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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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Cycle Festival 2015 roundup

The second week of June saw another packed week of events for the Bristol Cycle Festival – the celebration of all things cycling back for a successful 6th year. Highlights included a series of Discover Bristol rides led by members of the Cycling Campaign, attracting an average of 20 people – the ever-popular Banksy Ride being somewhat over subscribed with 45 riders. The main part of the Festival was rounded off in traditional fashion on Sunday with the Carnivelo ride, this year with a green twist: Naturevelo, coinciding as it did with Big Green Week and the Festival of Nature.

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Bikebuncle or Carbunker?

This is an interesting case of someone putting in cycle storage in their front garden and now being told to remove it. What do you think? A positive solution to debunking cars from our front gardens or a carbuncle of a bike shed? Would they have done better with a commercial design (see Lifecycle’s guide to cycle parking), or a custom one from the Bike Shed Company.    Please give us your thoughts via our Facebook Group. In defence of the bike shed’s creators, here’s an email sent by them to the council: …

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Cycle Festival wants your feedback

  Thanks to everyone who turned up on our Discover Bristol rides and helping to make the Cycle Festival such a success. It was great to meet you and we hope you had fun! It’s really useful to us, and those coordinating the festival, to understand what people think of the events we run, and to know who’s coming, so that we can make next year’s events better than ever, and as inclusive as possible.  We’d really appreciate it if you can spend a couple of minutes clicking your way through a few questions here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ETR2015 …

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Cycle Sunday – call to action

The next Cycle Sunday event on the Downs is now taking place on Sunday 12 July.  The organisers need volunteer stewards and are looking for people to do a range of things from roaming the route by bike, counting arrivals (think deckchair and flask of coffee) and helping out at the HQ (small gazebo and a flag!) The last event was so positive, with an amazing community atmosphere, so they’re hoping that people involved in cycle campaigning in Bristol would find it a real tonic to help out at the event. Get in touch through the…

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Bristol Cycling digest 2015/06

Here’s an assortment of articles that you may have missed over the past month about Bristol cycling. Members have put these together using the Reddit list BristolCycling  Cycle Festival wants your feedback (bristolcyclingcampaign.org.uk)  Cycle Sunday promo video (Next event: July 12th) (vimeo.com)  New reporting tool for cycling and pedestrian “near misses” in Bristol (bristolpost.co.uk)…

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Bristol’s Biggest Bike Ride Routes

We’ll be joining the thousands of people out on Skyride on Sunday 21nd June. It’s sure to be a great event, and one to treasure along with the Bristol Grand Prix on Saturday 20st. Both coming hot on the heals of another buzzing Bristol Cycle Festival. For those wanting more than the 7.5km short route, here’s the information about the four routes from previous years. You get to enjoy all the fun of the Skyride at the start (and end if you wish), but can extend it to appreciate the whole of the the Portway Sunday Park a make…

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