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Government choosing motoring over active travel, public transport

Following the recent announcements by the Government that it will be increasing funding on roads, maintaining the fuel duty freeze and neglecting to provide for active travel in any meaningful way – policies that are in complete contrast to the increasing urgent need to tackle climate change and the UK’s toxic air pollution problem – I’ve taken it upon myself to write to my Member of Parliament Marcus Jones (Conservative) urging him to do what he can, working with other MPs from across the political spectrum, to bring about a change in direction by the Government. Continue reading

Shared Use Paths: Unacceptable Infrastructure

I took a short ride around Nuneaton yesterday on a route that takes me around part of the small ring-road on a shared-use path.

This is one of those routes where pedestrians are meant to keep to one side (left, in this case), and cyclists the other, with a solid line down the centre of the path indicating that division, with stencilled decals marking the intent. However, there is no physical restriction and pedestrians (and indeed cyclists) can easily cross to the ‘wrong’ side.

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K-Frame Barrier

K-Frame Barriers – Part 3: Information Not Held

Yesterday, I receive my long-awaited reply to last month’s follow up request for information relating to the use of K-frame barriers, specifically on Weddington Walk. The full allowance of twenty working days was used to provide me with the responses of either ‘we do not hold that information’ or ‘this is not a request for information.’ Continue reading

Improving Cycle/Pedestrian Crossing Points – Part 2

A couple of weeks back, I compiled a number of what I considered to be small suggestions on how a small section of road, and in particular the pedestrian and cycling crossing points, could be improved. This I sent through to Warwickshire County Council Highways, and today I received a response. The general message seems pretty positive on the surface. Although, perhaps unsurprisngly, the majority of my suggestions are not necessarily ones that they’ll take forward, the Council has acknowledged that improvements on that corridor (or route) to Nuneaton are needed to improve cycling, and that improvements and new links have been identified with assistance from Sustrans. Continue reading

Improving Cycle/Pedestrian Crossing Points

In Nuneaton, there is an advisory cycle lane that runs on the Weddington Road/A444 southbound towards the town. The lane is far from perfect – it’s advisory only, frequently has cars parked in it and is only paint not affording cyclists any real protection from motor traffic. In an ideal world, I’d see the whole route upgraded but I’ve decided to write to Warwickshire CC Highways regarding the upgrade of smaller sections to make the route easier and safer to use – improvements to two road crossing points which can currently be tricky, and a better connection between the on-road advisory lane on Weddington Road and the on-road advisory lane on Leicester Road as it goes over the railway. Continue reading

K-Frame - Weddington Walk (A444)

K-Frame Barriers – Part 2: The Council’s Response

In my last post on 24 July, I spoke about the obstructions present along NCN52, specifically in the form of K-Frame barriers on a section known locally as Weddington Walk. Having not received a satisfactory response from my general enquiry to Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, I sent a message with a list of questions asked under the Freedom of Information Act. They responded yesterday, as follows: Continue reading

K-Frame Barrier

K-Frame Barriers on NCN52 (Weddington Walk)

There’s a generally rather nice section of National Cycle Network (NCN) route 52 as it leaves Nuneaton called Weddington Walk. This is an off-road shared path running along the route of an old railway line, heading up to the A5. I say generally nice, because whilst it’s reasonably wide, mostly quiet and properly surfaced with tarmac, it is hindered by K-Frame barriers at a number of access points. Continue reading

Changing Nuneaton – Weddington Bridle Path/Church Fields

One of the reasons I record my rides is I like to see changes over time.

A little over a year ago, I took my bike along Weddington Bridle Path, from Saint James’ Church towards (and under) Weddington Walk. At the time, a new housing development (Church Fields) had only recently started development. Now, the area is very different with many houses complete, others well underway and the path itself unrecognisable from what it was in 2017. Continue reading

My Ride to Leicester

Today marked a milestone in my cycling adventures – I rode to Leicester for the first time, which also marked the first time exceeding 40 miles and the first time exceeding 70 kilometres! An exciting day, indeed.

Leicester has been on my radar for a long time, in fact, since before I got my bike. When I was first exploring cycle options in late 2016, early 2017, I was interested in electric bikes and came across the E-Bike Centre. I was wondering about the possibility of cycling back with a new bike at the time, but decided it was probably a bad idea for my maiden ride, even with electric assist.

So, why did the ride to (and back from) Leicester occur today? Well, two weeks ago I hit my then personal best for distance at 37.5 miles. I knew Leicester would be a bit over the 40 mile mark and so, it seemed like a good next step. Also, the city holds an Open Streets event on the last Sunday of every month which I’d seen advertised on Twitter. I thought it would be good to see what was going on (more later). So, with a nice sunny day, I set out on my expedition. Continue reading

New Cycle Clothing

New Clothing

With the weather becoming significantly warmer now, it’s become necessary for me to think again about clothing since my long-sleeved (and only) jersey is becoming a bit uncomfortable. This hasn’t been a particularly easy search though – I don’t want extra-tight fitting, heavily branded jerseys and shorts, but I did want clothing that was designed for cycling and had good wicking properties since I get hot very easily.

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