Cycling England - Scheme of the Month: January 2008

 

Guildford Station, Surrey

 

Guildford Station, Surrey
East side, Guildford Station

Partnership working at Guildford station between Surrey County Council and South West Trains has been recognised for its work in meeting increased levels of demand for cycle parking at the station.

 

In the last year, to accommodate the increasing numbers of people wishing to cycle to Guildford, six double-decker racks were installed at the east side of the station, and the first-ever covered cycle racks were installed at the west side. This means that cyclists approaching the station from the west no longer have to cycle round to the east side. All the facilities were paid for jointly by the County Council and the train operator.

 

Guildford station was highly commended in the category of “Station of the Year” at the ATOC National Cycle-Rail Awards in London in October 2007. The awards recognise work which encourages bike / train integration.

 

Surveys point to the growing popularity of parking cycles at stations where investment in improved facilities has been made. At Guildford station, 120 bikes were recorded as being parked in May 2005.This figure increased to 162 by May 2007 and 217 in September 2007, an increase of 81%.

 

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The works at Guildford were part of a wider partnership across Surrey that involves the County Council and the various train operators in the county. This wider partnership was itself also Highly Commended at the Cycle-Rail Awards for its efforts to improve the scale and quality of cycle parking at many stations across the county.

 

For more information please contact Daniel Wright, Surrey CC’s Rail Development Officer at daniel.wright@surreycc.gov.uk

 

 

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New Road City Centre Shared Space, Brighton (December 2007)

 

New Road, Brighton - After the improvements
After the improvements

New Road in Brighton & Hove has been radically transformed into a shared space, offering two way cycle access, cycle parking and one way access for motor vehicles in the heart of the city centre.  Adjacent to the Royal Pavilion and local theatres, New Road had improved cyclist permeability into the city-centre and will eventually become part of the National Cycle Network.  The scheme was officially opened in July 2007 in typically unique Brighton & Hove style: Dancing in the street

 

Brighton & Hove is one of six Cycling Demonstration Towns and is keen to deliver real urban improvements that enhance the relationship between all road users.  Designed by Copenhagen based Jan Gehl Architects with Landscape Projects, kerblines, lining and the majority of signing has been removed, with quality granite paving, seating and outside eating and drinking areas increased.  The project is the result of a two year design and consultation process, involving a range of local stakeholders and expertise.  Relationships with local businesses were key to ensuring the successful increase in outdoor eating and drinking areas, creating a café culture in a calm oasis.

 

The £1.4m scheme is predominately funded by the

New Road, Brighton - Before the improvements
Before the improvements

City Council’s Local Transport Plan.  Two way cycle access without lining or signing relies on the trust and integrity of all road users to respect each-other, and results from cognitive mapping focusing on where people sit, linger and rest in the area.  Work with the city’s disability groups throughout the design process has ensured that as many needs as possible are catered for.  For instance, a defined, straight tapping line for individuals with visual impairments at the side of the scheme through the installation of a slight up-stand in the surfacing has been well received.   New Road results from a comprehensive city-wide legibility study which focuses in detail on the way that people move around the city from an urban design and transport perspective.

 

Impact:

Pre and post scheme monitoring reveals substantial increases in cycling with considerable reductions in the number of motor vehicles on New Road:

 

  • 93% reduction in the number of motor vehicles (12,000 fewer per day)
  • 22% increase in the number of cyclists (100 more per day)

New Road has become the city’s fourth most popular visitor attraction. 

 

To find out more about New Road and the work of the Brighton & Hove Cycling Demonstration Town project, contact Dean Spears, Principal Transport Planner: 01273 293856, dean.spears@brighton-hove.gov.uk  or visit the city’s sustainable travel planning website: www.journeyon.co.uk

 


 

Restoring Permeability for Cyclists, Hackney (November 2007)

 

After
After the improvements

In October 2007 Hackney won the London Cycling Campaign Award for the Best Cycling Facility, for a range of permeability measures to assist cyclists.

 

A key objective of Hackney’s Cycle Plan is to create quality conditions on London Cycle Network (LCN) and local routes.  Hackney has worked on improving its local cycle networks and takes the opportunity to incorporate cycling facilities in PRIDE (Public Realm Improvement and Decluttering Exercise) initiatives. 

