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Free Family Cycle Training

Suffolk County Council are providing free cycle training sessions with bikeability trainers. Priority is given to families who would like to cycle with their children.

You can book a free roughly 3 hour session via the Suffolk Roadsafe website where there is an email address for the cycle training team.

Advert for the free cycling sessions by SuffolkRoadsafe
Advert for the free cycling sessions by SuffolkRoadsafe
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Cycle Lane Wands now installed on Princes Street and Portman Road

Suffolk County Council are continuing their cycling and walking improvements, as part of the transport recovery plan 2020.

Over the past 2 nights cycle lanes have repainted on Princes Street, with wands installed to make a safer space for people cycle, particularly for people who don’t currently cycle or only cycle a little, and would like to cycle more if they had a space where they felt safe to do so.

Portman Road has also had cycle lanes with wands added and parking removed.

Cycle Ipswich look forward to more of these wands being installed on other streets, particularly busier roads. These are an emergency measure as a stepping stone to more permanent kerb based protection in the longer term.

This new cycle infrastructure has been funded through a pot of money by central government to enable a step change in the walking and cycling infrastructure to prevent a grid lock by people shifting to private motor vehicles as we come out of the current pandemic. Suffolk’s bid was very strong, hence getting more than the indicative allocated funding.

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Take action: Support Suffolk’s new walking and cycling schemes

Suffolk County Council are interested in hearing people’s view on the new walking and cycling proposals. Details of the proposed schemes are available on the Suffolk County Council website.

You can send your feedback and additional idea to Suffolk County Council by emailing transport.schemes@suffolk.gov.uk. Cycle Ipswich are also interested in hearing people’s ideas via our usual contact channels.

2020-06-09 Wellesley Road Barriers
2020-06-09 Wellesley Road Barriers

Cycle Ipswich are keen that as many of the schemes are implemented as possible, with a push for further improvements where appropriate, for example expanding road closures to cover a whole area between 2 main roads to prevent rat running between main roads, creating a full quieter neighbourhood similar to the GoDutch scheme in Waltham Forrest in London.

Some councillors have expressed an interest in hearing people’s views too, so also send them a copy of the email. You can find out your local councillors by using writetothem, or the council websites.

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SCC announce proposed road plans to help social distancing

Suffolk County Council have announced a series of proposed schemes to help walking, cycling, and other similar modes to be easier with the current pandemic due to the social distancing required to reduce the spread of the virus. The measures need to be implemented very quickly whilst traffic levels are still low from the lockdown. If we wait too long or spend a long time discussing the measures, then it’ll be too late to implement the measures.

Cycle Ipswich are very encouraged by the list, more work will be required longer term to extend some of the measures to create a full network of strategic cycle routes on main roads, and low traffic neighbourhoods.

The emergency measures that have already been implemented should have been implemented years ago. The schemes already implemented are:

Waterfront

Milner Street

Fuchsia Lane Bridge

Wellesley Road Bridge

The new schemes proposed within Ipswich are:

  • Portman Road
  • Rushmere Area
  • Princes Street
  • Colchester Road/Valley Road
  • Bixley Road/Heath Road
  • Bramford Lane
  • Bridge Street Slip Road
  • Rosehill Area
  • Various locations – reduced waiting times to cross roads
  • Various locations – increased cycle parking – Please let us, Suffolk County Council, and your local councillors know where you’d like to see more cycle parking.

Changes have also been proposed as part of the emergency measures in Bury St Edmunds, Beccles, Felixstowe, Stowmarket, and Sudbury.

You can contact your local councillors using WriteToThem. Feed is also being requested by emailing Suffolk County Council at transport.schemes@suffolk.gov.uk

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Cycle Ipswich provide suggestions to aid social distancing

Central Government are providing councils with funding to help provide more social distancing due to the limited capacity on public transport, and the grid lock that would occur if a significant portion of the population would switch from public transport to private cars. This funding is for dramatic changes to help people walk and cycle.

