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'
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
Where is WECA's vision for cycling?
Since the elections for the 'Metro Mayor' in 2017 and the setting up of the West of England Combined Authority (WECA), Bristol Cycling has been working with our friends at Cycle Bath on a Cycling Manifesto for the region. We've been asking for the same level of commitment from Mayor Tim Bowles, and his Transport supremo, James White, as is being seen in other cities, notably London and now Manchester where Chris Boardman is the…Read More
Knowing where to spend money
There is much insight to be gained from data, given the right perspective. One of the most alarming figures is that 129,000 people drive to work in the city of Bristol. Of those, 57,603 (44.6%) live within a 20 minute, 5km, bicycle ride to work. It's worth pausing to let that sink in. Nearly half of Bristol commuter drivers live within a 20 minute bicycle ride to work. Adam Reynolds of CycleBath has emerged from…Read More
The Mayor wants a metro...
...to solve Bristol's congestion problems. (More here) We wish him all the best in this. But: For a fraction of the cost and in a fraction of the time it would take to build we could have a fully protected network of cycle routes. Whatever the final outcome of the studies, Bristol needs to reduce motor traffic and increase active travel to make it a healthier and more 'liveable' city. And that means being radical.…Read More
The Reclaiming of Queen Square - lessons for 'metro' Mayor Tim Bowles
This fascinating video tells the story of how traffic was removed from Queen Square and Champion Square in Bristol. It was made for UWE's online course Our Green City. It includes an interview with Dave Johnson, Avon County Councillor involved in making the changes to Queen Square in 1992. As we anticipate how Tim Bowles, the new West of England Combined Authority (WECA) Mayor, is planning to use the new powers and funding to address…Read More
Vote Bike! What the Metro Mayor candidates say
Tim Bowles (Conservative) is our new West of England Regional Mayor (results). We look forward to working with him to enable everyday cycling, for everyone, everywhere in our region. What will the West of England Metro Mayor do for cycling? Given the level of excitement it's possible turnout will be low - meaning that those who DO vote can really make a difference. The bookies are putting the Tories and Lib Dems as equal favourites. If…Read More