Wolverhampton Cycle Forum

Draft Notes

Thursday 06 April, 6pm

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

Access to Civic Centre via entrance nearest Ring Road


Present:- Councillor Martin Waite, Chris Terrell, Mike Jenkins, Tim Philpot, Jon Rice

1. Apologies: George Reiss, Win Sutton, David Wilson, Steve Young, Dave Clare, John Ray, Nick Broomhall

TP noted that John Ray was withdrawing from the Forum on the basis that he was no longer cycling on-road. MJ commented that his knowledge and experience would be missed.

2. Minutes of the last meeting (25 January 2017)

These were agreed as a true record
TP apologised for the late production of the minutes

3. Matters Arising not covered elsewhere in agenda

a. Community Rides

Sam Henry has met with Paul Lever (Bikeability manager) and TP. Endorsement was offered for rides, which will require a funding bid. Also use of Bikeability bikes when available. Awaiting further contact from SH about progress.

b. Tettenhall Road parking in cycle lane. CT identified this was still a problem between Paget Rd and the Girls’ Grammar School. TP identified the cycle lane was advisory at that point (broken boundary line) but there were waiting/loading restrictions which might be being breached by parking. MW added that waiting/loading restrictions applied to vehicles wholly on the pavement as well as on the road. Noted that the Local Government Association had recently called for a universal ban on parking on pavements, which currently is the case in London. Police can tackle obstructive parking but this is generally interpreted as when there is not enough room for a wheelchair or pushchair to pass by.

c. CT asked how to report anti-social parking generally such as blocking of cycleway access points. MW advised that if it was a problem caused by persistent individual offenders it could be reported to West Midlands Police anti-social behaviour team. Alternatively it could be raised at a local PACT meeting. JRi mentioned the Police had been canvassing support for the WMNow Active Citizen initiative (https://www.wmnow.co.uk/) which may provide a further route for reporting such problems.

d. Cycle Parking at Rail Station

TP advised that latest figures suggested peak use of cycle storage at the station now has reached over 60. Once the station works compound is in place there will be a total of 50 parking spaces remaining. It has already been agreed that additional temporary spaces will be necessary during the station and Metro works. TP has contacted the programme manager to expedite the arrangements for the temporary parking.

Reference was made to DfT guidance that recommended a percentage level of use of cycle storage which should act as a trigger for adding further capacity.

MJ advised the signage denoting the closure of Railway Drive to traffic does not identify an exception for cyclists. TP agreed to check if this was so and see what could be done.

e. Access Fund Bid

TP announced with regret that the West Midlands Combined Authority bid to the Access Fund had been unsuccessful. It is understood this was because of the high quality and fierce competition of other bids. It was possible the WMCA bid lacked a degree of coherence. TP advised there was no other funding opportunity on the horizon, although the Mayoral Election may change things as the Mayor will be responsible for strategic transport.

CT asked whether some aspects of the Access Fund bid, such as the Close Passing reporting mechanism, could be taken forward without significant additional funding. TP advised the Police had already developed a similar tool for speed concern reporting, so this might be a possibility. There is a benefit to organisations in handling enquiries in this way rather than in individual phone conversations, and the tool provides a catalogue of enquires on particular issues which may then be fed into Police and Local Authority work programmes. It was noted that a Close Pass reporting tool would probably not result in direct enforcement against any individual motorist unless information provided was both detailed and independently corroborated. However it could lead to monitoring at locations where problems were most frequently reported

CT noted that there were many different reporting mechanisms for community issues and reflected that a single system of reporting would be preferable.
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f. TP noted that a consequence of the unsuccessful Access Fund bid may be a diminished resource for delivery of the regional Cycle Charter Action Plan. It was noted that all Mayoral candidates had expressed aspirations in terms of delivery of the Cycle Charter.

4. Cycling Network Reporting and Mapping

TP reminded members that he had recently sent two communications regarding the cycle route network. The first was to announce that he was seeking to update the published Wolverhampton Cycling and Walking map, and had invited comments on this. The second was to inform the Forum that Senior Management asked for a briefing on the strategic cycle network, which led to production of a network diagram along with a briefing note on the extent of improvement to the network. Following this a Council press release was issued celebrating significant improvement to the network over the last three years.

CT expressed concern that the extent of improvement had been overstated and in impression created by the network diagram that the network was more continuous than it really was.

It was identified that there had been some misunderstanding over whether the increase was claimed as 24 miles or 24 kilometres. TP advised that 24 kilometres was the figure he recognised, which was approximately what MJ had calculated independently. CT expressed concern that Senior Management might interpret the information presented as indicating that on the basis of such apparently good progress there was less need to continue resourcing network improvements. TP advised he did not think that was the case, and that the interest being shown in the cycling network was a positive indication of how highly it was now valued.

