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Petition to extend the Strawberry Line

  Most Bristolian walkers and cyclists are aware of, and many have enjoyed, Somerset’s Strawberry Line route between Yatton and Cheddar. Like the Bristol and Bath Railway Path it uses level ground once used by steam trains and provides a perfect route for people who want a stress-free day out in beautiful countryside.   Strawberry Line September 2013 There have been plans for a long time to extend the route from Cheddar to Wells and generally to “join up the dots” between Clevedon and Wells and then on to Shepton Mallet.  The Strawberry Line Society has…

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Why are recent plans for cycling so awful?

We have now sent in our response to the consultation about the cycle routes around the south side of Temple Quarter. These are being called Temple Greenways and are for ‘connecting the city with the Bristol Arena’. They are companion proposals to the Temple Gate plans previewed last year. Both sets of plans show some innovation and welcome improvements, for example on the Q10 Promenade Quietway. However, they also show a failure to tackle the fundamental issues and barriers, such as linking the F6 Bath Road Freeway into the centre, or the 6,000 space cycling hub that…

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BCyC meets Deputy Mayor Mark Bradshaw

We had a useful meeting in on March 26th with Deputy Mayor (as he was then) Mark Bradshaw in his role as cabinet member responsible for transport. Also in attendance were Jodi Savickas (Strategic City Transport, Place Directorate) and Ed Plowden (Sustainable Transport Service Manger). We made use of our BCyC briefing for Deputy Mayor Mark Bradshaw which identified five key point for discussion. Issue 1: Safe Roads for Everyone – Road Danger Reduction. We have had a series of meetings with the Chief Constable and senior officers through our Road Justice campaign. The two recently published strategies from the…

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Bristol Cycling digest 2015/03

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

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Another section of Railway Path closed

[NEWSFLASH: “Alternative routes will be posted whilst maintenance work is carried out between Bitton & Saltford”] SouthGloucestershire Council are going to close another large section of the Bristol Bath Railway Path for an extended period. Although this time there are clear benefits to cycling from the resurfacing between Saltford and Bitton Station, the announcement couldn’t have come at a worse time after the October closure of the path by the Teewell Hill bridge which is still not open. We will be writing to the Council expressing our dismay at their repeated failure to recognise the importance of the…

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Bristol Cycle Campaign Dutch Study Tour 2015

“Bristol has much to learn from Dutch cities” ~ George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol After our very successful first study tour last year, we are planning our 2015 visit to the Netherlands. We will again be making use of the very detailed and insightful tours from David Hembrow, taking in the Northern Dutch cities of Assen and Groningen. These locations boast some of the best cycling infrastructure in the world (and also some that would not look at all out of place in Bristol 5 years ago). Anyone considering what might be learned should start with…

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Bristol: a cycling city in name alone?

This is the title of a very well thought through article by Alfie Lake writing for The Bristol Cable, the city’s new people-led newspaper, asking if the city authorities will this time live up to their green rhetoric after failing to turn this into meaningful action. The Cable also has a website, so the article can be read online.

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General Election Cycle Hustings

Tuesday 21 April 2015 7-9pm, 1 Redcliff Street Life Cycle UK are organising a hustings to give you chance to put your questions to some of Bristol’s prospective candidates about cycling and other types of active travel. The event is free, though you’ll need to register to attend. The event is to be hosted by cycling journalist and author, Rob Penn. More details and updates on Life…

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£19m Cycle City Ambition Grant awarded to West of England – now confirmed

(Article updated 8th March 2015) The Deputy Prime Minister outlined on 2nd March 2015 how a £114 million investment in cycling will be divided up between 8 major UK cities https://www.gov.uk/government/news/nick-clegg-announces-multi-million-pound-boost-for-cycling-in-8-major-cities We learnt in the last couple of days that the West of England (Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Bath & North East Somerset and North Somerset) has been successful in it’s bid for £19 of funding from the £114m extension to the Cycling City Ambition Fund programme announced in Bristol last Novemeber The news was announced locally at the Joint Local Access Forum and an article…

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