Sunday, 2 September 2012

Cycle Coventry - grows!


Since my blog at the end of May, more money has been announced. This time to boost cycling in North East Coventry.

Click on this link for my understanding of the proposed routes.

Representatives of various cycling communities, Coventry University, UHCW and EON met with council officers for the first meeting of the Cycle Coventry Advisory Group on 24th August.

We were presented with an updated map, a diagram showing the project's management structure and an overview of the budget:

£,000's 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 Total
Revenue funding 549.1 930.8 1085.1 2565
Capital funding 695 2079 1588 4362
Total 1244.1 3009.8 2673.1 6927

The split is about 50:50 between the North-East schemes and the South-West ones. The North-East schemes have a 45:55 revenue:capital split, the South-West 30:70.

We were asked about what we thought should be the priorities for the year 2012/13. Any of the allocation that Coventry can't spend by the end of the year (31 March 2013) will go to a scheme which can. I'll publish a blog post with my comments in the next few days.

7 comments:

  1. This is all great news. Let's hope Nuneaton and Bedworth Council can see a way to join in and link up. )

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  2. How about improved cycle links between the Bayton Road industrial estate both Grange Road / Sutton Stop and Bedworth Station?

    Also improve the cycle access between Exhall Road and ProLogis Park?

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  3. Can we have cycle lanes please on the busy Brandon Road, Clifford Bridge Road and also complete the missing bits from Allard Way? Be nice to see some progress on the London Road as well.

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  4. Good news.

    Have they considered using the footbridge across the A444 between Beresford Avenue and Lythalls Lane near Holbrooks Primary School. This would save on the crossing upgrade and reduce conflict between cars and cycles.

    Also can they include the "direct" route from Bedlan Lane to Tescos to the South of the petrol station as this eliminates crossing petrol station access road to get to the cycle park (and is the way that everybody goes).

    Peter.

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  5. "Can we have cycle lanes please on the busy Brandon Road, Clifford Bridge Road and also complete the missing bits from Allard Way? Be nice to see some progress on the London Road as well."

    I doubt whether the money the government has granted for these schemes could be diverted to something in a totally different part of Coventry. However funding might come from somewhere else, some day.

    "Have they considered using the footbridge across the A444 between Beresford Avenue and Lythalls Lane near Holbrooks Primary School. [...]
    Also can they include the "direct" route from Bedlan Lane to Tescos to the South of the petrol station as this eliminates crossing petrol station access road to get to the cycle park"

    No doubt minor additions and alterations to the routes will be considered. Anyway I expect that the map I drew isn't exactly what the council currently has in mind either.

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    1. Achtung! Very harardous cycling on Binley Rd at roadworks by Momus Boulevard at present. Its a 40 mph limit dual carriageway that has been narrowd considerably forcing cars into the bus lane on one side and the cycle lane on the other. In my opinion it should have a temporary 20 mph restriction applied. It is lethal for bikes.

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  6. I tried it citybound yesterday at about 6pm. The road seemed very quiet until I realised that traffic was backing up behind me!

    There seems to be enough space for cars to overtake on the outbound lane. But not the citybound. Ok if motorists are prepared to slow down.

    If you think it's too dangerous, phone 0500 834 333 and ask for the Road Safety team.

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