Approaching from Foundation St, heading for the docks is difficult as traffic swings in at high speed rendering crossing unsafe to access.
Especially frustrating as the straightthrough option would have been so easy to use and achieve.
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Approaching from Foundation St, heading for the docks is difficult as traffic swings in at high speed rendering crossing unsafe to access.
Especially frustrating as the straightthrough option would have been so easy to use and achieve.
It has been reported to me by several cyclists that the north east bound approach to Pownall Rd / Fore Hamlet junction is dangerous and in at least one case has involved cyclist injuries. From personal experience i can say it is a dangerous junction. Motorist frustration occurs because of long tailbacks and the temptation is to use the bus lane
Discharge of conditions application for DC/17/05446 - Condition 4 (Provision of cycle storage).
Unit 7 Sterling Complex Farthing Road Farthing Road Industrial Estate Sproughton Ipswich Suffolk IP1 5AP
Babergh Mid Suffolk
Application reference : DC/18/00386
Details of the new Zebra crossing and signalised pedestrian crossing on Felixstowe Road and Anson Road. Details are provided as a detailed design package.
Land Off Anson Road Martlesham Heath IP5 3RX
Application reference : DC/18/3569/DRC
Outline Application (with some matters reserved) - Residential development of up to 225 homes including affordable homes with areas of landscaping and public open space, new access from Loraine Way and pedestrian and cycle links.
Land East Of The Street And Loraine Way Bramford Ipswich IP8 4NS
Babergh Mid Suffolk
Application reference : DC/18/00233
Statutory Expiry date 24 July 2018.
Lots of interesting stuff about inclusive transport regarding trains, buses, cars, public realm, streets and yes a bit about cycling too. Quotes:
8.11 While we consider CIHT and DPTAC’s recommendations and how to take them
forward, we are requesting that local authorities pause any shared space schemes
incorporating a level surface they are considering, and which are at the design stage.
We are also temporarily suspending Local Transport Note 1/11. This pause will allow
us to carry out research and produce updated guidance.
Objectives regarding Cycling:
• Update Local Transport Note 2/08, which sets out the Department’s guidance to
local authorities on designing safe and inclusive infrastructure for cyclists, to take
account of developments in cycling infrastructure since its publication in 2008 and
the responses to the draft AAP consultation and publish a revised version by early
• By 2020, explore the feasibility of amending legislation to recognise the use of
cycles as a mobility aid71 in order to increase the number of disabled people
Removal of Condition 8 of IP/16/00956/FUL and Condition 14 of IP/08/00929/FUL relating to the provision of a foot/cycle path within the site.
Land Harris Way Ipswich Suffolk
Application reference : 17/00150/VC
Tovells Road and Caudwell Avenue are a huge rat run in the morning for a limited period of time for parents going to St Mary's Catholic School. I understand the school catchment is not local. Cars turinging into these roads too fast and quite clearly without looking whist rusing to get children to school on time. Often have to swerve on bike to avoid.
Tovellls Road is the only way cars can get from the south and east of the town to St Mary's primary school...well it's not actually, but it's the route most of them take....They should be using Woodbridge Road and Caudwell Hall Road that are maintained for such traffic. Tovells Road is single file traffic only (due to parked cars), but the reason they all get away with it is they are all going in the same direction at the same time! They seem to have a system of most going to the school along Tovells Road, and returning along Holland Road.
I assume St Mary's shool has a travel plan and this includes regular liaison with parents to use safer and appropriate routes, in an appropriate manner.
It's becoming even more frequent that I am pushed off the road by accelerating buses along this road.
Buses travelling north can clearly see cycles on the contraflow cycle lane, but continue at speed, even if they are overtaking other vehicles and there is not space they just charge on into the cycle lane. The last 3 times I cycled south along this road I have had to jump off my bike when buses do not in slow down and cut into the cycle lane.
ALSO, I had a bus accelerate past me traveling north in the same direction as me last week and it brushed against my sleve. EXCEPTIONALLY DANGEROUS.
