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Cycling news from Bristol and beyond

Metrobus construction impact on cycle routes

As construction work starts on the various Metrobus routes we can expect considerable disruption to some key cycling routes through the city. In some areas this is a worthwhile inconvenience to get some valuable improvements. In others the outcome is less clear. There’s a useful website with all the various projects at metrobusbuild.info. Key points at present include: Ashton Avenue Bridge by Cumberland Basin will be closed for a year (a full 12 months!). We are told that “The diversion does not use the road. Cyclists and pedestrians will be segregated and protected from the traffic by safety barriers. Temporary cycling improvements to…

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20 mph under threat

A petition has been raised asking Bristol City Council to scrap most of the 20mph rollout claiming it is “ridiculous” and “ludicrous”. Anyone who walks or cycles around the city knows this not to be the case. We need to counter such misinformed rubbish and urge you to sign the alternative petition here: Keep and extend 20mph limits The petitioners’ argument that 20mph has made the roads more dangerous is particularly weak: “We the undersigned are of the opinion that roads will only be made more dangerous with frustrated drivers and people watching the speedo rather…

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Strawberry Line temporary closure

  A significant section of the Strawberry line is to close between 2 & 15 September to allow for the construction of a solar farm. The diversion takes you down a busy B road which should at least be signposted to warn motorists of additional cycle and pedestrian presence. More details here. Let us know if you spot any shortcomings.

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20 years of the NCN

Has it really been that long since the National Cycling Network came about? Whilst we at BCyC HQ try to work out where the time went, please get yourselves to Queen Square on Sat 22 Aug to help celebrate with Sustrans at their Fair in the Square.

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High profile raids snag bike thieves

Over 2,000 bicycles are reported stolen every year in the Bristol area and less than 5% are recovered. Avon and Somerset Police have recently targeted the problem with two high profile raids on what they believe to be gangs of cycle thieves and a push to get cyclists to protect their bikes. In July five people were arrested and £50,000 of suspected stolen bikes were seized as part the year-long Operation Talisman. Advice for cyclists on security from the police can be found in this useful summary Protect yourself from bike thieves…

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Bristol Tandem Hire

The Cycling Campaign ‘bumped’ into Bristol Tandem Hire on one of the initial Portway Sunday Park rides and the first thing everyone noticed was not their tandem but their Jack Russell dog, who goes virtually everywhere with them by bike. It wasn’t long before the conversation turned to tandem riding and what a great business opportunity there is in hiring them out. Which is exactly what Jane Thomas did in the summer of 2015, following years of happy family tandeming at home and abroad. Bristol, with its expanding cycling culture and spirit of environmentalism, perfectly matches their vision.

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Three Bristol schemes listed as examples of high quality infrastructure

There’s a consultation out on behalf of the Department for Transport to compile a set of Case Studies that exemplify high quality, high performing cycle infrastructure in the UK. The short list of 35 schemes provide variety of scheme types (in both urban and rural areas), and illustrate cycle designs for different situations. There is an online survey until 16th August to narrow this to a final selection by commenting on chemes with which people are familiar. http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/HighQualityCycleInfrastructure_RM5156/ The next stage of the project will involve collecting more detailed data on the final selection from their promoters, with DfT…

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Princes Street Bridge closed to cars

  Well, at least for 6 months whilst the bridge is being refurbished from mid-August. This will be a practical test of filtered permeability in the centre as a temporary scaffolding bridge is being put up for pedestrians and cyclists. It’s only 3m wide however so probably only suitable for walking with bikes. Now this is a chance to see the effect of closing the bridge to general traffic. Will Bristol grind to a halt? We very much doubt it. We will be pressing for this to be a evaluated for a permanent measure. Just the kind of thing that…

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Bristol’s Bike Film Festival, Cyclescreen, returns this August

We’re excited about the return of Bristol’s Bike Film Festival, Cyclescreen, to the Watershed from Thursday 20 to Sunday 23 August. Now in its second year, the festival will celebrate the social and environmental benefits of the beloved bicycle for the people of Britain. And it’ll explore the part Bristol and the southwest has played in Britain’s cycling evolution through the founding of the national cycle network. The programme has something for everyone, with documentaries and talks exploring cycling’s history, its sporting dramas, its inspirational women, its affinity with adventure and creativity. Films and talks with…

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Eat, Sleep, Cycle…

  This one looks interesting: Stanfords on Corn Street are holding an evening with Anna Hughes talking about her book ‘Eat, Sleep, Cycle: A Bike Ride Around the Coast of Britain’ on Wednesday 9 September from 6.30 to 8.00pm. More details here.

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