AGM – Final Reminder !

A FINAL reminder that HarBUG’s 2018 Annual General Meeting will be held tomorrow, TUESDAY, 16th OCTOBER at 12:30pm, in DIAMOND HOUSE (room G59), on the RAL site.

The AGM will include updates about HarBUG’s year, a review of HarBUG’s accounts, and the election of a new committee.  And we will have a lively discussion of cycling issues and plans for the future.  Feel free to bring your lunch.

Do consider joining the HarBUG committee.  ALL posts are up for election.  HarBUG needs your support.

If you don’t have access to the RAL site, simply let us know TODAY by emailing secretary@harbug.org.uk .  On arrival, allow sufficient time to go first via RAL reception to collect a visitor pass.  They will direct you to Diamond House.

Guy W

secretary@harbug.org.uk

AGM Reminder! Tuesday 16th October

Just a reminder that HarBUG’s 2018 Annual General Meeting will be held this coming TUESDAY, 16th OCTOBER at 12:30pm, in DIAMOND HOUSE (room G59), on the RAL site.  Please put the date in your diary.

The AGM will include updates about HarBUG’s year, a review of HarBUG’s accounts, and the election of a new committee.  And we will have a lively discussion of cycling issues and plans for the future.  Feel free to bring your lunch.

Do consider joining the HarBUG committee.  ALL posts are up for election.  HarBUG needs your support.

If you have any particular issues you would like to discuss, or if you are considering joining the committee, please email secretary@harbug.org.uk.  Or simply come along on the day.

If you don’t have access to the RAL site, simply let us know by emailing secretary@harbug.org.uk at least a day beforehand.  On the day, allow sufficient time to go first via RAL reception to collect a visitor pass.  They will direct you to Diamond House.

Guy W

secretary@harbug.org.uk

 

HarBUG 2018 AGM – Tuesday 16th October

HarBUG’s 2018 Annual General Meeting will be held on TUESDAY 16th OCTOBER at 12:30pm, in DIAMOND HOUSE (room G59), on the RAL site.  Please put the date in your diary.

The AGM will include reports from the committee, a review of HarBUG’s accounts, and the election of a new committee.  And we will have a lively discussion of cycling issues.  Feel free to bring your lunch.

Do consider joining the HarBUG committee.  ALL posts are up for election.  HarBUG needs your support.

If you have any particular issues you would like to discuss, or if you are considering joining the committee, please email secretary@harbug.org.uk.  Or simply come along on the day.

Guy W

secretary@harbug.org.uk

 

Annual General Meeting 2018

Look out for HarBUG’s AGM – coming soon!

The AGM is a great opportunity to raise cycling issues, and have your say.   Date, location and agenda to follow.

HarBUG needs your support.

HarBUG works with local authorities to try to ensure the ‘cycling’ voice is heard – particularly in planning decisions.  The more support we have, the better HarBUG can influence things.

We also organise two cycle-to-work days each year, with free breakfasts and guided rides.  These can only happen with the help of HarBUG volunteers.

We want to be there to help and support anyone considering cycling to work.

The AGM will include the election of HarBUG’s committee, and a review of HarBUG’s accounts.  Come along and join the committee!

Help HarBUG to be as effective and influential as we can be.

Guy W

secretary@harbug.org.uk

Cycle Routes Update

There have been some updates to planned cycle routes to share.

New Route From Wantage via Hendreds and Ardington Oxfordshire County Council have not been able to secure the land needed to build this path along the preferred route. This is disappointing news and we have a meeting with OCC to discuss options for the route in a couple of weeks.
One issue is that the funding has to be spent by March 2020 and OCC would like us to put forward alternative schemes that could be built within this time frame. If you have any ideas for new cycle routes or upgrades please contact web@harbug.org.uk Please note that any suggestions should be ‘shovel ready’ i.e. be existing rights of way or using local authority land and the funding is to improve cycling between towns and business parks.

The A34 Link Between Chilton and West Ilsley Interchanges
There has been a step forward for this route. Highways England have commissioned Kier group to undertake a feasibility study into the route. HarBUG has met with with Kier and Highways England to go through options and they are now looking at the preferred option (agreed by all) of a route that joins the Chilton underpass and runs along the west side of the A34 on the inside of the field i.e. away from the carriage way and connects to the  existing bridleway at the West Ilsley interchange / Bury Lane.
This is just the first step but it is a step forward.

 

New Chilton A34 Services

A planning application has been opened for new services on the A34 at the Chilton Interchange. The services will be built off the first roundabout, from the Campus direction, on the land in-between the northbound slips and the A34 northbound lanes.

The services will have a petrol station, shop, cash machine and a drive through food / coffee outlet of some sort.