Cycle Ipswich have supplied Suffolk County Council some of their ideas of what could be implemented.

2020-05-06 Waterfront East closure to motor vehicles
2020-05-06 Waterfront East closure to motor vehicles has already been implemented. More like this could be implemented.

There is an interactive map, and also a PDF below:

It’s worth contacting your local councillors with changes, such as closing rat runs, that you would like to see.

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Suffolk County Council announce upcoming cycle improvements

On Wednesday 13th May 2020 Andrew Reid, cabinet member for highways announced upcoming walking and cycling improvements by opening up roads to more pleasant walking and cycling, through reducing motor vehicle traffic.

Announcement from Andrew Reid, cabinet member for highways, announcing the new walking and cycling improvements on BBC Radio Suffolk. Original Afternoons on BBC Radio Suffolk on 13th May 2020.

Cycle Ipswich is very happy to see Suffolk County Council already working on this ahead of the funding being made available by central government. However we are concerned that the council are not allocating part of their own highways budget towards walking and cycling improvements. This is a continuation of a previous vote by councillors in July 2018 to not allocate 5% of the transport budget to active travel measures.

If you have any ideas of streets that you would like to see opened to more pleasant walking and cycling please contact your local councillor (find out who they are via writetothem), Andrew Reid, and ourselves.

There are more photos available on Mapillary (a crowdsourced street view).

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Ipswich Waterfront opened to walking and cycling

Suffolk County Council have opened the Ipswich Waterfront to allow more people to get their daily exercise whilst maintaining the 2 metre social distancing to minimise the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This is a fantastic opportunity to trial having no motor vehicles along here in the longer term, as it can get particularly busy in the warmer weather, when the social distancing isn’t required, making it difficult to pass other people.

Would you like to see this scheme made permanent?

Would you like to see other streets in Ipswich opened to more pleasant walking and cycling by reducing motor vehicle traffic? There is due to be an announcement soon about emergency funding to enable local authorities to pay for “pop-up” cycling and walking infrastructure.

We’re having a virtual meeting to discuss this on Wednesday 6th May 2020.

Please answer the above questions by writing to your local councillors (both county and borough), and the Suffolk County Council Councillor for Transport, Andrew Reid. Please also let us know via the comments below, the Cycle Ipswich Google Group, or via Cyclescape.

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Social media training video and slides

Further to the social media training evening on 25th February 2015, the video and slides from the event are now available below.

[speakerdeck https://speakerdeck.com/smsm1/cycle-ipswich-social-media-training]

Cycle Ipswich – Social Media Training slides (PDF 6MB)

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Tour of Britain to pass through Ipswich – 17th September 2011

The official Tour of Britain route will pass through Ipswich, and motorcycles mapping out the route have been spotted this week as reported in the Evening Star on Saturday.

Setting off from Bury St Edmunds, the penultimate stage of the tour (Stage 7) will pass through Lavenham, Hadleigh, Ipswich, Helmingham and Diss before heading into Norfolk, finishing at Sandringham.

This exciting spectacle will pass through Ipswich on Saturday September 17th. The route will have the peloton pass down Westerfield Road, past Christchurch Park and then out of town along London Road, finally turning  West towards Hintlesham and beyond.

There is a route map here.

 

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Ipswich Skyride on Sunday 12th June

Imagine how great it would be to cycle around Ipswich in a traffic free environment. Well now you can find out. SkyRide is coming to Ipswich this weekend. An organiser told me they are expecting between 5,000 and 10,000 cyclists to congregate in Ipswich town centre on Sunday 12th June.

You can ride any part of the route you want, and possibly meet TV personality Jeff Brazier, Team Sky rider Alex Dowsett and Ross Edgar from the GB cycling team. There will also be related events and trade stands on the Market by Corn Exchange.

If you don’t have a road worthy bike, you can hire one from a variety of sources including the official goskyride.com website, or our very own Bicycle Doctor (see Cycle Shops)

You download the routemap here