Work Cycles

July 31st, 2015 by psyklyn No comments »

Wallas On Velos Teaser from WOV on Vimeo.

Groningen: Cycling City

July 24th, 2015 by psyklyn No comments »

Groningen Cycling City from Groningen Cycling City on Vimeo.

Yet Another Proposed Crossing in Bridge Street

July 19th, 2015 by Sustainable Witney No comments »

Give or take a day or two, it’s precisely a year since we last wrote about a proposed zebra crossing in Bridge Street, and here we are again writing about another one.

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Last year’s consultation resulted in a decision to go ahead with that crossing – sitting midway between the newsagent and the decorating merchant – in October 2014. The report summarising the scheme cost, proposed position of that crossing, along with the pros and cons, can be found here, and the minutes from the meeting where the decision was made can be found here, including this statement concerning funding:

“Addressing comments received regarding timing of this scheme in relation to other major projects in Witney such as Shores Green and the West End Link [an officer of OCC] advised that as neither scheme had been confirmed delivery was therefore open ended. As a result the 30,000 vehicle daily flow on Bridge Street would remain suggesting a strong case for a scheme to come forward now rather than wait for major schemes to come forward.  Funding for this scheme was available until 2017 and as no decision on other major infrastructure would be taken before then any delay beyond then would mean the finance would be lost.  Also there was no guarantee that other major schemes would significantly reduce flows.”

Apart from the odd way this item appears to be being dealt with (the decision was never subject to a ‘call in’ – item 17 of Overview and Scrutiny Procedure Rules) you might be forgiven for thinking that the new proposal is in addition to the original crossing because the S106 funding put aside for this is £115k according to page 61 of the local Infrastructure Delivery Plan – we could have two zebras for the price of what was presumably put aside for a signal controlled crossing. (The priority and timescale column may need updating from ‘2014-2019′ to 2014-2017’ given the above statement on funding.)

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However, the consultation letter circulated to key stakeholders and local residents makes it clear this is an either/or choice:

“This is an alternative location to the one which was consulted upon last year which provided a link between the Newsagents and Otters Court / Mill Lane. However, due to the level of response in opposition to the crossing at this location, this new location is now being considered.

To help us make a decision whether or not to proceed with this proposal, all comments would be much appreciated both for and against.”

So what are the merits of a crossing on the bridge itself at the very southwestern end of Bridge Street?

Without a similar arrangement across the Mill Street arm, which is also difficult to cross and used more often, it seems beneficial but insufficient in itself for the current and potential pedestrian activity at that location. We note that the Infrastructure Delivery Plan mentions a future ‘refuge’ to make crossing Mill Street slightly easier, however, given the County’s and the District’s fine words on encouraging walking in Witney, we would expect to see a zebra crossing there too. That would get us almost all the way to our proposal for that end of the street which we laid out in last year’s post.

With a pedestrian friendly Mill Street crossing, and as an addition to a crossing at the northeastern end of Bridge Street, how could anyone object to this proposal? Unfortunately, that is not what is being offered here – it’s either this or the proposal from last year. We understand that a zebra crossing adjacent to the mini-roundabout at the Newland/West End junction was considered but discarded in favour of last year’s proposal, so there are no other possible sites on offer for this single, pedestrian friendly crossing in Bridge Street. We also understand that there are no new grounds for objections to the original crossing proposal approved last year.

The consultation results will be considered and a decision made on this new crossing proposal on 3rd of September. If you have a view as a current or future pedestrian on the relative merits between these two crossings in Bridge Street, you have until this Friday 24th July to let the County know. We suggest you send it to the same contact address given here for last year’s consultation.

And finally, Sustainable Witney would like to say thank you to everyone at OCC involved in trying to come up with a viable solution to crossing this most contentious of streets in Witney. It’s much appreciated.

Sugar Town

July 17th, 2015 by psyklyn No comments »

Girls bicycle parade in Lviv from dyak on Vimeo.

Time Travel

July 3rd, 2015 by psyklyn No comments »

The Thousand Year Journey: Oregon To Patagonia from Kenny Laubbacher on Vimeo.

Staying Alive

June 26th, 2015 by psyklyn No comments »

Bicycle Portraits – Robert Swartz from Bicycle Portraits on Vimeo.

Funktion

June 19th, 2015 by psyklyn No comments »

Handmade Portraits: Chain Reaction from Etsy on Vimeo.

Wet But Worth It!

June 15th, 2015 by Brigitte No comments »

PotterToThePottery2015Another Potter to the Pottery completed, and not as wet as predicted with only light drizzle to contend with on our way to Aston and back. The highlight was definitely the cake while we dried out (which my damp phone’s camera did its best to capture).

