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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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CyclingWorks Bristol campaign launches

CyclingWorks Bristol is a new campaign to bring together employers across our region to voice their support for infrastructure to enable safer commuting by bike. It is based on a successful model used in London, that was influential in the delivery of its first cycling superhighway. Can you help to get your employer to support this campaign? Visit the website to find out more: bristol.cyclingworks.org We suggest that you share this website with your sustainability lead or operations director in the first instance to start the conversation within your organisation. Business opinion does influence the decisions and…

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A City for People

The centre of Bristol is changing with pedestrianisation schemes being implemented in the Old City, on Bristol Bridge, and on King Street among others. Bikes, certain deliveries, and on Bristol Bridge, buses and taxis, are allowed through but not, in general, private vehicles. We can all now look forward to improved air quality, safer walking and cycling routes, better public transport, and more space to enjoy our city centre! These schemes are being paid for by the first “tranche” of Covid-19 related emergency funding from the Department for Transport. Some “pop up ” cycle lanes, also predominantly…

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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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What Covid Cycling Provision do you want?

The Government has made funding available to Bristol City Council to install cycling infrastructure during the current pandemic. As we emerge from lockdown in a socially distanced manner public transport is hazardous (tragically fatal for some) and we can’t all drive everywhere without gridlock and further health crises of deadly air and obesity, both increasing Covid risk. So official advice is to take to our bikes and feet (yay!). The Council has an interactive map on which you can tell them what changes you want and where in Bristol. This replaces…

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Why do a few cars get half the space on Prince St Bridge?

In 2017 Prince Street Bridge was reopened after major repairs. This was shortly followed by a separated cycle path on Prince Street connecting Broad Quay and Cumberland Road. We have looked at the usage figures from the most recent count by Bristol City Council, which took place in July 2019. Our handy infographic shows the huge change that is possible with quality infrastructure. Numbers of people walking and cycling have doubled, while car use has tumbled. In fact ten times as many people now walk and cycle over the bridge as use cars. However those 10% in cars get…

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WECA: more funding please!

Bristol Cycling Campaign calls on the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) to provide additional funding for walking and cycling. We understand that central government have allocated the first tranche of the £250m funding for walking and cycling in the COVID19 recovery, first announced on 9th May 2020. Of the £45m in this first wave, just £741,000 has been made available to the WECA region, as the allocation was based on levels of public transport usage in each region. To ensure effective measures can be implemented in Bristol and the surrounding areas, we are calling on WECA to reallocate some…

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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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Why the Dutch Cycle, and what Bristol can learn

Bristol Cycling Campaign member Tom Swithinbank recently completed the University of Amsterdam course ‘Unravelling the Cycling City, Why the Dutch Cycle’. Tom says:
“The course has been a brilliant overview of the complex factors that influence cycling rates around the world. I can highly recommend it to advocates and professionals that want to expand their knowledge base. The course consists of five hours a week for five weeks, if you can commit this time, I very much recommend looking into the course. I wanted to share my final essay with the Cycle Campaign as I hope my thoughts will resonate with many of our supporters.”
The two questions posed at the end are really interesting for Bristol. What do you think?

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