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Headlines   Annecy student devises Tourst CycleTrail for Cheltenham
Another cycle-unfriendly supermarket?
Bath Road street scheme
Big increase in cycle parking for Tewkesbury
Bike Week events, 18 - 26 June
Build-outs proposed for Cromwell Road
Cameras for Honeybourne Line
Cleeve Hill safety scheme
County latest on 20 mph speed limits
County road safety committees in limbo
Cycling at the Literature Festival
Cycling exhibition in Stroud
Log your cycle parking requests
M50 junction speed limit changes
Midwinter estate to intercept Honeybourne track
More cycle parking at station
Opportunity to improve town centre cycling
Promenade parking stands vulnerable
Refuge for St Stephens Road
Road Safety Conference
St Margaret's Road traffic lights to be switched off
Starvehall Farm latest
Tewkesbury High Street plans revised
Tewkesbury School cycle track changes
Waitrose starts cycle trailer loan service

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Cameras for Honeybourne LineHeadlines

Cheltenham Borough Council is to spend £62,000 to install 7 cameras along the Honeybourne Line between the railway station and Jubilee bridge in the first stage of a project to improve security and surveillance. In due course it is hoped that a further 10 cameras may be added up to the Prince of Wales stadium.

Council and the police believe that the cycle and pedestrian path is being used by burglars to enter adjacent properties and to make their getaway. There has also been some anti-social behaviour.

Councillor Klara Sudbury, cabinet member for housing and safety, is reported as saying: "The reason this stretch has been put forward for the first phase is that negotiations and discussions between our officers and police highlighted this as a stretch that the police particularly felt was the issue."

"The Honeybourne Line is somewhere that we want to be a safe place for people to use. It's a really important transport link and that's why it's really important to us."

Gloucestershire Echo

Road Safety ConferenceHeadlines

Cheltenham & Tewskesbury Cycling Campaign attended Gloucestershire County Council's Road Safety Conference on 15th November, organised by the Road Safety Partnership (RSP).

RSP is now one of Gloucestershire's delivery partnerships as the county moves towards a sponsoring-only organisation. RSP is still alive and working, but its budget has been cut by 50% since 2009. The Partnership involves Highways and the Fire, Police and Ambulance services. The Health sector is also now becoming involved in the partnership, important for connectivity such as cycling and health.

Leading the RSP as its Manager is Derek Cross of the fire service. Other personnel who now report to him are Andrew Parker Mowbray, research and statistics (RSP is wholely data led), Andre Bovington, 'skills for life', Gary Handley, driver training and Gemma, public engagement (drive/drive, Facebook, etc).

RSP is developing 'Skills Zone', a life skills centre, being built in Shepherd Road, Gloucester. It will provide facilities for schools, etc and be a focus for road safety delivery, although most staff will be elsewhere.

As an indication of ongoing investment, the police have just taken delivery of two new vans with cameras as replacements for older vehicles.

There was much discussion and controversy about the district road safety committees which, apart from Stroud, have now been dormant for more than 18 months as a result of the County's reorganisation. It is now up to localities to arrange and administer meetings themselves. RSP will attend meetings and provide information support, but no longer is there any admin support. It was not clear who pays the meeting costs if not hosted by a district council. Many people thought these would flounder without central coordination.

Jason Keates, Head of Traffic Management for the Police, referred to Neighbourhood Communication Groups which exist in many places. These have a broad remit which can include road safety. They set 3 priorities each quarter (50% of which involve road safety) and the authorities give support to achieve these. It was suggested that these could provide local fora for road safety issues, but the conference audience was not keen on this idea, preferring the former district road safety committees.

The meeting, which was all about administrative issues and not actual road safety, ended without resolving key issues around organising local meetings.

More cycle parking at stationHeadlines

As part of wider improvements at Cheltenham Spa station, cycle parking is being extended and upgraded.

A new shelter is being installed at street level and more cycle parking stands added to both platforms.

On the other hand, new chicane barriers at either end of each of the footbridges between platforms may make crossing with a bike more difficult. The barriers are being installed to deter those people who sometimes cycle across the bridges but the solution may be worse than the problem as pedestrians and cyclists jostle to negotiate the limited and awkward space that the barriers will leave.

Cycling at the Literature FestivalHeadlines

“When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race” (H G Wells).

What is it about the bicycle that so enchants us? And why do its devotees become so obsessed?

