Plymouth Cycle Campaign

This is the Plymouth Cycling Campaign's Cyclescape page. The area for which we'd get alerts extends to well outside Plymouth, to include roads that Plymouth cyclists may often be riding on.

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The Plymouth Cycling Campaign needs you! What do you as a cyclist or interested party want to see the Campaign focus on, i.e. better cycle parking, more cycle friendly commuter routes, a greater emphasis by the Council in promoting cycling as a lifestyle choice, etc?

We have already received responses from the group with an interesting range of ideas and opinions which we can focus on and/or discuss. Thank you for your input and support.

Our general aims are:
* to provide a stronger, more united voice for Plymouth cyclists
* to campaign and lobby to improve cycling facilities and infrastructure for the city of Plymouth eg working with the council to ensure that there are safe routes from outlying hubs to the city centre
* to petition for a dedicated cycling officer on Plymouth City Council so that we can feed our concerns to an interested and receptive individual with a mandate for change.
* to increase cycling participation rates within Plymouth. Better infrastructure as well as providing opportunities for non-cyclists to try cycling, providing opportunities for social rides

* to encourage healthier lifestyles eg regular exercise, sustainable transport, improving city centre environment
* to provide a network for cycling groups to air their views and decide collectively on cycling priorities in Plymouth

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  • Highway Code changes

    sound+fury // 1 thread

    A bill is being put forward to sentence any cyclist convicted of dangerous cycling to a 14 year prison term.

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  • DfT Policy Paper - Inclusive Transport Strategy

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    Lots of interesting stuff about inclusive transport regarding trains, buses, cars, public realm, streets and yes a bit about cycling too. Quotes:

    Shared Space:

    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

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  • Charles Cross Roundabout

    Created by WilliamNB // 1 thread

    Charles Cross roundabout is dangerous to cyclists. When approaching from Royal Parade side, intending to continue east along Exeter Street, there are 3 lanes, of which the left-most is a left-turn-only bus lane.
    Cyclists typically go into the middle lane when approaching the roundabout.
    On the roundabout itself. there are 3 lanes heading uphill, 1 of which is the bus lane. Cyclists typically tend to take the middle lane and follow it around.
    The trouble is, many vehicles in the right-hand lane on the roundabout leave the roundabout from that lane, to go straight up Charles Street, often cutting cyclists up in the process.
    Vehicles coming down Charles Street often don't yield to cyclists on the roundabout, and the same happens with vehicles joining from Hampton/Ebrington Street. Those vehicles often try to cut across two lanes to get to the innermost lane of the roundabout.
    There is a cycle lane along the southern edge of the roundabout, though that really is only of use for cyclists riding west along Exeter Street, towards Royal Parade. Cyclists wishing to exit the roundabout at either Charles Street or Hampton/Ebrington Street must leave the cycle lane.
    Vehicles entering or leaving the parking in front of Staples often do not yield to cyclists.
    Crossing Charles Cross from Exeter Street, while riding in a westerly direction has the benefit of using the bus lane, which allows cyclists to set off without having to compete with other traffic for road space.

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  • Hump across the lane - Royal Parade

    Created by WilliamNB // 1 thread

    On Royal Parade, when traveling in an easterly direction, shortly before the pedestrian lights by the Theatre Royal there is a poorly repaired trench across the road.
    In lane 2, the surface is reasonable, but in lane 1 the tar has shifted to create a severe and unmarked speed hump. This is dangerous to cyclists.

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