A round up of the latest cycling issues on the Campus and in the Science Vale Area.
Planning News 1
The full planning application for the Grove Airfield Development has been formally submitted. HarBUG submitted comments to the outline planning application and a revised transport section for the development has been included in the full application. It looks like some changes to the cycle access points to Grove and Wantage has been included, which was our main concern.
The planning application reference is P12/V0299. The revised transport section can be found in the 2012_10_26 Additional information received folder 7.10. The HarBUG response to the outline planning application can be found here.
If you have any comments on the application please contact firstname.lastname@example.org before the end of this week, we have to have comments in by 12th November.
Planning News 2
Goodman are holding a public exhibition of proposals to build 125 new homes at the top of the campus around South Drive. The exhibition will be on Tuesday 13th November from 4pm to 8pm at the Harwell Pavilion next to the Thomson Avenue entrance. HarBUG have previously discussed the Campus masterplan with Goodman and commented that we would like to ensure the integrity of route 44 is maintained i.e. roads and housing are routed around the track.
Crap Cycle lanes
There has been a discussion in the Forums about sensible cycle lanes. We should and need to complain to the council if we see this ‘ad hoc’ approach to cycle lanes. They do not meet Government criteria for cycle lanes and potentially make things worse for cyclists. HarBUG is currently responding to a proposed crap cycle lane in Didcot from the Great Western Park to the Foxhall roundabout which is a key route from Didcot to the campus. If you know about proposed cycle lanes or see the council putting them in please let us know and we will write and oppose / complain about them, obviously only if they are crap, which they usually are.
P.S. the photo on this post is a crap cycle lane in Wantage and is from the Warrington Cycle Campaign Cycle Facility of the Month which this month features a facility in Oxford.
Compulsory Cycle Helmets
Following on from RSRLs introduction of compulsory wearing of cycle helmets, HarBUG contacted RSRL and have received a reply. The reply did not shed much light on why the measure was introduced other than it was already a requirement on their Winfrith site.
We have also contacted Harwell Oxford and STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, the other two main landowners, to ensure that this does spread. In both cases we have confirmation that they have no intentions of introducing compulsory cycle helmets, unless there is a change in the law. STFC are soon to issue a new health and safety document concerning the use of site roads in which they state that the Highway Code applies to site roads and the use cycle helmets is recommended.
Fatal Cycle Accident
An accident occurred in Didcot on Saturday in which a cyclists died. The accident occurred at the Foxhall roundabout at the junction with Broadway and Wantage Road. This is a busy roundabout and used by quite a few HarBUG cyclists from Didcot. No details are available yet.