Bella Bathurst, author of The Bicycle Book, freewheels through cycling’s best stories, strangest incarnations and most eccentric characters to bring us a perfectly balanced portrait of man and machine, and an engaging history of pedal power.

Cheltenham Literature Festival, Monday 10th October 2011 at 4pm.

Details and to book.

Mark Beaumont  smashed the record for cycling round the world and then pedalled 15,000 miles along the spine of the Americas, from Anchorage in the north to Ushuaia at the tip of South America. In an illustrated interview The Man Who Cycled the Americas looks back on this epic achievement.


Cheltenham Literature Festival, Friday 14th October 2011 at 6.30pm.

Details and to book.

Annecy student devises Tourst CycleTrail for CheltenhamHeadlines

François Foray, a student from Cheltenham’s twin town Annecy, spent three weeks in August as a temporary project officer in the Council’s Integrated Transport team. We helped team boss Owen Parry and project Officer Rhonda Tauman define a project for him. We hit on the idea of a Tourist Cycle Trail for visitors, taking in the main sites and sights, and using as far as possible, the more easily cycled streets and the more effective cycling facilities.

We and the Council had previously devised routes for family fun rides, but weren’t quite prepared for François’s comprehensive trail. It’s in two sections, one to the north as far as the racecourse station, taking in Pittville Park, Pump Room, Holst birthplace, St Mary’s and All Saints churches , art gallery and museum, the Honeybourne track, Chelt Walk , Francis Close Hall and Churchill Gardens . The southern section includes Imperial and Montpellier gardens, the fountain and statues, Ladies College, Cheltenham College, Sandford Park ( including the Annecy garden) the Everyman with a detour though the grounds of the university’s Park Campus grounds as the far point.

It is eleven miles in all, but most people will find they can comfortably cover it in a couple of morning or afternoon sessions - unless they stop to go inside buildings and exhibitions - with time for refreshment stops. We did the whole trail in a bit over three hours and, during our chat stops, recognised how important François’s visitor’s eye had been. On a few short sections, where the tourist trail ventures onto roads which might stretch some people’s confidence, they could refer to the Cheltenham Cycle Map (another joint venture between us and the Council). Its grading of the roads should show where some people would prefer to walk .

In addition to catering for visitors we anticipate the trail will help identify snags for cycling - like the bits that some might choose to walk - and will form a basis for events like Bike Week rides. François designed a very clear map and information sheet which Rhonda will be loading shortly onto the Council’s website. The Tourist Information Office and the cycle hire company, near the station, will get copies and we will provide a link from our website as soon as possible.

Waitrose starts cycle trailer loan serviceHeadlines

Waitrose in Cheltenham now has available cycle trailers that can be borrowed by its shoppers free of charge to help them carry home their purchases.

The trailers have large canvas shopping bags and fit to the bike via a special bracket under the saddle that Waitrose provides. To use the scheme you need to register at the store's Welcome desk when the special bracket will be provided. Then, each time you shop, you reserve a trailer before you start shopping and it's available for you to use after you check out.

There is no deposit to use the service (registration records the customer's details) and customers are requested to return the trailer to the store within 3 days.

The supermarket says that it hopes the scheme will encourage its customers to cycle to its stores rather than travelling by car.

Starvehall Farm latestHeadlines

Cheltenham Borough Council's Planning Committee is to consider outline plans for a residential development on the site of Starvehall Farm between New Barn Lane and Prestbury Road, Cheltenham. A key element of the proposals is a new link road which will enable through traffic from the racecourse to bypass the mini-roundabouts at Tatchley Lane en-route to Priors Road and the eastern side of town. Whether the road goes ahead will be a firm outcome of the committee's deliberations, whereas the rest of the plans are still subject to more detailed evaluation.

There is considerable local opposition to the plans as a whole, but Cheltenham & Tewkesbury Cycling Campaign can only comment on the highway aspects of the scheme as they would affect cyclists. It is not a good omen that a Transport Assessment of the proposals, prepared by Gloucestershire County Council, makes no mention of the impact of either present of future conditions on cyclists.

Earlier plans had T-junctions at both New Barn Lane and Prestbury Road but now a mini-roundabout is proposed at the latter. We have stressed how roundabouts on busy roads are a cause of much anxiety to many people and a proven deterrent to cycling. More roundabouts and more cycling are mutually exclusive so in this respect the plans are at odds with Borough, County and Government policies to encourage cycling.