 

Most of the improvements are focussed on improving access on cyclist desire lines identified through meetings with key cycle interest groups. This local knowledge is used to target areas where there are obstacles to cycling in order to promote convenient cycle routes.

 

Before
Before the improvements

New sections of cycle track, cycle access at road closures, removal of guard railing, reshaping traffic islands, carriageway resurfacing and new signing / road markings have been elements in three recent schemes. These schemes make clear the boundaries and priorities for cyclists, pedestrians and other road users. The signing around these locations has also been improved to indicate the routes to cyclists and other road users.

 

All of the improvements carried out to existing local links as part of this programme form part of a local network which connects with the LCN.  Access for disabled users has been improved through the use of dropped kerbs and tactile paving where appropriate.

 

 

For more information, please visit

http://www.hackney-cyclists.org.uk/permeability.htm

or contact Alix Stredwick at:

alix.stredwick@hackney.gov.uk

 


 

Road Closure, Terry Avenue, York (October 2007)

Location MapTerry Avenue in AutumnTerry Avenue is a narrow road 3.96m wide which runs between the River Ouse and Rowntree Park. The Avenue had become a commuter rat run, used by  1,100 vehicles per day and was used as a linear car park, despite being part of National Cycle Network route 65.

 

A consultation on the closure of the road, led by York City Council, received a very poor response rate, and the small number of people who did respond rejected the closure.  Speeding traffic continued to endanger pedestrians and cyclists, as well as those emerging from the park so a second consulation mechanism was developed.  This time a leaflet was sent to 1,800 residents using artist’s impressions and a freepost survey. 80% of respondants supported the closure.

 

In 1991, the road was closed along the park with two wooden gates with cycle gaps, and the verges “planted” with wooden posts to prevent parking, creating a pleasant traffic free route. Sadly, fairly soon after closure a van crashed through the gates, subsequently one wooden gate was replaced with a metal one and the other with a row of sturdy concrete bollards.

 

The scheme cost around £5,000 creating 0.6km of traffic free route cost-effectively. The Avenue is used by many hundreds of people walking, jogging and cycling each day.  It is now a great place to unwind after a hard day in the office. It also links to the Millennium Bridge across the River Ouse.  The trees which border the road, which used to get hit by lorries, now form a green canopy.  It does occasionally flood which makes for exciting cycling!

 Before closure

After closure

Before Closure – a linear car park             After Closure and posts – a linear park

 

For further information please contact Tim Pheby, who worked on the scheme while at the City of York Council.

tim.pheby@transport-Initiatives.com

 


 

New Layout On Felixtowe Road, Martlesham, Suffolk (September 2007)

 

New Layout, Felixtowe Road, MartleshamThe Felixstowe Road 'Cyclists Priority Route' is an innovative scheme for Suffolk, but is a well tried method elsewhere, especially in the Netherlands where they have recently been installing more of this layout on quieter roads not endowed with a separate cycle track. Similar layouts have also been used at other sites in the UK such as Lowestoft (also in Suffolk), Barking, Scunthorpe, Faversham, Peebles, and Peterborough.

This scheme, installed in July 2005, has a 6.5m carriageway width, split between two 1.5m cycle lanes and a single 3.5m central traffic lane. The road is subject to a 30 mph speed limit and carries some 4500 vpd, including over 150 cyclists.

 

The Council has monitored the road and found no problems or incidents to date. About 30% of previous through traffic has diverted to other routes, (mainly the A12 bypass in this case).

 

Traffic speed is a crucial deciding factor when considering this type of scheme: At 20mph or below the 'quiet lanes' or 'shared space' concepts can work well with limited, if any marked facilities as all road users are going slowly enough to anticipate each otherBefores movements and give way informally as necessary. At 40mph and beyond dedicated space is normally required. However, between these speeds, at 30mph there is flexibility and room for innovation. There is some need for demarcation of space and on narrower roads the 'shared-space-cycle-lanes' approach works well.

 

It is important to recognize that each site is different and needs to be assessed individually. A limiting factor to suitability is traffic flow: if it's continuous in both directions then this layout may not deliver any benefits. Felixstowe Road has around 4,500 vpd (concentrated in the peaks) and this is about the maximum desirable flow. 