Both bridges have poor sightlines and problem parking near access to bridges esp for cyclists . Wellesley/Marlborough cycle lane is narrow and adjacent footpath has high ped traffic to school etc . Often pedestrains in cycle lane
Responses to be in by the 3rd of March
As reported in the Ipswich Star http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/have_your_say_on_plans_for_20mph_limit_in_33_ipswich_streets_near_town_centre_1_4887234
Have your say by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing to Suffolk County Council, Constantine House, 5 Constantine Road, Ipswich IP1 2DH by February 27.
Their are four barriers like the one pictured . see https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1395507797146124&set=pcb.1691028660911034&type=3 for more photos.
It is a 250 m stretch of wide path 3m plus.
I understand the need to slow down some people who may ride downhill too fast and conflict with cyclists coming up hill or pedestrians .
But these barriers are over the top.
Documents, if you can interpret the writing, about cycle "route design, junctions and crossings" are distributed among libraries.
I.B.C. Ref: RH/FB
Doubt it will end the what-cyclists-need-what-cyclists-get gulf
An outline planning application for a mixed use development comprising up to 1,100 residential dwellings (use class C3); a local centre (to accommodate up to 250sqm (net) of convenience floor space (A1), up to 300sqm of comparison floorspace (A1), up to 250sqm in use classes A1-A5 and up to 500sqm community centre (D1)); provision of land for a primary school (D1); provision of sports facilities, Country Park (including visitor centre D1); open space (including amenity space, childrens play areas and allotments) and sustainable urban drainage systems; associated landscaping, infrastructure and engineering/earthworks; creation of 2No. new vehicular accesses from Henley Road, 1No. vehicular access from Westerfield Road (to serve Country Park only), pedestrian/cycle bridge over railway and vehicular bridge over railway. An Environmental Statement has been submitted with the application under the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 (as amended).
Land North Of Railway And East Of Henley Road Ipswich Suffolk
Application reference : 16/00608/OUT
Suffolk County Council are currently consulting on the proposal for 3 new crossings in Ipswich on the River Orwell. Cycle Ipswich would like as many people as possible to respond to this consultation, particularly noting the importance of cycle crossings, and protected cycle tracks, without cyclists and pedestrians having to share space, on any crossing which has motor vehicles.
You can take part in the survey on the Suffolk County Council website. https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/public-transport-bus-pass-and-transport-planning/upper-orwell-crossings/upper-orwell-crossings-consultation-survey/
There are a variety of staffed public exhibitions from Sunday 3rd July until Friday 22 July. Details of the exhibitions are on the SCC website. https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/public-transport-bus-pass-and-transport-planning/upper-orwell-crossings/upper-orwell-crossings-exhibitions-calendar/
There are also two threads on our Google group about this. https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/cycle-ipswich/-X1OasclqCM and https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/cycle-ipswich/e1wQFQWmBAE
Sent: 15 April 2016 13:56
Subject: Consultation: Cycling on the Felixstowe Promenade
Please could we ask you to share this information with staff, members (if you are a membership organisation) and forward on to anyone you think it may be of interest to. Thank you.
Felixstowe Forward is seeking your views on whether cycling should be allowed on Felixstowe Promenade.
Are you for it, or against it? Please let us know!
In January 1983, Suffolk Coastal District Council passed some byelaws about ‘Riding Bicycles’, which make cycling on the Felixstowe Promenade unlawful where there are signs put up to prohibit this.
There are signs on the Promenade which prohibit cycling, so it is currently unlawful to cycle along there.
In November 2015, Felixstowe Town Council considered the Byelaws purpose, asking if it was still appropriate.
The Town Council asked: ‘’Suffolk Coastal District Council to consider the removal of notices prohibiting cycling on Felixstowe Prom for a period of no less then 12months; and, pending an assessment of the success of this initiative, consider permitting and promoting safe and considerate cycling on the prom on a permanent basis’’believing that the Promenade should provide a safe environment for all to enjoy.
However, before it considers the Felixstowe Town Council proposal in detail, Suffolk Coastal is keen to find out what local people think – so has asked Felixstowe Forward to carry out a public consultation on this issue.
There are two clear options:
Ø Keep the signs which prohibit cycling on the promenade, so continue to make it unlawful; or,
Ø Allow cycling, by removing the signs and making cycling on the promenade legal.
So, we would like you to answer this simple question: ‘Should Suffolk Coastal remove the signs and revoke the bylaw to make cycling on Felixstowe Promenade legal?’
