All posts by Guy W

Cycle Campaign Event This Saturday – Please join us!

As part of its ‘Space for Cycling’ campaign, Cycling UK is holding a number of rides and events around the country this Saturday 22nd April.

In Oxford, there will be a gathering outside County Hall at 2pm.

Please join us if you can.

Join one of the groups riding in from towns around Oxfordshire (eg Wantage).  Or join at one of Oxford’s Park & Rides.  Or just turn up at County Hall, before 2pm.  You don’t even need to bring your bike!  All the details of rides are here:

http://cyclingukoxfordshire.org/rides-and-events/space-for-cycling-campaign-event/

The event will give candidates in the forthcoming local elections the chance to show their support for cycling to the assembled cyclists and media.  Further information here:

http://cyclingukoxfordshire.org/campaign/

Guy W

 

AGM 2016 – Wednesday 28th September

The HarBUG Annual General Meeting will take place on WEDNESDAY 28th SEPTEMBER from 12:30 to 13:30, in the Lounge (top floor) at RIDGEWAY HOUSE.

Ridgeway House is on Fermi Avenue opposite RAL Main Entrance, just behind the Nursery.

Please put the date in your diary and please attend if you can – feel free to bring your lunch with you.

If you have any proposals / issues you would like to discuss please let me secretary@harbug.org.uk know before Friday 23rd September.

All HarBUG committee posts are up for election, so please consider helping to run HarBUG!  The posts up for election are Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, plus general committee members.  If you think you might be interested, let me secretary@harbug.org.uk know by Friday 23rd September.

Notes from last year’s meeting:  HarBUG AGM 2015 Notes

If you have any other questions please contact me.

Guy W

secretary@harbug.org.uk

 

Petition for New Law – Minimum Passing Distance

HarBUG has been asked to draw your attention to a petition which would require parliament to consider a new law requiring vehicles to leave a minimum safe distance when overtaking cyclists.

The petition is at:  https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/128190

Former Team GB star Chris Boardman, now a policy advisor to British Cycling, said the new law should be brought in ‘without delay’:  http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/motorists-could-face-100-fines-8102754

More information is available at:  http://www.roadsafetygb.org.uk/news/5080.html

Report with additional details:  Passing law research paper

Guy W

Wantage Neighbourhood Plan – Last Chance to Comment

If you live in or near Wantage, you may be aware that the FINAL ‘pre-submission’ version of Wantage Town Council’s NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN is now available for comment. Once approved, the Neighbourhood Plan will be a mandatory element of all future planning approvals in Wantage. It includes policies and proposals for Cycling.

This is the LAST CHANCE to have your say before the final Plan document is submitted to Vale of White Horse District Council for approval. The document can be seen on the Wantage Plan website HERE:

http://www.wantageneighbourhoodplan.org/

The consultation period runs until FRIDAY 20th NOVEMBER.

As a result of comments already received on earlier drafts, cycling now has a much higher profile in the Plan document. But the aspirations in the Plan will only carry weight if they are framed as mandatory requirements. Developers should be explicitly required to build fit-for-purpose cycle infrastructure, and the planning authorities should be explicitly required to examine planning applications for cycling content which conforms to proper standards.

PLEASE comment on the Plan, using the link above, by FRIDAY 20th NOVEMBER.

Many thanks for your help.

Guy W

 

AGM 2015 – Wednesday 16th September

The HarBUG Annual General Meeting will take place on WEDNESDAY 16th SEPTEMBER from 12:30 to 13:30, in the Lounge (top floor) at RIDGEWAY HOUSE.

Ridgeway House is on Fermi Avenue opposite RAL Main Entrance,  just behind the Nursery.

Please put the date in your calendar and please attend if you can – feel free to bring your lunch with you.

If you have any proposals / issues you would like to discuss please let the HarBUG secretary, Guy Wilkin  secretary@harbug.org.uk , know before Friday 11th September.   All HarBUG committee posts are up for election so if you would like to help out running HarBUG please contact the secretary.  The posts up for election are; Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary, plus general committee members.

Minutes of last year’s meeting:  HarBUG AGM 2014 Minutes

If you have any other questions please contact me.

Guy W

secretary@harbug.org.uk

 

Please Comment on Draft Wantage Neighbourhood Plan

A big thank you to everyone who responded to the Wantage Neighbourhood Plan Questionnaire late last year.  Now your help is needed again!  The first draft of the proposed Neighbourhood Plan has just been published for consultation.  See link to Plan website:

Draft Wantage Neighbourhood Plan

The consultation period runs until FRIDAY 17th JULY.  Hopefully this public consultation will re-inforce the message that cycling is a priority issue for Wantage.

The draft document refers to a specific Cycling Action Plan.  HarBUG members are already involved with this.  But we think the aspirations for cycling should be expressed more formally and forcefully in the Plan document itself.  As a minimum, developers should be explicitly required to build fit-for-purpose cycle infrastructure, and the planning authorities should be explicitly required to examine planning applications for cycling content which conforms to proper standards.

PLEASE comment on the Draft Plan, using the link above, by FRIDAY 17th JULY.

Many thanks for you help.

Guy W

 

Wantage Questionnaire – FINAL REMINDER !

Only a few days left to submit your Wantage Neighbourhood Plan Questionnaire !

For everyone living in OX12 (Wantage, Grove & surrounding villages).  Closing date Wed 3rd Dec – soon !

If you haven’t already done so – please respond with a positive cycling message.   The Plan is required to reflect the views of residents, and should be an excellent way to ensure the planning authorities have proper cycling policies – provided we ask for them !

Hope you can help.

Thanks

 

Wantage Questionnaire – Reminder !

To All Residents of OX12 (Wantage and surroundings):

Hope you are able to respond to your Wantage ‘Neighbourhood Plan’ Questionnaire with a positive Cycling message !

However effective (or not) you think such a Plan might be, remember that Cycling aspects will only be included if we ask for them!

Questionnaires must be returned by Wednesday 3rd December !

Thanks for your input !

Attention Wantage Cyclists !

Now is your chance to ensure Cycling gets included in Planning Policy for Wantage!

Every household in OX12 (that’s Wantage, Grove and surrounding villages) is receiving a Questionnaire seeking residents’ views on what should go into the Wantage Neighbourhood Plan. This Plan is intended to provide a formal framework for development in/around Wantage for the next 20 years or so.

So if you would like to see improvements for cyclists in/around Wantage, this is the key opportunity to get your views heard! The Plan is formally required to reflect the views of residents. The only way to get cycling issues and infrastructure taken seriously, and included in the Plan, is for as MANY people as possible to respond positively about cycling.

The deadline for returning the Questionnaire is the end of November (ie soon)! It can be done online if preferred.

Please respond if you can!

Thank you.