Hanover Parking – its not just about cars.

Following a process initiated by the Hanover & Elm Grove Local Action Team a couple of years back, the area is currently being considered for a controlled parking scheme, with the council due to publish proposals in December 1st.

Whilst the major outcome of the proposal will be to regulate and organise the way that private motor vehicles are stored on the highway, there are also implications and opportunities for other aspects:

  • A controlled parking scheme will also mostly likely include additional cycle parking spaces – will there be enough and in the right places?
  • Some streets may be converted to one way operation – should they be two-way operational for cycles?
  • Overparking at some junctions reduces visibility of and for cyclists. Are these locations being addressed?

As well as the standard council consultation, the Local Action team have organised a series of public events around the ward for people to have a look at the plans and make comment (see above for details). A great many Hanover & Elm Grove residents use cycles for transport, and if you are one of them and can attend any of the events listed to comment on proposals, your input would be most welcome.

In our ward pages, Bricycles have been collecting comments and ideas for improving cycling facilities and infrastructure across the city. For the Hanover & Elm Grove page, look HERE

 

North Laine By Bike

This week our campaigns team will be meeting council officers to talk about cycling in North Laine, and particularly provision Gloucester Road for two-way cycling.

North Laine was treated to a substantial cycle permeability scheme a few years back, where a number of one-way streets were opened up to two-way cycle traffic (see plan below). We think that this scheme has been a great success and should be built upon, both to include other streets in the North Laine and also extended more generally across the city.

Any thought on this in advance of the meeting, do let us know – either in the comments section below or in the discussion over on facebook

North Laine cycle contraflow map

Do you live/work in St Peters & North Laine ward? Have a look at our ward page HERE and let us know what else needs improving.

 

Space for cycling

20140514 - SpaceforCyclingcroppedThe national Space for Cycling campaign is calling on councils to improve the quality of life for all, by making our streets and roads safer and more inviting for everyone to cycle.

This means:
1.    Protected space on main roads and at junctions
        NOT poor pavement conversions that stop at every side road!
2.    Removal of through motor traffic on residential streets
       Deliveries, refuse collections and resident access would be unaffected.
3.    Lower speed limits
        20mph in villages and built-up areas. 40mph or lower on rural lanes.
4.    Cycle-friendly town centres
        People prioritised over motor traffic to create vibrant high streets.
5.    Routes through green spaces and parks
6.    Safe routes to schools

Bricycles Campaigns Officer, Becky Reynolds talked to CTC about the creation of the invaluable North Laine contraflows. Read about it here.

Space for Cycling is being coordinated by CTC, the London Cycling Campaign and Cyclenation groups. Brighton has been commended for infrastructure like the Lewes Road and the Old Shoreham Road. Click here for the guide for councillors.