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NOV7
Tue 8:00 PM UTCFriends Meeting House, Mill Lane

At this month's meeting we will mainly be focused on finalising the proposal for the Guildford to Godalming cycle route.

Please come along to hear about this project to map out a route and set out the changes needed to improve the existing paths and roads.

OCT3
Tue 7:45 PM UTC+01Friends Meeting House
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A planning application has been submitted to turn the offices at Westbrook Mills into 99 flats (up from 64 flats in previous applications).

I've just responded asking that the 99 cycle spaces to be provided are secure (rather than merely outside shelters) and that the route through the site be opened to allow people to walk and cycle to the station through the development as an alternative to Station Road.

We'll be meeting for a social ride at 7 pm tomorrow at the Pepperpot (just a few miles - very gentle) before ending up at the Richmond Arms at 8.30 to hold our monthly meeting.

On the agenda:

- next steps on the plans for creating a Godalming-Guildford cycle route (with links to other villages, including Milford)...
- updates on planned schemes
- planning applications in Waverley and the impact on cycling
- cycle routes for Broadwater Park

Come along for the ride at 7, or the meeting at 8.30 in the Richmond Arms, and bring your own ideas for how to improve conditions for cycling in Godalming!

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We'll be meeting for a social ride at 7 pm tomorrow at the Pepperpot (just a few miles - very gentle) before ending up at the Richmond Arms at 8.30 to hold our monthly meeting.

On the agenda:

- next steps on the plans for creating a Godalming-Guildford cycle route (with links to other villages, including Milford)...
- updates on planned schemes
- planning applications in Waverley and the impact on cycling
- cycle routes for Broadwater Park

Come along for the ride at 7, or the meeting at 8.30 in the Richmond Arms, and bring your own ideas for how to improve conditions for cycling in Godalming!

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SEP5
Tue 7:00 PM UTC+01Pepperpot/Richmond Arms

Waverley Cycling Plan - a document to support the Surrey Cycling Plan has been published, incorporating some of the suggestions of the Godalming Cycle Campaign.

There are some useful indication of future routes, including continuing the Marshall Road route from the northern end of Marshall Road to the Farncombe level crossing (widening the narrow path adjacent to the railway land).

You can see a map of the proposed routes here (https://surreycc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html…) - dashed lines indicate proposed routes.

The strategy set out twelve objectives to achieve the aim. One of the objectives is to produce local cycling plans, to be developed by the Local Committee and its partners, which reflect local priorities.
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Our (usually slightly informal) meeting to discuss developments on cycling issues in Godalming and next steps.

We usually meet at 19.45 for a 20.00 start.

This time we will mainly be discussing the implications of the draft Waverley Local Plan which was published in August, and the effect of the proposed developments in Waverley.

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Please join us if you can!

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SEP6
Tue 7:45 PM UTC+01Richmond Arms, GodalmingGodalming, United Kingdom

Alongside the Draft Local Plan that came out on the 19th, Waverley also published an 'infrastructure delivery plan'. In essence, this document sets out the additional need of infrastructure required to support the additional dwellings proposed for Waverley.

This is an update on a draft first published in 2012, and shows improvement with regard to cycling routes.

Previously the infrastructure delivery plan merely mentioned the Waverley Cycle Plan - the document recently publis...hed gives more detail and suggests that there is a need (plan?) for:

"- Quality cycle route between Milford and Farncombe
via Godalming town centre 2016-2020
- Quality cycle route between Godalming and
Guildford 2016-2020" - p. 11

Both of these would be welcome, and, if provided, might help reduce the very large number of people travelling by car on these routes.

We'll need to make sure that these schemes are taken forward as a priority by Surrey County Council.

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Waverley Borough Council download - Infrastructure Delivery Plan | Planning and building control | Planning policy
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Our June meeting will be at the Merry Harriers in Hambledon, with a gentle ride setting off from the Pepperpot at 19.00. Join us to hear about the latest developments and forthcoming plans (or lack thereof!) for cycling in Godalming.

