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Bristol Cycling digest 2015/05

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 campaigners want to create an 85-mile traffic-free circuit from Bristol to Somerset (bristolpost.co.uk)  Police appeal for witnesses following a fail to stop incident in Gloucester Road (gazetteseries.co.uk)  Summer outdoor film screenings announced: The Two Wheeled Drive In movie theatre for bikes returns (bristol247.com)  Will the Grand Prix Cycle Race be good for cycling in Bristol? (bristolcyclingcampaign.org.uk)

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Summer of Cycling

Now that May is here all the news about the Summer of Cycling in Bristol comes pouring in. The very wonderful Bristol Cycle Festival are back for their 6th year with a busy programme including our famous Discover Bristol Rides. Programmes should be in all your favourite venues shortly, or see the website now. Also, Bristol Council through their Better By Bike brand announce that Bristol is again competing in the European Cycle Challenge. Anyone who rides a bike is encouraged to sign up and start clocking their bike miles for Bristol on a leader board of…

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UPDATE: Cycle Sunday returns to the Downs in JULY

As announced on twitter, following the successful inaugural event on 19 April, fantastic news there is to be another event NOW ON 12 JULY. Keep in touch through their group. As Sam Saunders writes in his blog, on that Sunday morning in April “a section of Circular Road on the Bristol Downs was opened for people and bicycles. For a few hours hundreds and hundreds of people of all ages had a whale of a time on bikes – learning, practicing, coaching, watching, being serious, having fun and having more fun. It was a very sociable and…

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Petition for Chepstow-Tintern railway path

  First the Strawberry Line extension is revived, now the Wye Valley campaign is springing forth. Please sign if you want to enjoy this part of the world in a traffic-free environment https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/restoring-the-disused-railway-line-from-chepstow-to-tintern-for-a-shared-use-path?time=1429785583  …

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Goodbye and good luck

  At our social evening on 22nd April we formally said farewell to Martin McDonnell who is off to Edinburgh to start a new life there. Martin has been a mainstay of the Campaign since he joined in 2008. Martin Tweddell gave a brief speech saying “Martin has taken the Cycling Campaign from the doldrums in 2008 to the vibrant and effective body it is today. Without his dedication we would never have got to the position of producing a manifesto for cycling which has subsequently been adopted as official council policy. Quite an achievement.” Martin was then presented with…

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Active Travel Hustings – are we any the wiser?

On April 21st, Life Cycle UK organised a hustings for General Election candidates to answer questions on walking and cycling from an audience of about 60 people who themselves had mainly walked or cycled to the event.  The hustings were hosted by TLT at their 12th floor offices in 1 Redcliffe St – which has great views of Bristol.   The hustings were consummately chaired by well known journalist, broadcaster, author and cyclist Rob Penn. The following candidates agreed to attend: Thangam Debbonnaire (Labour – Bristol West), Darren Hall (Green – Bristol West), Claire Hiscott (Conservative – Bristol West), Mark Wright (Lib Dem – Bristol South), Dawn Parry (Independents for Bristol – Bristol West) and Paul Turner (UKIP – Bristol West). Unfortunately Thangam Debbonnaire and Paul Turner were unable to make it. Thangam was able to send in her place Kye Dudd (Labour candidate for Cabot in the up-coming local council elections) and Paul was absent due to a family illness. However Claire Hiscott failed to turn up with no apology and was conspicuous by her absence. Being left with a selection of candidates who broadly agreed with each other was not great for debate or democracy. The evening was heavy on anecdote and good intentions but light on evidence and hard policy. However there were some exceptions. – Kye Dudd (KD) was strong on tackling social inequality and knows Bristol well. He cited Trade Union support for improvements to active travel. – As a businesswoman Dawn Parry (DP) began her political career as a Conservative, only leaving them when she realised they didn’t share her values. Transport appears not to be her strong point but she was broadly sympathetic with the other candidates and the audience, though at one point she did propose a “cycling proficiency test for all” which went unchallenged. – Mark Wright (MW) was by far the most informed on the subject having been a councillor for the central Cabot ward for three terms, helping to introduce 20mph and the first RPZ in Kingsdown. He is now campaigning for Bristol to have a Low Emissions Zone (LEZ), but was unsuccessful in recent years to implement workplace parking charges. – Darren Hall (DH) was especially keen to invest in walking and cycling as an effective way to tackle climate change and health inequality.

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Will the Grand Prix race be good for cycling in Bristol?

News just in, the inaugural Bristol Grand Prix Cycle Race will take place on Saturday 20 June 2015. We are told that “cyclists will take over the streets of Bristol to inspire people of all ages and abilities to #lovethefuture of cycling”. But what kind of cycling? Some in BCyC are known to slide into lycra regularly and are fond of watching the thrill of a race. Others could not be less interested in watching pumped up, mostly young, aggressive people on hugely expensive specialist machines, wearing weird clothing and hurtling through the streets of Bristol risking life and limb,…

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Discover Bristol Rides – 38 cake fuelled days out in 2014

Were you one of the hundreds of people who came on one our popular Discover Bristol Rides in the past year? We did a grand total of 38 rides in the last year, supported by an Active Neighbourhood Grant from Bristol Council. Looking back the team of enthusiastic volunteer ride leaders can be justifiably proud of the range of unusual and interesting opportunities they created to get on your bike and Discover Bristol. Favourites were the Pub Pitstops, the Tea and Cakes rides, and a ‘Coffee House’ series, as well as exploring historic buildings and lovely local routes such as Coastal…

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Third closure of Bristol Bath Railway Path

Some are calling it a conspiracy, but a third closure of a section of the massively popular Bristol Bath Cycle Path has been announced. Unlike the first one at Staple Hill for tunnel repairs, this one will improve things for users. Unlike the second one for resurfacing between Bitton and Saltford, there will be a signed diversion. [NEWSFLASH: “Alternative routes will be posted whilst maintenance work is carried out between Bitton & Saltford”] This one is for an £80,000 improvement scheme to double the width of the narrowest section of the path from two metres to four…

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