Before the scheme

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Innovative Cycle Crossing, Leicestershire (August 2007)

 

Photo of cycle crossingThis crossing helps cyclists travelling to East Midlands Airport to cross the busy A453 safely. The new link will also form part of National Cycle Route 15, connecting East Midlands Airport with Nottingham and Lincolnshire, as well as eventually linking Leicester to the airport via National Cycle Route 6.

 

In order to overcome limited visibility on this derestricted road,  Leicestershire County Council has installed the first CATS  (Cycle Activated Traffic Sign) crossing in the world. The crossing uses pressure pads to activate a sign with flashing amber lights and a ‘SLOW DOWN’ message for traffic approaching on the A453. If a cyclist rides over the pad (or waits to cross) at the same time as an approaching car is detected by the sign’s radar, the sign is activated. The lights warn drivers so they slow down but the cyclist at the CATS crossing is unaware that a sign is being activated down the road and so proceeds with the same level of caution. 

 

This unique application of the technology, which was designed by Leicestershire County Council engineers and funded by East Midlands Airport at a cost of £85,000, received the Design award at the annual ‘EMMAs’ (East Midlands Merit Awards), hosted by the Institution of Civil Engineers.

 

The crossing went live in September 2006 and initial results during speed monitoring exercises show a 10% reduction in average speeds when the CATS are activated. This means most vehicles are travelling at just over 40 mph past the crossing. Monitoring will continue and, although a full user survey has not yet been carried out, the feedback so far has been excellent. 

 

 

For more information please contact Ian Vears at

IVears@leics.gov.uk

 


 

Scheme of the month - Morcambe PromenadeMorecambe Promenade (July 2007)

Sun, sea, and cycles were the order of the day in Morecambe recently when scores of people arrived by bike to join in the fun at the official launch of cycling on the town's promenade.  The event was organised by Lancaster City Council's Cycling Demonstration Town (CDT) Project Team to celebrate the change in the promenade byelaws which has enabled the five mile stretch of stunning views and fresh sea air to be opened up to cyclists.


As one of Cycling England’s six “Cycling Demonstration Towns”, Lancaster City Council has received £1.5m of Government funding, to show how increased investment in cycle facilities and promotion can raise levels of cycling.


The opening up of the promenade is seen as a major step forward towards the aims of the CDT project - to double the amount of cyclists in the district by 2008. A year in to the project and figures already show that cycling across the district is on the increase and Morecambe promenade is no exception now that cyclists are being encouraged to share its use, with an increase of 20% compared to the same time last year.  
The promenade offers a more cycle friendly environment than the alternative route on Marine Road, which is heavily trafficked at peak periods. 

 

The bylaw previously in place excluded cyclists from the promenade.  However, extensive consultation was carried out with the various user groups and other interested parties and the bylaw was amended to permit cycling along the full 5 mile length of the promenade in April 2007.  The necessary work to facilitate cycle use has also been implemented.  The general principal of a “minimalist” approach was adopted.  Care was taken to ensure that the route was not over-engineered, potentially distracting from the quality of the environment and distinctive artwork that is found along the route at present. 

 

There is an automatic cycle counter in place to record cycle use along the promenade route.  This data will be useful to monitor the effects on cycle use since the bylaw was amended and should also be useful to demonstrate cycle use increases as an output from the CDT project.

 

For further details contact:

 

Gary Bowker, Lancaster City Council

Email: GBowker@lancaster.gov.uk

 

Web links:

http://www.cyclingengland.co.uk/dt_lancaster.php

http://www.celebratingcycling.org/default.asp

 


 

Take a Stand (June 2007)

In partnership with four local authorities, Life Cycle UK runs 'Take a Stand'.  The scheme offers two free Sheffield cycle parking stands to small businesses, not for profit organisations and community groups. The recipient is responsible for installing them on their own premises in a location agreed with Life Cycle. Launched in 1997, the response has been overwhelming and shows no sign of stopping. Follow-up studies show that the scheme has reduced bike theft and increased cycle use.  Demand is typically driven by cyclists themselves, and Life Cycle will sell additional stands if needed. The stands are held in stock by a local building contractor. An initial visit is made to the site by bike to agree the locations, and the stands are dropped off subsequently by van to 10 locations at a time. Over 100 organisations were supported in Bristol during the LTP period under the scheme.

 

The scheme has been taken up (with Life Cycle's support) by several other local authorities, most recently by Norwich City Council. Transport for London also runs a Take a Stand scheme, to Life Cycle's model, across the Capital.

