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)
  • Easton Safer Streets - ask councillors to support

    There is a key decision point on Friday 10th Nov for Easton Safer Streets. Please show your support using the button below. This is Bristol’s first attempt to make a big difference to the vitality of an area by a joined up approach to through traffic (rat-running), rather than a piecemeal street by street approach. Of all the projects in the Cycling Ambition Fund package this is the one with the greatest potential to benefit

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  • A 'quick win' for Filton Road in Horfield

    Bristol Mayor's congestion task force looking at opportunities for quick wins that reduce congestion and journey times without disadvantaging other road users. We have a modest suggestion for Filton Road in Horfield which we put forward for consideration, Filton Road improvement Oct2017 for Congestion Task Force. This aims to: improve safety and attractiveness of southbound cycling - cycles do not need to overtake stationary traffic queuing at Dorian Road junction. reduce congestion on Filton Road southbound,

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  • Linking the Festival way and South Bristol Link - the saga continues

    What is the difference between a cycle path and an impassable muddy farm track? We've reported previously about South Bristol Link Road and Festival Way – the missing link. The key element is Parsonage Farm Bridge over the A370, at the western end of the south Bristol link road (SBL). This is now completely inaccessible to cyclists as the farmer has (not unreasonably) been continuing to use the lane for his cows. The lane has become

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  • 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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  • Linking Long Ashton park & ride with Festival Way

    Bristol Cycling Campaign member David Neale has produced another excellent and well worked out proposal (see also the Barrow Hospital plans). This one will provide a traffic-free walking and cycling link in Ashton Vale between the AVTM maintenance/cycle track, the Long Ashton P&R and Festival Way (AVTM is the Ashton Vale to Temple Meads part of MetroBus). With the likelihood of more traffic congestion when the South Bristol Link road opens, the scheme should benefit

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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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