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Cycle to Work Day – Wednesday 18th April 2018

HarBUG is hosting a Campus Cycle to Work Day on Wednesday 18th April.

It’s time to go to the shed, dust down your cycle, pump up the tyres, oil the chain and cycle to work. If you have been cycling to work all through the winter then celebrate the start of spring and better cycling weather.

Don’t forget to tell colleagues and get them to ditch the car for the day and try cycling to work.

It is a great event to meet other cyclists who commute to the campus or to try cycling to work by joining one of our escorted rides in to the Campus.

There will be a free breakfast for cyclists, sponsored by Harwell Campus, 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.

There will be free Science Vale cycle maps and other information available.

If you have never cycled to work before or are getting back in the saddle then join one of our easy paced escorted rides to the Campus, 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

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

Please download the word document and publish on your organisation’s intranet / newsletter / email: Cycle to Work Day Intranet April 2018

Notes:

  • 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.

We are looking for ride leaders for the escorted rides from Didcot, Wantage and Grove. If you could help HarBUG out by leading a ride please contact chair@harbug.org.uk

Event kindly sponsored by Harwell Campus:

 

Proposed Wantage Road Cyle Lanes

Update 25th March

A draft HarBUG response to the Wantage Road Cycle Lane proposal can be found here: HarBUG-Wantage-Road-Cycle-Lanes-2018.pdf

If you have any comments / observations please email at: chair@harbug.org.uk

The County Council have a consultation open for proposed cycle lanes on Wantage Road in Didcot. These plans have been re-designed following our objections to the original designs proposed last year.

The new cycle lanes are a much better design and the kind of cycle lanes we have been asking for. They are a hybrid lane i.e. separate lanes on both sides of the road with a raised kerb and small height difference between the carriageway and cycle lane.

This type of cycle lane is common in Europe and now being used in the U.K. They have recently been built at Headington in Oxford along The Slade. Wantage Road will be the second installation in Oxfordshire.

The designs are not perfect, there are space constraints and existing restrictions but cyclists will have priority crosssing junctions. The design is in line with Didcot Garden plans and has future scope for extension to Harwell village and Didcot town centre.

HarBUG is minded to support the plans. It is important for the whole of the Science Vale to get this type of cycle infrastructure built and become the norm for cycle lane design in the area.

You can comment on the consultation by following the links below. HarBUG has full sized A0 prints of the scheme if you would like a detailed look please contact chair@harbug.org.uk to arrange viewing.

Consultation can be found here: B4493 Wantage Road Cycle Lanes Consultation

Plans for the western end of the cycle lanes (pdf): B4493_Wantage_Road_Proposed_Cycle_Provision_West

Plans for the eastern end of the cycle lanes (pdf): B4493_Wantage_Road_Proposed_Cycle_Provision_East

Please support the proposals. HarBUG will be sending a response but the more support we can get the more likely the plans will be passed. We anticipate some objections from Wantage Road residents and businesses. Please comment individually as well as letting HarBUG know your views.

Thanks

Cycle to Work Day – Wednesday 18th April

It’s time to go to the shed, dust down your cycle, pump up the tyres, oil the chain and cycle to work. To help you to get back in the saddle HarBUG are runnning a Cycle to Work Day on Wednesday 18th April. More details to follow but book the date in your diary.

If you have been cycling to work all through the winter, join us on the 18th to celebrate the start of spring and better cycling weather.

Don’t forget to tell colleagues and get them to ditch the car for the day and try cycling to work.

We will be running escorted rides from Didcot and Wantage / Grove.  To run the escorted rides we need volunteer ride leaders, if you would like to help please contact chair@harbug.org.uk

 

Thomson Avenue Entrance Junction Upgrade

Oxfordshire County Council have opened a consultation into improving the Thomson Avenue Entrance from the A4185.

The proposals are for a traffic light controlled junction with a right hand turn lane in the southbound direction.

A plan of the junction can be downloaded here: Thomson_Avenue_Junction_Scheme_Plan.pdf

The consultation is detailed on the OCC website here: Harwell Campus Entrance Consultation

Things to note:

  • The car park at the entrance is being extended and the entrance/exit is being moved further down Thomson Avenue.
  • The current sharp turns needed on the pavilion side will be straightened out. However sharp turns will still be needed on the island in the middle of the junction.
  • The islands will have cyclist / pedestrian lights to control the crossing points.
  • All arms of the junction will have advanced stop boxes for cyclists. On the northbound lane of the A4185 there is a dropped kerb by the stop box to allow cyclists who are using the shared use path to join the main carriageway at the box.
  • The northbound bus stop that car drivers expect you to cycle in, will be removed to make way for the southbound right hand lane.

If you have any comments you can comment on the consultation direct or email your views to HarBUG and we will be sending in a consultation: mailto:web@harbug.org.uk

The consultation end on the 6th April.

P.S. The photo above shows the Thomson Avenue Entrance when it was the Nuclear Site main entrance with the large concrete blast blocks. The positioning of the blocks is why there is a sharp turn required on the pavilion side of the junction.

