On this page you'll find issues that affect us as cyclists' right across the county.
Melanie Carroll is our Campaigns Officer and will be our 'Point Of Contact'.
CAMPAIGNS OFFICER'S REPORT
You can download and read Melanie's latest 'Campaigns Officer's Report' (May 2022) HERE
We would ask that any and all our members to also write to the council or other agencies when they become aware of issues that may effect themselves or other cyclists, as well as letting us know. It is no longer enough for just the voice of Cycling UK Lincolnshire to speak out, to ensure that we are heard and our needs appreciated it also needs many individual letters because each letter counts. Gone are the days when a membership organisation letter counted for the many. Now they need many letters from individuals to really make them take notice.
The work continues on and again I'd ask all Members to be active campaigners for cycle provision and safety and keep an eye on any proposed changes in their areas. Let us know too anything that we should be aware of, be it an accident blackspot, a proposed change to roads or right of ways, a new building works or estate or any other issue that needs the needs of the bicycle rider being kept front and centre.
A QUICK GUIDE TO BASIC CAMPAIGNING THAT EVERYONE CAN DO
Melanie's written 'A quick guide to basic campaigning that everyone can do' and you can download and read the article HERE
DISTRICT COUNCIL CONTACT INFORMATION
For contact information within East Lindsey, North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire,
you can download and read the article HERE
CAMPAIGNS ARCHIVE 2022
A46 PROTECTED CYCLE LANE (Bargate to Peaks Parkway)
UPDATE 17th January 2022.
Following several consultations and completing engagement survey's in 2021, it was very disheartening to hear that North East Lincolnshire have decided not to go ahead with the proposal on the protected cycle lane on Weelsby Road. The consultation closed at the end of 2021 and the results presented to Cabinet on Wednesday 1 December. The decision was finally announced on 17th January 2022.
A spokesperson for North East Lincolnshire Council said: "The proposal to introduce a dedicated cycleway on a section of the A46 will not go ahead.
"The decision follows extensive consultation carried out in late 2021. If support could have been secured, the new cycle lane on Weelsby Road would have run between Bargate and Peaks Parkway.
"Councillor Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for environment and transport at North East Lincolnshire Council, would like to thank those who participated in engagement surveys.
"With all the surveys reviewed, Cllr Swinburn can confirm that the proposal to introduce a new cycle lane on Weelsby Road did not secure the level of support required through engagement surveys.
"The council will continue to explore other avenues to improve cyclist safety along this route.
"Subject to Department for Transport approval, highways officers are looking at other locations where cycling infrastructure improvements can be implemented."
“As a council that listens, we have taken your views onboard,” said Cllr Swinburn.
“Your feedback is important and we will always welcome people’s comments on upcoming and ongoing schemes.
“In this case, we’ve decided not to go ahead with a protected cycle lane because the alterations required to install the cycleway were not supported by the community.
“A large number of people, including residents, business owners, cyclists who use the route, and staff and students at the Grimsby Institute, completed the most recent survey, and I’d like to thank you for your comments.”
A chance to discuss Cycling Infrastructure with members of North East Lincolnshire's Council Cabinet
UPDATE 21st February 2022.
The Council’s Cabinet is to hold a series of ‘listening’ events in February and March 2022.
For the first time since the onset of the pandemic and lockdown, members of the public are being invited to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the area.
The sessions are being run as ‘drop-in sessions’. Visitors will be offered time slots at the door.
Council Leader, Philip Jackson, said he and Cabinet colleagues were looking forward to hearing more about issues facing communities where they live.
“This was something we pledged to do when we were elected back in 2019. We managed to hold some before COVID-19 called a halt to all face-to-face contact and so we are pleased to be able to bring them back,” he said.
“As with the first sessions, this won’t be any sort of decision-making forum, but we’re keen to make sure we’re accessible to the public and we hope people will take the opportunity to come and discuss some of the key things either already going on or planned for the area.”
