in place and HH is keen to see PCC doing likewise – see https://playingout.net/ ACTION – HH to investigate and lead on this. SJ referred to GPs who are prescribing cycle rides to patients. This would match well with the free guided rides that are already offered. BN suggested something about this could go on to the Facebook page. ACTION – SJ to post a link.
PCC not consulting with PCyC – comments were submitted about the sewage works path but the case officer was surprised that PCyC had not been on the list of consultees. Suggestion that confusion over the PCyC acronym could lead to being overlooked. JA referred to SW Highways where PCyC is listed as PCC.
Path and cycleway maintenance report – DG and SM had a meeting in July where a promise was made that things would get better. Frustration remains that it still takes a long time for issues raised to be investigated let alone dealt with. PCC often use the excuse of growth is not coming from their land. They have said that there will be a published schedule of works for next year with a proposed hard cut early in the year. ACTION – DG will get in touch again in the new year to ask for the schedule so contractors can be held to account. SM thanked DG for his efforts with maintenance issues and felt this was bearing fruit with cutting back taking place in various parts of the network at the moment.
Plymouth and SW Devon Supplementary Planning Document and Statement of Community Involvement – JA has read the lengthy document but there wasn’t much about cycling in it. ACTION – CS will read it and consider response.
PCyC Facebook group – SM is one of three group administrators. The job is becoming more onerous with nearly 1000 members. SM is having difficulty contacting the other two. HH offered to assist. A recent post has created a large number of comments with concern that the tone of some comments is upsetting and that comments do not reflect the views of PCyC. ACTION – SM/CS/HH to draft a post to be pinned at the top to reiterate that views expressed are not necessarily those of the group and that the tone of comments should be appropriate and avoid personal comments.
Climate emergency issues – PCyC responded to PCC’s consultation document to support more cycling. Disappointment that there has been no evidence of action so far. ACTION – CS to contact election candidates in the three Plymouth seats asking for a brief statement about what they would do about the climate emergency that could be posted on PCyC Facebook page. ACTION – post a message on Facebook page encouraging members to ask candidates about cycling provision. Suggestion that after the election PCyC write to new MPs to hold them to manifesto commitments on cycling and that we conduct a survey to canvass the views of members about actions to tackle the climate emergency which can form the basis of a campaign in advance of the May council elections. Further suggestion that the proposed car free day be rolled in to the wider survey responses.
PCyC stall for events – discussion about the benefit of having a stall at various community events. Felt that this may not be as effective as using social media. Targeting the right events would be crucial. Suggestion that Tour of Britain stage 2 starting at Sherford would be a suitable opportunity and the Tour de Moor event. ACTION – SJ to raise this with rep from British Cycling at meeting on Dec 10th.
Mayflower 400 – HH said there will be a focus on a different sport / activity each month through 2020. Cycling will be the focus for June with an event on the piazza on Saturday 20th June. There is an opportunity for a stall here working with others to promote Breeze, bikeability, etc, link in with a car free day, mass ride, floral bike display? Further ideas welcome.
Public meeting involving councillors, MPs, planners – BN suggested we should be looking at promoting another large scale public meeting / discussion. Possible focus on ‘changing behaviour’ linked to climate emergency / sustainable travel. Suggested involvement from large employers eg Derriford hospital, Babcock, Princess Yachts, MoD, university, chamber of commerce. Important to make contact with other groups that share similar aspirations to PCyC. ACTION – CS to talk to people involved with climate action group.
- PCyC email account has been hosted for free but only accessible through SM’s own computer. A paid subscription that offered the current email address and allowed access to more users would cost £72 per year. This was not considered good value for money and it was agreed to look at getting a free account instead.
- Plymouth Local Access Forum – JA has been a member for 2 or 3 years. It is a statutory body with council, landowner and public representation. The group has folded as it has not been able to find a chairperson. There is a meeting coming up but JA fears it may not continue. ACTION – JA to keep us updated.
- JK shared the very sad news that Dave Smith, an active member of PCyC while he was in Plymouth, had died on October 29th from an aortic aneurysm while cycling home. A Just Giving page has been set up in his name to support the charity Tools for Self Reliance. ACTION – BN to send a card on behalf of PCyC
Date of next open meeting – Tuesday 28th January 7.00 pm , Room TBA, The Babbage Building, Plymouth University Campus (Map)