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Surrey Cycling Strategy Consultation ~ Read all about it!

  Five CTC members attended the once in a decade live Surrey Cycling Debate at Surrey UniversityUnfortunately little of the discussion was on Surrey’s Cycling Strategy. Concerns were expressed by Surrey residents about the behaviour of cyclists and the number of cycling events in the County and their impact on access and business. Both the police and residents spoke about poorly supervised and undisciplined sportives. In many respects a lost opportunity to debate the strategy and develop common ground.

Over the past month the Surrey Cycling Strategy Consultation has been taking place. Your committee has made an official response, as has Guildford’s Cycling Forum. Keith Chesterton, who some of you will know, has been keeping some of us in the loop with information.  There follow some links and copies of emails which will, I hope, put anyone wishing to learn more, in the picture as far as the current status quo is concerned.

Email from Keith on 1 November

I attach draft minutes of the last meeting. Please advise me of any alterations needed.
As agreed then, I have arranged another meeting primarily to agree our response to the GBC consultation on transport issues for the Local Plan. (We normally have meetings about every 3 months.)
Owing to GBC staff holidays I arranged it for 6pm on Tuesday Nov 19th. I hope you can make it,
Please let me know if you cannot & if so alternative dates
It might be possible to rearrange but it would  need to be before Nov 26th.
Note the Local Plan can be found on www.guildfordlocalplan.info
Transport starts on page 33 of the Local Plan Strategy Issues & Sites document, where cycling & walking are dealt with briefly.
It is important that you read this section before the meeting.
If you can’t come, please send me points before the meeting.
Keith Chesterton

Note: the meeting date has subsequently changed to Monday, as shown below:

PLEASE NOTE – We have changed the date. It is now MONDAY NOVEMBER 18th (& NOT Tues 19th) We changed owing to a number not being able to make the Tuesday.
The Meeting will be at 6pm in the Council Chamber at Guildford Borough Council – we will occupy a small part of this.
Please let me know whether you can come on this revised date.
I attach draft minutes of the last meeting (circ previously). Please advise me of any alterations needed.
This meeting is primarily to agree our response to the GBC consultation on transport issues for the Local Plan. (We normally have meetings about every 3 months.)
Note the Local Plan can be found on www.guildfordlocalplan.info
Transport starts on page 33 of the Local Plan Strategy Issues & Sites document, where cycling & walking are dealt with briefly.
It is important that you read this section before the meeting.
If you can’t come, please send me points before the meeting.
3 points we will probably want to make are:
1. We support the Plan’s focus on sustainable transport, esp cycling
2. For cycling to increase significantly, Guildford needs  continuous safe routes for cycling across the borough
3. Developments, especially in the town centre, should incorporate safe routes for cycling, lightly trafficed or traffic free. The should NOT, as many previous planned developments in Guildford have done, push cyclists onto busy main roads
Keith Chesterton

The link to the minutes of the Forum meeting dated 22 October may be found on the West Surrey website under ‘Downloads’.

Responses to the Plan may also be found on the West Surrey website under ‘Downloads’. *

*Please note that these documents are exactly what was sent out. I’m not convinced the titles correspond to the content exactly, but fathoming it all out seems very complicated.

Our Committee’s formal response to the Surrey Cycling Strategy may be found on the West Surrey website under ‘Downloads’.

Do be aware that the meeting to discuss these responses is on Monday 18 November. Member Dave Sharpington comments:

Hi Keith
Sorry again, but I am away over this long w/e. I support your statements but would make some additional points as below:

 1. Whilst narrow the towpath is increasingly used to avoid the gyratory. Further improvements to the surface would not cost much and take much traffic off road. A ramp to the bridge at Dapdune, and widening of the path onward east to Woodbridge road would also help.

2. I believe the A3 underpass with the Wey at the Woodbridge site to be a very economic option and was pleased to have support from Chris Peck,CTC and John Gibson,NT. I do not understand the lack of enthusiasm elsewhere.
3. NCN 22 – The Mount remains dangerous. The descent to the junction with the Portsmouth Rd places a great reliance on brakes, and could be the site of a serious accident. The alternative used during the Sustrans trial event (turn right toward Upper Guildown Road before the descent) remains a good alternative, but would need the off road track status changed (it already has a good wide surface)

Keith makes the following comments:

The main purpose of the meeting is to agree our response to Guildford’s consultation on its Local Plan.

Additionally, Dave Sharpington will bring a set of A3 copies of the town centre so everyone has them, so it’s a point of reference without going through them in detail.

He’ll also bring along some cycle guides so we have some maps of the whole Borough.

He will  also put on the maps his suggestions for routes so far. People can then take the maps away, add their own ideas and bring them back the next time the Forum meets, when we’ll collate them on to one big map.

Keith
Remember 6pm on Monday in Council Chamber
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