Roads & Paths: West Midlands Cycling Charter June 2018

West Midlands Combined Authority Cycling Charter Action Plan Progress Meeting Minutes

14 June 2018 16 Summer Lane, Birmingham

Attendees

Alison Kennedy (Bham City Council)

Andy Thorpe (Sandwell)

Chris Harte (Atkins)

Claire Williams (TfWM)

David Cox (Bike WM Network)

Edd Terrey (Midland Mencap)

Emma Beech (TfWM)

Emma Crowton (TfWM)

Gavin Passmore (Sustrans)

Hannah Dayan (TfWM)

Ian Carey (Active Black Country)

Ian Tierney (Cycling Projects)

Jason Davies (TfWM)

Joe Green (Birmingham City Council)

Keith Rogers (Aecom)

Laura Hales (Cycling UK)

Lesley Easter (Cycling UK)

Maria Mancini (Nextbike)

Mark Sorrill (Dudley Council)

Mitch Robinson (TfWM)

Rachel Evans (Atkins)

Richard Preston (CRT)

Richard Smith (Coventry City Council)

Russell Gray (HE)

Tim Philpott (City of Wolverhampton)

Tom Layzell (Solihull MBC)

Tom Skidmore (TfWM)

Wayne Moore (Sandwell MBC)

Apologies

  • Jackie Brennan
  • Meera Sonecha
  • Nick Lloyd
  • John Harris

1. Welcome and introductions plus apologies.

2. Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan presentation by Atkins

  • Started commission in March 2018, developing on from the objectives of the Cycle Charter and previously identified Strategic Cycle Network (284km)
  • Based on national LCWIP guidance produced alongside the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS) – a key component of Government strategy
  • Key outputs for West Midlands LCWIP will be a network plan with preferred routes and key walking zones in a ‘bid’ ready document – by end of summer 2018
  • Network planning work now in progress with selected routes across each of the seven local authorities. Site audits should be completed by end of June/ early July
  • Limitations and ways to overcome these were discussed:
    • Current patterns are useful but also need to consider future growth areas
    • Use of 2011 census data – will be complimented by more recent data
    • LCWIP is infrastructure focussed – Atkins are mindful of need to combine this with wider education, training and publicity work
    • Selection of a few strategic routes – but similar approaches can be applied when looking at local routes in the future
  • West Midlands may have the advantage of developing one of the first LCWIPs
  • Adds value to Bike Share, Coventry City of Culture, Commonwealth Games
  • Discussions highlighted:
    • the need for site audits to take into account future plans
    • constraints on main corridors – parallel routes also being considered
    • school ‘catchment areas’ and the opportunity to use Modeshift STARS
    • provision of infrastructure for people with disabilities

Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan update from Sustrans

  • Sustrans are part of a national ‘strategic support’ consortium for LCWIP (together with Living Streets) and are providing a quality assurance role as well as a package of local authority support and interventions, including training and case studies

3. Bike share update

  • Introduced Maria Mancini, the operations lead at Next Bike who will be based at TfWM
  • Contracts due for signing in next 2 weeks – so slight delays in delivery programme. Pilot (University of Birmingham) is now August and wider rollout October/ November
  • Sponsor should be in place by September
  • Let’s Ride Birmingham was very successful with 88 bike hires. Coventry invited Next Bike to build on this at Let’s Ride Coventry on 5th August

4. Mayor’s Team update

  • The Mayor has sent a written response to the CWIS Safety Review

5. Parkride presentation by Midland Mencap and Wheels for All

  • Midland Mencap works across the region providing support in people’s homes as well as in the wider community.
  • Wheels for All run inclusive cycling sessions at 54 locations around UK
  • Parkride is a new initiative (and registered trademark) launched last week at the Inclusion Congress at Birmingham ICC. 4 years of funding: Sport England (families fund)
  • Parkride=inclusive family cycling sessions that are fun, free and flexible
  • Adapted and mainstream bikes available to families to try, supported by volunteers
  • Main location is Sutton Park, Birmingham, with aspiration to scale up across WM; facilitating led rides at times to suit people; providing taster sessions at venues to suit.
  • Next step is to embed Parkride with sports, health and transport providers and events
  • Potential?
    • 44 people joined in with Let’s Ride Birmingham
    • 100 enquiries since launch
    • Interest from other areas already such as Walsall
    • Support from adapted bike manufacturers
    • Cycling Projects experience shows high retention rates for such activities
    • Opportunity to link with WM community clubs, bike hubs and bike share

6. Cycling UK Update

7. Sustrans Update

  • Gender Gap report published this week based on findings from Bike Life studies to date
  • Bike Life WM steering group now set up
  • National Cycle Network audit has been undertaken. Now working with volunteers on further feedback

8. Canal and River Trust Update

  • Edgbaston Tunnel open
  • Managing Short Trips (MST) progressing well.
  • Successful NPIF funding
  • New Tracsis survey technology is being trialled for counting users
  • Solar lighting and wayfinding is being piloted in Wolverhampton

9. Bike West Midlands Network update

  • Let’s Ride Birmingham, was fantastic!

