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Annual Review and General Meeting 7pm 26th November 2020

We’re holding our covid safe Virtual Annual General Meeting on Thursday 26th November 2020 at 7pm – 8pm. A lot has happened in the year since our 2019 AGM, photo right; a global pandemic has changed lives, killed ten of thousands nationally and a million around the globe. Has it changed people’s world view and their priorities in life? Certainly lockdown saw a massive surge in numbers cycling as well as strangely silent roads, big air quality improvements and birds singing, even in congested Central Bristol. Then came exciting announcements of new Government money and  plans for active travel.

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Tackling Dangerous Driving – Bristol Cycling Webinar Thursday 8th October [updated]

The third Bristol Cycling webinar on 8th October discussed the scale of the issue both nationally and locally and what can be done to reduce the danger on our roads. Road Justice has been a significant part of our campaigning for many years and is a key part of making cycling safe and comfortable for everyone. The following speakers will lead the discussion: Duncan Dollimore, Head of Campaigns at national charity Cycling UK, who describes current concerns with the criminal justice system, the forthcoming Department of Transport Roads Policing Review and current best practice from police forces around the…

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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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Continental Case Study #1: Europe’s 12th busiest high street, Mariahilfer Strasse, Vienna

In the first of our series of case studies looking at how cycling infrastructure has developed on the continent, we focus on how responses to planned pedestrianisation and low traffic neighbourhoods in Vienna in 2014 mirror those we’re seeing currently in Bristol. Let’s not beat around the bush, our continental neighbours by and large do cycling and walking infrastructure much better than us. Yet for some reason we ignore them and try to reinvent the wheel. Despite regularly being voted one of the most livable cities in the World, Vienna grapples with similar issues to Bristol: People have grown used…

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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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Whiteladies Road and Wells Road Cycling Consultation

Bristol City Council have a consultation on transport on the A37 and A4018. From the south of the City it’s the route from Whitchurch via Knowle to Bath Bridges. Heading north, it’s up Park Street, along the Downs, around Westbury and eventually out to Cribbs, loosely based on the twisting journey of the number 2 bus. Unusually there are no plans or proposals, rather it’s an open ended project, involving all modes of transport; walking cycling, buses and private vehicles. We ask all our members and supporters to complete this survey please…

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Liveable Neighbourhoods for Bristol campaign launches

Bristol Cycling Campaign has been busy leading on a campaign for Liveable Neighbourhoods for every area of the city. Working with other Bristol organisations we have published an open letter to the city council, asking it to roll out ‘Liveable Neighbourhoods’ across Bristol by May 2024. To find out more about the campaign please visit the website, read the press release and follow on twitter. Liveable Neighbourhoods are residential neighbourhoods that contain traffic filters such as bollards or planters at strategic locations. The filters stop cars, vans and lorries from the…

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Road safety – why don’t we take it seriously?

Many of you will have seen the tragic rail crash in Aberdeenshire on the news where three people have sadly died. These are the first fatalities due to a derailment in the UK since 2007. Despite this very safe track record, a full and thorough investigation will be carried out by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch. The investigation isn’t about assigning blame or making prosecutions – it will result in safety recommendations being made to both the infrastructure manager and the train operator to prevent or mitigate such an event in the future. Similar investigations occur in air travel,…

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King Street shows the way on pedestrianisation

One of Bristol’s most historic streets has been pedestrianised after a campaign by local businesses. Tom Swithinbank of Bristol Cycling Campaign finds out how the businesses of King Street helped to make it happen. It’s the home of the Old Vic and some of Bristol’s best-loved pubs, bars and restaurants. Now, after years of campaigning, cars no longer rumble over the cobbles of historic King Street in Bristol’s old town. It has taken six years of lobbying and considerable effort by local businesses to get to this point, not least by LDA Design who created the plans. But the…

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