Can we make cycling boring?

by Dulce Pedroso. Like many of us, Bristol Cycling member Dulce Pedroso envisions a version of Bristol where cycling is everywhere. So prevalent, in fact, that talking about cycling as a mode of transport becomes so commonplace that it’s (almost) boring. A city where everyone and their grandma cycles and no one calls you ‘brave’ for cycling the morning commute. In her quest to help make that happen, Dulce is running for election onto Cycling UK’s Board of Trustees. Here is her story in her own words… I cycled as a child and a teenager…

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The Summer of Cycling and Walking

Friday 30th July was a bumper day for announcements and publications from the Department for Transport relating to cycling, to kick of its ‘Summer of Cycling and Walking’ campaign. In this article we attempt to simplify each one for you, and understand how they are relevant to us here in Bristol. £338 million package to further fuel active travel boom The active travel boom seen throughout the pandemic will continue to thrive thanks to a £338 million package to boost cycling and walking across the country, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps…

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Our challenges for the new Cabinet Member for Transport in Bristol

This article was first published on Bristol247.com Congratulations to Don Alexander, who has just taken on the role of Cabinet Member for Transport. This is an important position given the impact our city’s transport challenges have on the lives of residents across the city. Getting the balance right between giving hope and managing expectations will be a key challenge as we start an important period for cycling. We take a look at Don’s ‘in-tray’ and some of his key work when it comes to cycling in the city. 1) Start implementing key strategic cycling routes in line with the…

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Women’s Festival of Cycling 2021

The Women’s Festival of Cycling 2021 is here and it runs until Sunday 1 August. There are many ways you can get involved, including virtual events and a chance to win prizes. For more information visit the festival website: www.cyclinguk.org/womensfestival…

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Update 03/21: Mina Road, clean air, elections, hangars, liveable neighbourhoods

Read all about our latest projects along with cycling news from around Bristol and the UK. Bristol News Mina Road: A consultation is open for residents to comment on proposed changes to Mina Road, which suggestions on how to make the road more appealing for walking and cycling. You can find the consultation here. (If you miss the deadline please do email in your thoughts!) Update: Our response has now been submitted, available here Clean Air Zone: Bristol Council’s £33m fund to mitigate against possible negative impacts of the clean air zone misses an opportunity to improve cycling infrastructure,…

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Bristol to Bath Railway Path Safety

We are appalled at the frequency and level of violence of attacks on the Bristol to Bath Railway Path this winter. BCyC members have been actively working with stakeholders discussing long term options to improve safety. One aspect has been to learn from other similar paths with similar challenges around the country.The Facebook group Bristol & Bath Railway Path – OnePath is very helpful, but we have also formed a small working group with representatives from the Bristol Walking Alliance and local running clubs to look at how we can work towards a long term solution to reduce crime on the path. If…

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Bristol Parents for School Streets

In January we attended a meeting of the recently re-formed Bristol Parents for School Streets. The group is now looking for fresh input and ideas as it reforms to support the council in its efforts to accelerate the Bristol School Streets programme. For more info click here.School Streets are streets that include school entrances that are are made ‘resident access only’ during school drop-off and pick-up times. The aim is to create safer spaces around schools and encourage active travel. In February 2020 Bristol City Council started trials for two School Streets and has plans for…

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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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