Petition to Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC), Mark Carne, Samantha Dixon Leader of CWAC Council, Chris Grayling Secretary of State for Transport
Make Hoole Bridge in Chester, safer for pedestrians & cyclists
The problem - The footpaths on either side of Hoole Bridge are not wide enough, if two parents pushing prams meet at any point along the bridge, one of the parents is forced to put their child / children, into the flow of oncoming traffic, in the same way, cyclists using Hoole Bridge take their lives in their own hands, as the pavement is not wide enough for them to share with pedestrians, leaving the roadway as the only route over, thus making themselves a physical obstruction to the heavy flow of traffic, with no room to pass safely, many drivers become impatient as cyclists slow whilst going up hill and often try to squeeze past, risking the cyclists lives, day in day out. The History - Over the years there have been a number of attempts to improve the narrow, dangerous roadway the Bridge carries. In the 1870s the Hoole Local Board complained about its state and how the railway’s vehicles queuing at its weighbridge impeded the flow of traffic. In 1902 a conference at Chester Town Hall called for it to be widened, “on cattle market days it was impossible for pedestrians”. A scheme was proposed for a carriageway at least 30 feet wide plus 10 feet wide pavements; this was ruled out and in 1905 an amended scheme costing £15,500 was agreed, the costs to be shared between Chester, the County Council, Hoole Urban District and Newton Parish Councils; this would see the construction of a footbridge alongside the existing structure. 112 years later, we are still waiting. Source: Article by Ralph Earlam, initially published in ‘Hoole Roundabout’ in February 2017 - http://www.hooleroundabout.com In 2009 Cllr Byrne argued that due to the danger to pedestrians and cyclists, as well as motorists, County Engineer Steve Kent, who was director of environment at the new council, should carry out a study to see how pedestrians and cyclists could be separated from cars, vans, lorries and buses on the narrow bridge, what this would cost and how long it would take. Hoole bridge now carries over 21,000 vehicles a day, 87% of which are cars. The remainder of the traffic, involving light and heavy goods vehicles and buses, is said to be "a high percentage" for a route of that type. In 2009 nearly 300 cyclists crossed the bridge in a 12 hour period and almost 3,000 pedestrians. Footways on the bridge are 1.5m wide and "do not meet current standards", according to the then chief bridges engineer John Violet. There is no separate provision for cyclists and for pedestrians there is "just enough width" for two to cross side-by-side. "It is possible for a lorry wing mirror to clip a pedestrian if the lorry is running very close to the kerb". The road itself is too narrow for a cycle to pass at the same time as two cars are passing and many cyclists use the footway instead of the road. The result of this investigation and these admissions, nothing. Source: Chester Chronicle The Solution - Ultimately we would like the Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) to agree to build two separate footbridges on either side of the existing structure, one of which was promised and agreed in 1905, and turn the current pavements on the bridge itself, into a safe cycleway. This is nothing less than the people of Chester, specifically the residents of Hoole, Newtown, Upton and those living and working in the city centre itself should be afforded, for the safety of themselves and for the protection of their friends and family. PLEASE SHARE & SIGN THIS PETITION - BEFORE SOMEBODY IS KILLED. 21,000 vehicles a day, 300 cyclists in 12 hours and almost 3,000 pedestrians a day are at risk, every day until positive action is finally taken. Campaign Team: Steve Howe, Marko Williams and Adam Dandy.
Petition to Police Service of Northern Ireland
Don't criminalise electric bikes
Due to a quirk in the law, people riding electric-powered bikes in Northern Ireland without a motorcycle license, tax or insurance could face prosecution. This could lead to a fine and penalty points on the person's license. This law has been changed in the rest of the UK, but due to the failure of the traditional parties in Northern Ireland to form a functioning Executive, this change cannot currently be made in Northern Ireland. These bikes are more similar to normal, pedal-powered bicycles than they are to motorbikes, and many people with disabilities and mobility problems rely on them to get about. They have a maximum speed of about 15 miles per hour, little more than the speed of the average cyclist. The leader of the Green Party in Northern Ireland, Steven Agnew MLA, said that the law was "incredible". Steven said: "It's a problem that needs to be resolved by the Assembly ultimately, but the police can work on the spirit of the law, beyond the letter of the law and I'll be writing to the chief constable to make that point and not to prosecute people for riding these bikes." If you agree with Steven, we're asking you to sign this petition and let the Police Service of Northern Ireland know that people should be able to use their safe, environmentally friendly method of transport without worry of criminal charges.
