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Should BCyC take up the issue of poor cycling behaviour?

Our Road Justice campaign aims to make the roads safer by demanding that the justice system take a tougher approach to bad driving. But what about bad cycling? This is an issue that comes up constantly when advocating for cycling. We have supported enforcement action by the police where it’s suitably targeted and evidence based, but it’s always important to remember that there is no ‘us’, and to keep our focus on the elephant.  We received a letter from a cyclist who was cut up by another rider (dark clothing, no lights, raced up on the inside). She fell…

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Take care – it’s getting slippery out there!

As winter starts to spread it’s mistic (!) thrall over us, now’s a good time to remember that Jack Frost (the cyclist’s Public Enemy No.1) is about (see the 2012 report on ‘Non-collision cycling incidents’). We’ve already been on the case with the “Cheesegrater Bridge” (risky in the damp as well as the frost) thanks to Bristol Cyclists Facebook Group and a meeting has taken place between Mark Bradshaw (Assistant Mayor for Place) and the land-owners – we are pushing for an outcome! Meanwhile people are having the usual problems on the Chocolate Path – chocolate and frost in…

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Who’s got Green Capital funding?

UPDATE: Proposals ratified 24/12/2014 https://www.bristol2015.co.uk/news/green-light-bristol-2015-strategic-grants/ News comes of how the larger funding pots available through Bristol Green Capital will be allocated. Final decisions will be announced on 24th December but recommendations to the Bristol Council Cabinet for decision give some early notice. There were 184 applications for the £1.5 million fund, representing 136 different organisations, with bids totalling £8.1 million. Funding from the Small Grants Fund has also been announced, including a number for cycling.    The table below sets out what the transport ‘theme’ is intended to deliver, and how the awarded funding is expected to…

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Here’s how to spend cycling money wisely, we tell roads minister in joint letter

Along with campaign groups from the other seven cities who received funding through the Cycle City Ambition Grant, we’ve sent a letter to DfT about our shared concerns about how these schemes are being delivered. Given that further funding has been announced we’ve made recommendations for what needs to be done to enable ambitious results.

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Mr Robert Goodwill MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport
Department for Transport
Great Minster House
33 Horseferry Road
London SW1P 4DR
10th December 2014
Dear Mr Goodwill
Feedback on the first phase of the Cycle City Ambition Grants We write to you as representatives of the local cycle campaign groups in the cities awarded the government’s “Cycle City Ambition Grants”. The Grants provide a valuable opportunity for these eight cities to begin the transformation into healthy, clean and economically vibrant places which are attractive to businesses and residential populations alike. While we welcome the grants and the opportunity to create a step‐change in the level of cycling provision in UK cities, we would like to highlight some common issues across the projects.
1. Stop-start grants
Consistent, long term and specific investment in cycling is desperately needed to encourage authorities to design and

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Quay Street Wasn’t Built For Cars: Members’ Meeting at Roll for the Soul November 26 2014

Carlton Reid, well known on-line as an advocate and historian for cycling, was in a cheerful mood last night. The first edition of his large and handsome book “The Roads Were Not Built for Cars” is as good as sold out and an expanded second edition is due in the Spring. Carlton tells a good story. We enjoyed pictures and tales of all the surprising links between the development of the bicycle and the development of the motor car. A major share of all motor vehicle achievements and innovations (including Champion spark plugs) seem to have been pioneered…

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Southville Bridge approved (and objections to South Glos plans)

Southville Bridge The first new bridge over the New Cut in over 100 years was approved on Weds.  The £3.2million Southville Bridge (pdf) will run across the New Cut to reflect the natural flow of walkers and cyclists and has been designed to be both functional and in keeping with other bridges in the city. It will be the first crossing of the New Cut to be designed with both cycling and walking in mind and serving an area with high rates of active travel. It will run from Camden Road, which will not have motor vehicle access, to Chocolate…

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17 Dec 2014 – Christmas Social at Shakespeare Inn, Victoria St

Join us for a drinks and nibbles at The Shakespeare Inn on Victoria Street (not the one on Prince St) for a chance to chat with other members about all things to do with cycling or just share the Christmas spirit. We are limited to 25 places, so please let us know if you intend to come. A small buffet will be available, sandwiches, crisps etc. (financial contributions will be gratefully received). RSVP secretary@bristolcyclingcampaign.org.uk (Click on image for map)…

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17 Dec 2014 – Christmas Social at Shakespeare Inn, Victoria St

Join us for a drinks and nibbles at The Shakespeare Inn on Victoria Street (not the one on Prince St) for a chance to chat with other members about all things to do with cycling or just share the Christmas spirit. We are limited to 25 places, so please let us know if you intend to come. A small buffet will be available, sandwiches, crisps etc. (financial contributions will be gratefully received). RSVP secretary@bristolcyclingcampaign.org.uk (Click on image for map)…

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Anti 20mph group forced to withdraw misleading ad

We received this update on 12th Nov 2014 from the Brighton cycle campaign, Bricycles, about their success in challenging misleading claims about 20mph areas and casualties.  Bristol’s city-wide 20mph scheme continues to be rolled out with the sensible strap line ‘A little bit slower. A whole lot better’. Further detailed information can be found on the 20’s Plenty for Us website Bricycles welcomes ruling on Unchain’s misleading 20 mph casualties ad Bricycles welcomes today’s ruling from the Advertising Standards Authority on an advert about casualties on 20 mph roads. [See note 1] The ad from pro-motoring group “Unchain the Brighton Motorist” appeared in The Argus on 18 July 2014. One of the headings read “Casualties rise by more than 20% on 20 mph roads”. The ad implied there was a relationship between 20 mph speed limits and an increase in casualties. The ad has been judged to be misleading and unsubstantiated by the advertising regulator. The ASA have told Unchain to ensure they do not make claims in future about the relationship between speed limits and casualties if they cannot substantiate them. The ad breached the code on misleading advertising, substantiation and qualification, and it must not appear again in its current form.  This is the third time the ASA have ruled that advertisements produced by the Unchain group have been misleading. [See note 2]

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The Future of Bristol Cycling Campaign. Is it time to go pro?

Here’s a guest blog from Chrissie Decker: It is the run up to 2015 and we are preparing to take on the title of “European Green Capital”. Transport is one of the five key areas to be addressed. Additionally, cycling is linked to Resources and Nature too, which are two of the other four. People are open to discussion and there is funding available. So what are we doing to raise the profile of Bristol Cycling Campaign? What are we doing to be a loud, strong…

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