 

TfL’s version of Take a Stand has been hugely successful having delivered 1042 stands to benefit over 2000 cyclists since November 2005.  It is open to any business regardless of size and participating organisations also receive a copy of TfL’s Workplace Cycle Parking Guide. Alongside this is offered 'Challenge Funding' which is a match-funded scheme to provide support measures, such as showers, to promote and improve sustainable transport options, including cycling. 

 

As part of a wider range of activities that promote cycling to work, organisations that employ 250+ staff can take advantage of TfL’s New Way to Work 'Corporate' Scheme.  With funding available of up to £20,000, this provides 15 days consultancy advice and will deliver a working Travel Plan for the organisation. The plan is then used to establish a Quick Win package of measures based on the mode that will make immediate impact. Small & medium organisations receive help in the form of the New Way to Work 'Enterprise' scheme, which also offers support, guidance and marketing materials.

 

A guide is available from Life Cycle UK which explains in detail how Take a Stand works and which provides practical advice on setting up a similar scheme. Copies can be ordered from www.lifecycleuk.org.uk or contact Peter Andrews at peter@lifecycleuk.org.uk

 

To find out more about TfL's WTP service speak to one of their Relationship Managers on 020 7918 2928.

 

TfL’s Workplace Cycle Parking Guide is available at www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/businessandpartners/Workplace-Cycle-Parking-Guide.pdf

 


 

Promoting Cycling with Young Families (May 2007)

 

Happy Children in Cycle TrailerCycle Trailer Tryout Scheme

 

People may give up cycling when they have young children.  However trailers allow parents to cycle easily with up to 2 children and carry luggage.

 

To promote cycling and help tackle car congestion during the school run Cambridge City Council Cycling Officers have set up the ‘Cycle Trailer Tryout Scheme’ giving parents the opportunity to try out a cycle trailer before committing to the expense of buying their own trailer.

 

How does it work?

Parents are encouraged to borrow a trailer for one week via participating Playgroups and Nurseries who join the scheme over a four-week period.  Staff are shown how to easily fix the trailers to a bike and are familiarised with the trailers before going through this process with each parent who borrows a trailer.  Each time the trailers are returned Staff run through a checklist to ensure that they are still in good working condition.

 

Parents borrowing a trailer are provided with a trailer manual and a ‘parent pack’ containing a local cycle map, safety information, a feedback form, and general cycling information.

 

The scheme has been running for over two years and has had a very positive response from parents and staff. Feedback forms have shown half of the parents that have joined the scheme are now considering purchasing their own trailer or have already done so.

 

 

Park Street Cycle Park Pushchair Scheme

Increasingly more and more parents find it convenient to cycle into Cambridge City centre with their young children using child seats and trailers. However without a pushchair walking around can be quite difficult.  In response to this need, Cambridge City Council has recently initiated its new Pushchair Scheme.  This scheme enables parents with young children to borrow a pushchair for free and thereby helping them continue their journey once they have parked their cycles. 

 

At present there are four pushchairs and each is available to borrow between 10am to 4pm seven days a week.  The pushchairs are available from attendants at Park Street Cycle Park in Cambridge. 

 

 

Park Street Cycle Park

Conveniently situated near the river, shops and the historic centre of Cambridge, Park Street Cycle Park is Britain's biggest free indoor cycle park providing space for over 200 cycles with CCTV coverage and attendants on duty all day until 8pm. Cycle lockers are also available for hire on a monthly basis. Entrance to the cycle park by cyclists and pedestrians is via Park Street, a short two minute walk from the heart of Cambridge city centre.

 

For further information visit

www.cambridge.gov.uk/cycling

or contact Clare Rankin or David Bradford

clare.rankin@cambridge.gov.uk

david.bradford@cambridge.gov.uk

 

 


 

Health on Wheels within Bolton (April 2007)

A partnership between Bolton PCT, Bolton MBC and Cycling Projects has developed over the last few years with an overall aim to offer cycling to those members of the community who are returning from ill health or are currently living an inactive lifestyle.

 

The initiative gives attendees an awareness of how enjoyable and accessible cycling can be, and how easy it is to weave into people's daily routines. Sessions have been well received, with many attendees purchasing their own cycles and meeting with fellow attendees to cycle as a group beyond the initiative.