You can view the planning application, plans and reports from the council planning website:  P18/V1755/FUL.

There is also a website from the developer: a34chiltonservices.co.uk

In the planning statement they point out, with respect to the Harwell Campus; ‘the service area will provide a new retail shop and drive-through facility for the more than 6,000 people who work at the nearby Harwell Campus, which will be accessible by foot, cycle or car’.

The services would be within a ‘lunchtime walk’ distance from Fermi Avenue based organisations and cycling distance from all on the Campus. They have even included cycle parking at both the shop and drive through. However there are no plans to upgrade or provide any pedestrian / cycle access from the Campus direction (or Chilton residents on the west side of the A34). Unless you cycle on the roads and the roundabout you will need to drive to the services.

The plans do not appear to meet the walking and cycling provisions of; the Oxfordshire Local Travel Plan 3, Vale of White Horse Local Plan or the National or the National Planning Policy Framework.

Clearly the main customer base for the services will be vehicles on the A34 but there will be a reasonable regular custom from people based at the Campus. If access for pedestrians and cyclists are not included in the planning application it is a reasonable assumption that they will need to be built in the future at Council Tax payers expense.

HarBUG is minded to object to the application on these grounds as well as the services increasing the traffic on the roundabout making it less safe for cyclists crossing the junction.

If you have any comments please contact chair@harbug.org.uk

Harwell Village Traffic Management

Harwell Parish Council are holding a consultation about traffic management through the village now that the relief road has opened. S106 developer money from Great Western Park for traffic calming in the village is available or will be soon.

A presentation has been prepared which can be downloaded here: Harwell Village Traffic Management Discussion

Slide 16 deals with the junction with the A417 at the bottom of the Winnaway.

An online survey has been opened to get feedback from the discussion: Harwell Traffic Management Survey

Please have a look at the presentation and either send your comments directly using the survey (please also send to web@harbug.org.uk) or send it to web@harbug.org.uk and we will send a response from HarBUG.

This is an opportunity to try and make Harwell village a more pleasant and safer place to cycle, so have your say.

Bike Week 2018 – Campus Events from HarBUG

Join in with National Bike Week 2018. HarBUG has organised two campus events on Wednesday 13th June, open to anybody who cycles or would like to try cycling to work.


Campus Cycle to Work Day

We have a Campus Cycle to Work Day which is a great way to try cycling to work with one of our easy paced escorted rides to the campus from Didcot, Wantage or Grove, suitable for all fitness levels. Just turn up before the departure time detailed below:

  • Didcot Parkway, Brompton hire lockers – Depart 07:50
  • Wantage, Nelson Pub – Depart 07:45
  • Grove, Millbrook Square – Depart 07:30

If you already cycle to work, it is great event to meet other cyclists who commute to the campus.

There will be a free breakfast for cyclists, sponsored by Element 6, for any Campus staff who cycle to work on the Cycle to Work Day. Vegetarian option available. Breakfast will be served at the Harwell Pavilion, Thomson Entrance between 07:30 to 09:00.


Cycle Surgery

Mountain Mania from Didcot will be running a free cycle surgery from 08:30 to 12:30 in front of the Electron Building on Fermi Avenue.

If your cycle needs tuning up, adjustments or minor repairs then drop your cycle off and get it looked at for free.  Please see notes below for further details. Sponsored by Harwell Campus.

 

 


Media

Please download the poster for the event and display it on your organisation’s notice board: Bike Week Cycle to Work Poster 2018

Please download the word document and publish on your organisation’s intranet / newsletter / email: Cycle to Work Text


Notes for Cycle to Work Day:

  • If you are joining the escorted rides, please ensure your cycle is road worthy.
  • Cycle helmets are not mandatory on escorted rides but are recommended.
  • Ride leaders for the escorted rides will be wearing HarBUG fluorescent jackets.
  • We cannot connect the Didcot ride with trains from Oxford and Reading due to restrictions carrying cycles on some trains and timetable changes.
  • Free breakfasts will be available whilst stocks last.
  • Please contact chair@harbug.org.uk if you have any questions.

Notes for Cycle Surgery:

  • Cycle Surgery works on a first come first served basis.
  • Labour is provided free any parts must be paid for by the cycle owner.
  • The Cycle Surgery is provided for basic adjustments, tuning or minor repairs to cycles only. We reserve the right to refuse any cycle if the work required will require too much time to complete. The amount of time available will depend on the number of cycles left for work and a judgement call from either Mountain Mania or a HarBUG representative, this will be be non-negotiable.
  • Cycles are left at the Cycle Surgery at the owner’s own risk.
  • Cycles must be collected before the finishing time of 12:30.
  • HarBUG is not responsible for any damage, loss or theft of any cycles using the Cycle Surgery.