Cycling news from Bristol and beyond

Neighbourhood Partnerships city-wide conference 7th Feb 2015

Neighbourhood Partnerships are an important part of how Bristol works (there are equivalent fora in South Glos). They shape local priorities including policing, traffic schemes, and developments. There is an acknowledged problem with the representation on these groups and it is particular acute when considering attitudes to change and specifically cycling. Attached are notes from a city-wide event on 7th February 2015 of NPs Citywide NP event 7th Feb 2015 Notes. The aim is to help shape how local democracy may work in Bristol following the Mayoral elections in 2016 and any possible devolution from central government.

The next Citywide NP Event will be held at the MSHED on the 24th October 2015.

BCyC is working to encourage more involvement by members and supporters in their local NP. We are also working on Local Active Travel Strategies (LATS) that can help to define the direction of travel (!) for decisions.

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Bristol Cycle Strategy published

Bristol Council has finally published the Bristol Cycle Strategy. This has been a long time coming and we warmly welcome it’s final publication. We’ve been involved in discussions about this with BCC for well over a year, and of course we that it was only when we published our Bristol Cycling Manifesto that things really began moving. We are pleased that our ‘Top Tube’ map of strategic routes has been included as well as many of the themes…

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Bristol area bids for West of England Cycle Transformation

The Bristol Cycle City Ambition Area has published its bid for the Core Cities Ambition Grant 2 (CCAG 2). Curiously it’s only listed at the bottom of the page under the previous 2013 grant. The just published Bristol Cycle Strategy in one of the supporting documents to show how the bid programme fits into a longer term ambition. The total CAF2 bid is for a £30m programme over a 3 year period. This makes it even bigger than the Cycling City project.  It is essential that the 3 local authorities (no North Somerset) gear up appropriately by creating delivery teams and being driven forwards by appointing a Cycling Commissioner or similar. A DfT decision on funding for the bids is expected by the end of March. We had some input to the bid and sought commitment to “Triple A” standards for design and to support all ages and abilities, as part of an over-arching Cycling Network and Delivery Plan and in line with our Bristol Cycling Manifesto. The total CAF2 programme is expected to cost £30m approx over a 3 year period. This makes it even bigger than the Cycling City project. It is essential that the 3 local authorities (no North Somerset) gear up appropriately by creating delivery teams and being driven forwards by appointing a Cycling Commissioner or similar. A DfT decision on funding for the bids is expected by the end of March. A summary of the CAF2 bid follows: 

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Twenty questions to light the way to improving cycling in Bristol

How can we tell how Bristol is doing in becoming a real cycling city? There are many sources of information including lovely census statistics, the Bristol Quality of Life surveys (see transport extract Quality of Life in Bristol 2012 – Transport) and the Big Commuter Counts. We’ve been working with Bristol Council and Sustrans on one way to answer this question through Bike Life reports for six UK cities based on the biannual Copenhagen Bicycle Account. We think there may be a role for a subjective but quick audit that will help with campaigning.

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What we learned on our Dutch Study Tour

In October 2014 a mixed group of activists, officers and just plain interested folk from Bristol spent 3 days on a study tour with David Hembrow. We were there to learn what makes cycling in the Netherlands such a natural part of life for everyone. Read a report from Chrissie Decker about her views of the tour, and then have a browse through this Flickr album to get a feel for what we saw over an intense 3 days. Here are some thoughts of lessons for Bristol Cycling Campaign. Learning Lessons from BCyC Dutch Study…

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Community Speedwatch in Bedminster

A group of Bristol Cycling Campaign members has been active in the BS3 area Community SpeedWatch group. Here’s a table showing overall findings so far. Obviously early days but this shows that the majority of drivers are complying at least on most routes (and these are the sites assessed by the police as being worth monitoring). Numerically the number of speeders is still high though. Very few are going over the 30 threshold (about 12 out of 500 vehicles monitored), and we doubt if this would have been the case prior to 20mph being introduced.

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Gordano Greenway linking Clevedon and Portishead

The Gordano Greenway initiative has been set up as a Weston-in-Gordano Parish Council community project to help the increasingly isolated residents who live in the villages of Walton-in-Gordano, Weston-in-Gordano and North Weston. The aim of this project is to be able provide residents, and visitors alike, with an alternative transport route, other than having to negotiate the increasingly busy B3124. Walkers, cyclists and equestrians all have a right to safe passage to either Clevedon or Portishead without having to resort to using a motor vehicle. You can register on the project website to keep…

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New Year Consultation Fever

  It seems our local authorities have woken up after the Christmas slumber with a host of consultations with very short deadlines. They cover the A38 near Thornbury to the new Enterprise Zone in Temple Gate. Responding to consultations is core to what we do in campaigning for cycling in Bristol. These consultations are your chance to shape the future of cycling in Greater Bristol, so please check them out on our Consultations page and do respond to any you have knowedge of, however briefly. These are listed with deadline dates and links to the consultation websites. We’ll…

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‘Perfect Storm’ Opportunity to Fix Potholes

Once again we’ve reached a ‘perfect storm’ – the time when roads and paths are deteriorating and we’re approaching the financial year-end when councils want to use up this year’s budget. And now the CTC has announced (thanks to DfT funding) an Android version of their wonderful fillthathole app has been released. You can use the app to report potholes, road defects and other forms of obstruction that could be dangerous to cyclists. Reports are then forwarded to the local authority concerned for action. Of course the iPhone version is…

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Calling women cyclists / would-be cyclists

Longstanding BCyC supporter Emma Barraclough has just trained as a cycle leader for Breeze rides – British Cycling’s programme to get more women cycling. She is running two NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION rides on the weekend of 3 & 4 Jan 2015. For any women wanting to start cycling or returning to cycling there’s an 8 mile easy, flatish ride from Arnos Vale to Whitchurch and back on Sat 3 Jan: There’s also a 20 mile bumpier ride from Arnos Vale to Chew Lake the next day, Sun 4 Jan, for those…

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