23 February 2016
Until I received the message from Tessa who came to the rescue earlier today (see Next Ride below) my appeal for offers for rides for 6 March – and indeed for 20 March and the rides in April – had produced no takers. Jim had a fallback position in mind but hadn’t had time to check it out and wasn’t 100% sure of his availability. In the last few years we have had a number of people take on the leading of rides who haven’t done so before – which is great and long may it continue. But recently everything seems to have fallen to the lot of the “usual suspects” – above all to Jim
This has made me wonder whether it might be an idea to revert to the practice of some of the Clarion CCs back in the 1890 when there seems to have been the notion of a cycling season – rather like in those days (and even when I was a child) there was a football season and a cricket season.. This is something we could discuss at the AGM (see below). One posibility might be to suspend regular rides in January and February in future. This needn’t prevent there being “out of season” rides if anyone particularly wanted to have one in these winter months but it might be worth considering
Looking further ahead, Jim has some thoughts:
I can’t make the ride on the 17th April but I noticed that the London Clarion website shows Saturday the 16th as a ride from London to Eastbourne (and possibly on to Hastings). I wondered whether some of us might meet up with them somewhere. As it’s a long ride for them, they probably wouldn’t want us actually riding with them for very long, as it will slow them down; but we might perhaps just do Polegate to Eastbourne with them, or go up the Cuckoo Trail a little way and ride back down to Polegate with them? (It seems they are likely to go that way, as they say via Three Bridges and the Worth Way – though I’m not sure if they will go all the way to Eridge and down, or whether they have some means of cutting the corner).
I just thought I’d throw that in, so that, in case we have trouble finding a ride leader for the 17th, we might switch to the Saturday.
As a third option, with their permission, maybe we might just publicise the ride, in case some of our more athletic types (Jenny? Mick?) wanted to do a fair bit of the ride with them, and hence could maybe meet them at Three Bridges or somewhere like that. (We could, of course, as yet another alternative, all meet them at Three Bridges, and then move off along the Worth Way at our own paces, with our lot maybe turning round at East Grinstead … but even if you are back in the saddle by then, I imagine you might not want to revisit the site of your unfortunate chain problem?)
London Clarion are also riding to Brighton on 30 July (another Saturday).
We can discuss these possiblities further both in this newsletter an – again – at the AGM.
Thanks to all those who let me know about weekdays and dates they couldn’t make, as I requested in the last newsletter. That didn’t leave an awful lot to choose from- in fact the one I’ve arrived at more or less chose itself by a process of elimination. So,
The 2016 AGM will be on Monday 14 March at 8 pm at 104 Bonchurch Road, Brighton
Bonchurch Road is between Elm Grove and Hartington Road – coming up Elm Grove it is on the left after the school. Going up Hartington Rd from Lewes Road it is first on the right. Main buses at Hartington Rd end (Melbourne St. stop) are 25 and 49. At Elm Grove end (Bonchurch Rd stop) 21, 22.
I will try to get the agenda out in good time. If you have any motions to propose or anything else you would like on the agenda please let me know ASAP. I will also try to write and circulate my secretary’s report well before the meeting and will also of course send out reports received from other officers
Report on the Stakeholder Workshop, 9th February
This workshop was organised by Mott Macdonald, who have been appointed by B&H City Council’s Transport Planning team to undertake a study into potential walking and cycling improvements in the East Brighton area bounded by Old Steine in the west and Arundel Road to the east, Edward Street/Eastern Road to the north and the upper promenade to the south. The brief for the study is: “Measures to improve walking and cycling.” This was an initial consultation and ideas would be taken away for consideration and ultimately included in a report to the Council.
The meeting was attended by a range of representatives from the local community: – pedestrians, cyclists (Bricycles & Clarion as organisations), the Bus Company, business, and the Council. Joyce Edmond-Smith and Leon Moore attended on behalf of B&H Clarion as an invited stakeholder, (helpful comments had been provided by some members.)
A large map of the area was placed on the table and participants were asked to identify issues, problems and possible solutions. These were marked on the map for further consideration.
The discussion moved from Arundel Road westwards. Issues raised were: – pedestrian crossings bottom of Whitehawk Rd, contraflow for Arundel Road. It was generally agreed that the Edward Street changes have been a success, but the problem of vehicles joining Edward Street from the South and blocking the cycle lane for bikes going east to west in order to see oncoming traffic was raised. There remain serious problems with Edward Street from east to Lower Rock Gardens and the new road improvements. A possible parallel route was discussed from Arundel Road to Montague Place, involving contra flows and a new westward cycle path on the wide footpath from the junction Eastern/Road Montague Place.
Dukes Mound was raised by a number of participants: – need for 20 mile limit , no walkway for pedestrians , lack of guidance for cyclists and pedestrians at bottom , cycle route diverting suddenly and then “disappearing at Dukes Mound , inadequate signing for the Under Cliff path. (Accessibility to the seafront must be looked at in context or redevelopment of seafront arches)
The problem of closures of the Madeira Drive cycleway was also raised the question of off-main road sharing of Marine Parade Upper level by reducing the walkway and creating a west bound cycle route was discussed as a possible option again something that could be linked to the redevelopment of the seafront arches (It was suggested that a levy on events taking place in Madeira Drive could pay for the work on Marine Parade …….)
We then moved to St. James Street which proved to be seemingly the most intractable and brought the longest discussion. Issues raised were :- contraflows in intersecting street ; more cycle parking ; control of proliferating A signs on walkway; review St. George’s Road ….close it to traffic? ; contraflow in St. James Street (produced a long discussion re buses).
Although off the scope of the study the roundabout at the Steine was discussed. It is accepted that work needs to be done and this will be an issue for the Valley Gardens project. The meeting closed at 5 pm.
Joyce Edmond-Smith Leon Moore