TP advised that the network diagram was not for public consumption and that in terms of public information the main priority was to update the published map

5. Infrastructure Progress

a. Springfield Campus scheme
This is now complete and being used by students moving between the transport Interchange and the University Technical College.

b. City centre schemes
Shared use routes on Ring Road St John’s, St George’s and St Patrick’s are virtually complete. At last check there were outstanding works on the signal crossing on Snow Hill and the new Toucan at St John’s church. Should be complete within a couple of weeks

TP noted there were some minor works still outstanding on the contraflow route but that now bigger schemes were coming to an end the resources would be available to progress this over the Summer period.

c. Science Park-i54 scheme
This scheme is well advanced. Unfortunately there has been a delay in delivering the new public park, the path through which is integral to the route. However steps have been taken to expedite the park and be in a position to complete the route at the earliest opportunity.

d. Bradley Arm Canal
Work is under way to provide/upgrade the towpath from Deepfields Junction to Bankfield Road. Consideration is being given to including a trial of solar-powered way-marker lights along part of this route. This was welcomed by the Forum although reservations were expressed about the vulnerability and longevity of such lights. TP advised that information had been gathered from colleagues in neighbouring Local Authorities who had experience of using these. Generally they were viewed positively and initial concerns over damage or failure of the units were greater than what actually occurred.

e. Birmingham New Road and Wednesfield Road
TP noted that while initial cycle route improvement proposals had been generated for these routes there was not an evident source of funding as yet. However he intends to continue working on the deliverability of these routes to be in apposition to seek and capitalise on funding opportunities as they arise.


6. Future developments

a. Willenhall Road
A major scheme is in development to improve the A454 between Wolverhampton and Walsall. The intention is to include in this a high quality cycle route connecting the two centres via Willenhall
b. Stafford Road
A further major scheme is in development to address future traffic movement needs in the Fordhouses area. The intention again is to included cycle facilities to a high strandard

c. Canal Network
TP has produced a priority schedule of cycle route improvements based on the canal network. These include as highest priority surfacing improvements on the Wyrley and Essington Canal from Horseley Fields to Bentley Bridge, new or improved towpath access at Corn Hill and Broad Street, and lighting of the Railway Drive tunnel.

d. Shared Use Network
TP was approached by the Highways Asset Manager to contribute to a bid for funds for footpath maintenance, on the basis that this could be targeted on footpaths which are suitable for conversion to shared use. He agreed in principle that this was a good idea with a slight reservation that such works needed to make clear and strategic connections to the existing network and not be carried out piecemeal. Also that there would inevitably need to be consideration of how to address awkward locations where routes had to cross major roads or pass through areas where the available space was not sufficient.
TP advised he had sifted through the list of locations needing maintenance attention and identified locations where there was a) a high need for maintenance, b) a consistent appropriate width of footpath and c) a strategic fit with the existing network. This had resulted in recommendations to include routes in the Willenhall/Wednesfield area, the Fallings Park area and the Penn area.

7. Wolves on Wheels

A Campaign Meeting last night, which covered a variety of topics. The WoW Beat The Street team is doing well considering its small size. CT noted there seemed to be many families particularly with Primary school age children taking part, and much enthusiasm for the activity. However a lot of faulty boxes had been encountered, although when they were reported they were quickly dealt with.

8. Sustrans

No report

9. Canal & River Trust

No specific report but see earlier references to canal towpath works.

CT asked what was the best route to report glass on the towpath. This would generally be the responsibility of CRT. It was noted that Councillor Phil Bateman (Wednesfield North) had strong connections with CRT.

10. Any Other Business

CT offered thanks to TP and colleagues for support in getting clearance of some overgrown vegetation on east side of Heathtown bridge. However he noted that some parts had still not been addressed. TP advised he would look into the matter

CT noted that he had been frustrated in reporting issues via City Direct because staff receiving the enquiries seemed unable to identify the locations even from precise grid references. MW advised that the app ReportIt was the best way currently. This uses geolocation. A new system is in development to replace this.


Wolverhampton Cycle Forum

Draft Agenda

Thursday 06 April, 6pm

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

Access to Civic Centre via entrance nearest Ring Road


1. Apologies

2. Minutes of the last meeting (25 January 2017)

3. Matters Arising not covered elsewhere in agenda

a. Community Rides
b. Cycle Parking at Rail Station
c. Access Fund Bid
d. Cycle Charter

4. Cycling Network Reporting and Mapping

5. Infrastructure Progress

a. Springfield Campus scheme
b. City centre schemes
c. Science Park-i54 scheme
d. Bradley Arm Canal
e. Birmingham New Road
f. Wednesfield Road

6. Future developments
a. Willenhall Road
b. Stafford Road
c. Canal Network
d. Shared Use Network

7. Wolves on Wheels

8. Sustrans

9. Canals & Rivers Trust

10. Any Other Business

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