We would welcome your opinion on this issue. Views will also be sought from relevant authorities, including the Police and Suffolk County Council.
This consultation will run from Monday, 18 April, to 5pm on Friday, 27 May 2016.
The consultation results will then be reviewed, before a report is put before Suffolk Coastal’s Full Council for a decision on this issue.
We would appreciate your time in returning the attached, with any comments you wish to make – or email your response to me at email@example.com.
Thank you for your assistance.
Felixstowe Forward Change Director
Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils
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The lighting is pretty poor under and around the new railway bridge between Boss Hall Road and Riverside Road after sunset. It would be good to have some additional lighting installed here to make the area safer.
The cycle lane on Norwich Road is exceptionally narrow and not fit for purpose. Can't even fit a bike in it.
Ipswich Borough Council are currently consulting on the Cycling Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), and are in the early Call for Ideas stage.
Cycling Strategy Supplementary Planning Document – Call for Ideas
The Council is preparing a Cycling Strategy Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), as set out in its Local Development Scheme (8th Edition, September 2014). The SPD will provide additional guidance to policies contained in the Ipswich Local Plan (currently the
Core Strategy and Policies development plan document 2011 and remaining saved policies of the Ipswich Local Plan 1997). Further information on the Local Plan can be found at www.ipswich.gov.uk/localplan. The SPD will not set new policies but will be a material consideration in taking decisions on planning applications. The Council has already adopted a number of SPDs which can be found at www.ipswich.gov.uk/content/current-and- proposed-supplementary-planning-documents.
The scope of the Cycling Strategy SPD relates to providing guidance on the provision of cycling infrastructure as part of new development and will also provide an opportunity to identify potential wider improvements to cycling infrastructure across the Borough. Cycling infrastructure in this respect not only relates to places where people cycle but also to provision for parking and storing cycles.
At this stage we are asking for ideas on what the SPD should contain. This consultation is being carried out under Regulation 12 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012. Following this initial Call for Ideas consultation, there will be a public consultation on the draft SPD which is anticipated to take place during Autumn 2015.
We would appreciate any ideas you may have on the content of the SPD – the questions below may act as useful prompts.
What measures should be taken to encourage cycling in and around new developments?
What measures should be taken to encourage cycling throughout the Borough?
Are you aware of any particular issues which would currently act to discourage
cycling in the Borough?
Please send us any comments by 11:45pm on Monday 17th August 2015. A comments form is available on our website at www.ipswich.gov.uk/consultations. If you would like further information, please contact Felicia Blake on 01473 432019.
￼￼￼￼￼As part of the production of the SPD the Council is also looking for school / college pupils’ and their parents’ views on cycling to school – a short online survey is available at www.ipswich.gov.uk/consultations.
There are currently (29/06/15) temporary 3 way traffic lights in place at the junction where Rope Walk meets St Helen's Street.
This is normally a really painful junction for people cycling from Rope Walks onto St Helens Street at busy times with long waits for a gap in traffic and bad sight lines, particularly where west-bound traffic backs up leaving a gap at the yellow box junction so that people cycling have to venture out halfway across the road to see if there is any traffic coming east-bound.
The lights make this considerably easier and would be worth considering as a permanent signal.
There is a footpath linking London Road to Columbine Gardens and Lupin Road, which has a series of barriers. Removing the barriers, ensuring there are dropped kerbs are on Columbine Gardens and Cowslip Close. Signs need to be added to sign post the route to the town centre, London Road, and appropriate other places.
This would mean that there would be direct link from Chantry on to London Road and into town along a potentially safer route than Gippeswk Avenue/Birkfield Drive.
Discharge of condition 3 of planning permission IP/15/00088/FUL relating to cycle and refuse storage.
17 - 19 Museum Street Ipswich Suffolk IP1 1HE
Application reference: 15/00370/CON
Need to check that the cycle parking plans are good.
During the refurbishment of St Mary at the Quay this section of road has been closed. The sky has not fallen on us and neither has traffic ground to ( any more ) of a standstill. In my opinion it should stay closed to MVs and just be segregated for bikes and peds.
Application by Ipswich Borough Council for creation of skate park facility including ancillary external works - earth works, footpaths, fencing and street furniture.
