Sam Saunders lead a group of riders around this route on the proposed Strategic Cycling Network on Sunday 5th October, 2014. There’s a fair bit of work to be done in working up plans that we can use to press the council for changes, but this is good start. Here’s his report:
Despite Bristol’s noble efforts to put cycle infrastructure in it was obvious that bits and bobs of cycle lane are nowhere near what would be demanded of a dedicated network. Short sections of not too bad provision are interspersed with quite a lot of hostile road.
I said I would invite comments in this forum from anyone who was on the ride,about specific things we noticed or learned about what would be needed to make something like F11 a genuine route that was worth signposting and advertising. Anyone else is more than welcome to add commetns of course. The more the merrier.
The map I worked from was the web version of the Bristol Strategic Cycling Network at:
- Easton Way – as an alternative to Easton Way itself, there is a proposed cycle route on roads just N of and close to Easton Way that Nick Pates presented at a recent monthly cycling projects meeting. I think such a route would more naturally lead into the roundabout subways through to the other side of the roundabout
- St Philip’s Causeway – surprisingly OK. Segregated cycle way is separated from main roadway by hatched strip for much of the way. Great views !
- Arnos Vale cemetery – great route, good surface
- Sylvia Avenue – great views !
- St John’s Lane/Bedminster Road – unpleasant. Busy with traffic. Not a very wide road, so solution may not be easy ?
- Parsons Street triangle – needs the second part of a contraflow to be completed through to Winterstoke Road – to avoid the hill and the traffic
- Wintertstoke Road – surprisingly good segregated cycle way
- Clanage Road/Rownham Hill – quite busy with traffic. Not a very wide road, so solution may not be easy ?
- Rownham Hill – A very steep bit through trees – OK going down but not up – narrow, so no easy solution. Use Burwalls Road instead ?
- from the Suspension Bridge to Whiteladies Road – works well