Goverment Review of HWC
Listed issues, most recent first, limited to the area of Beicio Bangor:
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A bill is being put forward to sentence any cyclist convicted of dangerous cycling to a 14 year prison term.
Lots of interesting stuff about inclusive transport regarding trains, buses, cars, public realm, streets and yes a bit about cycling too. Quotes:
8.11 While we consider CIHT and DPTAC’s recommendations and how to take them
forward, we are requesting that local authorities pause any shared space schemes
incorporating a level surface they are considering, and which are at the design stage.
We are also temporarily suspending Local Transport Note 1/11. This pause will allow
us to carry out research and produce updated guidance.
Objectives regarding Cycling:
• Update Local Transport Note 2/08, which sets out the Department’s guidance to
local authorities on designing safe and inclusive infrastructure for cyclists, to take
account of developments in cycling infrastructure since its publication in 2008 and
the responses to the draft AAP consultation and publish a revised version by early
• By 2020, explore the feasibility of amending legislation to recognise the use of
cycles as a mobility aid71 in order to increase the number of disabled people
Congestion (especially at travel-to-work times) on the two bridges across the Menai Straits has led to suggestions for a third crossing, now being evaluated by the Welsh Office. Preliminary estimates of the cost are from £100 million to £200 million. Meanwhile, many people live on Anglesey and commute over the bridges to Bangor and Felinheli by car, contributing greatly to the congestion. The routes are easy and convenient by car but hostile by bicycle. Bicycle commuting would be easy throughout this area if the journey could be made on good-quality facilities - most journeys are in the 3 to 5 kilometre range. The aim is to attract enough commuters onto bicycles to relieve congestion at rush-hour times. The benefits will be far wider than those of the third crossing, at far less expense.
The proposal is to make cycling between all of these destinations, and especially on the routes over the Menai Straits, a pleasant and inviting means of transport. This will require good-quality protected facilities all along the main routes, traffic calming (and some possible redirections) with 20mph limits in built-up areas. Most of the space would come from the existing highway, though a limited amount of extra land would need to be used at a few specific points.
The Britannia Bridge offers space on its car deck for cycle lanes (though not quite enough for the proposed third car lane), and an unused rail line on the lower deck which would be very suitable for cycling.
Thomas Telford's Menai Bridge has already been extended to the sides by the addition of pedestrian facilities; its appearance could be enhanced by a tasteful cycle facility, extending somewhat further to the sides.
Parking does exist (at the back of the car park), but it's not obvious. The vast majority of people just leave their bikes propped against the wall near the door.
The bike parking which exists is rather bizarre heavy plant pots with a bike symbol and loops to lock your bike to. The positioning of the loops is awkward and having a plant in the way doesn't help.
As this shop is on NCN 8, it would be really good to see them welcoming cyclists with a prominent sheltered bike parking area with proper stands near the door of the shop.
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