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)
  • Callowhill Court proposal rejected

    On Tuesday 6 September, the Council rejected the car park plans in this proposed redevelopment of one corner of Broadmead. Charlie Bolton, Green councillor for Southville, who led the petition opposing the development said "This was as a result of our expressed concerns about air quality, increased congestion and access to the car park through Brunswick Square. The developers have been asked to go back to the drawing board and reconsider their proposals for the

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  • Metrobus Works Warning

    We've been contacted by Mary Todd who recently broke her right collar bone in two places after being 'corkscrewed' by works on the route of the long awaited Metrobus. She wants to warn everyone to look out for badly constructed concrete bus stop stand platforms (even if some of those works may only be temporary). This is what she had to say: "On Fri 14 July c.1140, I was cycling along Colston Avenue from the

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  • Bromley Heath Viaduct works - a cycling opportunity?

    South Gloucestershire Council has secured funding via The Challenge Fund and The Cycle Ambition Fund to carry out essential maintenance works along A4174 Avon Ring Road between the A38 at Filton and the A4 at Hicks Gate. These will include improvements to the carriageway, footpaths, cycle ways and street lighting as well as structural maintenance for the Bromley Heath viaduct. The improvements aim to complement the West of England’s transport project MetroBus. With an estimate

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  • Partial Win for Our Prince Street Bridge Campaign? [Updated with photos]

    The covers are off and we can now see what the renovated bridge will be like when it opens in the next few weeks. Note that the southbound lane has the same narrow pavement as before. Northbound now has a cycleway and a footway, with a very slight height difference. It's not clear if there will be further visual cues to separate the two. Judging by the following response to our Prince Street Bridge petition

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  • A Modest Proposal #6; Eight to Eighty cycling on Gloucester Road

    Did you know that Gloucester Road was one of Bristol’s busiest cycle routes (Building on success – lessons from Gloucester Road)? What’s more, the number of people cycling has doubled in the last ten years whereas motor vehicle numbers have dropped by a fifth. These facts can be seen from Department for Transport Traffic Counts. So what does this tell us? Bristol’s Cycling City money has been well spent? Not quite. Significant Cycling City money was

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  • South Bristol Link Road - May 2016 update

    We are pleased that things are moving on the final detailed stage of designing the cycleway that will run alongside the new South Bristol Link Road. This has been a long running issue that we've worked on for many years. Overall the new road will cause more problems for Bristol and for cycling than it will cure but it's going to happen so we want to make sure that provision for cycling is a good

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  • A Modest Proposal #5: The Bear Pit / St James Barton Roundabout

    St James Barton roundabout remains among the worst in Bristol for cyclists. This is despite the sterling work of The Bearpit Improvement Group and the recently completed £1million scheme to provde a route around the inner edge of the roundabout at street level for pedestrians and cyclists. We hope this already outdated scheme will be the last time huge budgets will be spent forcing cycles to share busy spaces with pedestrians (see BCyC Policy on

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  • Southville Bridge abandoned - what's next?

    One of the more iconic cycling schemes in the city has been abandoned (here and here). The Southville Bridge was approved in 2014 and would have linked Camden Road and through to North Street in Bedminster to the Harbourside. It remains an important part of the Greater Bedminster neighbourhood cycling plan. Costs had escalated alarmingly so Mayor George Ferguson pulled the project. The budget will be reallocated into other cycling projects and there has been

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