Improving the Cycling Experience in the Greater Ipswich area
We hold monthly meetings on the 2nd Thursday of each month 7:30pm – 9:00pm, ITO World office, 25 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AQ. Bike parking available at the foot of the stairwell inside. Meetings are listed below about a week beforehand with details of the agenda, and potential changes to the usual time or location.
The next Cycle Ipswich meeting will be on Thursday 12th January 2014 at 7:30pm at the ITO World offices, 2nd Floor, 25 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AQ. You can store bikes inside at the bottom of the stairs, keeping the fire exit clear.
This month Andrea McMillan, Senior Planner at Ipswich Borough Council will be presenting about the upcoming Cycle Strategy Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for Ipswich, including the process and how we can help shape the document. There will be a further meeting with the council in the future discussing this item specifically.
The next Cycle Ipswich meeting will be on Thursday 8th January 2014 at 6:30pm at the ITO World offices, 2nd Floor, 25 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AQ. The meeting is an hour earlier than normal, as a couple have a train to catch.
If there is anything that you would like to add to or change on the agenda, please get in touch on our mailing list.
Our next meeting in November 2014 will be back to our normal venue of Board Room, ITO World office, 2nd Floor, 25 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AQ. The meeting will start at 7:30pm prompt, with the aim to be finished about 9pm.
Ben Gummer MP will be attending. We will have a draft of the Cycle Ipswich manifesto, which has come out of the items written down at the previous meeting.
First of all Cycle Ipswich would like to thank all 20 people who came along to our open meeting on the 9th October 2014. It was wonderful to see so many new people, who we will hopefully meet or hear from again in the future. The ideas that you wrote on the post-its and the maps were fantastic, and will help to prioritise our campaigning and the creation of some documents to present to the council.
I’ll give a quick summary of what happened at the meeting for those who couldn’t attend:
First Shaun gave a quick introduction to the Cycle Ipswich organisation, and the meeting.
Second, attendees split into groups to discuss and write on post-its about the problems with cycling in Ipswich, and write down possible solutions or things they would like to see. This evening (Sunday), a few of the key organisers of the group have sat down to summarise the the information written down. The main general topics that were written down and will be taken forward in campaigning were in no particular order:
Width of cycle paths & shared use problems
Cycle lanes just ending
Longer cycle lanes lead to ASLs
Pot hole repairs – Campaign on reporting
Enforcement – specifically car parking in cycle lanes; car driver education, and aggression; banning of pavement parking; and ASL enforcement
Priority across side roads for pavements and cycle paths
Third, a set of maps were handed out to the groups to draw on where they believe there should be improvements, and what they should be. We will be soon be taking a closer look at these and adding these items to Cyclescape. Everyone is welcome to add more items to Cyclescape to be tracked.
The Fourth and final part of the meeting was a closing discussion with some of the highlights of the discussion. The most memorable remark at the end of the discussion was when someone said it was extremely difficult to know where to start with the drawing on the maps exercise as there are so many roads that have problems for cyclists, and need improvement.
October 2014’s Cycle Ipswich meeting will be a little different to normal. After Suffolk County Council came up with a Cycling Strategy that tell you why people should cycle, and why it’s great; however it relegates the how, to a single page appendix. Thus we are going to follow the lead of Leeds cycle campaign and produce a 30 year vision, with the hope that Suffolk County Council and Ipswich Borough Council will adopt it.
We would like people from Ipswich and the surrounding area to come and help define the Ipswich which will make them happy to cycle in and around Ipswich. If you don’t currently cycle, or don’t like cycling for transport as opposed to off road leisure cycling, we would especially like to hear from you.
Please bring ideas of what you think the cycle routes in Ipswich should be like. Also bring ideas of cycle infrastructure that you would like to see. Photos of the good, bad, and ugly would also be appreciated.
On Thursday 11th September 2014 we’ll have our next monthly meeting at ITO World’s office in 25 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AQ. Phone 01473272225 or 07879610632 if you have a problem getting in. The meeting is due to start at 7:30pm and finish at 9pm.
Agenda items include:
Ipswich Northern Fringe/Garden Suburb planning applications re cycle infrastructure;
On Thursday 8th August 2014 we’ll have our next monthly meeting at ITO World’s office in 25 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AQ. Phone 01473272225 or 07879610632 if you have a problem getting in. The meeting is due to start at 7:30pm and finish at 9pm.
Our June meeting is on Thursday 5th June at the offices of ITO World at 25 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich. New members are always welcome.
At this meeting we will be reviewing the responses to our questionnaire from the candidates for the Local and EU elections; hearing back on progress on the meetings with Suffolk County Council engineers and making plans for Bike Week 2014.