Cycling news from Bristol and beyond

June is bike month

With Bike Week 2018 taking place in the second week of June, we have a packed programme of rides across the whole month on something of a green theme as gardens, parks, open spaces, views and fountains make up the majority of our rides. The only exception is a nice full-on geek ride looking at the fitness for purpose of central Bristol’s latest cycling infrastructure with, we’re hoping, representatives of Bristol City Council. Please see our What’s on page for a diary of events and download a printable poster to display in your favourite venue: June Bristol…

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Bare your bugs at our latest trial venue

Our monthly meetup takes place on the last Wednesday of each month (except December) 6pm – 8pm. That’s tomorrow (if you’re reading this on Tuesday) and today (if reading this on Wednesday)! For May we are trying the King William Ale House (see our What’s on page). So please come along and share your cycling bugbears. We’ll be meeting in the front room away from the general hubbub and there is no piped music, making this venue better for conversation. (Photo courtesy of tripadvisor)…

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Travelwest survey 2018 results

Travelwest have just released details of their latest Travel to Work survey for the West of England area and the results make for interesting reading.  Some interesting headlines are: Car commuting still accounts for 54% of journeys to work, however, the 14% of journeys cycled is still way above the national average of 2% Safety concerns only account for only 3% of respondents preferring to drive to work There are about twice as many men (19%) than women (9%) regularly cycling to work The 27% of people who get to work under their own steam are by far the most…

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Poetry in motion

And on a lighter note… On our recent Bristol Cycling Ride touring the South Bristol Arts Trail, we had an instant poem written especially for us by the Poetry Machine:   A time to fly through cobbled streets Where groups of walkers trail their feet Their unswept hair, their pocket hands They don’t know what they miss on land…   For wheels and spokes are how we move Not tied by gravity like fools We sweep together, side by side Along this city’s riversides.   The children laugh and point and shout They know what flying’s all about It’s dreams,…

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Bristol’s City Centre Framework – we’ve responded

Earlier in the year Bristolians were invited to help shape the future of the city centre by responding to a consultation on the City Centre Framework (CCF) document

The deadline for responses passed on 14 May. We hope you agree with our response:

We welcome the CCF document and agree that our City Centre should provide a high quality walking and cycling environment for all ages, abilities and genders.
People are already choosing to walk and cycle into the City Centre for everyday journeys in high numbers, often despite a poorly connected network of routes and facilities, and an environment which is dominated by motor traffic.

If we want to build a successful Bristol for the 21st Century we need to move away from machine dominance and to an environment built around people. The CCF, in our view, is overly influenced by urban planning and travel ideas from the mid 20th Century (eg motor cars, multi storey car parks and slow, stopping diesel buses on narrow streets).

Cities which prosper in the coming years, will in our view, be those which people find pleasant and enjoyable to visit and work in; in part because they have an attractive appearance and environment. Access by motor car will, in the next 50 years, not be anything like as important as it has been in the last 50.

The CCF movement framework should be based on the following key principles:

the objective must be movement of people, not movement of vehicles.
motor traffic volumes in city centres need to be reduced to improve air quality and encourage more walking and cycling, and this requires some physical restraint, with permeability for cyclists.
road space should not only be re-allocated from motoring to cycling, but also cyclists should be segregated from motor vehicles (including buses) on all busy roads.
people on bicycles should be segregated from people on foot where volumes of walkers and cyclists are high.  This avoids conflict and allows quicker cycling.
car-dependent travellers going to the city centre should be encouraged to transfer to a more sustainable mode (public transport, cycle hire, secure cycle storage, walking) as early as reasonably possible in their trips. 

Further detail can can be found on our full consultation response here: BCyC.Consultations.City.Centre..ND.4.5.18

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Transport in Bristol in 2018: feels more like 1968

In late April Bristol Civic Society organised an event at the Watershed entitled Transport in Bristol in 2018 at which the speakers were James White, Interim Head of Transport at West of England Combined Authority Peter Mann, Director of Transport at Bristol City Council Several cycle campaigners attended including members of our Space for Cycling group. James White spoke mainly about the MetroWest rail project, while Peter Mann covered most of the other current transport issues in Bristol. Their presentations were followed by questions from the audience. There…

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Spring onto your bike with our verdant rides

It’s May and the days are getting longer and (hopefully) warmer. Enjoy the fresh air and scenery as we take you across the Nailsea Levels along cyclepaths, lanes and quiet roads to the Clevedon Riviera, along the Strawberry Line to a Community Café at Yatton Station and on a glorious loop of the beautiful Chew Valley taking in the majestic lake itself. And to top it all, we’ll be filling your palette with enticing arts venues on a leisurely and gentle-paced cycle around South Bristol. Please see our Diary page for more and please print out our poster to display on your…

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