Wolverhampton City Cycle Forum
The next meeting of this sub-group will take place on Thursday 6th September 07 at 6:45pm in the Woodland Suite at Aldersley Leisure Village, Wolverhampton.
Come along to have your say on where changes and improvements to the cycling network in the borough should be made.
The meeting will consider the work that the council is to carry out during 2007 to 2008 specifically to improve conditions for cycling in the borough.
Wolves on Wheels members have prepared an extensive list of recommendations based on members suggestions at the last meeting at the Great Western in July.
These are in addition to the lists of jobs to do found in the Document Archive / Infrastructure lists.
What members suggested is as follows:-
Before making any new infrastructure – repair and look after the existing good infrastructure :-
1. Cross-city route signage is all over the place and the patience of the campaign is being tried severely in advising the council on which corrections to make.
No progress in two years. Ranger group is available to accompany WCC staff and sort this mess out – easy!
2. Broad Street crossing cycle lane markings are worn out.
3. Worcester Street shared use and cyclists right turn markings are worn out [on the minutes of cycle forum meetings for over two years].
Cycle Parking locations.
See list in the document library. At the meeting the following were suggested :-
4. Dudley Street has very little cycle parking now with large casual use of planter railings. Sheffield stands are handy against ram-raiders when placed in front of shops. Strong support from all present.
5. On the terracing on Queen Square in front of Nationwide BS. Pam
6. Replacement programme for Wolverhampton libraries wheel clincher cycle parking which is unusable - especially after loading panniers with a few heavy books. Alastair.
Encourage chief librarian to get going with their Green Travel plan. DfT grants available?. Awful cycle parking at e.g. Oxley and Bantock Park branches.
7. Cycle Parking for the public at New Cross Hospital is scarce. Sarah and Phil S
8. Wolverhampton markets needs more cycle parking to generate more non-car shopping trips. Also in time for 12 September stage finish. Cycle- shopping promotion for WCC ? Alastair H is an expert.
9. West park cafe. Change those Byelaws!! Alastair.
10. More cycle parking at Waterworld due to popularity!
Dropped Kerbs – Simplest new infrastructure
11. Oak Street at the Owen Road end DH
12. Pavement in front of low level station colonnade where a dropped kerb exists on the Union Street side already. DH
14. All Saints Road / Steelhouse Lane at the road plug. Sarah S. Cycle Map correction no plug with through-cycling shown
15. Church Road, Oxley by Lymer Road entrance plus a permitted route across the pavement to the lorry lay-by on the other side of the air pollution sampling station. Encourage Elston Hall Road to Stafford Road cycling.
16. Old Hall Street – dropped kerb at Garrick Street end still has a 25 mm upstand after five years. Very dangerous for left turning cycles.
17. Toucan Crossing at Cannock Road railway bridge beside pub and Springfield Brewery. Planning Gain? Promote a link from Fowler’s park to Low level station.
18. Tiger crossing upgrade at Vine island, Fordhouses as part of Cycling England sponsored trial.
19. Upgrade pelican crossing to a Toucan on Goldthorn Hill by Elizabeth Avenue. Routes
20. The BIG ONE. Develop a programme and implementation plan leading to the formal opening of NCN81 in Wolverhampton with WoWcc, Henry Newbold - the new Sustrans regional Manager , and John Harris of BW.
WCC part is to include signed links to the canal route, upgrades to the Cross-City route [or we’ll demand the safety audit for Evans Street / Bargate Drive under the Freedom of Information act] and upgrade of parallel route in Fowler’s Park which avoids 2 canal bridgeholes.
21. Plan a local signed route network per the scrutiny panel into cyclingÂ’s recommendations and following on from sorting out the plan for the National Cycle Route in the previous point.
22. Cycling to/from W’ton railway station from All Saints – Phil S
23. Wolverhampton to Bilston signed route. Lower Walsall Street, Hickman Street [ East Park] Stowheath Lane, Laburnum Road http://www.camcycle.org.uk/map/location/10823/ Green Park Avenue towards Mountford Road. Route avoids A41 with its tramway.
25. Elizabeth Avenue and Sutherland Road to Westminster Avenue. Conversion of footway to cycle way given twenty years steady use. AH. See Documents Archive. This then becomes City Centre to Penn route by extending the signed Goldthorn Hill cycle route.
26. Waterworld to Wyrley and Essington Canal towpath. Cycleway on pavement goes down to a gloriously-designed dead-end on the opposite side of the canal from the towpath.
27. Lower Walsall Street to Priestfield trackbed. Complete makeover. Phil S.
28. Shared Use cycle way on ring road St DavidÂ’s from Lock Street (Carvers) to Bath Road (Cross-City route). Handy for km’s of cycle lanes added measure of performance!
29. Penn island to Merridale Street / Church Street – Alastair
Others – plugs, signs, removal from prohibitions etc
31. George Street. Plug road to traffic except cycles at the Ettingshall Road end by the Metro bridge. Stephen S
32. Right turn ban Lichfield Street to Princess St. Change to Except Cycles.
33. Bradmore Road northbound. Road narrows sign is needed
34. All Saints Road. Sign needed in Gower Street to warn motorists of cyclists riding from All Saints Road through the plug to Steelhouse Lane. Sarah S.
35. Restore 2 way cycle traffic to Church Street, Bilston.
36. Lift ban on cycling in Parks. Everyone does ride in them already and there are no collisions reported. Get parks department to cycle round their parks instead of drive a diesel van! A Brox quadricycle can move a lot a gear or bags or rubbish. See CTC Benchmark for cycling in Parks which goes to Reading Council.
37. Wednesfield Road Bus Gate Cyclists Push Button - agreed but not completed.