Recreation Ground White House Road Ipswich Suffolk
Application reference: 15/00307/FPI3
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There is a loading bay in the cycle contraflow cycle lane, which means that the cycle lane is blocked for cyclists as soon as a vehicle is parked there. This means that cyclists have to pull out into the path of oncoming buses, thus making the NCN route unsuitable to young children or inexperienced cyclists.
Disused railway tracks on St Peters Dock provide short section of road surface that is dangerous to traverse from East to West by bike.
If you are avoiding crossing the tracks then you are forced into oncoming traffic.
If you cross the tracks, you are then potentially trapped between parked cars and the railway tracks, which can be dangerous.
The tracks are very slippery when wet or icy, and sections are often hidden underwater because there is poor drainage after heavy rain.
Ideally the tracks are totally removed, or the surface covered with concrete or tarmac.
Motorised vehicles currently use the rat run through Milner Street to avoid the fraffic lights at Grove Lane/ St Helens St.
This is part of NCN 41 , any extra traffic passing through here detracts from the cycling experience and is negative for residents.
Cyclist comments are needed now !
St Peter's Dock on the National Cycle Route 51 just north of Stoke Bridge has a really poor surface which collects water, also the old rails that are no longer used and no longer connect to the rest of the rail network are a hazard for cyclists and ideally should be removed.
Improving the connectivity from Bourne Hill over the A14 to Wherestead with dropped kerbs, allowing cycling and signing as a cycle route would be a step in the process to improving cycle access south from Ipswich to various places including Jimmy's Farm (a family leisure venue, which should be cycleable to by a family with young children), Shotley Peninsula, and the land route to Harwich International ferry port for cycling to The Netherlands.
It would be much safer to have cyclist priority on the slip roads here as is done in The Netherlands http://www.flickr.com/photos/smsm1/10046288016/ , or even the following example from Britain: http://www.cycling-embassy.org.uk/photos/good-cycling-facility-of-the-week/good-cycling-facility-of-the-week-14th-november-2013-0
The slip roads also need to be narrowed to slow motor vehicle speeds as does the turning radii of the roundabout.
The traffic lights at Eagle Street were timed such that travelling eastbound you would always get caught at the second set unless you were extremely fast setting off. After discussions with the council and it brought up at the Sustainability Forum by Cllr Smart, it was fixed to increase the length of time that those lights were green, and was great as you always knew you could get through the second set of lights without having to wait unless you just went through the earlier ones just before they went red.
However over the past few days the signal timing has changed back to the older timing where the probability of getting through the second set is virtually nil. In an ideal world they would be phased such that the first set would go green, then the second set would go green several seconds later at the point where you would be arriving at them, rather than having them change to green almost at the same time.
The entrance to Dock Street should be turned into a continuous footway with pedestrian and cyclist priority over turning vehicles akin to this Danish junction: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcnmLU1ClTo
This would improve sight lines for pedestrians too as the dropped kerbs are away from the junction, and it would also go with the pedestrian desire line as many tend to cross closer to the junction than the dropped kerbs. It would also slow down the vehicles entering the narrow street.
It is a constant problem that car drivers think it is acceptable to park in this particular spot.
The single yellow needs upgrading to double yellow lines ( is this enforced anyway ) OR we need hard infrastruture design which prevents such selfish behaviour.
Holywells Park has a section of cycle route 51 running through it, linking South East Ipswich to the centre with a pleasant and safe route down to the waterfront.
During Winter, the park is closed at dusk, sometimes as early as 4, meaning that just when the roads are most dangerous (dark and wet) cyclists are forced onto steep and busy routes either along Cliff Lane or up Bishops Hill.
The closures are largely at the request of the Park Friends group. I've spoken to them, and their concerns seem to be largely about what might go on after dark. It's not clear that there is any evidence for this, nor that the current situation of locking the main gates but leaving others would do anything to deter misbehaviour.
Keeping it open as a cycle route would ensure a legitimate presence in the park, and help provide less confident cyclists in the area with a safe route to and from town.
I'd propose either locking later, or for a trial period leaving the park unlocked.