Cllr Jackson also stated the events would not replace or impact other ward surgeries.
“These listening events are more of an opportunity for the public to come and talk to us about borough-wide matters – and also share some of their ideas with us if they want – so we can continue to work with them to realize the ambition and aspirations we all have for North East Lincolnshire.’’
Councillor Stewart Swinburn (Portfolio Holder for the Environment and Transport) who turned down the A46 Protected Cycle Lane scheme, will be in attendance. Now's your chance to discuss improvements in cycling infrastructure.
DROP IN SESSIONS
· Cleethorpes Town Hall between 5 pm and 7 pm on Monday, 21 February.
· Grimsby Town Hall between 5 pm and 7 pm on Monday, 7 March.
· Immingham Civic Centre between 5.30 pm and 7.30 pm on Thursday, 10 March.
UPDATE 7th March 2022.
Tim Newbery attended the ‘drop-in session’ on Monday 7th March 2022 giving the opportunity of a one to one conversation with North East Lincolnshire Cabinet member Councillor Stewart Swinburn (Portfolio Holder for Environment and Transport).
A 20-minute dialogue followed covering many issues relating to cycling. Rewarding certainly.
Tim expressed disappointment on the failure to carry forward the introduction of a dedicated cycleway on the A46 between Bargate and Peaks Parkway, especially as it might discourage Grimsby Institute students cycling to college or example. This scheme had been funded to the tune of £319,000 as part of the Department for Transport’s “Active Travel Fund”. Cllr Swinburn stated that there had been overwhelming opposition to the scheme by the public following two consultations but gave assurance that a proportion of the money awarded would be re-allocated to smaller scale improvements, one of which might be a protected cycleway between Grimsby Institute and Bradley along the Laceby Road. Cllr Swinburn also discussed Tranche 3 of the Active Travel Fund.
Cllr Swinburn stated that he had just finished a meeting detailing The Local Transport Plan for 2022/23-2024/25. The Department of Transport has very recently awarded the authority a budget of nearly £4 million for 2022/2023. A further Cabinet meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 9th March 2022 to discuss approval of the Local Transport Delivery Plan 2022/23-2024/25, part of which involves Active travel (cycling, walking and Public Rights of Way).
DfT suggested budget split:
Carriageway & Footway maintenance 47%, Highway structures 9%, Street lighting 1%, Traffic 13%, Road safety 12%, Public transport 9% and Active travel 9%.
Tim also discussed the recent award (1st February 2022) of The Capability Fund grant which has replaced the Access Fund. This is totally separate to the Active Travel Fund and the much larger capital grant fund, and enables local transport authorities to promote cycling and walking by the development of infrastructure plans and carrying out behaviour change activities such as training. North East Lincolnshire UA has been awarded £338,195. Cllr Swinburn said that he would follow this up and contact Tim on any future proposals that might come as a result of the funding.
Finally, discussions took place on the ‘Super Highway’ between Grimsby and Immingham, the third and final part of which is
scheduled to be completed in April 2022. Cllr Swinburn acknowledged that the route which finishes at Grimsby and Cleethorpes Yacht Club then leaves a cyclist on a circuitous route into the town centre and is in no way intuitive. The DfT now prefers routes away from main roads and future developments would need to be planned appropriately. Tim was asked if he had cycled in the area and would he be available to give any feedback on current routes and future schemes. On behalf of Cycling UK Lincolnshire Tim agreed and is looking forward to future engagement.
Visit North Lincolnshire Networking Meeting
UPDATE 1st March 2022.
Monday 7th March 2022 13.00-15.00 at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Church Square, Scunthorpe, DN15 6TB.
There are still a few places left (limited to 40) on the Networking Meeting which is focused on Sustainability and encouraging businesses to ‘go green’. Contact: www.visitnorthlincolnshire.com for availability and to obtain an eventbrite link.
