Housing Development on Campus

Goodman, the Campus developers, have revealed plans for 120 houses to be built in the area North of Curie Avenue and South of the Icknield Way. This is the land where the Squash courts were and where the empty houses are standing. The housing scheme will include the Kids Unlimited Nursery.

There was a public consultation last Tuesday (13th Nov.) which HarBUG attended. HarBUG’s main concerns were the maintaining of the Icknield Way and the cycle path by the side of the A4185 from the crossing point to Curie Avenue, both of these are being safeguarded. You can view the display from the public consultation here.

If you have any comments about the development please let HarBUG know at web@harbug.org.uk.

Please note these are houses are not part of the 400 new houses planned for the North of the Icknield Way around the existing North Drive houses.

November News

A round up of the latest cycling issues on the Campus and in  the Science Vale Area.

 

 

 

 

Planning News 1

The full planning application for the Grove Airfield Development has been formally submitted. HarBUG submitted comments to the outline planning application and a revised transport section for the development has been included in the full application.  It looks like some changes to the cycle access points to Grove and Wantage has been included, which was our main concern.

The planning application reference is P12/V0299. The revised transport section can be found in the 2012_10_26 Additional information received folder 7.10. The HarBUG response to the outline  planning application can be found here.

If you have any comments on the application please contact web@harbug.org.uk before the end of this week, we have to have comments in by 12th November.

Planning News 2

Goodman are holding a public exhibition of proposals to build 125 new homes at the top of the campus around South Drive. The exhibition will be on Tuesday 13th November from 4pm to 8pm at the Harwell Pavilion next to the Thomson Avenue entrance. HarBUG have previously discussed the Campus masterplan with Goodman and commented that we would like to ensure the integrity of route 44 is maintained i.e. roads and housing are routed around the track.

Crap Cycle lanes

There has been a discussion in the Forums about sensible cycle lanes. We should and need to complain to the council if we see this ‘ad hoc’ approach to cycle lanes. They do not meet Government criteria for cycle lanes and potentially make things worse for cyclists. HarBUG is currently responding to a proposed crap cycle lane in Didcot from the Great Western Park to the Foxhall roundabout which is a key route from Didcot to the campus. If you know about proposed cycle lanes or see the council putting them in please let us know and we will write and oppose / complain about them, obviously only if they are crap, which they usually are.

P.S. the photo on this post is a crap cycle lane in Wantage and is from the Warrington Cycle Campaign Cycle Facility of the Month which this month features a facility in Oxford.

Compulsory Cycle Helmets

Following on from RSRLs introduction of compulsory wearing of cycle helmets, HarBUG contacted RSRL and have received a reply. The reply did not shed much light on why the measure was introduced other than it was already a requirement on their Winfrith site.

We have also contacted Harwell Oxford and STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, the other two main landowners, to ensure that this does spread. In both cases we have confirmation that they have no intentions of introducing compulsory cycle helmets, unless there is a change in the law. STFC are soon to issue a new health and safety document concerning the use of site roads in which they state that the Highway Code applies to site roads and the use cycle helmets is recommended.

Fatal Cycle Accident

An accident occurred in Didcot on Saturday in which a cyclists died. The accident occurred at the Foxhall roundabout at the junction with Broadway and Wantage Road. This is a busy roundabout and used by quite a few HarBUG cyclists from Didcot. No details are available yet.

Campus Cyclists Rise To Challenge

Cyclists at the Harwell Oxford Campus put in a great effort for this year’s Oxfordshire Cycle Challenge and gained results to match. Organisations of all sizes joined in from STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory with 1000+ employees, to Magellium UK Ltd with 9 employees.

The results are now official. Competition was tough against Oxford based organisations, but STFC-RAL came first in the 500+ employee category after a tussle at the top with Oxfam. The ISIS department at STFC-RAL came second on their own in the 200 to 499 employee category, with Diamond Light Source taking third place.

Other campus organisations taking part were; Research Sites Restoration Ltd., AEA Group, Nuvia, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Magellium UK Ltd. and Amec.

In total Harwell Campus cyclists cycled 23,344miles (37,584km) burnt 723,764 Calories and saved 5,542kg of CO2.

