The plans for the new Tesco retail park (AKA The Octagon) which will be tucked in between the new southern bypass, Angel Drove and the business park are available online here [PDF].
Doing a quick search for “cycle” or “cycling” turns up this bold and positive statement:
The proposed development in the application has been devised so as to prioritise the movement of pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users wherever possible.
Unfortunately this is not carried through into the actual plans, which prioritise only one type of transportation – private cars – everything else is squeezed in, or left out. Cycling is almost totally overlooked. The only cycling infrastructure we can see mentioned is:
The proposals includes the formation of a footway/ cycleway link to Sir James Black Road from the development site close to the proposed pub.
Total Cycle Parking Hoops: 80
These are both wholly inadequate.
The proposed footway / cycleway would in fact be a shared use footpath along Angel Drove which extends no further towards the city centre than the Sir James Black Road, which is itself a cycling dead end. So in other words sub-standard cycle infrastructure that leads nowhere.
Instead we expect the development to fund a wide 2-way segregated cycle route along Angel Drove from the A10/A142 junction to Station Road. This would give cycle access to the site from the residential areas on the west of the city and from the station, city centre and river area to the east. In addition we expect there to be a wide 2-way segregated cycle route through the site connecting Angel Drove to the Business Park via St Thomas’ Place that gives access to the on site cycle parking.
According to the draft Local Plan there should be around one cycle parking space per two car spaces. Given there are 1400 car spaces the currently proposed 80 hoops (or 160 spaces) falls far short of the required number. We would expect the development to provide 350 hoops to give the required number of spaces.
Where possible the cycle parking should be covered. It should all be accessible and convenient, in the space in front of the shops, hotel and restaurants not tucked around the back next to the fire exits.