Guest speakers include Helen Smith from Visit Lincoln who will be giving a talk on Cycle Lincolnshire and how visitor economy businesses can get involved and attract cyclists.
UPDATE 9th March 2022.
Helen Smith took over in December from Haley Toyne as Project Manager for ‘Cycle Lincolnshire’ (following on from Cycle England). Visit Lincoln, Visit Lincolnshire and Cycle Lincolnshire are all run under the auspices of Lincolnshire County Council.
The aim is very much to promote ‘Cycle Tourism’. Cycle Tourism currently adds £520 million to the local economy in Lincolnshire. Helen stated that there are many local cycle routes being promoted across the county for example within West Lindsey, East Lindsey, LCC, North East Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire and so on. However, these are largely short unconnected routes and the idea is to liaise with all the Tourist Officers to promote the county in a more co-ordinated way for cycling holidays. Pre pandemic there was a focus on targeting the Dutch and German market but it’s now more of a domestic market that is being targeted, especially with the demise of ‘Welcome to Yorkshire’. Helen said that she would love to see a county wide route that would connect all the regions, aiming at getting tourists to spend a few days touring the county. Cycle Lincolnshire have already published a number of shorter routes designed for cycling holidays.
With regards to North Lincolnshire, there are 12 cycle routes currently published. Laura Ashton, Senior Events Officer North Lincolnshire, stated that these routes were devised in some instances over 20 years ago and that they need to be re-ridden and if appropriate re-designed. North Lincolnshire is also developing a new route to take in historic Thornton Abbey. Vicky Loftus (Breeze Network Lincolnshire Ride Leader, Breeze Champion and Lincs Inspire) has been asked to devise a route. All of these routes will then be re-branded under Cycle Lincolnshire.
‘Becoming Cycle Friendly’
An opportunity for business’ in the Greater Lincolnshire area wanting to welcome cyclists (whether to provide accommodation, food and drink, local attraction or a cycle specific product) to complete online modules and be awarded a Cycle Lincolnshire Charter.
Social Prescribing Day
UPDATE 10th March 2022.
Today is 'Social Prescribing Day' and North East Lincolnshire Council and its regeneration partner EQUANS have just been awarded £76,00 from the Department of Transport to find out how social prescribing scheme could be developed locally, helping to enable local people to engage in active travel such as cycling. If given the go-ahead to take part in the national pilot, it could see social prescribing referrals for people to take part in activity programmes and projects that encourage cycling as part of their daily travel. This could include social/guided bike rides, equipment loans and new infrastructure.
Development of a new 10,000 sq feet Sainsburys store near Washingborough impacting the Water Rail Way.
UPDATE 8th February 2022.
Andrew Townhil, Secretary Cycling UK Lincoilnshire.
“There is a matter of concern with a development that is planned to open a Sainsbury’s store very near the Sustrans Water Rail Way shared user path in Washingborough (near Lincoln).
While it is not on the Water Rail itself there is I feel sure that it will impact on the NCN 1 route because it is a new 10,000 sq feet Sainsburys store that will be built adjacent to Green Lane which for those living in Washingborough and for others is the main access point to the Water Rail Way. I feel it will encourage more car journeys and will present a danger to vulnerable road users trying to access Green Lane. If you have not seen the plans they can be viewed here
I have made my views known but not had a reply".
"There seems to be provision for bike racks and a pedestrian crossing. I feel if this goes ahead there will be other developments on Green Lane, for example additional housing and drive through fast food and coffee facilities. I think ultimately the Water Rail Way would come under threat with pressure of the narrow lane to be used as an access road".
UPDATE 15th February 2022.
Response from Gwyneth McMinn, Head of Network Development (England, Midlands and East) Sustrans:
"We were not aware of a development for a new 10,000 sq feet Sainsburys store near Washingborough.
I will inform my Network Development Manager, Joss Winter for this area to look into this matter further and reply to the planning application direct" .
