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 21st April 2020 Time and venue TBA
Minutes of the meeting of Plymouth Cycling Campaign, Tuesday January 28th 2020
7.00 pm , Room 003, The Babbage Building, Plymouth University Campus (Map)
Present – Clare Smith, Andy Jane, Tom Unwin, Hayley Smith, Sue Jennings, Kristal Rocks, Graham Wilson, Colin Gillespie, Dean Bowles, Jim Woffenden (PCC), Bill Nicholson, John Abraham, David Clark, Jonathan Tutte, Mike Kelly
Apologies – Dave Gibbs, Stuart Mee
- Cycle route through Saltram – still concerns over the signing of the contraflow route for cyclists. SM received comprehensive response from Saltram, but they do not propose to make any changes to signing. Some discussion of the situation. At least 6 people present are NT members and could use that as a means of applying pressure through direct contact. No information available about any recent specific incidents where cyclists had experienced problems. Suggest that we monitor over the next 6 months and see how the contraflow works.
- No further update on Hooe Lake bridge
- Nothing further to report on ‘Playing out’ as yet
- CS emailed to find out about the possibility of a stand at the Tour of Britain. Not able to say yet, but we will be kept informed.
Minutes of the last meeting were agreed.
- Mayflower 400 and cycling events in June – there will be an event in the city centre on June 20th with cycling activities, stands, etc. HS asked for any suggestions and offers of help / involvement. PCC will be running a campaign focused on cycling and cycle clubs throughout June. We would like to have a PCyC stall at the event. SJ suggested cycle clubs should be encouraged to offer taster days etc. See below for retro ride event.
- Facebook group – some discussion about what PCyC should be doing, eg having meetings at different times / in different locations. Could look at live meetings streamed on Facebook. Recognition that meeting times will never suit everyone; there is a benefit to having consistent location and timing. Suggest that meetings could be added as events on Facebook so they can be easily linked to online calendar and people more likely to attend if signed up as reminders are automatic. Eventbrite would be another avenue for doing this. ACTION – HS to investigate. Proposal to run a survey on Survey Monkey to get feedback from wider membership / supporters beyond meetings – ACTION – HS to put this together.
- Rides and events
- SJ is organising a social ride on Sunday April 5th from Coypool to Clearbrook. Starting at 10.30, it will be listed on the Let’s Ride website. The village hall at Clearbrook has been hired with cycle clubs etc invited to put out a table / share what they have to offer.
- Also on Sunday April 5th GW is leading a ride to promote the opening of a cycle route along the ‘Primrose Line’ which is following the route of the old railway from Ivybridge to Kingsbridge. The ride will follow the route of the railway as closely as possible from Ivybridge to South Brent to Loddiswell.
- Retro ride – KR and others are hoping to organise a ride on May 31st to launch the month of cycling linked to the Mayflower commemorations. It was pointed out that grant funding is available for Mayflower themed events.
- KR and SJ also encouraging Breeze and other ride leaders committing to lead a ride a day through June. They would like to include some historical themed rides.
- Campaign progress reports –
- JA gave a presentation on the A386 campaign at the Tamar Energy Fair. He spoke to Geoffrey Cox MP who recognised the importance of the project. The campaign continues.
- Ivybridge Futures Fair – this will take place on Feb 8th at the Watermark Centre in Ivybridge with a focus on sustainable energy, sustainable transport, natural world, and food and waste. Plans will be unveiled for a street design project for Ivybridge and Sustrans staff from Bristol will be presenting proposals for a 3m wide shared access path from Deep lane to Ivybridge station. Highways England are supportive and want to see walking and cycling routes to the station future proofed, GW feels that DCC and SHDC are less engaged. ACTION – GW to forward details for sharing with PCyC members.
- Nothing further on the Hooe Lake bridge
- Work is underway on the path around the speedway track in Plympton and work on NCN 2 around the sewage works will begin in the next couple weeks.
- One way system at the Barbican – a section of the NCN27 has been blocked as a result. JW suggested that the intention is to allow two-way cycling but that is not in place. SJ suggested contacting PCC Highways Dept with comments.
- Roadworks – Tavistock Rd and Forder Valley. Given the inadequate provision for cyclists negotiating roadworks on Plymouth Rd in Plympton suggestion that representations need to be made before work begins elsewhere so that appropriate diversions can be put in place and properly signed. PCyC would like to see ‘no overtaking cyclists’ signs used and included as a standard in highways contracts. ACTION – CS to email Balfour Beatty (contractors for Forder Valley).
- PCC update from JW
- Work on the Southway to Plym Bridge scheme will start in February with works beginning between Southway shopping centre and the George P&R and then progressing on to Wrigleys
- The existing route from Laira Bridge will be extended eastwards from Broxton Drive to a new planned roundabout on the A379. Feasibility work is being done on extending the route on to Colesdown Hill
- Other works – the route from Stoke Dameral Community College to Central Park is being widened and straightened; an alternative route using the old tramway along the Forder Valley; widening and resurfacing of paths through Central Park; plans for a network of paths through Derriford Community Park are waiting on the TCF bid.
- Plymotion – hoping for a continuation of funding to support projects like cycle training (adult and child), commuter tutor, and bikes of various types to support getting all people mobile. Details of projects here https://www.plymouth.gov.uk/parkingandtravel/cycling and https://www.plymouthssp.co.uk/content/bikeability-plymouth Key contact is Jonathan Tutte email@example.com
- PCC climate emergency plan – the discussion document shows good intentions but lacks specifics. Seems to have more to say about electric vehicles than walking and cycling. GW raised the issue of trip hazard from charging cables for electric vehicles and the narrowing of pavement space for charging points. Requested that this be considered in the siting of new charging points. ACTION – JW to forward this comment. JW added that facilities for charging electric bikes are part of the TCF bid.
JW reviewed the most relevant sections of the Climate Action Plan for cycling. There was agreement that this is a key issue that PCyC should be involved in and it was felt that PCyC should offer suggestions for solutions. MK proposed a workshop, rather than a meeting, focused around developing our workable solutions to engage positively with the process. Saturday Feb 29th Feb , 9.30-12, was put forward as a preferred date. ACTION – DB to investigate a venue at the University. MK to work on a plan for the workshop.
- Proposal for car free day – suggested this is covered in the workshop
- Policing of close passes – item not discussed due to time constraints
- British cycling meeting report – SJ attended but felt there was not a lot on offer
- GW reported that there is a new consultation out about bikes on trains
- JA reported that a new 18km trail linking Moretonhampstead to Bovey Tracey is open
- JW advised that users of Strava make sure their settings are ‘private’ as there have been incidents of bike theft which are linked to thieves identifying start and end points and timings of rides to know where to find high value bikes.
Date of next meeting – Tuesday April 21st 2020