Don’t Blow it Bristol!

#DontBlowItBristol We’re at risk of losing Bristol’s new sustainable infrastructure of expanded pavements, cycle lanes and other road changes was brought in to help in the fight against Covid-19. The new infrastructure has given a boost to vulnerable groups allowing people to socially distance, get cleaner air and feel safer when they are out and about. But lobby groups who want cars to dominate our city are pushing councillors to reverse these decisions. Pressure from such groups has already had an effect in other parts of the country, we can’t…

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Shopping by bike

You don’t need a car to go shopping for food. A pair of panniers or a trailer can hold a lot of groceries and cycling with a weighty load is much easier than you might think. Not convinced? We spoke to five people that do most of their shopping by bike. Blaise Kelly I shop little and often, usually on my way home from work. I have a Bagaboo workhorse messenger bag, left over from my days as a bicycle messenger. It can comfortably fit the contents of a shopping basket piled high and has multiple straps to spread…

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Downs Loop consultation – please show your support

Our friends at Cycle Sunday are currently running a public consultation on their proposal for the Downs Loop. This includes wide accessible paths to welcome all users, new raised crossings, and traffic calming (around Circular Road). Vicki Cracknell, from the Downs Loop campaign shares an update: We have been so inspired by a young woman called Eleanor who describes herself as an adaptive cyclist meaning she is unable to ride a traditional two-wheeled bike. She has attended all six car-free Cycle Sunday events and is passionate about creating new opportunities for people to enjoy cycling around the Downs. For…

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Gear Change and LTN 1/20 – the start of a cycling revolution, or another false dawn?

Months, years and sometimes decades go by with only warm words and crumbs from Government on cycling. We’ve had false dawns before but on July 28 the government published two potentially revolutionary documents for cycling: Gear change: a bold vision for cycling and walking, and the less snappily titled LTN 1/20 Cycle infrastructure design. Showing commitment based on what has worked in London, in the foreword to Gear Change Boris Johnson says about cycling: It doesn’t just make you happier. It doesn’t just make you healthier. It helps millions of others too, whether or not they have any…

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Why the Dutch Cycle, and what Bristol can learn

Bristol Cycling Campaign member Tom Swithinbank recently completed the University of Amsterdam course ‘Unravelling the Cycling City, Why the Dutch Cycle’. Tom says:
“The course has been a brilliant overview of the complex factors that influence cycling rates around the world. I can highly recommend it to advocates and professionals that want to expand their knowledge base. The course consists of five hours a week for five weeks, if you can commit this time, I very much recommend looking into the course. I wanted to share my final essay with the Cycle Campaign as I hope my thoughts will resonate with many of our supporters.”
The two questions posed at the end are really interesting for Bristol. What do you think?

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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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Do you care about our air?

Clean Air for Bristol are asking drivers to turn their engines off when stopped to help improve air quality. As we who cycle already know, leaving a vehicle’s engine on when stopped, or idling, causes air pollution which is especially bad for children and is avoidable. If you have to drive and are stopped for a minute or more, think about the air we all breathe and switch off your engine. Clean Air for Bristol are looking for volunteers to help spread this message to drivers around idling hotspots across the city. Find out more and sign up to receive free…

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#BWCyclingCharter – What? Why?

Bristol Cycling Campaign were delighted to be at the launch of the Bristol Women’s Cycling Charter. LifeCycle Chief Executive, Poppy Brett has brought together women from various groups all over the city and today was the culmination of all that work. There have been comments on social media, asking ‘why should women be considered a special case’. So in short: Women generally have different travel patterns – caring responsibilities still tend to fall to women, so perhaps they might be taking kids to and from school, trying to fit in an appointment at lunchtime (not necessarily…

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The Bristol Women’s Cycling Charter

LifeCycle have announced the launch of their Bristol Women’s Cycling Charter on Thursday, 10 October, from 16:00 to 17:30 at TLT LLP, One Redcliff Street, Bristol BS1 6TP. LifeCycle say: Regular cycling is a ticket to independence, reduced stress levels and better health. But women are half as likely to enjoy the benefits of cycling as men (Sustrans ‘Bike Life Report, 2017). We are launching the “Bristol Women’s Cycling Charter” to inspire and empower more women to cycle. Join us to show your commitment…

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Bristol Cycling Clean Air Zone (CAZ) Consultation and Infographic

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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