UPDATE 9TH March 2022.
Report by Paul Whitelam, Senior Reporter ‘lincolnshirelive’
“Residents appear to support the idea of a new Sainsbury’s store in their village, according to a survey by the supermarket giant. Just over 400 people responded to a survey about its plan during a recent consultation”.
“Asked whether they would support improved shopping choice in Washingborough, 64 per cent of respondents indicated that they would, while 57 per cent said that they would support or tend to support a new Sainsbury’s specifically”.
Pending planning permission, Sainsbury’s hopes to open the store in summer 2023
DfT Active Travel Fund
UPDATE 23RD May 2022.
DfT Announce final funding allocations for the local transport authorities of the active travel fund.
Tranche 1 supported the installation of temporary projects for the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Tranche 2 supported the creation of longer-term projects.
Tranche 3 final 2021-2022 allocation.
Lincolnshire: £105,500; 799,900; 1,800.000
North East Lincolnshire: £42,000; 319,200; 264,000
North Lincolnshire: £41,000; 154,850; 175,000
Active Travel Fund Scheme in Louth
UPDATE 23RD May 2022.
Louth's Independent Traders praise the scheme...
The timeline to pedestrianise and facilitate cycling in Louth town centre so far:
March 2021: an open consultation was held on proposals for pavement cafe licenses, parking restrictions and associated closures in relation to the newly pedestrianised area plans.
May 2021: Consultation period closed following local elections
June 2021: LCC (Lincolnshire County Council) liaised with local councillor Sarah Parkin regarding the proposed scheme and options to the original plan after reacting to feedback from residents and businesses. The county council also met with local cycle forums (Louth Cycle Forum) to look at some issues they had raised
July 2021: LCC met on-site to go through issues and agreed solutions
September/October: LCC liaised with ELDC parking services and Market organisers to clarify all their requirements.
October: LCC met with councillor Parkin and a trader where they discussed the scheme from the trader's perspective. This information was shared with EATF planners to consider in the ongoing design.
October/November: Design elements for the scheme to temporarily widen footways are worked on for the works programme and delivery.
December: LCC met with councillor Parkin, representatives from East Lindsey District Council and local traders to share the details of the proposals, explain the rationale behind them and ensure that they were happy with the restrictions. Plan adjustments were made following the meeting.
March: The scheme begins with changes to Mercer Row and traffic flow in that area of the town. After feedback from those using the area, changes were promptly made to the first part of the scheme’s activation.
Barriers that were in place on Mercer Row were removed with planters used instead to close off access to Cornmarket denoting the newly pedestrianised area. Changes to signage were also being undertaken.
May 2022: Parklet seat units that combine bespoke seating options with large planters are announced for the area to encourage people to stop and rest in the café culture part of Louth.
Councillor Richard Davies, executive member for Lincolnshire Highways at Lincolnshire County Council said: "The Active Travel Scheme is something designed to open up the businesses and café culture to a wider audience. As we have right from the very start of this process, we will continue to listen to feedback from everyone who wants to get in touch.
Gary Denniss, chairman of the Louth Independent Traders said: "I think EATF (Emergency Active Travel Fund) will bring to Louth a much more pleasant shopping experience for customers and as a town, we have to move forward, we cannot stand still.
"We have all just been through a very difficult period and now is the time to make some changes to encourage people to use their local towns. We want to make it the very best experience for them that we can.
"Having spoken with members of the public and traders, it’s clear that most of them think that the EATF is a great idea." He added: "Louth was not designed for the number of cars we currently see on our streets and the town is well blessed with car parks and some of the cheapest parking in the country, some of it is even free.
"Most car parks are within a 5-minute walk of the town centre. We have disabled parking in the centre of town on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays so I think we have covered all the bases." Changes have been made to Mercer Row which includes restricting traffic to create a larger pedestrian area feeding into Cornmarket.