The existing informal route across the field to New Barn Close is used by many people on foot and cycle and this will be lost. A foot and cycle path is proposed from New Barn Close to the link road but as planned will have little benefit. We have asked for an extension on to Cleevemount Road to give a quieter cycling and walking route towards the town centre.  We have also asked for a good quality cycle path to replace the field route to Presbury Road.

Full details of the scheme are on the Borough's website here. (Search on 'Starvehall Farm' if the link doesn't go straight through.

Cleeve Hill safety schemeHeadlines

Subsequent to the recent reduction in the speed limit through Cleeve Hill village on the B4632 to 40 mph, additional measures are being introduced to tackle the poor safety record of this road, particularly through the bends.

New signing will include a vehicle-activated sign near the top of the hill for southbound traffic to urge drivers to approach the bends more slowly. Village residents wanted the reduced speed limit extended to cover the whole hill and for this to be 30 mph, but the Police say this is not feasible at the present time. Cheltenham & Tewkesbury Cycling Campaign would also like to see a lower speed limit and enforcement of any limit will be important.

There have been no cyclist injuries along this section of road since 2007.

St Margaret's Road traffic lights to be switched offHeadlines

Gloucestershire County Council is intending to switch the traffic lights off along St Margaret's Road from St Georges Street to Monson Avenue (inclusive) for a trial period with the aim of allowing traffic along St Margaret's Road to flow more smoothly. Included in the switch-off is the cycle crossing between Henrietta Street and Dunalley Street. Cyclists and pedestrians will be expected to cross the road as best they can by dodging between traffic. To help this, advisory 20 mph signs will be displayed and temporary beams will be placed in the middle of the road to provide some refuge.

Cheltenham & Tewkesbury Cycling Campaign has protested about the plans, which will result in a free-for-all where now there is order. Although more confident cyclists may be able to intercept traffic to get across with less delay than at present, less confident people may perceive the risk to be too great. Perception is important in whether people will cycle and the result could be fewer people who are prepared to do so.

We are also concerned that the refuges created by the beams will not be sufficiently wide to protect cyclists waiting when attempting to cross in two stages.

The scheme is being driven by Cheltenham Borough councillors who want to be able to drive faster through the area and who don't seem to be concerned about the consequences for other road users. The County hopes that the switch-off will take place in October. If it does go ahead, C&TCC will be asking members for their feedback on how it affects their journeys. We are concerned that the scheme should not be evaluated just in terms of accidents, but also its effect on the number of people who walk and cycle and their perceptions.

Cycling exhibition in StroudHeadlines

Neville Chanin, from Stroud, rode more than a million kilometres in over 40 countries on cycle tours around the world.The Museum in the Park in Stroud has an exhibition of his memorabilia, including one of his Allin's bikes. There is also a selection of documents, photographs, trophies and other object donated to the museum following Neville's death in April 2010. He was 74.

The museum is in Stroud's Stratford Park and the exhibition has been extended, due to demand, until 2nd October 2011. Admission free but donations are welcomed.

Museum website.

Another cycle-unfriendly supermarket?Headlines

ASDA is building a new store off Hatherley Lane in Cheltenham. The main planning permission has been granted but there remain 'details' to be sorted out with the Borough and County councils.

The store itself is dominated by a large area for car parking and a roundabout on Hatherley Lane is already constructed for access. Within the store curtailage will be another roundabout and various one-way arrangements to control car access. Cycle parking is to be provided and has been moved from its original quite unsatisfactory and out of the way location to a place nearer the store entrance. Access arrangements for reaching it, however, need changing if cyclists are not to mix with parking traffic via a significant detour. The roundabouts are inherently cycle-unfriendly but if an extension of the shared-use footway from B&Q materialises (its status is unclear) then this will probably be worse still.

Much more widely, the impact of the new development will be felt over a large part of the Hatherley area as traffic planners try to cope with mitigating the effects of the extra motor traffic that is likely to be generated by the store. Current plans are for chicanes (places where traffic must pass first to the left then to the right of small islands in the road) at frequent intervals throughout the area. Cheltenham & Tewkesbury Cycling Campaign has protested about this on the grounds that cyclists are likely to be squeezed at these places and they are also likely to increase aggression on the roads on the part of drivers frustrated with so many restrictions.  We are told that the County has received many other objections, including from Stagecoach the bus operator, and is thinking again.

