Cycling news from Bristol and beyond

Gordano Greenway linking Clevedon and Portishead

The Gordano Greenway initiative has been set up as a Weston-in-Gordano Parish Council community project to help the increasingly isolated residents who live in the villages of Walton-in-Gordano, Weston-in-Gordano and North Weston. The aim of this project is to be able provide residents, and visitors alike, with an alternative transport route, other than having to negotiate the increasingly busy B3124. Walkers, cyclists and equestrians all have a right to safe passage to either Clevedon or Portishead without having to resort to using a motor vehicle. You can register on the project website to keep…

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New Year Consultation Fever

  It seems our local authorities have woken up after the Christmas slumber with a host of consultations with very short deadlines. They cover the A38 near Thornbury to the new Enterprise Zone in Temple Gate. Responding to consultations is core to what we do in campaigning for cycling in Bristol. These consultations are your chance to shape the future of cycling in Greater Bristol, so please check them out on our Consultations page and do respond to any you have knowedge of, however briefly. These are listed with deadline dates and links to the consultation websites. We’ll…

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‘Perfect Storm’ Opportunity to Fix Potholes

Once again we’ve reached a ‘perfect storm’ – the time when roads and paths are deteriorating and we’re approaching the financial year-end when councils want to use up this year’s budget. And now the CTC has announced (thanks to DfT funding) an Android version of their wonderful fillthathole app has been released. You can use the app to report potholes, road defects and other forms of obstruction that could be dangerous to cyclists. Reports are then forwarded to the local authority concerned for action. Of course the iPhone version is…

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Calling women cyclists / would-be cyclists

Longstanding BCyC supporter Emma Barraclough has just trained as a cycle leader for Breeze rides – British Cycling’s programme to get more women cycling. She is running two NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION rides on the weekend of 3 & 4 Jan 2015. For any women wanting to start cycling or returning to cycling there’s an 8 mile easy, flatish ride from Arnos Vale to Whitchurch and back on Sat 3 Jan: There’s also a 20 mile bumpier ride from Arnos Vale to Chew Lake the next day, Sun 4 Jan, for those…

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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 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.


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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