Railway Path Penarth - Road Safety Audit- Evidence of demand for proposed upgrade

Yn disgwyl am adolygiad mewnol gan Vale of Glamorgan Council o'u triniaeth o'r cais hwn.

Dear Vale of Glamorgan Council,

In respect of the proposed upgrade of the Shared Use Cycle Track and Right of Way known as the Railway Path Penarth please provide all documents related to the statistical evidence of public demand for the upgrade,alternatives considered, present numerical average daily cycle usage and road safety audits in accordance with appropriate statutory guidelines held by the Vale of Glamorgan since the implementation of the Cycle Tracks Act 1984)

For clarification purposes:

The information I have requested that you should provide would be expected to conform to the guidelines provided by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) which state-
"Footways are for pedestrians. The conversion of a footway into a shared use cycle/pedestrians path should be a last resort. Highway Authorities should consider all other possible measures (e.g. traffic management, speed reduction or dedicated on-road cycling facilities) before converting a footway into a shared use facility."

Yours faithfully,
Philip Rapier

FOI Unit, Vale of Glamorgan Council

Phillip Rapier

 

We acknowledge your request which shall be forwarded to the OM Highways &
Engineering for consideration and processing

 

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Dent, John, Vale of Glamorgan Council

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Mr Rapier,

 

Further to your request for further information please find our response
attached.

 

 

In respect of the proposed upgrade of the Shared Use Cycle Track and Right
of Way known as the Railway Path Penarth please provide all documents
related to the statistical evidence of public demand  for the
upgrade,alternatives considered, present numerical average daily cycle
usage  and road safety audits in accordance with appropriate statutory
guidelines held by the Vale of Glamorgan since the implementation of the
Cycle Tracks Act 1984)

 

For clarification purposes:

 

The information I have requested that you should provide would be expected
to conform to the guidelines provided by the Royal Society for the
Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) which state- "Footways are for
pedestrians. The conversion of a footway into a shared use
cycle/pedestrians path should be a last resort. Highway Authorities should
consider all other possible measures (e.g. traffic management, speed
reduction or dedicated on-road cycling facilities) before converting a
footway into a shared use facility."

 

 

John Dent

Major Project Manager

Director's Office - Development Services

Vale of Glamorgan Council / Cyngor Bro Morgannwg

tel / ffôn: 01446 704617

mob / sym: 07725201191

e-mail / e-bost: [1][email address]

 

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Dear Vale of Glamorgan Council,

I am requesting an internal review of this Freedom of Information Request beacause I feel the following point reproduced in quotation marks below has not been answered.

"Evidence of public demand for the
upgrade,alternatives considered, present numerical average daily cycle usage and road safety audits in accordance with appropriate statutory
guidelines held by the Vale of Glamorgan since the implementation of the (Cycle Tracks Act 1984)"

It is important for me to know if the public interest has been appropriately served by the Vale of Glamorgan Council in carrying out impartial surveys of public demand and average daily usage of the Railway Path by cyclists. You have substantially failed to answer this point.

I am of the opinion that the Vale of Glamorgan's response which suggests that it places exclusive reliance on out of date data provided Sustrans in 2008 and compliance with Central Govt Directives for evidence of the above cannot be considered as independent research.
I refer to your response to my FOI in quotation marks below

"You have not specifically mentioned the work done in 2008 was by Sustrans to identify safe, convenient and attractive walking and cycling routes through the Vale, including routes through Barry and Penarth into Cardiff for leisure and utility journeys – this assists the Vale in complying with its local policy objectives as follows:-"

I conclude from your response therefore and would ask you to confirm that the Vale of Glamorgan has not carried out or commissioned any other independent research whatsoever in to the public demand for the Railway Path upgrade.

SUSTRANS receives subatantial funding from the Cycle Industry and Government Sources and cannot be regarded as independent.

It may assist you to know that I have based my conclusions on the following extract from the SUSTRANS website on the 6 July 2013- quoted below which details the charity's sources of funding.