JUN7

We asked this question at Friday's Waverley Local Committee (the Waverley/Surrey joint body which decides which schemes are funded):

"Last year, Surrey County Council completed the local awaited and much welcomed cycle track between Marshall Road and the Meadrow/Chalk Road/Bridge Road roundabout, Godalming. This was one of two priority schemes identified in the 2002 Waverley Local Plan for Godalming’s cycling network (see Policy M7). The second of those prioritised schemes is... the continuation of that link between the same roundabout and the centre of Godalming, providing an off-carriageway link through the Lammas Lands, including bridges over Hell Ditch and the River Wey, to the east of Bridge Road. What steps have been made to a) conduct a feasibility study of this or other options, and b) secure funding for this route?”

The answer from the Committee is here:

"At the time that the Waverley Borough Local Plan was adopted in 2002, the Godalming cycle way mentioned in the question was considered significantly important and was therefore included as a strategic cycle route in Policy M7 of the Local Plan.

Waverley Borough Council continues to recognise the importance of this route and is aware that the Waverley Cycle Forum has included this cycle scheme in its latest list. The Local Committee has established cycling task groups and the proposed cycle facility network is currently being revised, in conjunction with local stakeholders. It is anticipated the proposed Cycling Plan will be brought to committee later this year. Whilst the Borough Council collects the contributions from developers through s106 agreements that go towards transport schemes, it is up to the County Council to determine their implementation. Local highways schemes, including cycle routes, are identified and prioritised by the Local Committee’s local task groups for decision by the committee; to date the scheme described in the question has not been promoted by the Godalming, Milford and Witley Task Group. However, it should be noted that the proposed route is not on highways-owned land but is entirely contained within common land."

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Mr Hoopdriver, on his way by bike, from London to Midhurst (from HG Wells's The Wheels of Chance, 1895)

"He entered Godalming on his feet, for the road through that
delightful town is beyond dispute the vilest in the world, a mere
tumult of road metal, a way of peaks and precipices, and, after a...
successful experiment with cider at the Woolpack, he pushed on to
Milford."

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We can all relate to this while on our bikes, too. Wish I could stay as calm as this horse does!

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UPDATE: The driver in the video came back from Poland for an interview at Hereford police station and he admitted to dangerous driving. The company that employe...d him took action against him and he no longer works for them.

Went out for a ride today and thought I would take the GoPro with me. This lorry came within cm's of hitting us, he chose to overtake in a dangerous place even though he was turning right just a bit further up the road . People with this little respect and consideration for others especially animals should not be allowed to obtain a driving license especially a HGV licence. (Yes the driver has been reported and the company has been contacted! And for those asking, yes I was wearing Hi-Vis)

To all of the morons commenting: The road is clearly a country road and not a main road! Whether you think horses should be on the road or not is completely irrelevant, they have as much right as any vehicle and that is never going to change. No horse rider would ride on the road out of choice but often it is the only option when riding to and from bridleways. It is clear that many people leaving ridiculous comments are not familiar with the countryside or even know the highway code. Please educate yourself before commenting!!

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The Meadrow "cycle track" is a shambles: it turns out it's just two tiny sections alongside the new pedestrian refuges where Surrey CC in their wisdom thought that the way to deal with cyclists was to boot them off the carriageway for 10 metres, then leave it to them to try and get back on again. What an utter mess.

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Cycle track from Meadrow to join bridleway at Bunkers Hill farm finally signed!

Also pedestrian crossing points going in at Broadwater Park. The eastern pavement here (right side in picture) will become shared use.

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Often I walk over Waterloo Bridge, and take a photo of the scene below.

Here's a before and after of the construction of the amazing new Cycle Superhighway in London.

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There's a brand new, excellent cycle path running from the Milford Hospital to Milford station. It's 3m wide and beautifully surfaced.

It was built as part of the major housing development there. That development is in a very poor location with regard to transport, but at least the residents will have a well surfaced, wide and smooth path if they want to cycle to the station. Photos soon.

As part of the Godalming-Farncombe Neighbourhood Plan, members of the Cycle Campaign have helped compile this document which sets how cycling could be improved in Godalming.

https://drive.google.com/…/0BwbEpjGkNmeJR3ZwNmtrRlFkR…/view…

The document was presented to the Transport Working Group of the Neighbourhood Plan last night. At present this is a working draft - any comments and ideas would be welcome.

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The main focus of the document is improving the southern end of the Marshall Road path, with options set out for new provision parallel to Bridge Road.

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