Approve a cycle path/s along the road from Long Ashton to Cambridge Batch.
  • Petitioned Elfan ap Rees
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North Somerset Council
Elfan ap Rees
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Long Ashton Parish Council
Nigel Moorcroft

Approve a cycle path/s along the road from Long Ashton to Cambridge Batch.

    1. Bill Roberts
    2. Petition by

      Bill Roberts

      Bristol, United Kingdom

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September 2012

Victory

Bill Roberts from Bristol, U.K., petitioned Long Ashton Parish Council and North Somerset Council asking them to approve a cycle path or paths along the road from Long Ashton to Cambridge Batch, stressing that with a 50 mph speed limit for vehicles, bicyclists were in danger. With the help of over 430 supporters, the cycle path was approved by Cllr Elfan ap Rees, Executive Member for Transport on the North Somerset Council.

This road has a 50mph speed limit - clearly unsafe for young and inconfident cyclists. Many children use it regularly to cycle to Backwell and Nailsea schools.
The Lottery funding will be withdrawn if the work is not completed by March 2013. It's crucial that agreement is reached within a matter of days, so that work can begin.

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    1. Decision-maker Elfan ap Rees responds:

      Elfan ap Rees

      This final section of the Festival Way Cycle path was approved by me this afternoon and will be completed by Christmas.
      Please now stop sending me e mails about it !


    2. Reached 250 signatures
    3. Dear Councillor ap Rees........my email in response to his (below):

      Bill Roberts
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for your response to the petition.
      Your derogatory remarks about cyclists could equally apply to car drivers, and make no sense at all to me. By the same logic we should perhaps hold off all road improvements because some people drive while drunk, or throw litter out of cars, or break the speed limit.
      Whilst cars continue to pollute so hugely there will be opposition to their dominance.
      The cycle path will not only be used by Long Ashton residents, and many people who've signed this petition make it clear they regularly use this route to or from Bristol, Nailsea and beyond. Surely these users should have a say about the need for a cycle path.
      I take offence at you calling people engaged in peaceful democratic process 'sheeplike' simply because they agree on something. As I understand it you are in post to serve all the people of North Somerset, and I would expect more respect for your constituents.
      And of course it will be a 'cycling lobby' that will call for a cycling path

    4. Response from Elfan ap Rees, Chief Executive, North Somerset Council:

      Bill Roberts
      Petition Organizer

      This is the man who has the power to make the decision over whether the cycle path is built or not. I would have more faith in the process if he used less inflamatory language. He emailed this afternoon in response to this petition:

      "It would be really helpful if those cyclists actually used the cycleways elsewhere in the district that have been provided instead of arrogantly ignoring them by cycling on adjacent roads designed for traffic at speeds of 40/50/60 mph. Similarly riding on pavements amidst pedestrians.

      Until they are better behaved I can understand why there is opposition to new cycletrack schemes.

      Neither am I influenced by a petition signed by people who do not live in the vicinity of Long Ashton, know little of the true circumstances and have only one sheeplike point of view.

      North Somerset Council has to consider all road users and the decision will be made with that in mind ,not to just satisfy a cycling lobby."

    5. Decision-maker Elfan ap Rees responds:

      Elfan ap Rees

      It would be really helpful if those cyclists actually used the cycleways elsewhere in the district that have been provided instead of arrogantly ignoring them by cycling on adjacent roads designed for traffic at speeds of 40/50/60 mph....


    6. Reached 100 signatures

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    • David Baughan BACKWELL, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 2 years ago

      I commute to work (from Backwell to Bristol) along this section of road 3 times a week and it would dignificantly reduce the danger of this section which is very fast and unlit, making cyclists less likely to be involved in accidents. This is a heavily used cycle commuter route into Bristol and by kids from LA to Nailsea & Backwell. If this were is a factory and a H&S assesment were done on it it would be closed!!!!

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    • Terry Miller BRISTOL, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 2 years ago

      I helped plant some of the hedge alongside Flaxbourton Greenway stretch of Festival Way.

      As a slow cyclist this is a "missing link" in the Festival Way. Its completion would increase cycling both by local school children & other cyclists.

      Faster cyclists do not mix well with pedestrians or slower cyclists on narrow off-road shared pavements.

      See LTN 2/08 8.2.3.

      8.2 Design speed

      8.2.1 On commuter routes, cyclists usually want to be able to travel at speeds of between 12 mph and 20 mph, preferably without having to lose momentum. Frequent road crossings, tight corner radii, the presence of other users and restricted width or forward visibility all affect the speed with which cyclists can travel and the effort required. Cyclists tend not to favour cycle routes that frequently require them to adjust their speed or stop.

      8.2.2 A design speed of 20 mph is preferred for off-road routes intended predominantly for utility cycling. This provides a margin of safety for most cyclists. The average speed of cyclists on a level surface is around 12 mph.

      8.2.3 Where cyclists share a route with pedestrians, a lower design speed may be required. Routes with design speeds significantly below 20 mph are unlikely to be attractive to regular commuter cyclists, and it may be necessary to ensure there is an alternative on-carriageway route for this user category.

      1.3.2 The road network is the most basic (and important) cycling facility available, and the preferred way of providing for cyclists is to create conditions on the carriageway where cyclists are content to use it, particularly in urban areas. There is seldom the opportunity to provide an off-carriageway route within the highway boundary that does not compromise pedestrian facilities or create potential hazards for cyclists, particularly at side roads. Measures that reduce the volume or speed of motor traffic benefit other road users by making the roads safer and more pleasant for them to use. New-build situations provide good opportunities for creating attractive high-quality infrastructure for cyclists, either in the form of quieter roads or direct cycle routes away from motor traffic.

      (Local Transport Note 2/08 Cycle Infrastructure Design)

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    • Jill Watkins BRISTOL, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 2 years ago

      because cycle paths are necessary

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    • David Callaghan BRISTOL, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 2 years ago

      Decent cycle infrastructure is part of the solution to a number of problems (congestion, obesity, healthy lifestyles, C02 reduction etc...)

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    • susan jarvis BRISTOL, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because I don't want to read or hear about another cycling accident involving injury or death.I dont want to be the car driver who is responsible.

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