Making Bristol better for cycling

Space for Cycling

Lots of people cycle in Greater 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 enable cycling for everyone is to provide a continuous and dedicated cycling network to ‘Triple A’ quality standards – for All Ages and Abilities. We need low traffic Liveable Neighbourhoods where we live, learn, shop and play

This is the work of our Space for Cycling action group. It means setting out a positive vision, lobbying for change, and speaking up for cycling. The S4C group meets regularly and uses a Slack to keep in touch. 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)

  • Could we have a temporary Brislington Tramway railway path?

    Could we have a temporary Brislington Tramway railway path?

    There's real momentum building behind the Brislington Tramway, a 'missing link' on the railway path linking Whitchurch, Hengrove and Brislington with the centre. There is a planning application until end of April that needs our backing. Please add a comment to show your support. "The Tramway" is the project name for opening up this fantastic route which would link the existing Whitchurch Way greenway (NCN3) from Whitchurch & Hengrove past Knowle, through Brislington via the

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  • Why Bristol needs more bike hangars

    Why Bristol needs more bike hangars

    Bike hangars are a great way to provide secure bike storage but with only 15 in Bristol, there’s a long way to go to meet the growing demand. Rachel Dickinson explores the problem, and what Bristol Cycling Campaign wants to change. How can we encourage more people to travel by bike in Bristol? One way is to address the lack of secure bike storage. Many people that would like to get a bike just don’t

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  • Is cycling a mode of transport? Our thoughts on WECA’s Transport Delivery Plan

    Is cycling a mode of transport? Our thoughts on WECA’s Transport Delivery Plan

    At Bristol Cycling Campaign, we were interested to review the West of England Combined Authority’s (WECA) Transport Delivery Plan (published Feb’21 - see link). The document claims to set out “the currently funded transport projects (2021 – 2026) that are progressing to delivery over the next 5 years in the West of England region.” We were excited to see that it would offer “clarity to the public, stakeholders and investors about projects they can expect to see

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  • Please respond to the Mina Road Consultation

    Please respond to the Mina Road Consultation

    The Council's consultation on improvements to Mina Road, St Werburghs is still open. Do make sure you contribute. It closes on the 14th - so hurry… There are several questions about the 600-metre cycleway protection installed last year on one section of Concorde Way (Mina Road). This has been a real step forward in safety for cyclists, but there is some local opposition to it, to the extent that people want it removed. Make sure your

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  • Bristol Cycling Campaign calls for 1,000 bike hangars

    Bristol Cycling Campaign calls for 1,000 bike hangars

    We have published a report proposing that Bristol City Council should install 1,000 bike hangars by May 2024. Bike hangars are lockable steel pods for up to six bikes and provide secure, on-street bike-parking for people who don’t have any outside space to store a bike at home. The report finds that Bristol currently only has 15 bike hangars but that local survey data show that demand for residential bike-parking spaces is likely to be

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  • Update 02/21: Cycle hangers, Liveable Neighbourhoods, elections

    Update 02/21: Cycle hangers, Liveable Neighbourhoods, elections

    Campaigning and discussion about Liveable Neighbourhoods is happening across the city, mainly through the network of local Facebook groups. As well as discussion about specific streets there are some great ideas such as love heart messages about your neighbourhood. You can find out about the one covering your area from the website All BCyC supporters are encouraged to get involved as this is one of the most promising initiatives for enabling cycling. A good

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  • All the consultations!

    All the consultations!

    Bristol City Council currently has four consultations open for street interventions across the city, which could lead to improved environments for people walking and cycling in those areas. We've written a detailed response for five consultations already which you can view here: ATF Consultation Response Jan 2021 - Bristol Cycling This covers the following areas: Cotham Hill, Cotham Princess Victoria Street, Clifton St Marks Road, Easton Rosemary Lane, Eastville Picton Street, Montpelier We've also responded to

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  • More consultations now open for street transformations

    More consultations now open for street transformations

    Hot on the heels of the three consultations which opened last week, Bristol City Council has opened three further consultations for Park Row, Rosemary Lane (Eastville) and Picton Street (Montpelier). These which could be transformed into better places for people walking and cycling. These changes will be implemented in the first half of 2021 with funding from the government's "Active Travel Fund". Two of these streets, Rosemary Lane in Eastville and Picton Street in Montpelier,

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