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.
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Minutes of Plymouth Cycling Campaign (PCyC) Annual General Meeting (AGM) – Thursday 30th September 2021 6 -6.30pm via Zoom meeting.
Present: John Abraham (Chair), Hilary Neve, Alan Hill, Rachel Ince, Sue Jennings, Andy Whitby, Hayley Smith, Jon Stevens, Kit Harbottle, Bernhard Haas, Mike Kelly
- Welcome and Introductions
- Apologies – Bill Nicholson, Stuart Mee, Dave Gibbs, Graham Wilson, Caitlin Hellyer
- Minutes of last AGM held 29th Sept 2020 and matters arising – JA commented on the possibility of formation of subcommittees particularly to better represent families and disabled cyclists. Previous subcommittee structure proved that there aren’t currently enough active members to make it work
- Overview of past year’s activities – JA reported that it has been a year of change not least with Covid, the climate change agenda and upcoming COP26 Conference. New directives from Gov’t though do not come with funding meaning local authorities are given directives but the funding to achieve that is not there. In Plymouth funding has come from Emergency Active Travel Fund ATF 1 & 2 and TCF 1 & 2. Most of the £55m from Transforming Cities Fund 2 has been allocated to mobility hubs project.
- Communications – PCyC continues to engage with senior staff from PCC (Plymouth City Council) at the quarterly Strategic Liaison Group meetings. This is usually constructive and taken seriously by PCC and on balance is worth it. Most of our suggestions are being incorporated into PCC plans. In addition we’ve had meetings with MPs and have a meeting scheduled with Cllr Nick Kelly in Nov. We are getting prior notice of transport schemes as an acknowledged consultee group. The PCyC Facebook site is active with mainly constructive comments being posted and messages have been put up to point out that the committee do not approve comments posted as it is an open forum. CH was co-opted to lead on social media. She has set up a PCyC Instagram site and taken on the Twitter account and links to the website. Meetings have continued to be by Zoom with some informal outdoor meetings when restrictions have allowed. It looks likely that Zoom will continue to be the main forum for meetings for the time being at least.
- Committee – HN was co-opted and takes an interest in cycling and health, social prescribing and e-bikes. BH will be stepping down from the committee shortly as he leaves Plymouth. Thanks recorded for his valuable work with PCyC and the local Sustrans Group. There is a need for more active members to support our work.
- Finance statement – MK delivered a summary of the accounts on behalf of BN. Current balance on our bank account of £734.43. Income for the year comes from 33 paid up members and outgoings mainly consist of affiliation fee to Cycling UK and costs for fliers, equipment hire etc for events like the Tour of Britain stand. The accounts were prepared by BN and checked and certified by MK before the meeting
- Proposed minor changes to PCyC Constitution – MK outlined the 4 minor changes to the constitution proposed by the committee which all deal with the management of PCyC with the proposed new wording set out here:
- d) The Committee shall have a minimum of 4 Members, who must all be members of the Campaign with voting rights.
- e) The Committee will be made up of a Chair, Secretary, Membership Secretary and Treasurer and further Officer roles as the Committee may decide.
- i) Quorum. No Committee decision can take place or be ratified if less than 3 officers are in agreement.
- j) All open members meetings and decisions shall be permanently minuted. Minutes will be made available to Members.
9. Election of committee – there were no new nominations for any of the committee posts. JA (Chair), BN (Treasurer and Membership Sec), MK (Secretary) and other Officer roles were re-elected. JA recommended that a new post of Vice-Chair be created but there were no nominations to fill that role
AOB – date of next AGM – September 2022, TBC
The AGM ended at 6.30pm
Minutes of the Plymouth Cycling Campaign Open Meeting
30th September 2021
Present: as above + Ricky Lowes
1. Welcome and Introductions
2. Apologies – as above
3. Minutes of last Open Meeting held 29th Sept 2020 and matters arising – covered below
4. Guest Speaker Rachael Ince, Cycling Development Officer – Plymouth. RI outlined her role as part of Cycling UK’s behaviour change team based in Plymouth. There are two specific projects that she is leading on – Big Bike Revival (BBR) which includes things like Dr Bike for workplaces, maintenance courses and learn to ride sessions, and Community Cycling Clubs (CCCs)which supports community groups that want to set up cycling activities. So far around 15 BBR projects have been set up across Plymouth and Devon including one with Plymouth Hope which provides help and support for refugees and asylum seekers by running Dr Bike for their community. Bikespace use BBR to fund drop in workshops and a community bike hub has been set up in Totnes to encourage active travel. CCCs promote physical activity for health benefits rather than utility cycling – working with Endeavour Cycling Group (military veterans) and a mountain bike club for young people from predominantly disadvantaged areas of Plymouth. RI is also working with Improving Lives Plymouth team and the Sports Dev’t Unit at PCC. Also referred to an Exeter based group called Free Movement which is a volunteer run health and fitness organisation that runs pop up events and activities. There could be scope for this being extended to Plymouth. RI has been in post for 3 months and is seeing projects gain momentum. Would welcome PCyC raising awareness of opportunities. RI can be contacted via email Rachel.Ince@cyclinguk.org
Questions and discussion followed RI’s presentation. JA referred to our contact with Endeavour and PCyC’s desire to be a voice for all cyclists and asked about opportunities for volunteering with these projects. RI said the projects are run by the individual organisations not by Cycling UK but she could share info about opportunities.
