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A Modest Proposal #6; Eight to Eighty cycling on Gloucester Road

Did you know that Gloucester Road was one of Bristol’s busiest cycle routes (Building on success – lessons from Gloucester Road)? What’s more, the number of people cycling has doubled in the last ten years whereas motor vehicle numbers have dropped by a fifth. These facts can be seen from Department for Transport Traffic Counts.

So what does this tell us? Bristol’s Cycling City money has been well spent? Not quite. Significant Cycling City money was not spent on Gloucester Road infrastructure as the end of project report makes clear. In fact people on bikes are using this route despite, not because of, its facilities for them.

As anyone who has cycled into, or out of, the City on Gloucester Road knows the only “cycling infrastructure” is, essentially, paint and bus lanes. And bus lanes are for both a human on a bike (100 kilos) and a double decker (15 tons) – hardly fair or equal!

Gloucester Road is popular because it goes where people on bikes want to go; travelling, often commuting, in and out of the City Centre from the

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A Modest Proposal #5: The Bear Pit / St James Barton Roundabout

 St James Barton roundabout remains among the worst in Bristol for cyclists. This is despite the sterling work of The Bearpit Improvement Group and the recently completed £1million scheme to provde a route around the inner edge of the roundabout at street level for pedestrians and cyclists.

We hope this already outdated scheme will be the last time huge budgets will be spent forcing cycles to share busy spaces with pedestrians (see BCyC Policy on Shared Space Streets and Shared Use Pavements). However the omens are not good in Temple Quay.

Our modest proposal shows how proper Space for Cycling can be provided on this key roundabout that sits at the centre of the most heavily used routes in the city.

Taken with our A Modest Proposal #1: Pedestrianise Clifton Triangle, we can begin to get a sense of how the Inner Loop (A Modest Proposal #3) can be done.

 

A Modest Proposal #4: Clanage Road Roundabout and the Festival Way

If you want to scare yourself rigid, pop along to Clanage Road roundabout on any weekday in term time at 3.15pm. That’s the time that 1,500 kids pour out of Ashton Park School and onto the fast busy roundabout on the A369. This is a key hub on the F11 Inner Orbital Cycling Freeway in the BCyC strategic cycle network and close to F8 Festival Way Quietway.

BCyC members have been working with local residents on ideas to improve walking and cycling and the junction has been adopted as one of the priorities for the Greater Bedminster Community Partnership (see TrafficChoices tracker).

A paper making the case for change is here: Clanage-Road-Roundabout-Strategic-Route-hub-proposal-May-2015. This has been presented to the local neighbourhood partnership, GBCP, and is based on a series of raised tables, crossings and improvements to reduce the speed of the estimated daily flow of 10-20,000 vehicles. It also aims to significantly increase the number of cycle movements from the current 1200-2000.

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A Modest Proposal #1: Pedestrianise Clifton Triangle

One of the next actions as part of our Freedom to Ride campaign is to start to flesh out our proposed Bristol Cycling Network that we are working on with Bristol City Council. We are looking at some specific issues and routes that need addressing in order to generate debate and come up with some plans that can be progressed with the Council so that we have initial plans for as and when further funding is made available.

Our Infrastructure Action Group is beavering away at this and one of the first proposals to emerge is an old chestnut – Clifton Triangle – an area that we had hoped to resolve as part GBBN and previously with other schemes. Adam, one of the Group’s members, has put some ideas together that very quickly lit up the “twitter-sphere” and featured on BBC Radio Bristol’s Steve le Fevre programme this morning at about 8am and are also being picked up by Jack FM this afternoon, as well as being featured in Bristol Post.

These plans are in their early stages and that is the best time to start the debate and get people involved.

Here is the initial sketch: Triangle overview 2013.10.27

Currently there are many problems in the area when walking. It’s loud, unpleasant, with narrow crowded pavement and a

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A Modest Proposal #2: Bristol Promenades Routes

We’ve been given agreement to share with you some plans that we have been helping with for Promenade Routes in Bristol.

These are a set of proposals by John Grimshaw to enhance all of Bristol’s waterside quays, towpaths and walkways to create popular promenades to further promote walking and cycling in the area.

Bristol’s riversides and docks have long been a popular place to cycle because they are attractive, central and flat. This  project aims to draw them all together to make a real resource for the City, for both pedestrians and cyclists – all promenaders.

There are numerous areas where enhancement could be introduced and problems resolved. These are often matters which the public currently just cope with, but nonetheless are deterrents to easy and popular use. There are rough cobbled surfaces which are difficult to walk on, missing sections of route, busy roads to cross and sections which are of inadequate width.

The South Gloucester parts of the route are partly in train and partly up for planning permission so please give your support.

Feeder road routes have recently received funding.

Redcliffe routes have a Local Sustainable Transport Fund allocation.

Temple Meads area will be sorted out as part of the Local Enterprise Zone.

Avon New Cut it is hoped will be funded by a Cycle City Ambition Grant.

Other areas will be picked up as and when funding stream can be identified – but the plans are gathering momentum and this acts as a good stake in the ground to protect these alignments against future developments.

All to be done to Dutch standards, we trust!

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