Campaigns

Making Bristol better for cycling

Influence

To get Space for CyclingLiveable Neighbourhoods and Cycling for All there needs to be political will and leadership.

Cycling in Bristol is quick, cheap and improves people’s health 

Why don’t more people do it?

Shifting from cars to bikes cuts congestion and is pollution-free

Why is investment so low?

Leading European cities make it easy to cycle

Where is the cycling network for Bristol?

We work to influence the Bristol Mayor, the WECA Mayor, local councils, councillors, officers, businesses and community groups by setting out an ambitious vision, and building support for change. We are strong supporters of CyclingWorks Bristol, a group of organisations supporting better cycling infrastructure in Bristol to enable their staff to travel safely to work by bike 

2017  We had statements of support for our Bristol Cycling Manifesto from all main candidates for West of England ‘Metro’ Mayor, including from Tim Bowles who was elected. Now to hold him to account.

2016  Nearly 2/3 of elected councillors gave statements of support for our Bristol Cycling Manifesto, including the innovative Space for Cycling 2016 ward map. We also had support from the Bristol Mayor candidates including Marvin Rees who was elected.

2013  We produced a concise cycling strategy for Greater Bristol, including 200 miles of cycling ‘freeways’ (protected from traffic) and ‘quietways’.

Cycling Manifesto posts (click for full list)

  • Double cycling rates by 2024 - our challenge to our next mayors

    Double cycling rates by 2024 - our challenge to our next mayors

    After the elections on 6th May the new Bristol Mayor, Metro Mayor and councils must have a transforming vision for active travel. Cycling must be treated as an essential transport option, and a key tool to reduce the health and financial inequalities we face as a city. By 2024 we are calling on candidates to: Start implementing the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan, incorporating the improvements suggested by the Campaign, with three key strategic

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  • Election 2021 - which candidates will back cycling?

    Election 2021 - which candidates will back cycling?

    It's going to be a massive May for cycling in our region! On May 6th, Bristol will vote for a new Mayor, regional WECA mayor as well as local councillors. Who will truly back cycling? Who will set out a vision for cycling as a key mode of transport? Find out what Bristol's mayoral candidates think about Active Travel at our joint hustings on 21st April, co-hosted by Bristol Walking Alliance, Bristol Cycle Campaign, Liveable

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  • Is cycling a mode of transport? Our thoughts on WECA’s Transport Delivery Plan

    Is cycling a mode of transport? Our thoughts on WECA’s Transport Delivery Plan

    At Bristol Cycling Campaign, we were interested to review the West of England Combined Authority’s (WECA) Transport Delivery Plan (published Feb’21 - see link). The document claims to set out “the currently funded transport projects (2021 – 2026) that are progressing to delivery over the next 5 years in the West of England region.” We were excited to see that it would offer “clarity to the public, stakeholders and investors about projects they can expect to see

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  • Could you be Bristol's Bicycle Mayor?

    Could you be Bristol's Bicycle Mayor?

    Working alongside Dutch organisation BYCS, we are pleased to be launching our Bristol Bicycle Mayor project. BYCS initiated the Bicycle Mayor Network in 2016 as a global initiative to accelerate the progress of cycle transporting in cities by highlighting and supporting the role of civil society in enacting lasting, community- driven change. Bicycle Mayors are the human face and voice of cycling advocacy in a city. These volunteers are using their role to show how

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  • Update 02/21: Cycle hangers, Liveable Neighbourhoods, elections

    Update 02/21: Cycle hangers, Liveable Neighbourhoods, elections

    Campaigning and discussion about Liveable Neighbourhoods is happening across the city, mainly through the network of local Facebook groups. As well as discussion about specific streets there are some great ideas such as love heart messages about your neighbourhood. You can find out about the one covering your area from the website liveablebristol.org.uk. All BCyC supporters are encouraged to get involved as this is one of the most promising initiatives for enabling cycling. A good

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  • Don’t Blow it Bristol!

    Don’t Blow it Bristol!

    #DontBlowItBristol We're at risk of losing Bristol’s new sustainable infrastructure of expanded pavements, cycle lanes and other road changes was brought in to help in the fight against Covid-19. The new infrastructure has given a boost to vulnerable groups allowing people to socially distance, get cleaner air and feel safer when they are out and about. But lobby groups who want cars to dominate our city are pushing councillors to reverse these decisions. Pressure from

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  • Gear Change and LTN 1/20 - the start of a cycling revolution, or another false dawn?

    Gear Change and LTN 1/20 - the start of a cycling revolution, or another false dawn?

    Months, years and sometimes decades go by with only warm words and crumbs from Government on cycling. We've had false dawns before but on July 28 the government published two potentially revolutionary documents for cycling: Gear change: a bold vision for cycling and walking, and the less snappily titled LTN 1/20 Cycle infrastructure design. Showing commitment based on what has worked in London, in the foreword to Gear Change Boris Johnson says about cycling: It

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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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