The Future of Cycling in Bristol – Webinar May 2020

Well over 100 people joined our first ever webinar on 21st May, 19:30. If you missed it settle down to catch up with this recording. At a time which feels like a proverbial ‘once in a generation’ moment for cycling we aimed to outline some specific campaigns and how we’re pressing for action on: The future of cycling in Bristol How can a Low Traffic Neighourhood approach solve many of Bristol’s issues? We present how we intend to work with the local authority to deliver high quality cycle routes which will benefit the city in the pandemic recovery period and long…

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Proposals for Centre to Hicks Gate via St Philip’s Marsh & Bath Rd (LCWIP Bristol Route 1)

There are 12 radial cycle routes proposed for significant investment in the West of England Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan, published in January 2020. This is the only game in town at the moment for cycling improvements, although there’s no funding or timescale as yet. We put in a detailed response to the 127 page document, but both plan and response are quite hefty. We’re going to break it down into more digestible chunks over the next few weeks, focussing on one of the proposed routes at a time. It’s really important to add your comments and…

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Let’s have safer streets during Covid-19

If you’ve been out during the Covid Lockdown you’ll have noticed that the proportion of folk cycling and walking compared to driving has rocketed. In some places it’s difficult to maintain social distance, while in others a small number of drivers are racing at intimidating speeds on the roads. In many cities and towns around the world quick, innovative but temporary measures are being used to make streets safe and comfortable for key workers and those shopping for essentials or exercising. This is particularly valuable for many key workers who can not afford private cars but…

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Clifton Downs accessible path update

Whilst Covid-19 is clearly a global tragedy, it is fantastic to see children cycling on the roads in Bristol as a result of the national lockdown. Anyone that has cycled around Clifton Downs recently will have seen families enjoying the reduced traffic on the Downs. However, it is clear to see by the numbers cycling on the grass that cycling on the road is still a concern for many parents. We asked Vicki Cracknell of Cycle Sunday for an update on her plans for a ‘leisure loop’ on the Downs. “Since we set up Cycle Sunday in 2015, our objective…

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Our response to WECA’s Cycling Plan

Proposed LCWIP routes Our members will remember we asked them to respond, last month, to the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) Consultation. This is important as the Plan is, essentially, the game in town for cycling improvements in Bristol and the surrounding area over the next 16 years. We’ve written about the background to the LCWIP previously. Accordingly the Campaign put in a carefully considered response. We commented in detail on the proposals for a dozen…

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Stop killing our children

While our streets look like something from the 1950s in the midst of coronavirus lockdown, we need to rethink what ‘normal’ looks like. Stop Killing our Children is a documentary crowdfunded and produced by our friends at ETA Trust (ethical insurance with strong cycle offering). It is a review of where the Dutch are fifty years after their transformative campaign for road danger reduction. So why are we talking about this at a website for a Bristol advocacy group? Becase it makes us realise how much death and destruction in our streets has become normalised over recent decades. Traffic congestion…

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Missing link cycle path in Ashton Court nears completion

If you’re out for your once a day exercise in Ashton Court you should have a look at the new path below the mansion.  This is something the estimable John Grimshaw has been quietly working away at with plans first set out in 2015, Ashton Court missing link. He was spotted having a socially distant lunch break with fellow volunteers the other weekend. We usually look to our councils for cycle routes and facilities, but not in this case. The land belongs to UWE and is provided at a peppercorn rent of £1 a year. Constuction and…

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Local Cycling & Walking Infrastructure Plan Consultation

The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) – remember them, Metro Mayor, Tim Bowles? – have shown scant interest in active travel. But they have now put out a Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) for a consultation which closed on 15 March 2020. This is important as the LCWIP is the only game in town for cycling improvements in Bristol and the surrounding area. It’s a mixed bag – quite a few protected cycleways proposed, but many shared paths etc. Also lots of “explore” this and “consider” that; very tentative. We expected this plan to set…

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Public Transport (and cycling!) Not Road Building in the West of England – please sign this petition

The Joint Local Transport Plan for the West of England contains plans for 10 new roads and 5 big road-widening schemes. These plans will damage the countryside, increase traffic, pollution and carbon emissions, when WECA and all four authorities have declared climate emergencies. There is some provision for public transport, and a token nod to cycling and walking, but the vast bulk of the plan and the budget is on more roads and traffic. Please sign and share this petition Public Transport Not Road Building The JLTP includes the current version…

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