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Posts about promoting cycling or improving cycle safety in and around Chichester

Sunday PopUp Cycle-Way Tryout

Sunday PopUp Cycle-Way Tryout

ChiCycle are interested to hear what local cyclists and residents think of the Chichester PopUp Cycle Scheme. This Sunday 16th August evening at 5pm, we intend meeting up at Northgate car park near the Tennis Club. We advise anyone wishing to join us with a bicycle to wear a day-glow vest and a cycle helmet. People may wish to try out the scheme for the first 20 to 30 minutes to develop initial impressions and so we can get some…

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ChEmRoute Goes Dutch

ChEmRoute Goes Dutch

In parallel to Chichester District Council (CDC), West Sussex County Council (WSCC) and Highways England (HE) announcing plans to remove cycle lanes from the A259 between Chichester to Emsworth to make bikes ride on the pavement, the Department for Transport (DfT) has introduced giudlines and policies that require higher standards of walking and cycling provision. On the 27 July 2020 DfT published their policy paper for cycling and walking plan for England which sets out a vision for a travel…

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Work Begins on Temporary Cycle-Ways in Chichester

Work Begins on Temporary Cycle-Ways in Chichester

At approximately 2PM Wednesday 29th July 2020 while cycling into town I spotted work men preparing counters for fitting into the Avenue De Chartres roadway. This was in readiness for the installation of temporary Cycle–Ways! The slide shows images below illustrate progress so far: Looking at the cycle-way layouts led me to reflect just how difficult it is to design a coherent and direct bike route and I pondered over the many difficulties the installation team will need to overcome….

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Highways England Chichester to Emsworth Cycle Route Concerns

Highways England Chichester to Emsworth Cycle Route Concerns

The new scheme for the Chichester to Emsworth Cycle Route threatens to reduce the level of local provision for both pedestrians and cyclists alike. It will also encouraging faster and larger volumes of motor vehicle traffic along the A259. There are a great many reasons why it is unsatisfactory for the cycle scheme to relocate cyclists onto the existing pavements through the harbour villages. Removing the existing cycle lanes will encourage greater volumes of motor vehicle traffic that will also…

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No Cycle or Pedestrian Crossings shown on the West of Chichester Development Highway Adoption Plans

No Cycle or Pedestrian Crossings shown on the West of Chichester Development Highway Adoption Plans

Plans for the West of Chichester Development Northern Spine Road 18/01587/REM were accepted on Wed 05 Dec 2018 but the plans did not show any pedestrian/zebra or cycle/toucan crossings of the spine road. However, council officers and developers previously shared a documented exchange where they decided these matters were best handled at a later date by the inclusion of a condition in the agreement. On the 24th June 2018 Steven Shaw (WSCC County Highways) raised a question about pedestrian crossing…

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Open Letter to Highways England regarding the Chichester to Emsworth Cycle-way

Open Letter to Highways England regarding the Chichester to Emsworth Cycle-way

We have now received the following reply from highways England: Subject: FW: ChiCycle Chichester-Emsworth A27 Designated Funds Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2020 15:51:48 +0000 From: Elliott, Simon <Simon.Elliott@highwaysengland.co.uk> Dear Mr Record Thank you for your email regarding the Chichester to Emsworth Non-Motorised User (NMU) route. Firstly, may I apologise for the length of time it has taken to respond to your letter. As you are aware, we are currently in the process of procuring a design partner to progress the…

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Cycling Without Age and BrightRide

Cycling Without Age and BrightRide

A new Chichester community cycling website https://www.brightride.org.uk/  has appeared and their objectives overlap with many similar aims held by ChiCycle. We are excited about working with them but remain slightly jealous because their website looks considerably more professional than ours. Richard Turnbull has politely contacted us for support with the BrightRide Cycling Without Age Project and we are really pleased to hear that someone is working towards such a wonderful idea for inclusive cycling. The project is to make a…

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Chichester to Emsworth Cycle Route (please share your opinions)

Chichester to Emsworth Cycle Route (please share your opinions)

The Chichester District Cycle Forum made a freedom of information request to government to publish the National Highways fund feasibility study plans for the Chichester to Emsworth Cycle Route. As a result the document has been publicly released. A few sensitive commercial details have been blanked out from the report but all the information likely to be of interest to the community has been disclosed. The full report is available on this link. It can also be reached from the…

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West of Chichester Spine Road Cycle Provision is being Significantly Downgraded!

West of Chichester Spine Road Cycle Provision is being Significantly Downgraded!

ChiCycle recently raised safety issues over the West of Chichester Development’s proposed continuous cycle-way that was to run parallel with the Northern Spine Road. Our concerns appear to have initiated changes in planning. Developers promised a continuous cycle-way with pedestrians and cyclists  having priority at crossings. Unfortunately the developers designs failed to meet DFT safety standards. A new WSCC highways adoption agreement has solved some safety issues by removing the traffic priority for pedestrians and cyclists! ChiCycle members have mixed…

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