Making Bristol better for cycling

Birchwood Road Pedestrian Improvements


Our overall position on this consultation is: Object with qualifications
There is the potential for improvements but overall the proposals improve pedestrian safety at the cost of discouraging cycling on roads (meaning more pavement cycling).

Space for Cycling Does this measure provide for 1) Protected space on main roads; 2) Remove through motor traffic; 3) Safe routes to school; 4) Cycle friendly town centres; 5) Cycle routes in green spaces; 6) 20mph speed limits?

Amber – overall neutral

Road Danger Reduction Does this measure seek a genuine reduction in danger for all road users by identifying and controlling the principal sources of threat? Amber – overall neutral
Triple A Quality(All Ages and Abilities) Will this measure be attractive to all ages and abilities using all kinds of cycles? Amber – overall neutral
Strategic Cycling Network How does this measure contribute to the development of Bristol Council’s planned integrated and coherent strategic cycle network? Amber – overall neutral
Cycle-proofing How far does this measure provide for Triple A Space for Cycling in the future? Amber – overall neutral

Bristol Cycling Campaign has the following specific comments on this consultation:

  1. In order to achieve the council’s object of 20% cycling it is essential that every opportunity is taken to improve conditions for cycling where there are changes in road layout for whatever reason, so that people cycling feel safe and welcome. This opportunity is being missed here. In fact, overall the proposals will make cycling feel less safe.

  2. Roundabouts are the most intimidating junction for new and less confident cyclists. The changes to the crossings either side of the roundabout may help reduce speeds on the roundabout but the geometry remains uncomfortable and intimidating. A missed opportunity, particularly given the wasted space for hatching in the middle of the roadway.

  3. Pedestrian crossings of the basic design shown in two places on Birchwood Road are good for pedestrians but are uncomfortable and intimidating for cycling. People on bikes feel they are being forced to be ‘mobile speed humps’ and put in a position of conflict with motor vehicles. The likely, and unwelcome, outcome will that many will cycle on the pavement as a safer option. Again this is designing in conflict, this time with pedestrians.

  4. The narrowing of the entrance to Allison Road is welcome but the opportunity should be taken to prioritise pavements by continuing this across the junction at grade. There should be an ‘Except Cycles’ sign on the no entry.

  5. The positioning of the Zebra crossing in relation to the bus stop for north-bound cycling looks to be an improvement as the positioning is better if buses are stopped and the island protects against oncoming vehicles.