Sustrans Sheffield

Activities of the Sheffield Sustrans Ranger group.

Monday, 7 March 2011

Sustrans Volunteer co-ordinators conference, Liverpool 5th March.

These are my notes from Saturday's meet. I'd like to think I'll tidy them up, but that probably won't happen, so you'll just have to try to make sense of them as they are. The remarks are my own, not necessarily those of Sustrans.


Malcolm Roberts Sustrans achievements

Wales
Responsibility for maintaining cycle routes

NI
helmet compulsion
New routes
Supporter increase

England - new schemes:-

Cheshunt

Bethnal Green

Worcester

Cardiff portrait benches

Carlisle funding withdrawn.

NCN now 13,000 miles. This may shrink as Connect. 2 projects reduce the number of "long way round" routes

Bike it.
60 bike it officers

tony ambrose

Early days

13000 miles

2704 rangers

210 group co-ordinators

375 others.

Liaison Rangers are now called group co-ordinators.

Volunteer survey.

better volunteer recruitment, more targetted, clearer roles.

Active Travel champions - workplaces. Piloted on Olympic areas.

planning workshops

in scotland all footpaths are now multi-user.

LTP3

air quality management areas .

Community Infrastructure Levy coming in. Subject to LA buy- in.

S106 money frequently not spent

Developing new routes.

Action

Why keep routes maintained?

people wont use it
safety & security
sustrans might get sued
make it a pleasure for users
ecology & bio-diversity
sightlines
create respect for the route.
less graffiti.
the better the condition it is in the less work we will have to do.
dogs dont cut their paws

what can volunteers do
picking up veg
cutting back litter
maintaining a presence
chicanes and fences in good order
signage
workdays
reporting problems
workdays
surfaces
needles.
vegetation
keep LA informed
building links
remove grafitti
turfing
reporting anti-social behaviour.
flagpole
report dead badgers
organise rides

reinforce code
free bells
carry radar keys
ensure accessibility
use defect forms.

Organise workdays 2-3 times a year.

inspecting the route.

once a month off-road - two months on-road.

note improvements, good quality maintenance.

why have workdays.

dont get much done by yourself get more ldone
unifies the group.
brings people in
Good PR
worksigns

get mentioned in the press

safety

highlights failings of LA but good pr

group plan

in advance
plan a workday
risk assessement
first aid
ridearound
invite participants what to wear children
disposal of debris
ask for LA assistance

tools
transport
permission all stakeholders

safety wear
weather forecast
refreshments
loos

bridges esp vegetation
power tools can be used with permission.

meeting time
H&/s & briefing.

event - manage

conclusions

3 top actions for the year ahead

spring cleans

signing

map to show gaps

fresh air mies ride - not sponsored.

specialized as sponsor.

festivol 15-18 july

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