Coventry's Coundon Cycleway, a bidirectional route. This image also includes a pedestrian footpath and zebra crossing, a bus stop, and a general traffic road. It therefore illustrates multi-modal transport.

Evaluating Warwickshire’s Local Transport Plan

Warwickshire County Council is refreshing its Local Transport Plan, and for the past couple of months has had its draft version in consultation for people to comment. That consultation ends on 20 November, and I have finally managed to complete a read through of all of the main strategy documents, compiling notes on what I find good, bad, and somewhere in between, along with my suggestions for improvements.

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Access road secured with a closed yellow metal gate

Council agree to replace inaccessible barrier

In May this year, Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council started shutting an inaccessible barrier across the access road to its Museum and Art Gallery/Registry Office and main town centre park, Riversley Park. This created an obstruction on a National Cycle Network route. Now, the Council have agreed to implement an accessible solution!

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Shared use path blue roundel sign with a rectangular, blue wayfinding sign marked "Town Centre" with a bike logo.

Draft Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP)

Warwickshire County Council has drafted new plan for walking and cycling – the LCWIP (Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan). I’ve taken a detailed look at the plan with a focus on Nuneaton and Bedworth (but with aspects relevant county-wide) and identified areas that need improvement.

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Cameras for Cycling

Do you want to run cameras on your cycle? There’s a large variety of choice available, from the cheap to the expensive, static view to 360-degrees, and varying in quality and functionality. If you’re looking for advice on what to run on your cycle, take a look at what I’m running – this isn’t definitive, but it may serve as a guide!

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College Street Footpath

Foot and cycleway improvements planned – but what about standards?

It has been reported in the local news that following the acquisition of a small piece of land from Nuneaton’s George Eliot Hospital, the County Council will press on with developing improvements to a short length of path that will be able to better accommodate walking and cycling. But there’s a catch. According to the report, a Council spokesperson talks about “creating a shared footway cycleway” – not ideal for either user and not demonstrating best standards.

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Bedworth Leisure Centre

Does the new Bedworth Physical Activity Hub properly enable sustainable travel?

In the town of Bedworth, plans are well underway to replace its aging leisure centre with a new Physical Activity Hub, a new centre that will offer enhanced services with greater integration into its site on the edge of the Miners’ Welfare Park. With the design comes a stated objective to enable sustainable travel choices – walking/wheeling, cycling, and public transport – but there’s a problem.

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The Sanctuary in Bedworth's Miners' Welfare Park - a 22 metre high wooden temple-like structure which will be burnt in a ceremony marking the shared losses from the global pandemic.

Lack of Cycle Routes Bites Bedworth

On Saturday 28 May, Bedworth Miners’ Welfare Park plays host to a ceremonial burning as an act of memorial and reflection on the losses caused by the global pandemic. The Sanctuary is a large temple-like wooden structure, intricately carved, and inscribed with handwritten messages of remembrance, and has attracted widespread attention. The event is expected to draw large crowds and as a result, the local Borough Council has warned about road closures and congestion.

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Shared use path with foliage to the left and a road name sign labelled "Coventry Road". To the right of the path is the main carriageway when a truck loaded with pipework has just gone past.

State of the Scheme: Nuneaton to Coventry via Bedworth

There is a scheme in Warwickshire to create an active travel corridor between the edge of Nuneaton through Bedworth and down to the border with Coventry – what should be a valuable and obvious backbone route for a cycling network. However, since the approval of funding within the County Council back in November 2019, there has been no public news or update on progress. So, having asked the question, here is an overview of the plan and the state of things as they stand now, two and a half years later.

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A yellow barrier across an accesss road to Nuneaton's Registry Office. To the left of the barrier are two black bollards. There is a pavement to the left of the road, and a grass buffer between the two. Next to the barrier is a sign that reads "Barrier will be closed at 5pm".

Council Shuts the Gate on Cycle Route

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council has announced on social media that it will begin securing an access road against motor traffic outside of the opening hours of Nuneaton’s Registry Office. At 5pm every night, a gate will be shut, closing off the road leading from the ring road. However, this access road also forms part of a safe off-road cycle route between the town centre and the Whitestone area of town – part of National Cycle Network Route 52.

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