This is the third new supermarket in recent years where the needs of cyclists have not been taken properly into account and, indeed, where conditions have been made worse for many people. Waitrose and the Oakley Sainsburys have still not had their negative impacts addressed or conditions of planning consent enforced. It is also one more example of where development pressures have prevented proper consultation at a stage where things could have been done differently.  C&TCC has voiced its concerns about the failings of the present consultation procedures to both the Borough and County councils.

We will be continuing to press for the best outcome we can at ASDA but it is frustrating to realise that with more forethought it could have been so much better.

Midwinter estate to intercept Honeybourne trackHeadlines

A new housing estate to be built by Bloor Homes is proposed just to the west of the old railway line and the Prince of Wales stadium, off Tommy Taylors Lane, Cheltenham. The northern part of the Honeybourne Line cycle track, between St Pauls and Wymans Brook, passes along the eastern edge of the site and is to be incorporated into the development.

Most of the existing track would remain, although in one place it will be diverted for a distance over a new local road. In another place the one and only access road to the estate will cross the track and some kind of shared space layout is proposed here. The detailed design will be crucial to how this affects use of the track by cyclists and pedestrians; the outline plans appear pretty more than safe.

There is no improvement in the connection between the cycle track and Roman Hackle Avenue, which could be made easier to ride from one to the other. Nor are there any links from the new estate towards the Wyman Brooks shops, which could be useful for pedestrians and cyclists.

Some details of the plans certainly need adjustment and there are opportunities that have not yet been acknowledged. Cheltenham & Tewkesbury Cycling Campaign will be submitting comments, which need to be with the Borough Council by 21st July.

Refuge for St Stephens RoadHeadlines

A new refuge is proposed for St Stephens Road, Cheltenham at its junction with Andover Road. It is intended to make crossing the road easier at a place where there is a lot of turning traffic.

At this place there is a shared-use footway so the refuge will need to be used by cyclists as well as pedestrians. With this in mind, Cheltenham & Tewkesbury Cycling Campaign has told Gloucestershire Highways that the intended depth of 1.8 metres is too little to prevent some bikes from intruding into the carriageway on one side or the other. The Department for Transport stipulates a minimum depth in these circumstances of 2.0m, but up to 3.0m where there may be (child) trailers or tandems.

We are also asking Gloucestershire to make turning onto the footway easier – it is currently quite a sharp turn – and to provide an entry direct from the carriageway of Andover Road. The shared-use footway that continues east from this junction along Andover Road is poorly suited to cycling and few people use it.

M50 junction speed limit changesHeadlines

The Highways Agency is proposing to reduce the speed limit to 50 mph through the roundabouts at the junctions between the A38 and the M50 north of Tewkesbury. This is to bring the roundabouts into line with the A38 north and south of the junctions which has been subject to 50 mph regulations for some time.

At first glance there would appear to be no adverse consequences for cyclists. However, the short section of road between the southern roundabout and the M50 slip road is to be left at the national speed limit. Most of the traffic using this road is going to or from the motorway, but there is also a right turn into a lane towards Twyning which cyclists use and which has a 40 mph limit. Indicating to motorists that they may increase their speed at a point where they should be looking out for cyclists, for whom the right turn can sometimes be tricky, is not conducive to safety.

Cheltenham & Tewkesbury Cycling Campaign will therefore be asking for this short section of road to have the same reduced speed limit as the roundabout.

Promenade parking stands vulnerableHeadlines

As part of the renewal of the pavement in The Promenade, Cheltenham alongside Imperial Gardens, new cycle parking stands are being provided. Unfortunately, due to an ambiguous specification, the first set of stands to be installed has been placed too close to the carriageway, where cycles parked will be vulnerable to the opening doors of vehicles in the adjacent parking bays and where they will be inconvenient to cyclists and motorists alike.

In the plans, the position of bikes parked has been specified, not the position of the stands. Cycles extend beyond the stands by some distance.

Cheltenham & Tewkesbury Cycling Campaign has drawn the error to the attention of the county and borough councils to get the position of the stands corrected and, hopefully, to ensure that later stands are placed correctly from the start.

Bike Week events, 18 - 26 JuneHeadlines

Bike Week is here again and there is a number of events taking place locally. Do come along if you can.

Saturday 18th June
C&TCC has a stand in Cheltenham High Street to promote cycling. Pay us a visit and introduce yourself

Thursday 23rd June
CTC 'Freshers' ride': An easy, short evening ride of about an hour's duration to a country pub with a return ride of about half an hour. Starts from Central Cross Drive, Pittville Park at 7pm. Enquiries: 01242 513534. Adults only.