The Shotley Peninsula Cycle Campaign have plans for a dedicated cycle path from the edge of Ipswich to Shotley. http://www.spcc.info/News%20and%20Projects.html
Upgrades are needed from Ipswich town centre to the new cycle track.
Dove Street is currently one way. It would be useful if it could be made 2 way for cycling for peopl coming from St Helen's Primary School to NCN 1.
The left turn from St Helens Street into Dove Street is much easier than a right turn from St Helens Street into Regent Street, as you don't have to block a lane of traffic and hope for a gap in the traffic in the opposite direction, especially with kids. It's also a shorter route when heading towards the town centre.
In Museum Street and Upper Brook Street/Northgate Street it is very dangerous to cycle. Both roads are very narrow, have lots of buses pass through and there are contraflow cycle paths. On those you are very close to the buses (both directions) even if you wait on the pavements to let them through because you are worried about accidents. Can cyclepaths go through Elm Street, Tower Street or Tower Rampart instead?
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There is currently a bit of a conflict between pedestrians and cyclists around Stoke Bridge, between St Peter's Street and Dock Street, where there is the legalised pavement cycling.
To resolve this I would propose removing a lane of traffic (which is only needed for a very short time at peak times, and a small modal shift through improved infrastructure would resolve any congestion issues) and giving that lane to cyclists in a segregated fashion.
Many cyclists won't cycle to Harwich International from the Ipswich direction due to the roads. There really should be a high quality cycle route for this to continue the cycle journey from The Netherlands, where you can ride of the ferry and on to quality cycle infrastructure. The fact people choose the train is not a good sign.
This issue is the overall goal, and needs to be broken down into smaller sub issues of smaller more specific projects or improvements that can work towards this goal.
The traffic lights don't detect cyclists, thus you potentially have to wait ages until a car comes up behind you.
The cycle lanes through Trimley stop for each traffic island rather than continuing thus causing a dangerous pinch point for cyclists on the National Cycle Route 51.
this is one of many cycle lanes here in Ipswich that go on and off the road several times. This is very awkward for cyclists as they need to be very careful when getting back onto the road and most probably confuses drivers as well.
The cycle track on the pavement just suddenly stops with no where to go other than to cycle on the pavement. Surely it would be better to nicely guide cyclists back onto the road into a cycle lane?
When cycling west bound from Rope Walk into Eagle Street through the cycle filter (where cyclists are unaffected by the traffic signals except giving way to the traffic from the left), the width between the bollard and the kerb and the sudden left movement required make the travel through the junction more difficult especially when using bikes with trailers, cargo bikes. Ordinary bike users also find it difficult to use and will avoid it instead.
Further to http://www.cyclescape.org/issues/928-paper-mill-lane-alterations-planning-application I think it would be useful to campaign for a cycle and walking link from the site through to the retail park with major supermarket and other amenities, and also other links to that western part of Ipswich.
In my quick skim through the planning application I've not seen any consideration to this route.
The roundabout at the south end of Claydon under the A14 is pretty horrible for pedestrians and cyclists. It would be extremely useful if this could be upgraded to a Dutch style roundabout with:
* tighter entrances and exits will slow down vehicles to a safer speed while cyclists and pedestrians are around. The current dimensions are only ok when there are no cyclists or pedestrians around and it's safe for motors to go fast.
* single lane entrances and exit will make is easier to cross each arm. There would be no zig zag in the island.
* cycle track with separate pavement for pedestrians outside the roundabout, thus preventing conflict between the 3 modes of transport.
* cycle track crossing at 90 degrees to the road to aid visibility between different modes of transport.
There are concerns about no or too little improvements for walking and cycling along Paper Mill Lane with the increase in traffic caused by the development.
Significant domestic car parking in the advisory cycle lane of westbound lane combines with heavy traffic jams to obstruct/block westbound passage to cyclists in rush hour. Generally there is a section of this route where pavement pushing is unavoidable
This is a signed cycle route from Capel St Mary into Ipswich. It used to be the A12 into Ipswich. Now it's a 50 mph dual carriageway, with little traffic due to minimal access. It would be easy to bring it down to one lane each way, and give the other lane over to cyclists with safe segregation and a wide path. Also on the south end a better link and also signage southbound to Capel St Mary and other places further south is needed.