Wolverhampton Cycle Forum

Draft Minutes

Thursday 19 April, 6pm

Committee Room 1, Civic Centre,

St Peter’s Square, Wolverhampton

Present – Councillor Martin Waite (chair), Steve Young, Dave Clare,

Tim Philpot

  1. Apologies MJ, DW,

  1. Minutes of the last meeting (16 January 2018) were reviewed and accepted as an accurate record

  1. Matters Arising not covered elsewhere in agenda

    1. Royal Hospital Housing Development comments made by WOW and TP but no alternative layouts yet proposed.

  1. Cycling and Walking Investment Plan (LCWIP)

Funding was secured for the West Midlands to develop a joint Cycling and Walking Investment Plan. Consultants have been engaged to collect information from the Local Authorities and develop it into a coherent investment plan focusing on key priorities, drawing on data sources including the Propensity to Cycle tool, and to produce a plan which can be used to bid for funds. This is on a 6-9 month timescale.

  1. Infrastructure Ongoing

    1. City centre:-

Contraflow cycle route improvements to signage; some have now been delivered, some are on order, one has been displaced by Piper’s Row detour works.

Raglan Street; “pedestrians crossing” warning sign is now in place on Chapel Ash

Westside development, outline permission has been granted, reserved matters include detailed cycle routing and facilities.

New market site; parking to remain in original position and orientation, numbers/spacing to be adjusted, more space created between cycle and vehicle parking, cycle parking to be covered

Rail station rebuild; existing forecourt parking (not including new parking in runaround) to be taken out of service around 1 June. Notice will be posted in advance along with alternative temporary arrangements. If temporary parking is not sufficient, please contact TP, ideally send photo evidence. Parking on trackside may have to be relocated temporarily/permanently but the intention is to preserve it if possible.

Station Cycle Hub; no new developments

Metro extension works, detail of works across Railway Drive bridge has come under scrutiny. Issues including the loading limit for the bridge and need for unforeseen measures mean that the likelihood is cycling will be permitted on only one of the bridge footpaths. It remains to be seen if this can be configured exclusively for cycling. It is understood cycling will still be permitted on the Railway Drive carriageway, albeit in close proximity to tram rails.

Because of a temporary pedestrian route diversion, an “end of cycle route” sign will be placed on the ramp up to Bilston Street southern footpath from the Bilston under-roundabout area. This confirms the existing TRO, which will change by the end of the Metro works to allow cycling up to and beyond St George’s Parade.

i9 planning application has been received and is awaiting determination. Positively greeted by WOW chair, who queried customer cycle parking. Possible req. S106.

Railway Drive Canal tunnel lighting, ownership of the tunnel structure is now fully established and so we can proceed with the project

Penn Rd and Great Brickkiln Street cycle route signage to be installed imminently

    1. Springfield Campus phase 2; this comprises further widening of footway to make shared use along Cambridge Street, an enhanced refuge on Cannock Road, pedestrian guardrail and footway widening on Wednesfield Road, shared use from Culwell Street signals to railway bridge and priority signing at bridge. Possible improvement and continuation of shared use around to Albion St (Horseley Fields).

    2. Canal towpath works are largely complete providing consistent high-quality surface from Horseley Fields to Bentley Bridge and from Dixon Street to Deepfields. By the end of the year the towpath will be completely refurbished between Wolverhampton and Birmingham with the exception of the Coseley Tunnel for which a bypass route has been signed. We will look for available funding for signage. It is hoped funding has been secured for the towpath from Coven Heath to i54, leaving a short length still with an old although reasonable surface between i54 and Marsh Lane.

    3. Stafford Road, works progressing on Vine Island to M54 section. We are in early stages of planning for phases 2 and 3 (Three Tuns/Oxley Moor and Five Ways)

    4. Bilston Urban Village, we are working to ensure pedestrian and cycling permeability through the new development and onto the canal towpath. This is tied into some realignment of rights of way. An application has been received to re-site Loxdale Primary School and we are working to ensure there is easy walking and cycling access to the new site. A section of the Bradley Arm Canal has been identified as suitable for a pilot of towpath edge-marking solar lights.