"local and central government (including the devolved governments in Wales and Scotland and government departments in Northern Ireland), non-departmental public bodies, and the European Union.

Significant financial support from the Millennium Commission meant we could build the first 5,000 miles of the National Cycle Network. And since then, the cycle industry has contributed, including the Bicycle Association, the Association of Cycle Traders and the Consortium of Bicycle Retailers."

Please clarify whether any independent research of public demand and average daily cycle usage specifically for the Railway Path has been carried out by the Vale of Glamorgan for this project and whether or not that you are relying exclusively on 5 year old 2008 data provided by the Cycling Industry Promotion Charity SUSTRANS and Central Government Directives.

Yours faithfully,

Philip Rapier

Gadawodd Philip Rapier anodiad ()

Please note further in respect of public Road Safety concerns and the Vale of Glamorgan reliance on the ROSPA doctrine "where there is no reasonable alternative". I would ask the Vale of Glamorgan to produce the SUSTRANS 2008 or other evidence they are relying on that proves " there is no reasonable alternative"

If SUSTRANS 2008 is all that is available it should have been provided under the FOI request rules.

To clarify why this is necessary.
I need this information to verify the public Road Safety interest has been protected and appropriately researched independently or otherwise in accordance with my original request.

This is very important because-

The information leaflet published on the Vale of Glamorgan Website in June 2013 states that they anticipate a non policed voluntary maximum speed limit of 12 mph once the Railway path has been upgraded.
The Dept of Transport, ROSPA , The British Cycling Federation are in general agreement that Cycling Helmets offer no protection in excess of this speed and further that fatalities frequently occur if seat belts are not worn at speeds of 12 mph and over. The forward propulsion speed of collisions on the path will far exceed this on impact with another cyclist or pedestrian child. Electric Pavement Vehicle Users the Vale are seeking to encourage do not have seat belt protection.
Please comply fully with my request and produce therefore all research the Vale of Glamorgan has relied on for Road Safety management, speed limit enforcement and public demand for the upgrade of the Railway Path

Dear Vale of Glamorgan Council,

I refer to the overdue Internal Review of my FOI request of the 5 July 2013 in respect of the Railway Path Penarth. The 20 Day Period has expired. Please refer to the Information Commisioners Enforcement Procedure Directive 22 Feb 2007 and explain the delay. My annotation of the 7 July 2013 quoted below may assist you with the necessity for this Independent Review request.
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"Please note further in respect of public Road Safety concerns and the Vale of Glamorgan reliance on the ROSPA doctrine "where there is no reasonable alternative". I would ask the Vale of Glamorgan to produce the SUSTRANS 2008 or other evidence they are relying on that proves " there is no reasonable alternative"

If SUSTRANS 2008 is all that is available it should have been provided under the FOI request rules.

To clarify why this is necessary.
I need this information to verify the public Road Safety interest has been protected and appropriately researched independently or otherwise in accordance with my original request.

This is very important because-

The information leaflet published on the Vale of Glamorgan Website in June 2013 states that they anticipate a non policed voluntary maximum speed limit of 12 mph once the Railway path has been upgraded.
The Dept of Transport, ROSPA , The British Cycling Federation are in general agreement that Cycling Helmets offer no protection in excess of this speed and further that fatalities frequently occur if seat belts are not worn at speeds of 12 mph and over. The forward propulsion speed of collisions on the path will far exceed this on impact with another cyclist or pedestrian child. Electric Pavement Vehicle Users the Vale are seeking to encourage do not have seat belt protection.
Please comply fully with my request and produce therefore all research the Vale of Glamorgan has relied on for Road Safety management, speed limit enforcement and public demand for the upgrade of the Railway Path

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Yours faithfully,

Philip Rapier

Gadawodd Ian Perry anodiad ()

I have a similar FOI request "overdue". This "tardiness" and contempt for the ultimate employer would not be tolerated in the private sector.