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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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Is Bristol the UK’s most active city?

Bristol featured as the most active city in the UK in a new report, Active Cities – a guide for city leaders. Nine cities around the world were compared and common themes and lessons drawn out. The report, sponsored by Nike, is a useful summary of the issues and evidence and deserves to be widely used. It seems that active cities typically do four things really well. 1) They make physical activity a priority, 2) Use existing resources, 3) Design for people and 4) Create a legacy of lasting change. News article…

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Call to S. Glos Council to stop putting advertising signs on roundabouts

There’s a petition set up calling on South Gloucestershire council to stop putting distracting advertising signs on roundabouts. These are some of the more dangerous junctions for cycling and those in S. Glos tend to be large and fast making them even more intimidating.   We support this petition and suggest that you might want to show your support as well.   Here’s the useful explanation: South Gloucestershire Council is increasing the risk of accidents, particularly for cyclists, by putting advertising signs on roundabouts. This petition asks South Gloucestershire Council not to renew existing agreements and to…

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CycleBath – campaigning in BANES

We’re really impressed by what CycleBath are doing at the moment. They’re very active in setting out a vision and in holding Bath and North East Somerset Council to account for what’s being delivered on the ground. In particular their work with the Cycle City Ambition Grant projects is both constructive and critical, essential elements in campaigning. We’ll be looking to what we can learn from them about applying a Cycle Route Audit Tool to our Strategic Cycle Network. They’ve been getting good coverage in the local media as well. Keep pushing, CycleBath!…

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May’15 Bristol Cycle Forum quick update

Avon & Somerset Police Chief Inspector Andy Bennett, lead officer on cycling, spoke about having revised his leaflet handed out to cyclists when caught by officers breaking the Highway Code. His mantra is to educate before enforcement taking a wholistic approach. The leafet has recently been redrafted to make it more cycling friendly. Enforcement needs to be proportionate and a process of culture change is happening where officers are encouraged to use discretion when dealing with violations. The intention is to extend this approach to all road users: anything from buses, HGVs to cycles. CycleEye Cllr Gary Hopkins revealed that…

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