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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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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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