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Making Bristol better for cycling

Bristol Cycling Manifesto

Cycling in Bristol is quick, cheap and improves people’s health so why don’t more people do it?

Shifting from cars to bikes cuts congestion and is pollution-free so why is investment so low?

Leading European cities make it easy to cycle so where is the cycling network for Bristol?

To get Space for Cycling there needs to be political will and leadership. We work with the Bristol Mayor, the WECA Mayor, local councils, councillors, officers, businesses and community groups to build a consensus for change.

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

2016  Nearly 2/3 of elected councillors had gave statements of support for our 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)

  • Why it matters that Bristol is preparing a 'Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan'

    Why it matters that Bristol is preparing a 'Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan'

    After intensive lobbying by cycling and walking groups the Government set up a legally binding Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS) in 2017. The aim is "to deliver better safety, better mobility, and better streets". All local authorities are supposed to produce a Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP), setting out their long-term approach to developing local cycling and walking networks, ideally over a 10 year period. In particular this means: a network plan

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  • The world, and Greater Bristol, needs more cycling champions

    The world, and Greater Bristol, needs more cycling champions

    For all those campaigning for Space for Cycling, Brian Deegan is a hero, being the transport planning engineer who has delivered top quality infrastructure in London. But he says that without a 'big gun' cycling champion even skilled and committed council officers can't transform our streets to make them more suitable to cyclists (and everyone), they can only deliver tinkering half-measures (The world needs more cycling champions). Is a cycling champion of the standard of

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  • Metro Mayor Tim Bowles is failing us

    Our friends at Cycle Bath have been taking the lead locally in attempting to engage the WECA Mayor Tim Bowles. Now frustration levels have reached boiling point as we watch helplessly as other metro mayors power ahead. The words ‘chocolate teapot’ are coming to be associated with Mayor Bowles. Metro Mayor Tim Bowles is failing us For anyone that caught the news on Friday, Chris Boardman raised alarm at the lack of progress on cycling

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