HN asked about e-bikes. RI said there was no reason they couldn’t support e-bike projects but the higher cost of purchase makes it harder to roll out projects.
JS referred to grants available from the Energy Saving Trust for businesses that want to buy cargo bikes. RI was aware of this and has shared info with businesses and while Cycling UK does work with businesses this is not a major part of her work.
KH asked about Bikespace. RI referred to their scheme where businesses can borrow a cargo bike to try out for a month from their base in Devonport.
5. Current consultations, campaigns and meetings
- LCWIP (Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan) – GW and MK have discussed the response and shared with committee. ACTION – MK to submit next week
- TCF (Transforming Cities Fund) is the largest project and PCyC have been involved in several meetings on mobility hubs. JA and SM met PCC Low Carbon Officer last week. Proposals for up to 50 hubs, but not sure of the exact number yet. They will involve e-car hire and charging, possibly car clubs and 400 e-bikes. In principle it’s a good idea but in practice seems the wrong way round as people on e-bikes will be sent out into heavy traffic without sufficient infrastructure on the ground.
- St Budeaux interchange – links to bus connections and rail lines including potentially out to Tavi in future, could also have hire bikes but still the same issue of going on to busy roads. KH pointed out that the Okehampton-Exeter rail service will begin by the end of the year, next priority is Tavi to Plymouth with more money needed for feasibility studies. Any through route from Tavi to Okehampton would happen last and may be a long way off. KH suggested that mobility hubs should be positioned where you first reach slow traffic so they become a viable alternative for people coming into the city
- Better Cities Funding – previous suggestions for shared space in the city centre / Armada Way now seem to be moving towards segregated space
- PCyC have asked for small scale improvements to signage, barrier removal etc but have been told at SLG there’s no funding even for small works and that everything needs to be priced into larger schemes that are planned
- In the S Hams GW is upbeat about progress. Good relationship with Sir Gary Streeter MP who is keen to get improvements to Ivybridge and along the A379 to Yealmpton. SJ has attended meetings in the last few days regarding the estuary route and the landowners are not as negative as previously. Gary Streeter is very positive but persuading the group to look at alternatives and particularly things that can be delivered on a shorter timescale, e.g. breaking projects down into smaller chunks to improve likelihood of deliverability in 2 yr funding cycle.
- Roborough Down route – the options report has been completed and there are good discussions with landowner. Now in the hands of DCC. PCyC are a stakeholder so expect to be kept informed. KH reported that West Devon Borough Council have published a new corporate plan which references active travel quite a lot but this is all reliant on external funding.
6. Cycling infrastructure –under construction and planned.
- Extension of the Billacombe Rd route to Colesdown Hill. PCyC and many others have opposed the proposal, PCC are saying the options are to accept the proposal or lose the funding. [RL joined the meeting]. Discussion around any duty of care the council has to users of the path and Disability Discrimination legislation. Difficult area, hinges on reasonable adaptation.
- Forder Valley, Derriford link road – continuing problems with Delamere Rd diversion. Lots of discussion with contractors but no progress.
- A38 Mowhay Rd bridge – progress on decking but still work on the ramps either side to do. Diversions are not adequate / appropriate
7. Changes to email system – it has been agreed to change the way the email system is operated with a move to an exchange server which will allow more users to access the PCyC email account and better functionality without changing the email address.
8. Publicity – social media is getting a lot of publicity and the Tour of Britain stand at Sherford gained a lot of interest with more people signing up to the email list, and a radio interview with JA
9. AOB KH asked that the LCWIP response be shared with Transition Tavistock. ACTION – MK to do so when finalised
10. Date of next Open Meeting – December, date TBC