Tuesday 19 July 2016, 6pm

Committee Room 1, Members’ Suite, Third Floor Civic Centre, St Peter’s Square, Wolverhampton
Access to Civic Centre via entrance nearest Ring Road


Wolverhampton Cycle Forum

Draft Agenda

Tuesday 19 July 2016, 6pm

Committee Room 1, Members’ Suite, Third Floor
Civic Centre, St Peter’s Square, Wolverhampton

Present:- Councillor Martin Waite (Chair), Emma Beech (WMCA), San Worrall, Lydia Barnstable (AECOM)- beginning of meeting only – Dave Clare (FOE), Win Sutton, David Wilson (WOW), Mike Jenkins (WOW), Jon Rice (WOW), Chris Terrell (WOW), Nick Broomhall (CoWC), Tim Philpot (CoWC)


Councillor Waite prefaced the meeting by advising that anticipated Media interest in the Forum had not materialised.

1. Apologies
Steve Young, Julia Brant, John Ray

2. Minutes of the last meeting (12 April 2016)

3. Matters Arising not covered elsewhere in agenda

Finchfield Road scheme. MJ acknowledged figures showed speed reduction had been achieved by the scheme but suggested it was still perceived as dangerous for cyclists because of the pinch points.
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City Centre Contraflow Route. DC expressed concern about shared use on the corner in front of Wilkinson because of many movements happening in limited space. CT added that it would benefit from continuity marking. MJ made similar comments about Queen St and Bilston St junctions. TP advised that the route had been reviewed and minor improvements identified.

Penn Rd DC reminded the group that the shared use footpath approaching the ring road roundabout would benefit from better signage. This was acknowledged and will be dealt with.

4. Queen Square Highway Closure – Lydia Barnstable

TFWM commissioned AECOM to conduct meetings to assess how the closure was communicated, and how users were impacted by it. This included the disabled, market users, taxi drivers, bus users, businesses, as well as cyclists . DC asked if there was a long-term aspiration to close this area. TP advised there were no current plans for this.

CT rides through every day, and thought it was brilliant. Less traffic going up Darlington St. The air quality better, more relaxed and pleasant in the city centre. CT suggested it should be made permanent and advised that if all buses went to the bus station it would not be a problem. He requested that through- traffic restrictions be enforced. Noted that the signals at Victoria St /Queen Square junction were unresponsive for cyclists,.also slow at Alfred Squire Rd. MJ concurred with CT’s words and noted that pedestrians and cyclists were getting more used to interacting in Queen Square.

WS explained that she had advised a person waiting outside House Of Fraser that the bus stops had been suspended pending the closure, because it was not obvious. Suggested that the temporary bus arrangements were easy to understand for regular visitors but, not necessarily for occasional visitors. It was considered hard to get a bus from Sainsbury to some destinations. Better information was needed to help bus users if this were to happen in future.

DC asked if NCN81 was properly signed through the city centre. TP advised that upgrading and rectifying signage had recently been completed, and acknowledged the support received from WOW members over this. He said that the city centre would benefit from some enclosed cycle storage to provide for people who needed to leave bikes with bags, helmet etc or to leave particularly valuable bikes for prolonged periods. He would have preferred a better indication that route through Queen Square had remained open to cyclists.

5. Infrastructure

a. Transport Interchange

TP gave an update on the Transport Interchange development. The application for rebuilding the Rail Station under “permitted development” rules is currently being considered. A key issue is how the rebuild will include the aspirational 200 cycle parking spaces in or near the station. Early indications are that the number of spaces trackside will remain about the same as will the number currently in the forecourt. This leaves around 120 unaccounted for but the application documentation suggested these might be in the multi-storey car park or Banana Yard development. At this stage there is no information to confirm that any will be included in the Car Park which has already been permitted and is under construction. There are no formal plans currently for the development of the Banana Yard.

TP advised that the walkway tunnel access to Wednesfield Road would inevitably be disrupted, but the new station building would retain and encompass the upper end of the walkway. A wheeling ramp was being considered to improve usage for cyclists, other options such as lift access had been considered but were not part of current plans. During works, diversions would be via the ring road footway and Corn Hill. Improvements for cyclists are being considered for Corn Hill.
TP had been asked prior to the meeting to comment on risk management associated with the Metro extension. He advised that Mike Ogden was the lead on this project, and that a risk assessment had been produced. A key risk factor being the hazard posed to cyclists by tram rails on the carriageway, at the advice of WOW expertise had been sought from Dave Holladay, a consultant with specialist experience in this area. DH had indicated in his latest comments that a key issue was using an appropriate in-fill around the rails to minimise interference with cycle wheels. TP reminded the meeting that it had been acknowledged there were issues arising from the track extension in Pipers Row which could not be overcome and so the strategy had been from the outset to provide alternative routes.

EB advised that Cycle training was being made available around the Metro extension. Clients for this were being drawn from public events and local employers.

b. City centre cycle parking

In response to enquiries from WOW TP advised that in the refurbished Civic Centre car park the dual-deck rack (24 spaces) was to be reserved solely for visitors. This is near to the car park office adjacent to the North Street entrance and covered by CCTV. A tool station and tyre pump is to be provided in the Civic car park: for reasons of suitable location this will be outside the staff cycle cage near to the Wulfruna Street entrance.

