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Making Bristol better for cycling

20 is Plenty

Twenty is Plenty. Lower speeds on roads where people live, walk and shop benefit everyone, particularly the old and young. People also feel less intimidated about cycling, and our car journey times are barely affected. The encouragement this gives people to choose active travel has enormous consequences for improved health, well being and air quality for everyone in Bristol.

We strongly support the city-wide 20mph areas and want these extended to every residential street in the Greater Bristol. We support a ‘Total Twenty’ approach where higher speeds limits are an exception, and only where there is protected Space for Cycling. There is an excellent website with all the evidence at Bristol’s Better at 20.

Recent posts about 20’s Plenty (click for full list)

  • Downs Loop consultation - please show your support

    Downs Loop consultation - please show your support

    Our friends at Cycle Sunday are currently running a public consultation on their proposal for the Downs Loop. This includes wide accessible paths to welcome all users, new raised crossings, and traffic calming (around Circular Road). Vicki Cracknell, from the Downs Loop campaign shares an update: We have been so inspired by a young woman called Eleanor who describes herself as an adaptive cyclist meaning she is unable to ride a traditional two-wheeled bike. She

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  • Liveable Neighbourhoods for Bristol campaign launches

    Liveable Neighbourhoods for Bristol campaign launches

    Bristol Cycling Campaign has been busy leading on a campaign for Liveable Neighbourhoods for every area of the city. Working with other Bristol organisations we have published an open letter to the city council, asking it to roll out ‘Liveable Neighbourhoods’ across Bristol by May 2024. To find out more about the campaign please visit the website, read the press release and follow on twitter. Liveable Neighbourhoods are residential neighbourhoods that contain traffic filters such as bollards or planters

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  • Road safety - why don’t we take it seriously?

    Road safety - why don’t we take it seriously?

    Many of you will have seen the tragic rail crash in Aberdeenshire on the news where three people have sadly died. These are the first fatalities due to a derailment in the UK since 2007. Despite this very safe track record, a full and thorough investigation will be carried out by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch. The investigation isn’t about assigning blame or making prosecutions - it will result in safety recommendations being made to both

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  • King Street shows the way on pedestrianisation

    King Street shows the way on pedestrianisation

    One of Bristol’s most historic streets has been pedestrianised after a campaign by local businesses. Tom Swithinbank of Bristol Cycling Campaign finds out how the businesses of King Street helped to make it happen. It’s the home of the Old Vic and some of Bristol’s best-loved pubs, bars and restaurants. Now, after years of campaigning, cars no longer rumble over the cobbles of historic King Street in Bristol’s old town. It has taken six years

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  • CyclingWorks Bristol campaign launches

    CyclingWorks Bristol campaign launches

    CyclingWorks Bristol is a new campaign to bring together employers across our region to voice their support for infrastructure to enable safer commuting by bike. It is based on a successful model used in London, that was influential in the delivery of its first cycling superhighway. Can you help to get your employer to support this campaign? Visit the website to find out more: bristol.cyclingworks.org We suggest that you share this website with your sustainability

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  • How a healthy streets approach will help Bristol bounce back - our July 2020 webinar [updated]

    How a healthy streets approach will help Bristol bounce back - our July 2020 webinar [updated]

    How has Bristol responded to the Covid19 crisis and how could the Healthy Streets approach aid our development of streets for people? After the success of our first webinar event (The Future of Cycling in Bristol – Webinar May 2020), we are delighted to share the recording of our July webinar. This was jointly hosted by Bristol Walking Alliance and Bristol Cycling Campaign with over 100 people attending on the night, a fantastic response. To watch

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  • Stop killing our children

    Stop killing our children

    While our streets look like something from the 1950s in the midst of coronavirus lockdown, we need to rethink what 'normal' looks like. Stop Killing our Children is a documentary crowdfunded and produced by our friends at ETA Trust (ethical insurance with strong cycle offering). It is a review of where the Dutch are fifty years after their transformative campaign for road danger reduction. So why are we talking about this at a website for

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  • Yes, Bristol's sign-only 20mph intervention reduces speed (yet another study finds)

    Yes, Bristol's sign-only 20mph intervention reduces speed (yet another study finds)

    We're big fans of the Essential Evidence series of one page summaries of peer-reviewed literature on current transport policies and practice. This is produced by Bristol based Dr Adrian Davis in order to ensure that academic research and evidence informs implementation of planning and policy. Although sadly one recent summary shows that politicians are far more resistant to this than professionals and communities (No 187: Examining the politics of transport planning). Summary No 185 is

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