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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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Portway Sunday Park dates announced

The Portway will close on five dates this year due to events such as the triathlon and marathon. Rather than re-opening straight away once those events are over, approval has just been granted to keep the Portway closed to vehicles for the rest of the day (until 10pm/midnight) on those dates. The organising group are asking the people of Bristol to come forward with their ideas on how they would like to use the space as a public traffic free space on five Sundays in 2015. Art projects, recycling projects, litter picking, walks, talks,…

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New Great Western trains can carry up to 10 cycles

BCyC member Christopher Orlik has been digging away to find out how many cycles can be carried on the IEP trains on the electrified Great Western Main Line. The answer is that it depends on the length of the train. “The nine car trains can accommodate ten bicycles and the five car trains can accommodate four” say Hitachi Rail, adding that “spaces are pre-bookable.”    Hitachi Rail also say “As part of the interior design process for the Class 800/801 trains, a large number of stakeholder groups were invited to see the mock-up and feedback their…

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John Grimshaw speaks at February meeting

John Grimshaw gave an interesting talk on European cycleways at our February meeting at Roll for the Soul. After a quick scurry through some mighty impressive Spanish railway path with extraordinary bridges and tunnels, via some equally spectacular routes in the Italian alps, we spent the rest of the meeting ambling through Dutch towns and countryside. There was much that he shared that was familiar from our Dutch Study Tour. Interesting points include: Italian levels of cycling in the Po valley cities can be up around 30%. It’s just part of the culture there. In Spain the heaviest time…

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Women on Wheels film night and Bristol Cycle Festival

The 2015 Bristol Cycle Festival is coming later this year (hooray!) but the first event is on 8th March, ‘Women on Wheels – a night of films about women and cycling‘.  Those of us who qualify will be talking about this and other things on the Women Cyclists of Bristol Facebook group. There’s an informal meet up and chat on the afternoon of 21st March, find out through the group or Kate Cooke. Bristol Cycling Campaign is not a cyclists group, we’re here for the 67% of people who think our roads are…

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