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CycleSheffield 2016 AGM report

CycleSheffield: AGM annual report 2016

Introduction

This short report aims to highlight the achievements of CycleSheffield during the past year.

None of this work would happen without the dedication of a small band of volunteers who tirelessly support CycleSheffield. From marshalling at an event, to processing membership to attending strategy meetings with the Council, volunteers make it happen. On behalf of all members, I would like to thank these volunteers for their support.

I do hope that you enjoying reading this report and will continue to encourage CycleSheffield to campaign for a cycle-friendly Sheffield.

Ian Carey, Chair

Campaigning

Tramtrack accidents

A great deal of good work has highlighted the high rate of cycling accidents on the tram network and has received good media coverage, including BBC Look North. 320 accidents have been reported to us since January 2015, a rate of some 18 each month. We have pushed Sheffield City Council to release its much delayed report into the problem. Once we saw how weak it was, we were successful in lobbying them to postpone its adoption until we were able to make recommendations on how to improve it.

Our main argument continues to be that while the tram network is a great contribution to sustainable transport, the tram tracks are the greatest hazard to cyclists in the city, and the fear of accidents puts people off making their journeys by bike.  In the short term the council needs to build infrastructure or reroute cyclists to avoid accident hotspots. In the long term we need a proper, high quality cycle network so the tracks can be avoided altogether.

Please continue to report tram track cycle accidents at www.tramcrash.co.uk.

Sheffield City Council Cycling Strategy

Our aim is to get the council to deliver on its cycling promises – historically they have not done so. In 2006 they promised to build a new cycle network and to resolve the problems with tram lines within 5 years, and clearly neither of these things were delivered.  

More recently funding is a problem; local government funds have been cut, while Sheffield City Council missed out on Cycle City Ambition funding. As a result, capital to fund new cycling infrastructure will need to come from local ‘development’ budgets, or we will need the national government to be persuaded to contribute more.

There is a strong lobby from the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport (SYPTE). Sheffield City Council planners have many years of history struggling to fit the increasing number of cars on the road – there have been no natural cycling champions in the council.

The latests cycling ‘promises’ were made in 2014, in response to a Cycling Enquiry driven by CycleSheffield, but the council is already well behind with delivering them. On the other hand the Sheffield City Region plans have moved ahead and there has been progress with planning new regional routes.

We are trying to work with the council to prioritise this work, and to identify wherever cycling infrastructure can be built-in to another road scheme. The council recently agreed to carry out a formal audit of all transport schemes to clearly show how cycle-friendly they are.   

Last year the council proposed, and CycleSheffield supported, some high quality infrastructure standards, which are being trialled in a couple of new cycle routes. We are about to start working jointly with a couple of schools to see how many children will cycle to school if better infrastructure is provided.

Alongside this we are trying to get a strategic commitment to deliver good cycle routes throughout the city, but this is an uphill task. We are looking for allies both within the Council and the business community.      

Space for Cycling

The Space for Cycling campaign has six ‘asks’:

  • Protected space on main roads and through junctions
  • Lower traffic speeds
  • Reduced through-traffic
  • Safe routes to schools
  • People-friendly town and city centres
  • Traffic-free routes in green spaces

These ‘asks’ form the basis of all our campaigning. Since 2014 we have organised three Space for Cycling Big Rides, the latest one being on 11th June when we had some 250 riders participate.

Although it was a great event, the rider numbers were significantly down from the 450 in 2015. A review of reasons for the drop in riders is underway.

Consultation responses

There are many consultations that CycleSheffield tries to respond to.  Although the process can at times appear worthless, it is important that feedback is given to ensure that the voice for more space for cycling is heard.

Some of the response were:

Membership

Our membership stands at 459. Over the past year 87 members have not renewed their subscriptions but 55 new members have joined.

Our members are generous: at the last AGM we decided to ask members to pay more than the minimum subscription and in the past year we have received £257 from that source.

In November a new a mechanism to allow members to opt to receive their cards electronically rather than by post was implemented and publicised. This saves CycleSheffield some expenses and work. So far 71 members have opted for electronic cards.

Finance

Income for the year April 2015 to March 2016 was:

  • £3,722

Spending during the same period was:

  • £3,070

This achieved a surplus of:

  • £653

41% of the income is from membership fees, which is clearly an important part of the finances.

Governance

CycleSheffield is governed by a committee made up of: Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Secretary, Active Trustee and up to 5 other members.

