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What happens when you send your close pass video to police

The Road Justice work of BCyC is primarily about holding ASP to account to provide reasonable responses to cyclists who take the time to submit dashcam evidence of dangerous driving and near misses. Telling people the outcome of their camera submissions encourages cyclists to provide the information, they feel the trouble is worthwhile if something […]

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Workshops on changes to the Railway Path – have your say!

Sustrans have funding to improve the Bristol end of the Railway Path between Trinity Road and Clay Bottom. The £1.2m project is being called the One Path: BS5 project and “aims to encourage positive behaviour and tackle issues such as conflict between path users”. It is funded by the Department for Transport and will be delivered by Sustrans in […]

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What relevance does this weekend’s Marathon World Record attempt have for UK cycle infrastructure?

Tomorrow morning (12th October 2019) between 5am and 9am Eliud Kipchoge will attempt to break his marathon world record on a circuit in the famous Prater Park in Vienna. The course he will run is widely used in Vienna for recreation, particularly running races, but also as a main cycling throughfare. Its main attraction, is […]

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The Portway shared path is not a lorry park

Today, yet again, someone parked illegally on the Portway walking and cycling path. This time they blocked it – look at how much space this lorry took up! Someone coming the other way told me they’d asked him to move because it wouldn’t safe to squeeze through the narrow gap. He had refused even though […]

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Yes, Bristol’s sign-only 20mph intervention reduces speed (yet another study finds)

Photo at courtesy of @Bristol20mph

We’re big fans of the Essential Evidence series of one page summaries of peer-reviewed literature on current transport policies and practice. This is produced by Bristol based Dr Adrian Davis in order to ensure that academic research and evidence informs implementation of planning and policy. Although sadly one recent summary shows that politicians are far […]

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Bristol Cycling Clean Air Zone (CAZ) Consultation Response

The Clean Air Zone (CAZ) consultation closes on Monday the 12th August. Bristol Cycling welcomes any measures that might help restrict vehicle usage in Bristol and reduce roadside pollution concentrations. However, we are concerned the expected reductions in NO2 are small and compliance is not expected for the best part of ten years. It is […]

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Close Passes and Camera Submissions

Avon & Somerset Police close pass mat used in #OpClosePass

At the July Cycle Forum Bristol, Damien Devanny, from Avon and Somerset’s Road Safety Department, talked about their work on reports of motorists close passing cyclists and how the police deal with camera submissions. The close passes, reported using Avon and Somerset Police’s online form, are added to their database of problem locations but this […]

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We’re supporting Extinction Rebellion’s Critical Mass ride: Wed 17 July

We all know cycling is one of the major solutions to combat the climate emergency. By supporting XR’s Critical Mass ride we support our shared values and ultimately make cycling a real choice for those that can and those that want to. The ride assembles at College Green, Wednesday 17 July at 6pm, aiming to […]

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Safety – or “feel good” safety?

irrational consequences of yellow vests

We enjoy it when members pen their thoughts, observations and evidence about cycling in Bristol. (If you’d like to contribute something, please do contact us.) But occasionally something comes along from “outside” which we really want to share. Here is a remarkably well thought-through article from a woman – Marjut Ollitervo – from Finland. It […]

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Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus – our response

Bristol Cycling Campaign have the following comments on the University of Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus consultation in April 2019. Strategic Cycle Routes We welcome the fact that a segregated cycle track has been integrated into the designs as shown on page 6. This route and extending along Feeder Road has been identified as a […]

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Old fire station site planning application – not bad, could be better

A planning application has gone in for the old fire station site (19/01255/F), on Counterslip and surrounding roads. This has been submitted by Cubex, the same company responsible for the adjacent Finzel’s Reach and the new bridge across from Castle Park. The plans show that significant consideration has been made for cycling, which should be […]

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700+ cyclists injured on Bristol’s roads in 2017 … 1 prosecution for dangerous driving

A fraction of the cyclists injured by motorists in 2017

Bristol Cycling has obtained the police’s latest figures for road collisions and incidents resulting in the injury of vulnerable road users in 2017. They show that 191 pedestrians and 232 cyclists were recorded by the police as being injured on Bristol city’s roads. But we know that these figures massively under-record the true level of […]

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Space for Cycling Update: April 2019

Roadsign -'No overtaking cycists through works'

Silverthorne Lane and St Philips Marsh We have recently met developers and consultants about the Silverthorne Lane site and St Philip’s Marsh respectively, part of Temple Quarter. These are likely to be some of the largest re-development sites in Bristol in the coming years and are in close proximity to Temple Island and the University […]

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Future Temple Quarter – will there be lots of cycling?

Yes, Temple Meads station is at the centre, but Temple Quarter includes the whole surrounding area all the way to the St Philips Causeway. This is going to be a huge development, with or without the semi-mythical Bristol Arena. The Temple Quarter partnership have launched a survey to gather views before the next stage. As […]

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WECA Joint Local Transport Plan Consultation

So we know our new West of England Combined Authority (WECA), and our new metro Mayor, Conservative Tim Bowles, will soon be celebrating being two years old. What are they for? Well they currently have a Consultation on a plan for transport (called the JLTP) throughout the region up to 2036. Wow an opportunity to […]

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