TP also advised that the cycle parking at Heantun House would be unavailable for around 6 months beginning shortly while the building was demolished. New cycle parking had been commissioned in the vicinity of Heantun House/Market Square to cater for cyclists who currently used the parking outside Heantun House.

Cllr Waite mentioned that he was aware of private cycle locker hire in Manchester. CT suggested businesses might see this as a valuable promotional opportunity. The meeting agreed it would be good for such lockers to be considered for provision at further developments such as I9 and Westside.

EB advised that she was reviewing cycle parking provision at stations on behalf of TfWM. She mentioned the Sheffield Model in which part of the rail station building had been rented for cycle parking.

TP also advised that as part of the Managing Short Trips programme additional covered cycle parking was to be introduced into Bilston St adjacent to Primark.

c. Springfield Campus scheme

Plans relating to this scheme have previously been circulated to Forum members. In recognition of the change of use of the brewery site to accommodate the Urban Technical College and University School of Architecture and the Built Environment, CoWC have developed a scheme to improve pedestrian and cyclist access between the campus and the city centre. Phase 1 has funding and will be delivered within the financial year. This includes traffic calming of Cambridge Street, Water Street and Grimstone Street, extension of the 20mph speed limit already in the neighbouring area, reduction of Grimstone Street to one-way motor traffic along with provision of a dedicated cycle lane and enhanced pedestrian walkway, and closure to motor traffic of Cambridge Street between Water Street and Grimstone Street to create a public space at the campus main entrance. Phase 2 and 3 will seek to improve the Wednesfield Road crossing and link to the station, and the route via Lock Street and Littles Lane.

The scheme was welcomed by those present.

d. WO03 Ring Road schemes

Plans for these schemes have also already been circulated; these include conversion of ring road footpath at St John’s, St George’s and St Patrick’s to shared use and provision of a new toucan crossing at St John’s between the church and retail park.
This work is to begin in a few weeks’ time and is expected to be completed by end of year. The schemes received positive comments from the group.

e. WO05 Route i54 to Science Park

Plans for this route have also been circulated; the route uses part of the Bee Lane cycle route which has been the subject of discussion at previous meetings. Comments on Bee Lane were provided by CT, MJ and John Ray. TP collated the comments and circulated a summary of them along with responses on the points raised.

Of the points where it was agreed some improvement could be made, some were identified as easily actionable; others were identified as needing further funding to be identified or being addressed as part of wider projects.

The meeting agreed that there were limitations on what could be achieved on this route and that the scheme had overall named an improvement. CT noted that ideally schemes should cater for all cyclists. NB responded that in designing schemes we start by aiming for the best possible scheme and only deviate from this where constraints compel us to.

f. Motorway Severance Mitigation

TP advised that he had participated in a regional workshop to identify cycling and pedestrian severance locations on the strategic network. These were mainly motorway junction where the needs of cyclists and pedestrians had not been adequately met. Schemes are in development to address these issues.

6. West Midlands Cycle Charter update

Since the adoption of the West Midlands Cycle Charter by the Integrated Transport Authority, and action plan had been developed. The Action Plan covers Cycling Leadership and Profile, Network Development, Promotion and Encouragement, and Funding. Centro will be recruiting a co-ordinator to oversee implementation of the Action Plan.

7. Black Country Walking and Cycling Strategy/LGF3

This strategy is currently in development to provide a clear basis for investment in cycling and walking infrastructure. It supports our bid to the Local Growth Fund for development of routes connected to economic growth areas across the Black Country including the Birmingham New Road, Willenhall Road and Wednesfield Road corridors. The draft strategy will be circulated for consultation in September. Decisions on the LGF bids are expected in November

8. Transition Fund bid/ Access Fund Bid

Regrettably the West Midlands was not successful in securing revenue funding from the 1-year Transition Fund. However a bid is in preparation for the ensuing Access Fund.

9. Wolves on Wheels

A meeting was held on June 8. WOW has responded to consultations including the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy, the Wolverhampton Connected Places Strategy, feedback on the Bee Lane scheme and i54 Science Park route and the Rail Franchise consultation. Facebook and Twitter subscriber numbers are increasing steadily.

10. Sustrans

Sustrans has had difficulties in attracting volunteer co-ordinators but now has a new one - Dan Robertson.


 

Cycle Forum Update July 2016 :
Cycle-Forum-Update-July-2016.docx


Notes from Previous Meeting :
Cycle-Forum-Notes.doc


Black Country Walking and Cycling Strategy and Implementation Plan :
BC-Cycling-and-Walking-Final-Draft-v2.pdf


Bikeability Cycle Training :
Cycle-Forum-Meeting-Update.docx


 Agenda


1. Apologies
2. Minutes of the last meeting (12 April 2016)
3. Matters Arising not covered elsewhere in agenda
4. Queen Square Highway Closure
5. Infrastructure

a. Transport Interchange
b. City centre cycle parking
c. Springfield Campus scheme
d. WO03 Ring Road scheme
e. Bee Lane/WO05 Route
f. Highways England

6. West Midlands Cycle Charter update
7. Black Country Walking and Cycling Strategy/LGF3
8. Transition Fund bid/ Access Fund Bid
9. Wolves on Wheels
10. Sustrans
11. Canals & Rivers Trust
12. Any Other Business

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