Bicycle shelter trial in St Helier (FOI)
Bicycle shelter trial in St Helier (FOI)Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 02 September 2022.
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I would like to request some information about the trial and feedback received for the new glass & steel bicycle shelters in St Helier.
I have carefully reviewed the currently available FoI requests which do not answer my questions.
Please could I ask;
During the trial, where were the requests for feedback circulated - i.e. I saw the 'Is this a wheely good idea?' posters on the shelters, but was feedback sought from elsewhere, if so, where?
Who specifically proposed these shelters in addition to the existing bike parks and sponsored the trial project?
How many total responses were received?
How many responses were unique (i.e. not a 2nd or 3rd comment from the same person) as far as you could tell?
How many responses were deemed in the proposal to be sufficient (beforehand) to make a decision and how were the responses evaluated?
Was there an independent party involved in the review process, if so whom?
What were the specific 'success' criteria which determined the trials success? What parameters were there and how were these evaluated?
In the event of the trail being determined to be non-feasible for rollout, what provisions were made to have the four trial shelters removed?
How many shelters are planned, following this trial?
How will the locations be determined, are these subject to planning department approval?
What value are they perceived to add over and above those shelters currently available?
What percentage of total bike locking spaces do these add to the existing infrastructure?
How many alternative designs were considered?
What was the rationale in trailing only one design in four locations?
The following press release was issued on 21 June 2021 notifying that the pilot scheme was to be established and that a consultation would run at the same time to gain Islanders' feedback and monitor its success. This was subsequently reported in the local media.
The press release and consultation are linked below.
Cycle shelter pilot scheme to begin (gov.je)
Cycle shelter pilot survey (gov.je)
The trial was proposed within the Sustainable Transport Strong Start Delivery Plan 2020 as part of cycling initiatives in the Framework for a Sustainable Transport System 2020-2030.
Sustainable Transport Policy (gov.je)
The funding was provided from the Climate Emergency Fund.
There were 204 individual respondents to the consultation.
See response to question C.
The aim of the survey was to gather as many responses as possible, therefore, no threshold amount was set before the start of the consultation.
The responses were collated and analysed in a report which is available on www.gov.je and can be accessed using the link previously provided in the response to question A.
WSP, a UK civil engineering and transport planning consultancy firm, were commissioned to review/analyse the survey results.
There were no specific success criteria determined prior to the consultation.
The customer responses were gathered through the survey and periodic occupancy counts were taken. These were then evaluated as part of the consultation process and are included in the previously linked report.
If the trial is deemed non-feasible, the shelters will be removed and are likely to be relocated to locations such as schools.
Any further shelters will be subject to approval and funding and there is currently no funding confirmed for additional shelters.
If further cycle shelters are trialled, locations will be sought according to cycle parking demand, land availability, land suitability, and other matters such as safety and accessibility etc.
The requirement for planning permission is considered on a case-by-case basis, as necessary, in accordance with the Planning and Building (Jersey) Law 2002.
Additional sheltered cycle parking adds value through providing additional capacity and/or availability in a new location.
The Government of Jersey have not calculated the requested percentage. Therefore, this information is not held, and Article 10 of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011 applies.
The Government of Jersey considered eight different bike shelter designs.
The trial included more than one design since two designs were trialled in four individual locations.
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