Your new committee were elected at the AGM a few days ago.
Chair: Lizzie Reather
Vice Chair: Graham Shortt
Secretary (Meetings & Mailings): Duncan MacNeil
Treasurer: Barry Hughes
Publicity: Martin Stanley
Membership Secretary: Sarah Dal Pozzo
Website Webmaster: Will Crocombe
Social Co-ordinator for Day rides: Jon Farley
Social Co-ordinator for Short rides: to be confirmed (there was a volunteer for this role, who was not able to attend the meeting but was elected in their absence)
Committee Members (max of 4): Lisa Brannan, Andy Brown, Allan Luxton, Michael Ousby.
Minutes and an updated Constitution will be circulated to members shortly. Thanks for all your support, we’re looking forward to taking the organisation from strength to strength!
At a recent Cycle Consultation Forum subgroup, Mark Robinson revealed new plans for a cycle controflow along Cookridge Street into the city centre. This will help cyclists travelling from the University and Millennium Square towards the railway station. The plans can be viewed here.
The plan includes signal-controlled crossings at both sides of the junction with Great George St, allowing pedestrians and cycles to cross safely to the RC Cathedral side of Cookridge St. Traffic coming out of the southern section of Cookridge St from the Light shopping centre car park will alternate with the Loop traffic and the new crossing. Car park traffic will also be able to exit further up Great George St which should prevent the congestion problems that had scuppered the scheme previously.
A controflow cycle lane will be provided along the East side of Cookridge Street (left, as you travel from Millennium Sq towards the Headrow), with a phase in the Headrow lights for cyclists to travel along the Headrow or Park Row.
This is great news for cyclists and also for the National Federation for the Blind, who had understandably opposed previous a scheme for a narrow controflow cycle route along the right-hand side of Cookridge St close to, or on, the pavement. A meeting between LCAG officers and Head of Highways and Transportation, Gary Bartlett, has been instrumental in moving this proposal forward. Thanks are also due to all LCAG members for your support!
Here are some of the topics from the last Cycling Consulation Forum
- Tour De France legacy
- Core Cycle Network updates
- South Leeds permeability
- NICE guidance
Cyclescape (http://www.cyclescape.org/) is a new campaigning tool from the makers of cyclestreets mapping. It allows an individual campaigner to register a geographical area of interest, log problems and information, and connect with other campaigners interested in the same places and problems. It’s only just been launched, so don’t be put off by the lack of content at the moment: it’s up to us to use it and make it work.
It would be great if as many Leeds cyclists as possible could register for Cyclescape, log their areas of interest and start flagging up local issues and problems. You can add links to your issue post (e.g. to a Council consultation), and add documents to the Library (e.g. useful pieces of campaigning literature). If you need any help with this, please e-mail Lizzie at email@example.com.
If you are on Twitter, please follow the LeedsCyclists account, and if you want to volunteer to Tweet on our behalf, please e-mail Lizzie at firstname.lastname@example.org. .
Leeds Cycle Point have generously decided that LCAG members can store a bicycle for free during the daytime (it is £1 a day for non-members).
This is an excellent opportunity to spend a short time or indeed a full day in Leeds city centre confident that your bike will be secure.
Whether arriving by train or cycling there, just show your card to the staff to arrange free storage.
Opening hours of 7.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. Monday to Friday (10-6 weekends, 9-5 BHs). A shop with repair facilities run by Evans Cycles, is conveniently located near the railway station. See www.cyclepoint.org for further details.
Note how easy it is join LCAG, membership is only £7 per year! Just click on the link shown on the right.
this Thursday 4th April 7.30pm in the Heart Centre, Bennett Road, Headingley (Weetwood Room). http://www.heartcentre.org.uk/
Other diary dates:
Wed, 10th April: Leeds Cycling Campaign first meeting in the Adelphi pub on Leeds Bridge (bottom of Briggate, keep going across the river). http://www.theadelphileeds.co.uk/
Thurs, 18th April: Leeds City Council’s Cycle Consultation Forum meeting (their formal consultation with cyclists, held once every three months), Leeds Civic Hall.
Thurs, 9th May: LCAG AGM, Leeds Civic Hall (Portland Crescent side entrance).
Wed, 13th March 2013 6.30pm University of Leeds, Business School, Room 1.06
With Roger Geffen, Campaigns & Policy Director, CTC – the National Cycling Charity
Cycling is moving up the national transport agenda – and Leeds is due to host the start of the Tour de France in 2014.
This talk will provide an overview of current developments in national cycling politics such as the “Get Britain Cycling” parliamentary inquiry.
There will also be discussion on the opportunities this opens up for cycle campaigning locally, and the ways in which CTC is looking to strengthen the links between national and local campaigning.
Leeds City Council is currently preparing proposals for a bid to the DfT’s Cycle City Ambition fund. This is a two year project (2013 to 2015) and could mean Leeds receiving between £7m and £17m for cycle infrastructure.
In preparation for the bid, Leeds City Council are drafting proposals on a number of corridors. Some of these are reviews of Leeds Core Cycle Network Routes, and some are corridors being looked at for the first time.
The council would like to set up a sub-group of users for each corridor so that they can quickly get your views. Please let Mark Robinson at the Council know of you would like to be involved and which routes you would be interested in.
The timescales are very tight (bids need submitting by 30th April) and consultation is likely to include either comments on an emailed drawing or attendance at a one-off sub-group meeting. More in depth consultation can take place after the end of April. Regardless of the success of the bid, it will be important to have proposals in place to take advantage of future funding as it arises.
Corridors being examined:
Ring Road (entire)
Meanwood Road and routes up Meanwood Valley as far as Ring Road
Hunslet Road including links to Rothwell
A64 York Road
Tong Road inc. Armley Gyratory
A58 Easterly Road, Roundhay Road , Wetherby Road corridor
Stanningley Road inc. A647 out to Bradford Border
Dewsbury Road (east of Ring Road)
Elland Road and Dewsbury Road down to Tingley
City Centre connectivity. This may include parts of all the above.
0113 39 51470 (NB: Mark does not work Mondays)
Please could LCAG members and anybody else look out for these two bikes when you are out and about (particularly in North West Leeds) They were recently stolen from West Park. If seen please contact owner Marc (tel. 07949 828985 or e-mail email@example.com) and/or the police with details.
The agenda includes:
· City centre cycle parking
· Use of Central Hatching and Right-Turn Pockets
· NGT (trolleybus) attended by a representative from the NGT design team
· Tour-de-France Cycling Legacy and Volunteering
· Leeds Core Cycle Network Updates, incl Route 12 Garforth to City Centre, Route 9 Chapeltown to City Centre and Cookridge Street in the city centre
· South Leeds cycle permeability
· Online Cycle Route Advice
Please come along if you can: Wednesday, 9th Jan, 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start, in the Civic Hall on Millennium Square.