Potholes

If you have been back cycling this year then you will have noticed that there are a lot of potholes around on the roads.

Potholes are particularly dangerous for cyclists so please take the time to report potholes to the County Council and get them repaired.

Oxfordshire use FixMyStreet to report potholes and other road issues. You can enter details here: Oxfordshire Potholes

Alternatively you can download the FixMyStreet app from the Apple App Store or Google Play for Android. Using a smartphone is convenient as you can send the details directly from the pothole.

 

Backhill Tunnel Now Open

The Backhill Tunnel inbetween Milton Park and Milton Gate (on the  A4130 at the start of the Milton Interchange from Didcot) is now open for cyclists.

HarBUG has been keen to see this link open as it is a key for future cycle routes to the Campus from Abingdon avoiding the Milton Interchange. The next stage will see a dedicated crossing on the A4130 due in spring next year.

As Didcot expands there will be a cycle path from the new crossing to an unused bridge across the A34 to Cow Lane / Townsend in Harwell Village and onto the Winnaway. Another cycle path will lead to a new cycle / pedestrian bridge across the A34 to Milton Heights.

The tunnel was saved from permanent closure because a waste pipe (now redundant) from the Harwell Campus Magnox site to the Thames ran through it. The route of the pipe through Milton Park has not been built on either and plans are being investigated to see if this land could be converted to a cycle path and link onto Abingdon.

On-line Cycling Survey: Highway Incidents affecting Cyclists – September 2015 to August 2017

Cyclox, the Oxford cycle campaigning group, have been having some meetings with the County Council Roadworks Team to see if road works/road maintenance around the County can be improved. The Roadworks Team have devised a questionnaire to help understand the issues faced by cyclists on the road.

The aim of the questionnaire is to provide a clearer picture to the council of the problems experienced by cylists on the county’s roads and cycleways, particularly with regard to how surface condition may have contributed to spills or other issues (eg potholes, slippery road, etc)

We know this type of problem is under-reported, so by better understanding the nature, frequency and location of these incidents, the council’s can more pro-actively target defect repairs and also larger scale resurfacing works to specific places or routes.

The survey is very straight-forward  and quick, and may be completed anonymously. It is available on the Oxfordshire County Council website via this link:     https://consultations.oxfordshire.gov.uk/consult.ti/highway_incidents_cyclists/

Please note

Please only log incidents that occurred between September 2015 and August 2017. 

The closing date for completing the questionnaire is October 22, 2017

This questionnaire is a trial run, so is not public, and is only open to members of clubs/organisations.

The questionnaire is only accessible via the above link, and cannot be found on the County Council’s website. 

The results of the survey should be made available within one month of this date and will be discussed in follow-up meetings between user groups and the council highways department. 

Please do not use the questionnaire to report current defects. These can be reported via:    https://fixmystreet.oxfordshire.gov.uk/

The Winnaway and Strava Segments

HarBUG has flagged the Strava segments that use the downhill, narrow path, part of the Winnaway as hazardous. This means that cyclists can no longer record Goals and Achievements on these segments.

HarBUG is trying to get the Winnaway re-designated as a Bridleway from a foothpath. Using the path for recording fast decents could undermine our case for change.

Apologies if you have been recording your time whilst using the path responsibly but we have had a complaint, from a Winnaway resident,  about cyclists not slowing down to pass pedestrians on the downhill section.

The segments that go uphill have been left and we have not changed any running segments.

If you have no idea what Strava Segments are you can find out here:  What are segments?

 

Cycle to Work Day – This Wednesday

Don’t forget, HarBUG is celebrating National Cycle to Work Day this Wednesday 13th September with a Campus Cycle to Work Day event.

The weather forecast for Wednesday morning is dry and fine but Tuesday evening is wet and windy, so don’t let this put you off.

It is great event to meet other cyclists who commute to the campus or to try cycling to work by joining one of our escorted rides in to the Campus.

There will be a free breakfast for cyclists, sponsored by Harwell Campus, 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.

Pledge now to cycle to work and be in with a chance of winning prizes including bikes and holidays. Pledge here: cycletoworkday.org

There will be free Science Vale cycle maps and other information available.

If you have never cycled to work before or are getting back in the saddle then join one of our easy paced escorted rides to the Campus, 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

Notes:

  • 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.

Also don’t forget the HarBUG AGM on the same day in Diamond House G59 at 12:30.

Cycling to Work is ‘Staggeringly’ Good For You

We all know cycling to work is the best way to get to and from work and it’s probably doing you some good. However a recent major study, published in the British Medical Journal, suggests that the health benefits are staggering, slashing the risk of heart disease and cancer.

You can read an article here at The Conversation website and you the original research is here at the BMJ website.

Celebrate taking the healthy and fun commuting choice by joining in the Campus, and National, Cycle to Work Day next Wednesday (13th september) and encourage colleagues to try cycling to work.Don’t forget to pledge your ride at cycletowork.org with a chance to win prizes.

We also still need ride leaders for the escorted rides from Didcot, Wantage and Grove. Please if you can help out or would like to know more information about what being a ride leader entails contact harbug at web@harbug.org.uk. Thanks.