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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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2015 AGM with Carlton Reid

This year’s AGM was so packed with updates and future plans we ended up overrunning and had to ask Carlton to wrap things up rather quickly! Before Carlton treated us to a preview of his upcoming book, discussions were had around our development and how we can further influence change in the city. The revival of Space for Cycling this year will take us into the mayoral and full council elections in 2016. We need to put inspiration generated by our Top Tube map to action on the ground. This means getting more involved in Neighbourhood Partnerships to influence local decision making…

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Cycling the Eurovelo 6: a tale of 4 countries with 49 friends

Long hot days riding through river valleys, climbing up to hilltop castles, craving food to satisfy that cyclists’ hunger, coveting the impressive cycling infrastructure – oh and those trams! At June’s members’ meeting Martin Tweddell recounted his Grand European Tour from Vienna, Austria to Nantes, France on a laden 6-speed black Brompton. The trip was a semi-organised tour along the famous Eurovelo route 6, semi-organised by the French equivalent to Sustrans: AF3V. Accommodation was pre-booked and turned out to be in an eclectic jumble of places from hostels to gîtes to barns, with the odd gym and convent thrown in…

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Portishead rail consultation

BCyC member Alan Morris reports in from the Portishead railway line consultation exhibition… It confirms that “Our engineering work to date indicates it should be feasible to retain the short sections of cycle / pedestrian path alongside the re-opened railway under the bridges, subject to some reductions in the width of the path and provision of appropriate fencing and other safety requirements.” And there will be a “a 300 metre pedestrian and cycle promenade with lighting linking [the Portishead station] to the town centre and various footpath improvements.”…

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Green treasure hunt

Look out for this in Bishopston, Cotham & Redland 1 Aug to 13 Sep. On twitter: @GreenTreasure15 and on Facebook UPDATE 01/08/15: Interactive map now available here.

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