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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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Act now to improve the A38 south from Bristol

Note: Consultation closes Sunday 1st Aug 2021 – Act Now! As you cycle south out of Bristol are there any routes that you would be comfortable taking a child on? If you needed to commute to a job at the airport, could you walk or cycle? Have you cycled to the beautiful countryside around Rowberrow, Blagdon or Cheddar? The A38 could be a really valuable walking and cycling route, but at the moment it is dangerous. I found myself cycling on the road while lost a few months ago but decided to get off and walk because it felt so…

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Is Bristol’s Temple Gate project really deserving of an award?

We were shocked to see that the Temple Gate scheme is up for an award from the Institution of Civil Engineers. Whilst we are sure that this was a complex engineering project, to talk of a ‘significantly enhanced user experience for cyclists’ is more than stretching it.  In 2015 we wrote that “these proposals show potential but need to show a lot more ambition”. This has certainly played out, the area is filled with dangerous shared pavements, cycle lanes that end suddenly and ‘beg buttons’ to cross a six lane highway. We fed…

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Responding to Dangerous Driving: Road Justice Campaign meets with Police

Bristol Road Justice has met recently with Avon and Somerset Police (A & S) to discuss roads policing and incidents involving cyclists. At its peak A & S had 240 roads policing officers. Following cuts they now have 55. Although many of their tasks have been streamlined and they are ‘working smarter’, this is an enormous reduction, demonstrating roads policing is not a local or national priority. Their response to dangerous driving can be broken down into: 1. Incidents involving death or life-changing injury where investigations are handled by the specialist Collision Investigations Unit currently based at Almondsbury. In our…

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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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Can you help Bristol Bike Project fund their new workshop?

Our friends at Bristol Bike Project are fundraising to transform their new home in Easton into a workshop fit to serve thousands of Bristolians and their bikes. The Bristol Bike Project (BBP) is a brilliant part of the cycling community in Bristol and we are delighted to see that they have managed to secure their own new premises on Stapleton Road. They need to raise £35,000 through a crowdfunding appeal to turn a former fishmonger into a bike workshop fit for the thousands of bikes that pass through each year. We at Bristol Cycling Campaign want to sponsor one of their…

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News Round-up – May 2021

Local elections dominated the headlines across the country this month, with Bristol Cycling making a few headlines of our own in the local media. Bristol News Elections, elections, elections: Bucking the national trend, Labour did well across the region with Marvin Rees returning for another term as Bristol mayor, and Dan Norris taking the WECA mayoral top spot from Conservative incumbent Tim Bowles. What will this mean for cycling and active travel over the next 3 years? In pre-election responses to Bristol Cycling’s mayoral manifesto, Marvin Rees emphasised his ‘support’ for the ‘principles’ of the LCWIP (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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