The promise of thundery showers meant our numbers were much depleted this year but leaders Mike, Stuart and I were joined by Kath, Alastair, Peter, Chloe and Jasper.

We’ll probably run the ride again this year to take advantage of the summer!

Heros

June 12th, 2015 by psyklyn No comments »

Hero Bike Advert from Bruce Marshall on Vimeo.

Vocation

May 29th, 2015 by psyklyn No comments »

Levi's Commuter 2014 – Tyrone Stevenson Jr. from Instrument on Vimeo.

Going Home

May 22nd, 2015 by psyklyn No comments »

The Cyclist Philosopher from fifty beans on Vimeo.

Take a Tour

May 15th, 2015 by psyklyn No comments »

Josh // "Between The Stops" // Vancouver Cycle Chic Films from VANCOUVER CYCLE CHIC on Vimeo.

Reminder: our quarterly meeting is on Wednesday

April 20th, 2015 by Kate Griffin No comments »

Just a quick reminder that the Sustainable Witney quarterly committee meeting is this Wednesday at the Como Lounge on Market Square. As ever, non-members are welcome even if you know nothing about the group and you’re just coming along to find out what we do! We’ll be discussing:

Jenny’s 10 Tips for Sustainable Living

March 22nd, 2015 by JenGuildford No comments »

New Sustainable Witney blogger Jenny Guildford offers advice for living more sustainably.

I’d like to share my top 10 tips for a sustainable lifestyle. I’ve been learning how to live more sustainably over the years, so it’s time to impart some useful eco tips!

washing-up sponge1. Break up with disintegrating washing-up sponges

End the habit of using endless disposable washing-up sponges – you know the kind you buy at the supermarket and end up chucking in the bin after a few weeks. Instead, invest in a washing-up cloth that can be thrown into the washing machine after a few weeks (with other things) and used over and over again. I’ve used Euro Scrubby successfully for the past year.

2. Spend more on less

Treat every purchase as a long-term investment. Depending on your budget, always try to buy the best you can afford and you’ll end up spending less in the long run – and save landfill from filling up with multiple (broken) items.

3. Paint the home green, not red

Thinking of re-vamping your home this spring? Earthborn produce the most luxurious, clay-based environmentally-friendly paints on the market. They’re also great for solid walls as they allow them to breathe – perfect for Cotswold stone cottages! Claypaint and Eggshell both come in a range of 60 gorgeous colours.

Several candles in glasses with a twig design4. Burning the eco candle at both ends?

Opt for a soy wax candle. Soy candles are sustainable, non-toxic and non-carcinogenic. I particularly love this Domestic Goddess candle.

5. Filtered water is better than bottled, and more!

We all know that filtering water at home is a better option for the planet than buying endless bottles of the stuff. Well, you can go one better than this. Choose bamboo charcoal to filter your water instead. You can even use the spent charcoal as a moisture trap – and then go on to use it in the garden or allotment to increase water retention! This is a completely natural and biodegradable option. Visit Charcoal People.

6. Do you need to buy it new?

Ask yourself this question every time you need something new: ‘Do I absolutely need to buy it new, or can I get it second-hand?’ With the power of the Internet, it’s very easy to source second-hand items instead of buying new each time. Hunting out bargains in vintage stores, charity shops or car boot sales can also be good fun! Freecycle is a brilliant resource too.

7. Ladies, please!

Use washable cleansing pads instead of disposable cotton wool pads that end up in landfill. Particularly good for removing eye make-up. I received these for my birthday last year and haven’t looked back!

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8. Loosen up

Supermarkets really don’t mind if you put loose fruit or vegetables on the conveyor belt. I’ve been doing this for years and haven’t once been given any funny looks by sales assistants.

9. You’re a firestarter, twisted firestarter

For those of you with an open fire – or even better – a wood burning or multifuel stove, keep all junk mail that arrives through the letterbox, spent receipts and envelopes that you cannot reuse, to use as fire lighting material.

10. Be a natural

Try to buy clothing and other textiles that are made from natural fibres such as cotton, wool, silk, kapok, jute, sisal, bamboo, hemp, alpaca, or linen. The list goes on! It’s estimated that almost 2,000 microfibres get rinsed out of each piece of synthetic clothing every time it’s washed, which then ends up in our oceans. Read more about this here.

Happy sustainable living!

Type Rider

March 13th, 2015 by psyklyn No comments »

Type Rider from Kristyna Wentz-Graff on Vimeo.