15 January 2015

TTW Design the Wivenhoe to University Cycle Path!

Honestly there's nothing I'd like more, than to be wrong about this. I'd shed tears of actual joy if the impending Wivenhoe to Essex University cycle path turns out really well, and embracing local government (with literal hugs if needs be) is definitely one of the basic tenets of Transition – but I've ridden my bike in the UK too often (and I fell head over heels in love with cycling in Denmark and Holland where they do this stuff really well) to have faith in the-powers-that-be delivering a really decent cycle link to the Uni. So I've decided to self indulge and have a go at designing it myself.

The problem is illustrated by 'Bruce' writing on the infamous Wivenhoe Forum:

“I hereby predict that I (and others) will not use the path that's built as it does not allow cycling at a reasonable speed [to be sure, he's talking about commuting speeds, not racing – ed.] in safety. Many boxes will be ticked, however, and many pennies spent.
I will report back on the accuracy of this prediction when the facility is available.”


Normally I'd think that much cynicism is perhaps a bit too much cynicism, but I've recently had some fleeting insight into how this stuff gets delivered (and I've tried using the finished products) and I'm worried he's got a point.

Now, it happens that I've got zero relevant skills or expertise here. So I'm going to have to rely on readily available information to help me out. Here's how the Department for Transport suggest Local Highways Authorities (and now me) go about designing provision for cycling.

Given their enthusiasm for squeezing walkers and cyclists together at every opportunity and the apparent absence of enthusiasm for doing any of the other options, one imagines Essex County Council have a copy of this chart [from LTN 2/08] prominently displayed on the wall in their office, except somehow they managed to get some of it upside down.

One last thing before we get started. I'm going to design using the principle that my new Local Transport Network should be (and I fancy this to be quite radical) welcoming to all users.

Next post we're going to use lateral thinking to improve the route to the Uni by fixing an accident blackspot on the way to Alresford, which is in the other direction.

24 December 2014

Bicycle Happy 2015 \o/

 

Wivenhoe Town Council have accepted our offer on the Store, giving us a lease for 2015!  Thanks go to Essex County Council for funding support with this :-)

So an extra BIG celebration at our Procrastinators Xmas Party on 3rd January - come for a short festive cycle ride starting from the Kitchen (St John's Rd) at 3pm and/or join us there for mulled wine & nibbles 3.30 - 5pm.
Wivenhoe Bike Kitchen
 

12 October 2014


 
Repair Café




Fix repair reuse don't throw away!


Date; 18th October


Venue; The Farmers Market




Bring something to

 repair and learn

 how to fix it :)



Clothes, jeans shirts skirts,rips tears etc.



Electrical, small appliances, kettles, hoover


 
Toys, fix broken wheels, lost screws.



Furniture, Small items only please.




We'd love to hear from you...



For more info; Chris 07799 494 797 or chrisblomeley@gmail.com

20 September 2014


Wivenhoe Repair



 Café



Fix repair reuse don't throw away!




At today's farmers market we repaired;



12v light unit


Panasonic LCD TV


Replaced the zip on a 3ft long tent bag!


Garden rake.



In the process of being repaired;


A dumped Wollsey Major Rotavator

 
Bosh sander


A deserted Briggs & Stratton mower




We up cycled cutlery and made four coat hangers. 


All of these were sold for a donation. 

 

Many thanks to Mike who came from Rowhedge to


 help as  a volunteer repairer.

16 September 2014

Fix, reuse, repair don't throw away!




On Saturday 20th Sept its time for




Repair Café



                  9:30-12:30 At The Farmers Market


So what are you waiting for;

 

find something broken torn or damaged and 


learn how to fix it :)



Clothes, jeans shirts skirts,rips tears etc.

Electrical, computers, small appliances, kettles,


hoovers. Toys, fix broken wheels, lost screws.

Furniture, Small items only please.


What a sight! A thing of beauty.

I took this photo today at the wild life garden. My 3yr old son Danny was amazed at this dancing fairy like creature as it laid its eggs on the edges of the Wivenhoe wild life pond.

As I was taking this photo my mind wondered back to the first time I met Johnny, (February 2012) we were the first two on sight and began hacking back the twisted stumps. Thank you for your inspiration Johnny...

And thank you to everyone who has been involved in the creation of this special place and made it possible for my son to enjoy this moment with his dad.




2 September 2014


 



Fix, reuse, repair don't throw away!




Repair Café




Fix repair reuse don't throw away!

Date; 20th September

Venue; The Farmers Market


Bring something to

 repair



and learn how to


 fix it :)


Clothes, jeans shirts skirts,rips tears etc.
Electrical, small appliances, kettles, hoover
Toys, fix broken wheels, lost screws.
Furniture, Small items only please.


We'd love to hear from you...



For more info; Chris Blomeley 07799 494 797 or