10. Highways England update

  • Stakeholder event invites to be sent out shortly

11. Move WM Update

  • Ian Carey is Black Country Active Director and representative of WM on the Move
  • Looking to appoint a physical activity lead at WMCA soon
  • Combining active travel and Housing Deal – with Mitch and Adam Harrison at TfWM
  • Just finished a call for evidence around Mayor’s disability work
  • Also recruiting posts to Sport England place-based pilots which have just been set up
  • David Cox is a Board member of The Active Wellbeing Society, Birmingham

12. British Cycling

  • Everyone noted the success of Let’s Ride Birmingham on Sunday (11,000 people compared to 7,000 previously).
  • Possible reasons for success this year? Sunny weather, good organisation, better communication with wider community.

13. Local authority updates

Birmingham

  • Infrastructure: works completed on Edgbaston Tunnel. Construction progressing well on A34 and A38. DfT Cycle Safety Fund announced this week for improvements to pedestrian crossings at Pershore Road/ Priory Road junction and cycle track extension from A38 to cricket ground and Rea Valley Cycle Route
  • Clean Air Zone consultation starting shortly, subject to cabinet approval at end of June. 6 week period of consultation will involve public events, stakeholder workshops, and online surveys – in order to ask people about location of CAZ, type of vehicle and price for access. Birmingham needs to be compliant by 2020

Coventry

  • Part of 2nd tranche of cities addressing air quality (working up options by end of 2018) although this is seen as an opportunity for cycling. Early measures will include behaviour change initiatives.
  • Let’s Ride Coventry – hot off the press announcement – will go through cathedral ruins
  • Currently undertaking a review of cycle training provision with advice from Birmingham

Dudley

  • Planning a full summer training programme.
  • Infrastructure: connecting Metro stops to NCN 54, A4123 multi-modal scheme and bid for cycle access to Geo Park

Sandwell

  • Infrastructure: Rolfe Street Station cycle access (medium term), Black Lake Metro to Kitts Green (short term), A4123 multi-modal scheme, A461 Metro stops and Dudley Port cycle access
  • Cycle Forum has identified need for regional information about provision. This will also be useful for rollout of bike share.
  • Tender for Sandwell LCWIP is going out

Solihull

  • Infrastructure: Greening the Grey project is underway (92km with 23km new routes and 69km enhanced). 3 year project starting September. Town centre to station widening cycle route works are underway
  • School streets project is being evaluated (showing some increases in cycling at Haslucks Green and Oak Cottage schools but not Marston Green)
  • 2 travel advisor posts are planned

Walsall

  • Public health colleagues interested in cycling infrastructure
  • Events: Big Bike Revival and plans for a green ride with bike share next spring
  • Infrastructure: towpath improvements and A34 discussions about Sprint

Wolverhampton

  • Infrastructure: A4123 multi-modal scheme and review of signing (across Black Country)
  • Air quality issues (ring road and Black Country Route) may provide cycling opportunity

14. AOB

  • Bikes on trains – Let’s Ride Birmingham saw large numbers of people arrive with bikes on trains. There was no change in policy but more well-informed station managers
  • Bikes on Midland Metro. TS to talk with Sandeep (TfWM) about scope to change this, now that Metro has changed management.
  • Air Quality – national consultation
  • HS2 – TfWM now holding positive meetings with HS2, Birmingham and Solihull
  • Cycle counters – Jason is the data contact at TfWM and reviewing how cycle counter data is collected and used (40% of counters not providing data). There is an ongoing budget for cycle counters in future but it was agreed that a collective system was needed for monitoring, with a clear approach to how and when local authorities contribute. It was hoped that annual costs could be reduced
  • Branding – WM cycle branding roll out with the bike share scheme in June-July.
  • TfWM staff changes – Mitch Robinson has re-joined the team.
  • Regional information for Mayor

Next Meeting – 13th September 2018

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