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!
- Currently we are looking for someone to lead on the campaign to get a cycle path built along the A386 between Roborough and Yelverton. This has been on the back burner recently due to lack of people willing to try and move it forward, although plenty of people bring it up on our Facebook forum. It’s not a new idea and has been investigated by Devon County Council previously. If you’re interested we’d be happy to welcome you on board and brief you.
- 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
Minutes of Plymouth Cycling Campaign (PCyC) meeting 5th February 2019
Present – Andy Jane, John Miller, Glynne Miller, Sue Jennings, Ceri Carter, Hayley Harvey, Dave Gibbs, Bill Nicholson, Stuart Mee, David Clark, Jim Woffenden, Clare Smith, John Abraham, Mike Kelly
Apologies – Graham Wilson
- Minutes of the last meeting – reviewed and agreed
- Matters arising – CS shared photos of some of the work done to partially widen paths in Central Park. It is a useful route but it would have been good to see the whole length widened to make a high quality path all the way through. New signing has gone in but it is still not clear that it is a shared use path. ACTION – SJ and HH to pass this back through PCC Cycle Delivery Group
- Report on A386 campaign – JA reported on the very successful public meeting held at Clearbrook. Around 75 people were there including councillors. There was widespread support for the proposal but it will require a large sum to implement. A number of councillors were keen on the proposal and want to put it on the agenda for a future WDBC meeting. Tavistock Wheelers are very supportive. Gary Streeter MP is supportive and suggested that section 106 money may be available from future development in Woolwell. Marsistow Estates gave conditional support. Andrew Watson from DNPA expressed support conditional on planning matters and the route taken. To progress this further we need to involve local councillors and people from outside Plymouth. James Cleeton (Sustrans) has suggested the next step would be getting money (perhaps from charity) to fund an initial feasibility study. JA wants to form an action group – CS and AJ happy to join. ACTION – JA to draft an email and SM to forward to attendees at the Clearbrook meeting.
- PCyC structure – SM proposed formalising the structure with one committee consisting of 5 or 6 people and then specific project teams each with an appointed leader. This would give clarity and a known point of contact for each project which would help in dealing with PCC and other bodies. CS seconded the proposal. All in favour.
Committee membership agreed as follows – CS, SJ, SM, JA, BN, DG, GW, DC. ACTION – CS? To check if Simon Trevan wishes to be involved
- PCC update – JW reported on progress on the Transforming Cities Fund bid. It comes in two tranches. Tranche 1 consists of things that can be delivered in the next financial year. This bid was submitted in January and focuses on a number of walking and cycling facilities – improvements to the east-west network by improving links through Central Park; the link from Central Park to Stoke via the bus depot and Stoke Damerel Community College; extension of the new route east of Broxton Drive; link to King George V playing field; route along Forder Valley and links in the Bircham Valley; work on the Southway to Plym Bridge route and work in Saltash (in partnership with CCC) to improve links to the Tamar Bridge and station, cycle contraflows and pedestrian links. Expect to hear in the next month if the bid is successful. Tranche 2 is a much bigger funding package (bidding for a share of £1.2bn across 12 cities) to be delivered over 3 or 4 years. Bid will be submitted by this summer. It will include widening the PlymBridge to Coypool route and NCN 2 improvements may also be part of this. JW said there would be engagement with PCyC on working up the tranche 2 bid.
- PCyC infrastructure priorities – CS outlined some of the things PCyC would like to see considered for funding in the TCF bid process.
- Links to the north are currently poor
- City Centre – various schemes have been talked about. Discussion about the pros and cons of shared use in the city centre. JW pointed out that the ‘Better Places Plymouth’ plan has some suggestions for improving cycling through the city centre
- Cross city links – Mutley Rd, Houndiscombe Rd etc have potential but a number of one way streets hamper this. Efford Pathway is a useful link but needs improvements.
- Embankment Rd was seen as a key link and key priority offering good cost to benefit ratio.
- Using Tothill sidings and a link to Knighton Rd and Beaumont Park as a way in to the city centre was seen as preferable to the current route along Exeter Street. Some discussion of the possibilities offered by making Ebrington Street one way for motor traffic and give over road space for two directional cycle lanes.
- JW asked about views on Western Approach and the Millbay Boulevard. Limited experience of using Western Approach as a cycle route.
BN argued for the need to prioritise these schemes into ones that are achievable in the short term and ones that are more aspirational. He suggested a public meeting involving councillors, council officers, MPs and the public to seek a wider spread of views. HH suggested using an online poll / Survey Monkey. DC asked about PCC priorities and whether we should align with those. JW said they were driven by DfT priorities which are focused around key corridors linked to jobs and economic development. SJ suggested that we link up with Plymotion and Ride Leaders so that these new routes get used.
- Report on grant applications in Ivybridge – CS gave an update on behalf of GW – the PL21 Transition Town group hope to get a grant from SHDC for a feasibility study into the positive changes that are possible in the town. They already have support from Hannah’s, ICC, the town council, MP.
Wembury Parish Council is also seeking money for a feasibility study into a route to Plymouth
- NICE consultation – the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence is currently consulting on their policy on active travel. PCyC has responded to this positively. Some far reaching changes are proposed eg saying that public bodies and employers need to have policies in place to encourage cycling and walking. PCyC now have stakeholder status for this process.
- Yealm estuary route – this was a focus of a lot of effort a few years ago but it appears to be on the agenda again, though there are mixed messages. A group of residents from Yealmpton and Brixton has been set up who are keen to see the estuary route developed. There is enthusiasm and hope. However the view of the Kitley Estate (landowner) is not certain.
- BMX facility at Marsh Mills – HH reported that British Cycling have a pot of money for ‘places to ride’ and a colleague is looking again to see if this might be a way forward for creating a BMX facility. It is early days.
- Social media and publicity – current paid membership stands at 21, there are 100 or so on the email contact list and 800 or so on the Facebook forum. There are also two PCyC Twitter accounts – one is run by GW, but not clear who is behind the other one. It was recognised that people will engage and respond in various ways. JW said it is possible to send invites which automatically add to people’s electronic calendars. Suggestion of a survey to gauge what people would be happy to get involved with. ACTION – CS to investigate the Twitter accounts, calendars and survey.
- AOB –
- JA asked about cycle provision on the proposed Boulevard – JW suggested there will not be much traffic and confirmed that it will not be a through route for vehicles.
- BN reported a bank balance of £409.15
- British Cycling level 1 ride leader training in Plymouth on Saturday 23rd Open to men and women. HH / SJ have info.
- Adult cycle training is available – this includes ‘commuter tutor’ where a trainer can come to your door and ride with you. Even better – it’s free!
Date of next open meeting – 14th May