Friday 24th June
'UK to Beijing' is the title of an illustrated talk at Cheltenham Town Hall about the adventures of Worcestershire cyclist as he made an epic journey to China entirely by pedal power. Start 7.30pm, tickets £10. Details.

Sunday 26th June
C&TCC stand at the Bath Road Summer Fair, Norwood Arms.

There are no Bike Week events planned for Tewkesbury, but from 4th to 7th July there will be Cycle for Fun days at the Junction 9 Business Park during lunchtimes.

Tewkesbury High Street plans revisedHeadlines

Gloucestershire County Council is consulting on revised plans to introduce changes to Tewkesbury High Street to tackle the road's poor casualty record.  Most of the casualties have been pedestrians, but some have involved cyclists.

Key aspects of the scheme are changes to pedestrian crossing arrangements and the narrowing of the through traffic lanes with a dividing strip in the centre of the road.

Cheltenham & Tewkesbury Cycling Campaign is generally in favour of the proposals, but is concerned that the narrower traffic lanes might increase the number of cyclists hit by opening car doors - one of the key cyclist casualty types that the scheme is supposed to address. We would like to see cyclists encouraged to ride in the centre of the narrowed lanes with markings in the lanes to make it clear to other road users that this is the behaviour to be expected.

Full details of the proposals can be found here.

The consultation deadline is 31st May 2011.

Opportunity to improve town centre cyclingHeadlines

Gloucestershire County Council has submitted a bid to the Government's Sustainable Transport Fund to implement pro-cycling and pro-bus measures in Cheltenham and Gloucester. In Cheltenham the project would be focused on the town centre and access to it and build upon the work previously done by the Borough Council's 'Civic Pride' initiative.

At present only broad-brush strategies have been outlined. For example, there is a suggestion that cycles and buses should be allowed to use Albion Street in both directions and much of the town centre may be restricted to access traffic with changes to road layouts around Boots Corner. If the County is successful in its bid, then it will need to fill in the detail quickly. Cheltenham & Tewkesbury Cycling Campaign (C&TCC) has been asked for its ideas.

C&TCC is therefore to draw up a strategy document for the town centre. Even if the bid not not succeed, this will be a useful blueprint for future campaigning. We would like to hear from cyclists about the problems they face going to and from the town centre and what changes might be useful.

It should be assumed that cycle access to High Street past Marks & Spencer, along the Promenade past  Cavendish House and along upper Regent Street will be implemented. Separate schemes to carry out these works are likely to be introduced this summer, initially on an experimental basis.

C&TCC considers that two-way use by cyclists of most one-way streets will be important in improving cycle access. This would be made easier with the introduction of a 20 mph area - Cheltenham is now one of the few town centres in Gloucestershire without such a scheme. Access between the town centre and the north-west of the town could be improved by restoring a Millbrook Street - Western Road link, which was lost with the development of Waitrose a few years ago.

If you have ideas on how to improve cycle access to and from Cheltenham town centre, please contact us here. Also contact us if you'd like to be involved in discussions about our strategy. We would like to complete the strategy by mid to late June.

County road safety committees in limboHeadlines

Gloucestershire County Council is considering the future of its district-level road safety committees as it seeks to save money. The County would like responsibility for the committees to be taken on board locally by the volunteer participants in a 'Big Society' approach. There might be limited attendance by the County's officers, but much less than previously.

At a recent meeting of the Cheltenham committee, attended by Cheltenham & Tewkesbury Cycling Campaign, concerns were expressed about the future effectiveness of the committee if the County withdrew to any extent. There were also concerns about the proposed Terms of Reference, restricting the committees from discussing traffic and highway matters or planning and development issues "that would be better dealt with" by County officers.

Attendance at the Cheltenham committee has reduced markedly in recent years and it was feared that a lack of broad representation, less involvement by the County and any restriction in the matters considered could make the committee ineffective.

The committee agreed to meet informally to discuss in more detail how it might become self-supporting.

Tewkesbury School cycle track changesHeadlines

During the Easter holidays, Gloucestershire County Council is to make changes to the road layout outside Tewkesbury School to address some concerns about how pupils, walking and cycling, use the adjacent cycle tracks.

The road width at the Toucan crossing is to be reduced, creating a deflection for westbound vehicles that may reduce traffic speed a little. There will be no similar treatment to affect eastbound traffic.

The width of the Green Lane junction with Ashchurch Road is to be reduced, to shorten the crossing distance and to deter its use as a turning circle by cars.