  1. Infrastructure Proposals Under Development

    1. A454 Willenhall Road, Three phases in development. Phase 1 is Ring Road to Walsall St. Needs to cater for access to the station and the developing Canalside Quarter. Phase 2 is Hickman Avenue/Old Heath Road junction, and phase 3 Neachells Lane junction. All will be subject of Major Scheme Bids. The intention to develop consistent high quality provision for cyclists through these schemes and ultimately all the way to Walsall.

    2. A 4123 Birmingham New Road, Multimodal study has been carried out, findings will be circulated to the Forum shortly.

    3. A4124 Wednesfield Road; no progress

  1. Bikeshare scheme

nextbike has been chosen as the provider for the West Midlands Bikeshare scheme on a 5-year contract to be ratified on 25 May. Key criteria in the specification were for a region-wide docked scheme at no cost to the Authorities, and which would integrate with the Swift payment card system. Short-term enable access to and use of parallel routes, long term consider public realm treatment to enhance pedestrian and cycling offer

nextbike offer 5000 bikes and 500 docks as a starting point. Dock locations are to be decided by nextbike in consultation with the Local Authorities. The aim is to install all infrastructure by the end of the first year. Bikes are 8-speed, robust and highly anti-tamper. Payment options include subscription and pay as you go, free usage period per day for all registered users. There will be multiple booking and payment methods. Any suggestions for dock locations welcomed.

  1. ESIF Bid

CoWC has made a bid to ESIF for “Low Carbon” improvements. The bid covers a variety of areas but includes complimentary measures to promote walking and cycling. New infrastructure does not fall within the bid but we have included solar edge-marker lighting on towpaths, wayfinding information totems and usage monitoring. The bid has passed the first round and now needs to be developed into a detailed proposal.

  1. Promotion of Cycling

    1. Velo 2019 now to be held in April, route entirely within West Midlands. It is likely there will be a call for local cycling groups to get involved by taking support roles and running complementary events.

    1. Wheels for All – Lesley Easter, Cycling UK’s Cycling Development Officer for the Black Country, is aiming to establish a Wheels for All base at Aldersley Leisure Village. WfA provides a cycling experience for adults with disabilities. There is no WfA base in the Black Country at the moment and Lesley is setting up a launch event in the Summer to stimulate interest in this.

    1. Aldersley – Dudley Railway Path. No progress at this time

    1. Bikeability -

2017/2018 Bikeability Figures

Delivered

Bikeability Level 1 713

Bikeability Level 2 1349

Bikeability Level 3 225

Bikeability Learn to Ride 120

A Bikeability Parents’ module was offered several times but there was no interest. The Learn to Ride module has been extremely successful, and we will apply for additional funding in this area.

Frog lights have been purchased and will be issued at schools where L2 and L3 Bikeability takes place to encourage safer cycling as the vast majority of children do not have lights on their bikes.

  1. Walsall & Wolverhampton Strategic Cycling Role

As part of a progression towards a shared Strategic Transportation Service between Wolverhampton and Walsall TP now has responsibility for Strategic Cycling matters in Walsall in addition to previous responsibilities

  1. Wolves on Wheels

Since the previous cycle forum Wolves on Wheels have submitted a response to the i9 planning application, commending the facilities envisaged for employees who commute by bike; also commented on the routes for cyclists required by the traffic diversions during the latest Metro work. We are starting to see new faces at our monthly meetings including visitors from other groups with an interest in promoting cycling.

SY has raised again the question of obstruction of the Tettenhall Road cycle lane particularly in the vicinity of the Girls’ High School at the end of the school day. The cycle lane is advisory but has Traffic Regulation Orders covering various times and limitations for its whole length. Investigation has shown that although the Traffic Regulation Orders in this and some other sections of Tettenhall Road include both “no waiting” and “no loading”, the “no loading” markings are not clearly visible. Although the signage is clear it is considered important to renew fully the markings in advance of any enforcement activity. This has been included in the schedule to happen in this quarter.

  1. Sustrans – no report

  1. Canals & Rivers Trust

In terms of an update, both MST2 Wolverhampton schemes are now complete to tarmac and contractors will return to complete the tar spray and chip in the near future. We have completed in Dudley as far as the north portal of Coseley Tunnel.  Work has now begun at the Smethwick end and is likely to take much of the summer due to the distance. 

  1. Any Other Business

    1. Forum Meetings 2018-19 proposed dates – July 17 (Tues), October 18 (Thurs), Jan 15 (Tues), April 25 (Thurs)

    2. Cycle Parking

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