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Making Bristol better for cycling

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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Could you be Bristol’s Bicycle Mayor?

Working alongside Dutch organisation BYCS, we are pleased to be launching our Bristol Bicycle Mayor project. BYCS initiated the Bicycle Mayor Network in 2016 as a global initiative to accelerate the progress of cycle transporting in cities by highlighting and supporting the role of civil society in enacting lasting, community- driven change. Bicycle Mayors are the human face and voice of cycling advocacy in a city. These volunteers are using their role to show how the bicycle can address pollution and…

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Update 02/21: Cycle hangers, Liveable Neighbourhoods, elections

Campaigning and discussion about Liveable Neighbourhoods is happening across the city, mainly through the network of local Facebook groups. As well as discussion about specific streets there are some great ideas such as love heart messages about your neighbourhood. You can find out about the one covering your area from the website liveablebristol.org.uk. All BCyC supporters are encouraged to get involved as this is one of the most promising initiatives for enabling cycling. A good point to start, or share, will be the Liveable Neighbourhoods Supporters Meetings on Weds 3rd March at 7pm, and/or Fri 5th March at…

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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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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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How a healthy streets approach will help Bristol bounce back – our July 2020 webinar [updated]

How has Bristol responded to the Covid19 crisis and how could the Healthy Streets approach aid our development of streets for people? After the success of our first webinar event (The Future of Cycling in Bristol – Webinar May 2020), we are delighted to share the recording of our July webinar. This was jointly hosted by Bristol Walking Alliance and Bristol Cycling Campaign with over 100 people attending on the night, a fantastic response. To watch the video please click here. We were really pleased with the engagement and feedback on the night, including:…

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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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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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