Although these changes may have some small benefit, the bigger problem of the inadequacy of the very narrow shared cycle/pedestrian footway from Green Lane to Shannon Way is not being addressed, nor are other problems of visibility and geometry using the cycle tracks in the area.

Bath Road street schemeHeadlines

Cheltenham Borough Council, Cheltenham Connect and the Bath Road Traders Association are promoting a small-scheme scheme to improve the environment of the Bath Road shopping area. Only £5,000 of funding is available so aspirations are limited, but proposals being considered include adding greenery, gateway features at Norwood roundabout and near Suffolk Road, seating and more cycle parking.

An initial survey of the area was carried out by Sustrans and Cheltenham & Tewkesbury Cycling Campaign has advised on cycle parking and other aspects.

The Bath Road website is here. If you have specific ideas for cycling as part of the scheme, look here.

County latest on 20 mph speed limitsHeadlines

Shire Hall’s speed limit task force, part of the Environment and Overview Scrutiny Committee, has produced its final report. The good news is a recommendation for the roll out of blanket 20mph limits and zones across the county. It's clear the national ‘20’s plenty for us’ campaign was influential and the Cheltenham group, inspired by Cycle Cheltenham with a broad range of community support, appeared before the committee.

The bad news is that it’s subject to capital funding being available. So don’t hold your breath. However another recommendation is that the County Council develop a ‘price list' and 'assessment tools' for 20 mph measures. The aim is to help local groups as well as council officers to anticipate costs and benefits. ‘Section 106’ funds, which arise when developers are required to invest in community benefits, are proposed as a potential source of funding for what can be highly cost effective schemes. The task force anticipates matching changes elsewhere in the country (see here) using the DfT’s ‘A Safer Way’ as guidance for zones or limits throughout Gloucestershire for ‘streets that are primarily residential in nature, or other areas where pedestrian and cyclist movements are high’.

The task force and Gloucestershire Highways officers recognise the general community benefits in addition to the gains for walking and cycling. They want to encourage bottom up initiatives from local areas and groups. The Task Force was chaired by Councillor Anthony Blackburn (North Stroud). Its full report is  here. It’s a significant and welcome step forward.

The recommendations went before the Cabinet on 2nd February and the task force is hoping for a response by the end of April.

Big increase in cycle parking for TewkesburyHeadlines

60 new cycle parking stands are to be installed in Tewkesbury following a parking survey carried out for Gloucestershire County Council by consultant Peter Andrews. Most of the recommendations for new parking have been accepted and it is hoped that installation of the new stands will take place in the next few weeks.

To date there has only been limited cycle parking provision in Tewkesbury. However, research suggests that it is a key requirement for people to use their bikes for local trips. It is hoped that the new stands will meet demand for secure parking at most places to which people want to ride.

Log your cycle parking requestsHeadlines

A new website, www.parkthatbike.info, enables cyclists to comment on cycle parking in their area. On the site you can:

The site uses Google mapping to let users mark the location precisely.  People can comment on cycle parking anywhere in the UK, on-highway, in public places, and at key destinations such as railway stations, leisure centres, libraries, surgeries, etc.

All comments and suggestions are collated and detailed reports passed on to the relevant local authority. The service is free to users.

Coordinator Peter Andrews says: "At a time of spending cuts and economies when budgets are under pressure, it is important that councils spend their money wisely, and that infrastructure is installed where there is a clear demand. The aim of www.ParkThatBike.info is to help local authorities set their priorities and to run effective cycle parking programmes."

Build-outs proposed for Cromwell RoadHeadlines

Gloucestershire County Council is proposing to put build-outs (narrowings of the carriageway) at three places along Cromwell Road, Cheltenham. The scheme is connected with the development of a new school in Lynworth and intended to benefit pupils and parents going to and from that school and others walking to Pittville School.

Two build-outs are to be provided by the County Council close to Severn Road and Pennine Road. The third build-out will be put in place by the school developer at the end of Bredon Walk. A plan of the proposals can be seen here.

C&TCC's view is that the build-outs should not have much impact on cycling as Cromwell Road is already narrowed to single-track for much of its length due to parking. The build-outs will, in effect, be substitutes for parked cars. However, we're not sure that they will be used by many of the children whom they are intended to benefit. The Severn Road build-out, for example, will require users to deviate from the direct line that most people currently make.

C&TCC is asking members living in the area for their views.

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