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Making Bristol better for cycling

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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Bicycle Mayor for Bristol is announced

Bristol now has a Bicycle Mayor to accelerate the city’s approach to cycling. Leah DeHaan joins an international network of change-makers to accelerate the adoption of cycling. Leah joins an influential network of independent city leaders that is now active on every continent, all working to make their cities more human-centric and fit for the future. Passionate about cycling and creating a more liveable city, Leah takes up this voluntary role beside her job as a bicycle courier. The Bicycle Mayor network was established and is coordinated by the Dutch social enterprise BYCS, which…

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What do Metro Mayor candidates say about cycling?

There are elections on May 6th for the regional West of England Mayor, the Bristol Mayor, and many local councillors. We’ve met most of the mayoral candidates to discuss our Cycling Manifesto for West of England, and Cycling Manifesto for Bristol. Here are the responses to our challenges from the main candidates for WECA Mayor (and here for Bristol Mayor). We use their own words where provided, or our understanding from meeting them. These are our challenges: Create an annual £10m Active Travel Challenge Fund, committing £90m until 2030. Use the highest standards for cycling infrastructure in…

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Responses from candidates to our Bristol Mayor cycling manifesto

We’ve challenged the main candidates for Bristol Mayor to commit to measures that will double cycling rates in Bristol by 2024. Below we list the responses we’ve had from the candidates to the five challenges in our cycling manifesto for the Bristol Mayor. Start implementing the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP), incorporating the improvements suggested by the Campaign, with three key strategic routes completed by 2024 Implement a minimum of six Liveable Neighbourhoods Extend the School Streets programme to all schools and suitable road Install 1,000 bike hangars across the city, in addition to secure cycling lockers or…

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Police and Crime Commissioner elections 2021

At the same time as the elections for the Mayor and Councillors, there’s an election for a new Police and Crime Commissioner. He or she will be responsible for overseeing the performance of Avon and Somerset Police who are in charge of enforcing traffic laws on our roads. We’ve asked each of the five candidates their views on: Tackling the high number of cyclng casualties on Bristol’s roads The low level of enforcement action against dangerous drivers The need for more resources to investigate bad driving and to keep cyclists informed about outcomes More transparencey from the police in publishing…

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Double cycling rates by 2024 – our challenge to our next mayors

After the elections on 6th May the new Bristol Mayor, Metro Mayor and councils must have a transforming vision for active travel. Cycling must be treated as an essential transport option, and a key tool to reduce the health and financial inequalities we face as a city. By 2024 we are calling on candidates to: Start implementing the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan, incorporating the improvements suggested by the Campaign, with three key strategic routes completed by 2024 Implement a minimum of six Liveable Neighbourhoods  Extend the School Streets programme to all schools…

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Election 2021 – which candidates will back cycling?

It’s going to be a massive May for cycling in our region! On May 6th, Bristol will vote for a new Mayor, regional WECA mayor as well as local councillors. Who will truly back cycling? Who will set out a vision for cycling as a key mode of transport? Find out what Bristol’s mayoral candidates think about Active Travel at our joint hustings on 21st April, co-hosted by Bristol Walking Alliance, Bristol Cycle Campaign, Liveable Bristol and Bristol Parents for School Streets. We’ll have the opportunity to hear from and ask questions of our Bristol Mayoral candidates – what will they…

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Is cycling a mode of transport? Our thoughts on WECA’s Transport Delivery Plan

At Bristol Cycling Campaign, we were interested to review the West of England Combined Authority’s (WECA) Transport Delivery Plan (published Feb’21 – see link). The document claims to set out “the currently funded transport projects (2021 – 2026) that are progressing to delivery over the next 5 years in the West of England region.” We were excited to see that it would offer “clarity to the public, stakeholders and investors about projects they can expect to see delivered over the period.” And further, that it acknowledged that the “transport sector at 32%, is the largest single source of carbon…

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