Category: Advocacy

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.

Foleshill Road Granted Coventry’s Third Cycle Scheme

In a demonstration of its continued commitment to active travel, the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has announced that Coventry’s third protected cycle scheme will be constructed along Foleshill Road. This will be the first scheme that serves an area to the north of the city, and comes after the construction of the Coundon and Binley routes.

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A 20mph roundel painted on an urban road surface just before the road bends round to the right. A car travels in the opposite direction. Image is by Tom Page (https://flic.kr/p/s9tMmY). Creative Commons Licence BY-SA 2.0.

Warwickshire’s reactive approach to road safety

While trying to get a very local issue with high speed driving in a residential area addressed, Warwickshire County Council has essentially confirmed their reactive approach to road safety – one that relies on incidents occuring before measures may even be considered to address a problem, incidents which could include property damage, injury, serious injury, or even death – incidents that could perhaps be avoided with a proactive approach.

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"Welcome to Warwickshire" with a bicycle

Council approves new transport plan

The latest version of Warwickshire’s Local Transport Plan, which sets out a high level overview of how the Council should be managing and investing in its transport infrastructure, has been approved. The document sets out a very clear vision for transport over the next decade, putting walking, wheeling, and cycling at the top of the transport hierarchy.

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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.

Coventry to downgrade its Binley cycle scheme?

Coventry City Council are running a “Let’s Talk” consultation on proposals to partly downgrade the separated cycleway in Binley, to include sections of shared use space on Clifford Bridge Road. This suggestion is a concerning one that puts the city’s second main separated cycle route at risk by adopting old-fashioned and inappropriate standards that risk conflict and hazard where mixing high flows of pedestrian and cycle traffic.

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Image of a close pass of a cyclist through a pinch-point (handlebar camera view).

Warwickshire Road Safety Partnership dangerously misrepresent the Highway Code

In the last few days, a particular tweet and Facebook post from the Warwickshire Road Safety Partnership (WRSP) has caused a stir due to misrepresenting the updated Highway Code in favour of drivers wanting to pass cyclists. The tweet has since been deleted, although the Facebook post remains up at the time of writing. So, what is the problem?

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Handlebar view looking across a new road junction with a toucan crossing.

Narrated Quick Look: A New Shared Use Path and Toucan Crossing

A quick look at the new junction that has been installed on the A47 Long Shoot, Nuneaton, and the new bit of (as yet unconnected) shared use space and toucan crossing. This will eventually form part of a broader high quality cycle route on the A47, though this specific junction predates the plans for the cycle scheme – hence the lower quality design.

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