Lots of people cycle in Bristol, bringing great benefits to themselves, and to the city. But two thirds of people consider cycling too risky for them. They want protection from intimidating motor traffic. They know that sharing with pedestrians can be uncomfortable for both. The only proven way to open cycling for all is to provide a continuous and dedicated cycling network, to ‘Triple A’ standards – for All Ages and Abilities.

This is the work of our Space for Cycling action group. It means setting out a positive vision, proposing radical ideas, and speaking up for cycling. The S4C group meets every month, uses a forum, and an issues map. Introduce yourself to get involved. Remember that most campaigning is done not through the formal group but by individuals getting stuck in to an issue that concerns them, using this useful information.

Space for Cycling means:

  • REDUCED THROUGH-TRAFFIC  on residential streets making streets more pleasant and liveable for residents
  • PROTECTED SPACE – Lots of high quality, protected, continuous, cycleways.
  • SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL so that children can to cycle to school safely helping them be more active and independent
  • PEOPLE-FRIENDLY CENTRES – Prioritising walking, cycling and public transport makes public spaces more pleasant places to work, shop and relax.
  • TRAFFIC-FREE ROUTES – Open new routes for cycling, giving safer options for recreation and commuting.
  • LOWER TRAFFIC SPEEDS – Design streets to naturally encourage lower speeds
Recent posts about making Space for Cycling (click for full list)
  • Bristol Cycling gives rolling feedback to Council

    Bristol Cycling gives rolling feedback to Council

    Our Bike Week Space for Cycling ride on Thursday 14 June was a great success and it was a joy to celebrate the latest in cycling infrastructure while giving the Council constructive in-saddle feedback. More pictures on our Facebook page.

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  • Bristol’s City Centre Framework - we’ve responded

    Bristol’s City Centre Framework - we’ve responded

    Earlier in the year Bristolians were invited to help shape the future of the city centre by responding to a consultation on the City Centre Framework (CCF) document https://bristol.citizenspace.com/growth-regeneration/city-centre-framework The deadline for responses passed on 14 May. We hope you agree with our response: We welcome the CCF document and agree that our City Centre should provide a high quality walking and cycling environment for all ages, abilities and genders. People are already choosing to

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  • Transport in Bristol in 2018: feels more like 1968

    Transport in Bristol in 2018: feels more like 1968

    In late April Bristol Civic Society organised an event at the Watershed entitled Transport in Bristol in 2018 at which the speakers were James White, Interim Head of Transport at West of England Combined Authority Peter Mann, Director of Transport at Bristol City Council Several cycle campaigners attended including members of our Space for Cycling group. James White spoke mainly about the MetroWest rail project, while Peter Mann covered most of the other current transport

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  • Bathurst Basin works welcomed, but could do better

    Bathurst Basin works welcomed, but could do better

    It’s always a delight to see new cycling infrastructure being installed across the city, but are our transport authorities getting it right? A recent development has been the new bridge at Bathurst Basin and the path linking it to Bedminster Bridges along Commercial Road installed for the upcoming MetroBus. So we thought we'd review the current result and share this with you. Click here for a map to show the layout of the streets in

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  • Induced Traffic and Traffic Evaporation

    Induced Traffic and Traffic Evaporation

    The recent debate on the proposed Callington "Relief" Road has brought the concept of "induced traffic" back into the limelight. And also the the related and much neglected evidence for "reduced traffic", or the delightful concept of "traffic evaporation". So what do these terms mean? Induced Traffic As car ownership and use have increased over the past 30 years the reaction to the pressure created by additional traffic demand has often been to increase the

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  • Railway path, not relief road

    Railway path, not relief road

    A public meeting is to be held on Tue 30 Jan to talk about making a new green route through Brislington instead of a polluting new road (6pm, St. Peter’s Methodist Church Hall, Allison Road, Brislington). The Greater Brislington local councillors will be voicing their united opposition to the Callington Relief Road (as proposed under the WECA Joint Spatial Plan and recently reported by us here) and proposing a Railway Path instead. The associated petition

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  • Fighting for more air

    Fighting for more air

    On this website we previously covered the excellent BBC documentary Fighting For Air. At the end of the programme, viewers were informed they could use an air quality postcode checker, enabling anyone in the UK to see how their area faired on a simple scale of 1 – 6. However, we delved into this for some areas of Bristol already covered by local council monitoring and were not convinced by the results. The checker considers only

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  • Call for inclusive infrastructure

    Call for inclusive infrastructure

    Fantastic article by Zoe Banks Gross on why we need to continue campaigning for a better environment for cycling, if we want to see greater quantities and diversity of people cycling in Bristol: https://betterbybike.info/news/seeing-women-cycling-bristol-theres-still-long-way-go. Cycling is for everyone, and even though we are seeing more women cycling in Bristol, and more than in the other Bike Life cities, we still have a long way to go for cycling to be an easy choice for everyone.

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