Truro Cycling Campaign was set up in February 2017 following a ‘Space for Cycling’ event in Plymouth organised by Cycling UK. Co-founded by a Transition Truro member the group aims to improve cycling provision in and around Truro and to encourage and promote cycling as an everyday way of getting around.
The following gives you a flavour of what the campaign group is about…
Some of the groups current campaigns
St Agnes to Truro cycle highway
The campaign group is promoting a cycle highway connecting the growing parish of St Agnes to Truro and the key travel destinations on the way.
The route would follow the B3277 to Chiverton Cross and onwards along the A390 into Truro city centre. The route includes key commuter destinations on the way to Truro, including the Park and Ride, Treliske hospital, Truro college (including its community leisure facilities), Richard Lander school, Threemilestone industrial estate, the proposed Cornwall stadium.
The 6-7 mile relatively flat and direct route is a cycleable distance particularly with the growth of electric bikes. But it will also mean better provision for other users including walkers and those using mobility scooters. And it will help reduce congestion and air pollution on the A390 into Truro as well as promoting healthy lifestyles.
Cycle bridge or underpass at Chiverton Cross
Essential for making this vision of a cycle highway a reality is achieving a cycle bridge or underpass at the current site of the Chiverton roundabout. This is currently missing from Highways England’s proposals to upgrade the A30 from Chiverton to Carland Cross. If the bridge or underpass is not built in as an intrinsic part of the scheme a once in a lifetime opportunity will be missed as it will be extremely disruptive and cost inefficient to build it afterwards. Truro Cycling Campaign undertook an effective campaign to encourage people to respond to the Highways England consultation which closed on 12 March 2018. Initial feedback is that the campaign was successful and the group now await a workshop with Highways England and the Council to discuss a crossing and cycle highway.
Truro Station Link
The Coosebean cycle path provides a traffic free route for cyclists and walkers from Truro up to the A390 just before Treliske hospital. The path needs to be linked to Truro station by providing access to the rear of the station. Currently cyclists have to carry their bikes over the footbridge. The group has started discussions with Cornwall Council and Network Rail.
A cycling charter for Truro
The group is promoting a set of principles for making Truro a cycling and walking friendly city and is looking for local businesses and organisations to sign up to it.
The group is keen to engage with people who cycle in Truro or would do if there was better provision. You don’t have to dedicate lots of your time. There’s lots to choose from including….
• Join the facebook group or send in a photo of cycling in Truro
• Email us with any ideas about improving cycling in Truro
• As a business or organisation to sign up to our charter
• Get involved with one of our campaigns
• Come along to one of the regular meetings: every 2nd Wednesday in the month at 6.30pm in the Old Ale House, Truro. Find out what the group is up to. We’re a friendly bunch!