 

Through strong links with Bolton PCT four potential target groups have been introduced to a 10-week program of cycling activities. The groups focus on the Cardiac Rehab support, diabetes support group, adult mental health services and an Asian ladies group.

 

A structured programme of cycling activities has been developed by all partners to ensure that the attendees continue to choose cycling as a form of physical activity that can be incorporated into their lifestyles.

 

The programme consists of a range of community cycle

"I hadn't ridden a bike for about 40 years but have enjoyed the experience.  It doesn't matter if you're a complete novice like me - people are there to supervise you - I didn’t know there were so many opportunities to access the green spaces around here!"  Cycle ride participant

rides, cycle tuition by instructors trained to the national standard, an awareness of greenways, parks and cycle friendly networks across the Bolton, sessions on mechanics and maintenance and opportunities to link with existing cycle groups/clubs beyond the timescale of the initiative.

 

Cycles, storage and other relevant equipment are provided throughout the initiative ensuring that the attendees just have to turn up for the session.

 

Community volunteers are crucial to the success and sustainability of the Bolton Health on Wheels project so a quality framework is being developed to support volunteers, and to ensure long-term success of the project.

Bolton is at the forefront of combining health initiatives with opportunities through green travel across the borough of Bolton. Bolton PCT and Bolton Council have recognised the importance of such an initiative by pledging their support via the creation of a Cycle for Health full time position that will be in place in May 2007 to develop and co-ordinate the Health on Wheels initiative.

 

For more information about the initiative contact:

Ian Tierney, Cycling Projects 0161 745 9099 ian.tierney@cycling.org.uk

Garrie Prosser, Bolton Healthy Living Programme Garrie.Prosser@BOLTON.NHS.UK

 

Cycling Projects, is a cycle initiatives charity with a focus on health improvement, disability access and social inclusion, and offers a range of interventions promoting active lifestyles. Cycling Projects has built a strong reputation in developing partnerships with Primary Care Trusts to develop sustainable community cycle schemes that are eventually led by the community.

 

 


 

Newland Avenue Mixed Priority Route Project (March 2007)

 

Newland Avenue

The Newland Avenue Mixed Priority Route Project in Hull is part of a national initiative to improve road safety on busy urban shopping streets. The scheme is one of ten DfT best practice demonstration projects and was designed to provide a safer and more attractive street environment with more space for pedestrians.

 

The scheme design has been influenced by successful examples from the continent and elsewhere in the UK and represents an innovative approach to mixed use streets. Measures include ‘shared surface’ areas without road markings and pioneering informal pedestrian crossings.

 

The project was managed by a multi-disciplinary Partnership Group consisting of Council Officers, Elected Members, residents and traders' representatives.

Newland Avenue after five

The evaluations undertaken so far have shown impressive results with a dramatic increase in usage of the street by pedestrians (59%) and cyclists (48%). The number of pedestrians crossing Newland Avenue has increased by 18%.  Initial road safety indicators are also very encouraging (based upon 12 month ‘after’ data) with a 24% reduction in all injury accidents, a 21% reduction in cycling casualties and a 100% reduction in pedestrian casualties.

 

In July 2006, the scheme was awarded the 2006 ‘Excellence in Urban Transport Design’ award at the national Transport Practitioners Conference.

 

For further information, please contact Gary Horth, Hull City Council.

Gary.horth@hullcc.gov.uk

 


 

Cycle to Work a 'Giant' Success (February 2007)

The Sunseeker International Cycle to Work Scheme has proved a huge success, with 520 orders for bikes being placed over the three weeks the scheme ran for. Thanks to the tax relief provided under the Government scheme, and price negotiations direct with Giant, savings of up to 60% have been enjoyed on the usual list price of the bikes. Many employees are now doing their bit for the environment, and their own health, by leaving their car at home and getting on their bike.

 

Sunseeker International in Poole are Members of the WESTNET Group (Wessex Travel Plan Network). This Forum was set up for businesses developing Travel Plans across South East Dorset to share best practice and ideas through group discussion. Good working relationships have been established with local bus and rail companies and Carshare Dorset. The Local Authorities (Poole, Bournemouth and Dorset) act as meeting facilitators and offer advice to Forum members on setting up Bicycle User Groups as well as providing information on cycling including cycleway maps.

 

For further information, please contact Sally Funnell

 

Click here for details of the Government's Cycle to Work scheme

 

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