Coventry council’s cabinet members, with officers, toured Waltham Forest’s “mini Holland” schemes on 8 October.
Video on what’s been going on this London suburb largely built before 1950 (like a lot of Coventry).
The West Midlands Combined Authority is required by Law to publish and review a Local Transport Plan for the area covered by Coventry, Solihull, Birmingham, Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.
In the past, transport planning has been based on the “Predict and Provide” principle. That is, “Predict” where under-capacity or safety will be a problem and then provide more roads and/or railways.
Policy makers are beginning to recognise the problems with this approach:
To name a just a few. So this “Green Paper” proposes an alternative. Instead of “more of the same”, transport projects should be assessed according to how much they help with broad societal objectives. Namely:
It’s important to understand where local policy makers are coming from; in order to come up with convincing arguments for spending more on cycling infrastructure.
There’s a survey as well, closing time: 23:59 on Friday 24th September 2021.
This promises to be of a quality never before seen in Coventry or Warwickshire. A three metre wide path separated from both pedestrians and motor traffic with priority over side streets.
There is opposition from residents who regard the storing of cars on the public highway as a basic right. There are petitions both for and against.
People who live or work in the council wards close to the route should contact the councillors expressing support. The affected wards are
Details of the route can be found here.
Due to the need for social distancing, the government is advising people to avoid using public transport. There’s a fear that this will lead to massive road congestion if commuters switch to cars as the lockdown is relaxed. In response to this, the Department of Transport has made £250 million available to local authorities, telling them to make significant changes to their road layouts, giving more space to cyclists and pedestrians.
However, buses and trains have a small share of transport in Coventry and the Warwickshire towns, except for journeys to schools and colleges, so it is likely that little will be implemented here.
If you know a place where there are considerable numbers of cyclists and where low cost temporary measures, such as planters or barriers, would greatly improve conditions, please email your local councillors about the issue. Copy in the relevant council cabinet members. In Coventry those would be Jim O’Boyle, Patricia Hetherton and Kamran Caan.
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The towpath between bridge 4 (where the Stoney Stanton Road meets Leicester Causeway) and Hawkesbury junction is due to be re-surfaced to 2.2m before the Autumn.
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Warwickshire County Council is inviting input to their Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP). A LCWIP is needed when they make funding bids for infrastructure projects. Please respond. I suggest making your response as wide ranging as possible. E.g:
There’s a proposal to build a vehicle battery factory on the land currently occupied by Coventry Airport.
Details, and a chance to comment on the proposals, can be found at http://www.gigafactoryconsultation.co.uk (note that the page is slow to load).
I’ve already made the following comment:
1) The battery factory will generate a lot of HGV traffic. What about a railway link to the West Coast Main Line (WCML) at a point just east of the A46? HS2 is supposed to free WCML capacity for freight.
2) The cycle routes need to be a lot better than the recently installed shared use path on the north side of Rowley Road. Cyclists on that path are expected to give way to traffic turning into and out of premises at fourteen points in a distance of about a mile.
Do local highway engineers understand the concept of Kinetic Energy and the fact that cyclists must generate their own? Have they ever heard of Department Of Transport publication “Cycle Infrastructure Design (LTN 1/20)” ?
On Thursday, 6 May there are elections for West Midlands Combined Authority mayor.
Cycle campaigners have been busy contacting candidates, asking them to “sign up” to a pledge for an active travel revolution. What the candidates were asked and their responses are here.
There’s interviews of the main candidates on their attitude to cycling as well.
If you like what a candidate says, please tell them so by email or Twitter. The Birmingham Cycling Campaign (Pushbikes) have listed the email addresses and twitter accounts at the end of this blog post
Coventry City Council, Solihull Borough Council and Warwickshire County Council are holding elections too, so if you might want to contact candidates there as well. Link to the answers that candidates for Warwickshire County Council gave to cycle campaigners.
Note district councils don’t have control of highways.
Coventry City Council is consulting on possible improvements to the cycling route between Warwick University’s Lynchgate Road entrance and Fletchamsted Highway (Canley Ford).
Click here for an expanded version of the plan.
When responding to the Council, you may wish to support some modifications to the plans:
The consultation website is at
Deadline: Sunday 11th April 2021
Coventry City Council is consulting on possible improvements.
Adam Tranter, Coventry’s Bicycle Mayor, has a good grasp of the ideas under consideration.
“Foleshill Road is one of the most hostile areas in the city for cycling, walking and driving. New average speed cameras are already coming in, but through the government’s Active Travel Fund, there is now funding for a cycle lane from the city centre to just past the Lockhurst Lane junction. Combined with potential bus gates, the through traffic in the area can be much decreased and alternative transport options provided. The majority of traffic on Foleshill Road is not adding any value to the community – most are using it as a cut through to get to the M6 and/or the city centre (people should be using the A444); as such, the road is one of the worst polluted in the city.”
“The scheme’s budget will mean the council will use wands for segregation from traffic for people cycling and there will be junction safety improvements for cycling; cyclists will have priority over side roads and the route will be continuous and direct.”
The council is taking on board every consultation response, so if you’re able to support the scheme, showing it by completing the web form would be much appreciated. As Adam puts it “A lot of people drive through the area and will be frustrated that they will no longer be able to do so. Therefore, it’s important to make sure there are as many positive voices as possible.” If people are to switch from car to bicycle, it’s important that the routes are direct and cyclists are not held up by long delays at traffic signals. People walking shouldn’t have a long wait to cross Foleshill Road either.
Adam also writes that “public realm improvements including parklets (mini seating areas in the space of parking bays) as well as general improvement of the shopping areas should be implemented as soon as possible.”
The consultation website is at
Deadline: Sunday 11th April 2021
Coventry Council is consulting on phase 2 of the cycleway; between Brandon Road and University Hospital.
The consultation closes on Sunday 18 April 2021.
There’s a petition in support. It can be signed by a person of any age who lives, works or studies in Coventry.
The proposals are very good, but a number of small points could be made:
The three 90 degree turns needed to access the Business Park path via the cycleway are all very tight. So many cyclists wishing to access the business park from Binley Road will leave the cycleway before the Clifford Bridge Road junction, at the access to St. Bartholomew’s church. Consequently, a dropped kerb on the east side of Brinklow Road at the access to the Business Park would be welcome.
The cycleway will be on the west side of Clifford Bridge Road, with priority over Mill Lane and Bridgeacre Gardens. The pedestrian/cyclist crossing will be at pavement height.
Along this part of Clifford Bridge Road, the proposal is to narrow both the traffic lanes and the lay-bys (on both sides of the road) to make space for the cycleway.
Cyclists sharing space with pedestrians only works when the people are not allowed to drive!
The temporary paths will probably be in place until HS2 is in operation, perhaps 2030 or later. Once HS2 is in operation, a permanent replacement will be opened parallel to HS2, on its south side between Burton Green and Berkswell station.
Make any comments you have on the “temporary” path between Kenilworth and Hob Lane to Warwick District Council. Search for reference W/20/1978/HS2
For the “temporary” path between Hob Lane and Berkswell station, send comments to Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council. Search for reference PL/2020/02821/HS2DIS