Until February 2016, Matt Turner was the Chair and Emma Metcalfe was Secretary. It is universally acknowledged that both did an outstanding job and are a tough act to follow. Matt and Emma are currently enjoying an extended cycle tour of Europe.

The following people have been elected to the CycleSheffield committee:

Ian Carey – Chair

Dexter Johnstone – Secretary

Jason Colbeck – Active Trustee

Karen Hisom – Membership Secretary

Barry Dobson – Treasurer

Sam Wakeling

Sam Burton

CYCLESHEFFIELD 2016 AGM – WEDNESDAY 29TH JUNE, 7PM, SHOWROOM CAFE BAR

Wednesday 29th June, Showroom Cafe Bar, Paternoster Road, Sheffield, S1 2BX

7pm: Talk by Tom Finnegan-Smith (Head of Strategic Transport and Infrastructure at SCC) about what SCC are currently working on to improve conditions for cycling in Sheffield. Then discussion/questions.

8pm: AGM. Reports from officers. Election of committee

9pm: Finish but please stay around for drinks and chat!

Food (until 9pm) and drink is available from the bar throughout.

Join the Cycle Sheffield committee

We’re looking for people to join our organising committee and help us in our campaign for a more cycle-friendly Sheffield. You don’t have to be a ‘cycling expert’; you just need to have an interest and a desire to change things.

Please forward any nominations to us by email or speak to one of the committee members if you’re interested.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the AGM.

Join our Big Ride for Space for Cycling in Sheffield on Saturday 11th of June!

A public demonstration to Sheffield City Council of the need to improve cycling infrastructure and support the Space for Cycling campaign, which asks for:

-Protected space on main roads
-Removing through motor traffic in residential areas
-Lower speed limits
-Cycle-friendly town centres
-Safe routes to school
-Routes through green spaces

Start and finish is at Devonshire Green, Devonshire Street, Sheffield, S3 7SW. Please gather from 1030 for a 1100 start.

Please wear something red and bring a bell or whistle or horn to make some joyous noise.

The route is approximately 2.5km long, generally very flat and circles the city centre, passing the Town Hall. With so many riders (there were almost 500 in 2015) it is likely to take around 1 hour to complete.

The route can be viewed here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1xTWmvZvk0ZKUILjG7qv8m–mSbw&usp=sharing.

Children under the age of 16 years are very welcome, as long as they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. Rider participate at their own risk. The ride is being organised in accordance with guidelines from Cycling UK and is covered by liability insurance.

For insurance purposes, please register via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/599353126898389/

 or Eventbrite:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/space-for-cycling-the-big-ride-tickets-25738131444

There will be Marshals within the riders and at key junctions. For your safety and comfort, please follow the instructions of the Marshals.

See you on the day and have a great ride.

CycleSheffield

Designing Quality Of Life Into The City: Why Sheffield Should Go Dutch

6pm on Wednesday the 24th of February at the Showroom Cinema, 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield S1 2BX

Facebook event here

Matt Turner of Cycle Sheffield explains how the Dutch approach of designing freedom to move into their urban spaces affords families a quality of life and freedom which is the envy of Europe.

We will also watch a short selection of Streetfilms showing how smart transportation design and policy can result in better places to live, work and play!

Prepare to be educated, inspired and ready to push for change in Sheffield!

This will be a fun and friendly event, all welcome. Great if you want to get involved but don’t know many people. Food and drink available from the bar throughout the evening. We hope you’ll stay to chat and hang out with us afterwards.

Cycling in the Pub #2: Automania 2000 – Thinking beyond the car

Monday 30th November, 7pm for 7.15pm start, The Hillsborough Hotel, 54-58 Langsett Road, S6 2UB

Facebook event here

‘Automania 2000’ is the name of a short animated film made in 1963 which satirised automobile-obsessed culture. Over 40 years later we’ll be showing the film and asking if Automania has become a reality, and whether in the wake of the ‘dieselgate’ scandal the world is waking up.

automania 2000 cycling in the pub event picture

Huge thanks to the Hillsborough Hotel for hosting us. Drinks available from the bar throughout the evening. Food will be available until 8pm; please support them as they are opening the kitchen especially for us 🙂

Cycling in the Pub is an informal social event set in a local pub. There’s normally a talk or film screening followed by discussion and socialising.

Though it’s called ‘Cycling in the Pub’, we think cycling is part of the bigger picture of sustainable cities so we don’t just talk about cycling! You don’t need to be a ‘cyclist’ to come along, and cycling TO the pub is very much optional!