Downs Loop consultation – please show your support

Our friends at Cycle Sunday are currently running a public consultation on their proposal for the Downs Loop. This includes wide accessible paths to welcome all users, new raised crossings, and traffic calming (around Circular Road). Vicki Cracknell, from the Downs Loop campaign shares an update: We have been so inspired by a young woman called Eleanor who describes herself as an adaptive cyclist meaning she is unable to ride a traditional two-wheeled bike. She has attended all six car-free Cycle Sunday events and is passionate about creating new opportunities for people to enjoy cycling around the Downs. For…

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Clifton Downs accessible path update

Whilst Covid-19 is clearly a global tragedy, it is fantastic to see children cycling on the roads in Bristol as a result of the national lockdown. Anyone that has cycled around Clifton Downs recently will have seen families enjoying the reduced traffic on the Downs. However, it is clear to see by the numbers cycling on the grass that cycling on the road is still a concern for many parents. We asked Vicki Cracknell of Cycle Sunday for an update on her plans for a ‘leisure loop’ on the Downs. “Since we set up Cycle Sunday in 2015, our objective…

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The Downs. No Cycling? Or a car-free leisure route?

Why we need space for cycling on the Downs. The annual Cycle Sunday event is a brilliant way to demonstrate the huge demand for car-free cycling around the Downs to the Downs Committee, who manage this beautiful area. (To those unfamiliar with Bristol, the Clifton and Durdham Downs lie to the north of the city centre and overlook the ecologically significant Avon Gorge). We can expect between one and three thousand people to attend these family-friendly events (depending on the weather). People of all ages and abilities come to enjoy a stress-free cycle without the worry and ‘woosh’ factor of…

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Roman Road on The Downs – It’s a bit better. Oh no it isn’t!

Guest Blog from Wheels On The Bike about traffic on The Downs. Plans to improve this very problematic and unpleasant route have been dropped. What does this say about making Space for Cycling in Bristol? Reposted with permission from https://wheelsonthebike.wordpress.com/2015/12/01/roman-road-its-a-bit-better-oh-no-it-isnt/ Roman Road is one of many car-sick roads in Bristol. It’s a odd one-way road, that cuts a corner of the Downs. It’s simultaneously a rat run that avoids traffic lights at the end of Stoke Road, a long thin car park, a bus route, and a cycling route, created against a backdrop of the green leisure filled Durdham Downs.  What’s wrong with Roman Road, and how could it be better? 

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Cycling on the Downs – ‘a once in a generation change’?

At the Bristol Cycle Forum on 19th Nov we heard about proposals for finally starting to open up the Downs for better access by people walking and cycling. At the moment due to the dominance of cars there is limited space and inadequate provision for the growing numbers wishing to travel to and use the downs by walking and cycling. Vicki Cracknell (of Cycle Sunday fame) spoke to urgently ask that we comment on on the Place and Movement Framework for the Downs (10.6MB PDF! Full of pictures and ideas but takes a while to download). This is being presented at the AGM of the Downs Committee for ‘consideration’ although detailed proposals are a way off yet.

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UPDATE: Cycle Sunday returns to the Downs in JULY

As announced on twitter, following the successful inaugural event on 19 April, fantastic news there is to be another event NOW ON 12 JULY. Keep in touch through their group. As Sam Saunders writes in his blog, on that Sunday morning in April “a section of Circular Road on the Bristol Downs was opened for people and bicycles. For a few hours hundreds and hundreds of people of all ages had a whale of a time on bikes – learning, practicing, coaching, watching, being serious, having fun and having more fun. It was a very sociable and…

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Car free family cycling comes to the Downs

The excitement is building towards the first Cycle Sunday event on 19 April. It is hoped as many of us as possible can come and join in for a morning of car free cycling around the Downs. None of this would have happened without the 38 Degrees petition which 4,600 signed at the end of last year. It was clearly the thing that swayed the Downs Committee as it showed them what strong support there is for the principal of safer cycling up on the Downs. If you are coming, then please do sign up for the event (it only…

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Devizes, Wiltshire Downs, and the Kennet & Avon Canal towpath – SUN 20 Oct

START: 10:00am Bristol Temple Meads main foyer DESCRIPTION: Train assisted ride catching the 10:30 train to Chippenham. We will make a group booking so please meet promptly at 10am. It is highly recommended that you bring a folding bike or use Temple Meads’ Brompton Dock hire scheme as limited space for full-size bikes. (Suggest full-size bike users catch 09:48 train). We follow NCN 403 railway path to Calne and quiet roads and tracks to Devizes. Return along NCN 4 on Kennet & Avon towpath to Bath passing the impressive Caen Hill locks. FOOD STOPS: Morning drinks stop in Calne.

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Whiteladies Road and Wells Road Cycling Consultation

Bristol City Council have a consultation on transport on the A37 and A4018. From the south of the City it’s the route from Whitchurch via Knowle to Bath Bridges. Heading north, it’s up Park Street, along the Downs, around Westbury and eventually out to Cribbs, loosely based on the twisting journey of the number 2 bus. Unusually there are no plans or proposals, rather it’s an open ended project, involving all modes of transport; walking cycling, buses and private vehicles. We ask all our members and supporters to complete this survey please…

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Space for Cycling autumn update

Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) Over the last 18 months officers at WECA, Bristol City Council, BANES, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset have been developing the new Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure plan for the West of England sub-region. Bristol Cycling Campaign has been involved throughout the process and has had regular updates on the progress of the plan. It is expected to go out to public consultation in the coming months. We will make supporters of Bristol Cycling Campaign aware when this happens and encourage you to input into the consultation. Why it matters that Bristol…

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