Wolves on Wheels campaigns for
- The rights of cyclists in the Wolverhampton area.
- Space for Cycling, a direct, safe and coherent cycle network.
- Secure long and short stay quality cycle parking.
- Increased integration of cycling with other transport modes.
- Promotions to raise the profile and highlight benefits of cycling.
UPDATE 9th Dec 2016: Statement from City of Wolverhampton Council :
"The replacement of Wolverhampton Rail Station and its surroundings and the Metro Extension are key elements in developing a high-quality Transport Interchange serving all travellers. The project has met with challenges particularly in respect of space limitations, and initial plans have of necessity been modified as the project has progressed. However the project’s partners remain committed to enhanced provision for cycle storage in keeping with the spirit of the original plans.
Although plans remain to be finalised, it is anticipated that by the completion of the Station and Metro Extension works, the provision of cycle storage in the vicinity will match existing provision. Following this further opportunities will be explored for additional provision in development areas such as the Banana Yard, Sack Works and Steam Mill, working towards the total previously identified.
In addition it is now intended that the footpath on the south side of Railway Drive will generally remain open during the works, although occasional closure may be necessary.
Original Article as per info available 8th Dec 2016 :
According to the latest Wolverhampton Cycle Forum notes, numerous alterations have been made to the plans for the new railway station. With a month until the new access road and car parks open, current proposed cycle parking is for just 14 bikes, 7% of the planning application total.
"At this stage the only clear cycle parking is 7 covered hoops (14 spaces) adjacent to the multi-storey car park wall" .... "Other locations have been considered" ... "but as yet no commitments have been made to specific numbers or locations."
The Transport Assessment in the approved planning application states :
"A total of 200 cycle parking spaces will be provided in the vicinity of the rail station"
The bike racks at Wolverhampton station are definitely getting busier so it would be great to get some detail on exactly how full they are at different times of the day / days of the week.
The more survey results that we get in, the more accurate the overall results so please get involved, if possible embed into your commute?
The Highway Code currently contains at least 14 rules about junctions however fails to cover all situations and is not sufficiently clear. For example, Rule 170 requires drivers to give way to pedestrians already crossing, but there is no direct equivalent rule regarding cyclists.
The changes would see:
- Drivers turning at a junction giving way to people cycling and walking who may be on your nearside, or crossing the road you wish to turn into.
- Cyclists turning at a junction giving way to people walking who are crossing the road you wish to turn into.
- Pedestrians getting increased protection when crossing a side road or other junction.
Wolverhampton highlights within the "Black Country Cycling & Walking Strategy and Implementation Plan" include the high level business cases for cycling infrastructure along the Stafford Rd and Willenhall Rd corridors.
The strategy calls for high quality segregation and "significant" highway interventions costed at London Cycle Superhighway prices, not just painted pavement.
The proposals along 7km of Stafford Rd are costed at £49m, whereas the Wolverhampton to Walsall 24km route is costed at £62.1m.
There are 2 options being presented, a route on either side of the road, along with a single wider two-way route.
For more info, see our article, Black Country Walking & Cycling Strategy.Image © Aecom / BCLEP / WMCA / TfWM / BCWaCSaIP Appendix
West Midlands Police Traffic Unit have realised that rather than safety advertising campaigns,
"Our time and effort, we have quickly realised, is better spent enforcing the law and prosecuting, thus creating a scenario whereby should someone not give a cyclist the time and space necessary or fail to see them completely they should expect to be prosecuted. In other words the carrot goes out the window and in comes the stick."
There are some changes happening around the centre of Wolverhampton that Wolves on Wheels (WoW) has been attempting to influence so that they are beneficial to people who would like to choose to use bikes for more of their daily journeys and to do so feeling relatively safe.
How much the Council and others are willing to listen to our inputs and produce good results on the ground remains to be seen as the projects proceed and we remain active in the Cycle Forum and through other meetings to put the case for well-designed infrastructure.
A West Midlands bid has been submitted to the Department for Transport's Access Fund competition, developed by the WMCA as part of a consortium which includes the West Midlands metropolitan authorities and Warwickshire CC.
The revenue bid links to proposed LEP schemes, and includes :
- Offer support to employers to improving accessibility to active travel modes
- 10,000 cycle training participants and access to 3,000 subsidised bikes for employee commuting trips
- Active travel promotion at rail stations and Metro stops
- Work with individuals seeking employment and educational/training opportunities to help broaden their travel horizons
If the bid is successful the project has calculated that savings would include £26.9m in congestion, alongside a mortality benefit of £25.6m, both based over 10 years. The total project is costed at £14.3m spread over 3 years.