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Making Bristol better for cycling

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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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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Bristol Cycling Campaign response to the Bristol & Bath Railway Path concept designs

Update: 23 January 2019 Sustrans is holding a drop-in session ‘to explore the latest designs and to help us balance the different ideas as we develop the details together’ for the railway path. Details for the session are: Monday 24 February 5:00pm-8:00pm Easton Community Centre, Kilburn Street, Easton, Bristol BS5 6AW (next to the BBRP) Bristol Cycling Campaign response The Bristol & Bath Railway Path is an important asset for local cycling. Increasing use of the Railway Path (by cyclists and pedestrians) has…

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Severn Beach – Parallel Crossings on Western Approach Distribution Park

South Glos Council are consultation on 5 new parallel priority crossings linking up sections of an existing shared footway/cycle track around the industrial park, part of the Highways England motorway cycle improvements scheme. https://consultations.southglos.gov.uk/consult.ti/PT.6407WesternApproachCrossings/consultationHome Bristol Cycling Campaign broadly supports these proposals, although we have some reservations about the detailed designs presented in the drawings. First it should be noted that the absence of a proper key on the drawings makes it difficult to be certain exactly what is being proposed. Our comments are: It is good that minor modifications to the routing of the paths will be made to avoid the need for…

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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 would not reach compliance for another decade. It is also concerning that CO2 emissions might increase due to the switch from more efficient diesel vehicles to petrol (outlined in Section 3.6 (page 15) of the Economic report). We think there are better ways to address the transport and air pollution issues our city has faced for so…

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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 strategic cycle route in the ongoing Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan and this route should be delivered to a high standard of segregated cycle track. We support the current location of cycle track north of Cattle Market Road / Feeder Road and would…

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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 applauded, but there are a few issues with the design which should be rectified.  Here’s our response: We support the provision of a bi-directional segregated cycle track along Counterslip. It is unclear from the application documents as to the priority at the vehicle crossover…

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Space for Cycling Update: April 2019

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 of Bristol Temple Meads site. There is an opportunity to build cycling in at the outset and we will be working to ensure that our voice is heard at an early stage in the process. A4018 Consultation The initial proposals put to consultation in…

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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 they say “Whether it’s how you access and use the station, provision of green and public space, affordable housing, jobs and employment, or something else entirely, we want to know what’s important for you to see in the area.” We hope to get a…

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