Petition to Department for Infrastructure
Keep private taxis out of Belfast bus lanes - sustainable transport NOT private profit
The Department for Infrastructure (DfI) has launched a public consultation on a proposed experiment to allow thousands of private taxis to flood all of Belfast’s bus lanes for at least 12 months. This is madness - it's the next step on the way to a permanent arrangement and it has to stop now. Please sign this petition but more importantly email your objection to DfI by Friday 6th July 2018 - do this at bikefast.org/object. Our city is grinding to a halt through congestion, it’s choking on record poor air quality and a public health crisis deepens through inactivity and obesity. Bus lanes are there to prioritise sustainable transport: buses which do the work which do the work of 50 cars at a time a new Rapid Transit system based on speed and reliability to attract drivers out of their cars growing cycling levels which combats both congestion and obesity wheelchair accessible taxis and taxi buses which provide socially-important services Private taxis are one of the least sustainable forms of transport – half of all journeys are run empty of passengers – and this experiment will load 4,500 taxis into Belfast bus lanes. For comparison, the entire Metro bus fleet is around 300. Belfast's £90m investment in the Glider bus rapid transit system is meant to start lifting our city out of our congestion hell - yet just weeks before Glider launches, DfI is proposing to fatally undermine it by dumping thousands of taxis into bus lanes. Taxis which will be legally entitled to park up and wait for two minutes even if a Glider bus is stuck behind it in the bus lane. While we wait endlessly for DfI to build a cycling network, bus lanes remain one of the few safe spaces for cycling in Belfast. This experiment will frighten away existing cyclists and make the roads less safe for people who DfI are supposed to be encouraging to take up cycling. DfI seems determined to torch its own policy commitments to sustainable transport in the Programme for Government and make this city a worse place to live, work and travel in. You can raise your voice now say no to hobbling sustainable transport, from which the only positive effect will be to line the pockets of the big business interests of the private taxi industry. Sign the petition, share it widely and visit bikefast.org/object to email your objection - only doing that offers a slim chance of stopping this madness.
Petition to City and County of Swansea Council
A shared use path for cycling and walking across Clyne Common
An increasing number of people are cycling and walking across Clyne Common, sharing the busy B4436 is not ideal, a high quality shared use path is needed to make travelling across the common a pleasant and safe experience. Such a path was first proposed more than a decade ago, but it got nowhere. Now there are more cyclists and walkers and also the support of the Welsh Government in the form of the Active Travel Act (Wales) 2013. Its purpose is to get people out of their cars and, instead of driving, walk or cycle for utility journeys. The benefits would include better physical and mental health for users and a more pleasant environment for all. As well as catering for adult cyclists and pedestrians, a route across the Common would provide a safe route to Bishopston Comprehensive for children travelling from the West Cross and Mayals areas. We believe the provision of a safe travel corridor for non-motorists alongside the B4436 is long overdue and would further open up Gower to more environmentally friendly travel, benefitting local residents and visitors alike.
Petition to Durham County Council
Save the street lights on Brandon Lane
Durham County Council has proposed to remove the street lights along a stretch of Brandon Lane between Brandon and Langley Moor.Although this stretch of road has no houses, it is used daily by many people to get to and from Brandon to Langley Moor to reach essential services such as the primary school, nursery school, shops and Post Office. Several people walk or cycle along this road.Removing these lights will: Make it less safe to walk or cycle Make people more likely to use a car rather than walk Decrease social interaction and feelings of community Increase risk of crime For these reasons, we ask Durham County Council to abandon plans to remove the streetlights on Brandon Lane.
Petition to Louth County Council, Louth County Councillors
Include traffic separated cycling lanes in the €4M upgrade to Clanbrassil St, Dundalk
Louth County Council are planning to spend €4m on an upgrade to Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk, and are asking the public for submissions. The road will be narrowed and the footpath widened but there is currently no inclusion of traffic separated cycle lanes. Cyclists are still being asked to cycle with the cars on the main street - this will not encourage people who are nervous to try cycling, or enable younger people to cycle safely to and from school. Traffic separated cycle lanes are viewed as standard in many other European towns and not including them in this upgrade is a lost opportunity and does not future proof the main street. Sign this petition to indicate your support for traffic separated cycle lanes to be included in the €4m upgrade to Clanbrassil Street.