Here is a selection of common questions about cycling in Bristol, and about Bristol Cycling Campaign.
Helmets and Hi-vizIntuitively it makes sense to protect yourself from road danger by any means possible and wearing a cycle helmet and hi-viz is one way to do this. However, as Chris Boardman has said , "the topic isn’t even in the top 10 things that will really keep people who want to cycle safe.” This is underlined when considering what can be learned from considering how the construction industry has moved toward a zero tolerance of casualties, A Health and Safety Perspective of Cycling Safety . Cycling is a safe and healthy activity, but if an individual happened to fall off their bike and strike their head, a well-fitted and properly fastened helmet would offer some injury protection. Yet from a population perspective there appears to be no overall health benefit and their use may contribute to putting people off cycling as an everyday activity, with huge health impacts It’s NICE to be right – Physical activity and the environment guidance . There is a good summary of the debate in this six minute video Why forcing cyclists to wear… Read More
Road JusticeWe have set up the Bristol Road Justice Group which has regular meetings with Avon and Somerset Police to improve policing practice in relation to cycling and to the lethal danger that comes, not from cycling, but from motor vehicles and the behaviour by a few of those currently licensed to drive them. Streets are for people. Cars, vans and lorries should be driven and parked on them with more attention to the safety and comfort of pedestrians and cyclists. Enforcement should protect and support vulnerable users. Read More
Considerate CyclingThose who pose the greatest threat should take the greatest care. Speeding, ignoring ASLs, blocking exits, double parking in busy streets by motor vehicle drivers can make cycling very unpleasant. But the same principle also applies to cyclist behaviour towards pedestrians. This is more to do with thoughtful behaviour than legal niceties. Close passes by large vehicles on the road are frightening and dangerous. Close passes by quickly moving cycles in shared or pedestrian space can be just as intimidating, even if they are (rationally speaking) less dangerous. Cycling is known to make people happier, and everyone remembers the joy of first riding a bike, so share smiles and waves. Be Nice, especially to pedestrians. Read More
How can I get involved?BCyC is powered by the energy of volunteers and supporters. You can help in lots of ways. Anyone riding a bike is already helping, by making cycling a normal, everyday activity. Ready for the next step?
- Sign up to get our Newsletter
- Join as a member
- Follow us on Twitter and Facebook . Repost and like to spread the word
- Come along to a Monthly Meetup, or come on a ride. Details on the diary page .
- Participate in the public forums
- Join one of the action groups. We do ask that those involved in our Action Groups are members of BCyC .
- Space for Cycling works on physical changes to our roads, neighbourhoods and green space that affect cycling.
- Communications is about getting the word out and raising the profile of Bristol Cycling.
- Road Justice is a small group working with the police and council on enforcement, and road danger reduction.
- 20's Plenty is for those working on lower speeds.
- Social & Rides group plans our rides and events.
20mphTwenty is Plenty. We endorse 20mph on roads where people live, shop and children can play. This can be achieved without adversely affecting journey times for car journeys. The encouragement this gives people to choose active travel has enormous consequences for improved health, well being and air quality for everyone in Bristol. Read More
InfrastructureWhether we call it "Dutch" or "Bristol Fashion" infrastructure should be always constructed to appropriate quality standards and agreed principles. National standards should be set by the DfT and based on the best advice of European cities,. While we wait for the DfT Bristol should work to the best practice it can document from elsewhere and implement in Bristol. Experimentation has already been successful in parts of Bristol. Efforts should be made to identify and change or remove the less successful innovations. Future innovations should be discussed with relevant groups and with experts elsewhere. Read More
Resident Parking SchemesBy organising car parking in residential streets, they become much safer for cycling and walking. Fewer parked cars gives better visibility between road users, reduces congestion (as people drive around hunting for a space) and pays for enforcement against anti-social parking. Read More
What to do if your bike is stolenFew things make your blood boil more than when someone nicks your bike. What's more it can take away some of the joy and happiness that's a part of cycling, with 1 in 4 reducing the amount they cycle following their bike being stolen, and a whopping 1 in 6 (17%) don’t replace their bike ( Bike theft – impact on cycling ). The first thing to do is report it to the police by calling 101 (or 999 if you see it happening) or fill in the Report a Crime or Incident form and get a crime reference number. When you've got a crime report number you should head on over to both BikeRegister (as recommended by Police) and Stolen Bikes UK websites and fill in a report. Both sites let you find out about the shocking number of other bikes stolen in the area. We’ve got a bike security page with advice and information including two rather alarming video. Other articles on theft and security are here You may want to contact local bike shops in… Read More
Shared SpaceIn relatively quiet spaces where competition for space is not an issue sharing can be relaxed, convenient and sociable. When pedestrian or cycle traffic is heavy (even for shorts periods) shared space provokes anxiety and avoidance. Layouts and marked routes for cyclists should be clearly laid out and easy for all to follow and pedestrians to notice. Particular attention should be paid to consistent design of signalised crossings where many cyclists and pedestrians and cyclist might be waiting together at peak periods. BCyC Policy – Shared Space Streets and Shared Use Pavements Read More
Public TransportEfficient public transport is an important part of a healthy city. The improvements they can bring to congestion for private motor vehicles should not be at the expense of cycling or walking. Efforts should be made to reduce the conflicts with cycling that newer programmes are threatening. When improving bus routes, walking and cycling should experience improved facilities, never impediments. Mixed journeys should be easier, with increased cycle access and storage at all railway stations and easier opportunities to take cycles on public transport. MT 10/03/14: Buses, like all large vehicles, present a particular hazard to cyclists, therefore we encourage driver training and technology that helps drivers to avoid collisions with cyclists. Read More
Cycle SafetyCycling to school, to work, to shops, to social and cultural events of all kinds should be easy and safe for any individual who can ride. If faster and heavier road traffic presents a threat, good practice should steadily review and remove the threats, not the vulnerable cyclists. Training might be part of the process but changing road layouts and cycling routes definitely should be. MT 10/03/14: the emphasis should be on road danger reduction and not putting the onus of responsibility onto the vulnerable road user for safety, e.g. questioning collision victims on whether they were wearing hi-viz and helmets. Not all road users are equal. Read More