Bristol Cycling wants to see a future where Bristol and the surrounding areas are alive with people on cycles, because cycling is so easy that everyone does it. Our communities will be happier, healthier, greener and more civilised.
We work to create a vibrant and inclusive cycling culture by challenging old thinking, and by putting forward positive ideas.
We aim to inspire and empower people who share our vision, press for enhanced investment on cycling and be a strong voice for everyone who wants to cycle.
We do this by:
- Setting the Agenda through our vision, plans and campaigns
- Influencing through partnerships, networking, representation and lobbying
- Communicating and educating to ensure our voice is heard
- Organising so we are able to achieve our aims.
Cycling is Good for Bristol
There are 18 million bike trips in Bristol in a year and 31% of people ride a bike once a month or more. 67p per mile is the saving to individuals and to the local economy, for every mile biked instead of driven – which works out at over £26 million a year for Bristol at current levels of cycling. 8 in 10 people want Bristol to be better for cycling.
Make Bristol good for Cycling
Two thirds of people consider cycling too risky for them. They want protection from intimidating motor traffic. They know that sharing with pedestrians can be uncomfortable for both. The only proven way to open cycling for all is to provide a continuous and dedicated cycling network, to Triple A standards for All Ages and Abilities.
The success of Bristol, such as it is, in seeking to be a Cycling City is down to the energy of may different people in Bristol over many years. From the people in the Bristol Civic Society who prevented the docks being concreted over in the late 1960s to the forming of Cyclebag (Channel Your Calf and Leg Energy Bicycle Action Group!) in 1977, who began building the Bristol to Bath Railway Path and then the formation of Sustrans, to the more recent foundation of the rather more radical Bristol Cycling Campaign in 1991 which brought together a group of people, including me, who were prepared to push much harder for change and target the damaging effects of motor traffic on our lives.