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
The Downs. No Cycling? Or a car-free leisure route?
Why we need space for cycling on the Downs. The annual Cycle Sunday event is a brilliant way to demonstrate the huge demand for car-free cycling around the Downs to the Downs Committee, who manage this beautiful area. (To those unfamiliar with Bristol, the Clifton and Durdham Downs lie to the north of the city centre and overlook the ecologically significant Avon Gorge). We can expect between one and three thousand people to attend these…Read More
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
Not long till Cycle Sunday!
Bristol's family-friendly Cycle Sunday event, which we are supporting, is back on Sunday 16 September, 10am to 2pm. Now in its fourth year, Cycle Sunday attracts up to three thousand participants. Its success has demonstrated the huge amount of interest in the Downs as location for bike riding especially for children, who need plenty of space and a lack of hills to develop cycling skills and stamina. This year the route has been extended to…Read More
Metrobus opens up a new cycle route
With the opening of the M2 Metrobus route (Ashton Vale to Temple Meads) on 3 September, you can now cycle on the new car-free cycle track from Ashton Avenue Bridge to the Long Ashton Park & Ride, linking into the Festival Way. We sent out our infrastructure terrier to check it out. On the whole we think it is decent, and provides a (mostly) well surfaced near continuous route from the Park and Ride to…Read More
It's NICE to be right - Physical activity and the environment guidance
New guidance on Physical activity and the environment (PH90) was released in March by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). This is the body which provides evidence based national guidance and advice to improve health and social care. It is not perfect about cycling when read in its entirety but the recommendations work well alongside NICE's guideline on physical activity: walking and cycling. It has some great soundbites and does cover (amongst…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
Road Rage on Nelson Street
If you’ve had problems riding this road please let us know If you’re cycling along Nelson Street perhaps you should wear a flak jacket or, at least, a GoPro camera. In the last couple of months two of our members have reported road rage incidents involving buses and bikes. A bit of an uneven battle you might think 15 tons against 15 kilos. Double decker buses pick on someone your own size! But this is…Read More
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…Read More