An Excel spreadsheet with a results summary of all campus orgnaisations taking part can be found here: OXON Cycle Challenge 2012 – Harwell.

Don’t forget a topic has been created in the Latest News forum if you want to have your say about the results or the challenge.

Compulsory Wearing of Cycle Helmets – HarBUG Statement

Following the introduction of the compulsory wearing of cycle helmets when cycling in the Harwell secure site there was a resolution at the A.G.M. for HarBUG to make a statement of the groups view on cycle helmets.

The following statement on the use of cycle helmets was agreed:

HarBUG does not support the compulsory use of cycle helmets and believes it must be left to the choice of the individual cyclist whether to wear a helmet or not.

 

It was decided to keep the statement short and to the point and not to start putting any reasons into the statement.

Full minutes of the A.G.M. will be published shortly.

Don’t forget if you want to comment on this statement or the compulsory use of cycle helmets a topic has been started in the website ‘latest news’ forum.

Also we are now on Twitter. We follow cycle related sites like; CTC, Sustrans, Cyclox, CTC Wantage an retweet interesting stuff so please follow us or check the website panel.

Campus Leads Cycle Challenge

After week 1 (of 3) of the Oxfordshire Cycle Challenge the latest results are in.

Campus based organisations are leading three of the six categories and are all over the results chart, proving that cycling is alive and well outside Oxford.

 

 

As of Monday evening:

  • STFC-RAL were at the top spot in the 500+ employees category
  • STFC, ISIS department were top of the 200 to 499 employees category with RSRL in third place, Diamond Science division in fourth and Diamond Light Source in fifth.
  • RSRL, RETP department are leading the 7 to 19 employees category.
  • AEA, Nuvia and the NDA are also in the challenge.

However the challenge is still on and other county based organisations will be trying to chase the top spot. Oxford University, IT department did temporarily knock STFC, ISIS off on Friday.

It’s all about participation so if you have signed up for the challenge but not logged any trips please try and do so and if you can encourage any others to join in that would be great.

Welcome to Our New Website

Welcome to the new HarBUG website.

Have a look and try out the new site.

We also have a new Twitter site and Facebook page

Any new post on the website will create an email to all our members, a tweet on Twitter and a notice on our Facebook page. Also a topic will be created in the ‘latest news’ forum.

Members can also create topics in the forums. For each new topic an email will be sent to members. Members can then reply and/or subscribe to the topic if they want to notification of any replies.

Oxfordshire Cycle Challenge 2012

 

The Oxfordshire Cycle Challenge starts on 17 September and we’d like to get as many Harwell Campus organisations to take part. Check if your organisation has signed up (AEA, RAL and Diamond already have). If not see if you can register your organisation and get as many people cycling as possible.

 

Can a Campus based organisation win their class?

 

If you haven’t cycled for years, don’t worry! Journey times from as little as 10 minutes qualify and you can ride anywhere, anytime – on an evening or at the weekend.

 

The Oxfordshire Cycle Challenge is a fun, free competition where we’re competing against other local businesses to see which workplace and departments can get the most staff to try cycling. There are a host of exiting prizes that are being given away over the 3 week competition for those who give it a go.

 

Get involved, it takes just 2 minutes to register. Go to www.oxfordshirecyclechallenge.org.uk, click Register, then select ‘ADD ORGANISATION NAME’, your department and enter your details.

 

You just need to ride a bike for 10 minutes and record it online to be entered into the draw for some great prizes – shopping vouchers, a hot air balloon ride, bike shop vouchers and more! See all prizes here.

 

Plus, if you ride a bike for the first time in a year or encourage someone else to you can automatically win a Vue cinema ticket. They’re giving away 150 tickets!

 

Give it a go and help your organisation and the Harwell Campus pedal to victory! 

County Rights of Way Consultation

Oxfordshire County Council

Oxfordshire County Council are running a consultation about the use and satisfaction of Oxfordshire’s countryside and public rights of way.

A lot of cycle routes use public rights of way so it is the interest of local cycling to respond to the consultation, which is in the form of an online poll.

The consultation runs until 30th September and be found by following the following link: https://myconsultations.oxfordshire.gov.uk/consult.ti/countrysidesurvey2012/consultationHome