Bristol Council has finally published the Bristol Cycle Strategy. This has been a long time coming and we warmly welcome it’s final publication. We’ve been involved in discussions about this with BCC for well over a year, and of course we that it was only when we published our Bristol Cycling Manifesto that things really began moving. We are pleased that our ‘Top Tube’ map of strategic routes has been included as well as many of the themes from the Cycling Manifesto.

The Strategy sets out an over-arching Cycling Network and Delivery Plan which provides a good background for delivering this future programmes such as the £30m Cycle City Ambition Grant application that we’ll hear about in March 2015.

Because these documents have a habit of disappearing from the official sites, here is a copy Bristol-Cycle-Strategy-Jan2015

Comments about the Bristol Cycle Strategy

George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol
“When it comes to improving our environment and protecting our health, cycling is a win win option, which is why I want to see the number of Bristol bike users double again over the next ten years.”

Mark Bradshaw, Assistant Mayor, Place Directorate
”This strategy sets out how we will work with residents, neighbourhoods, businesses, other public bodies and campaigning organisations to make a further step change in the numbers cycling – a better connected network of segregated, safer routes will be a priority.”

Ian Barrett, Sustrans Regional Director, South West & Chair of the Bristol Green Capital Sustainable Transport Action Group
”We warmly welcome Bristol’s commitment to continued investment in cycling and look forward to working with the council to create a network of routes that makes cycling simple for everyone.”

The targets at a glance

To match the ambitions, by 2020, the Council is committed to achieving:

  • Investment: £16 invested per head of population every year
  • Sustainable Economy: 20% of commuter trips into the city centre made by bike
  • Laboratory For Change: Experimental and cutting edge cycle projects delivered every year
  • Healthy Children: 20% of children cycling to secondary school
  • Normalising Cycling: Progressing delivery of an attractive, safe, 8-80 cycle network
  • Increasing Confidence And Safety: Increase numbers of pupils and adults taking up cycling training every year