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Bromley Heath Viaduct works – a cycling opportunity?

South Gloucestershire Council has secured funding via The Challenge Fund and The Cycle Ambition Fund to carry out essential maintenance works along A4174 Avon Ring Road between the A38 at Filton and the A4 at Hicks Gate. These will include improvements to the carriageway, footpaths, cycle ways and street lighting as well as structural maintenance […]

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Have you experienced harassment riding your bike?

We’re pleased to give our support to the campaign from Bristol Zero Tolerance on gender-based street harassment. Many people report feeling unsafe due to threatening behaviour while out on their bikes and, depressingly, particularly women. BZT and are looking for people to tell their stories to help put forward proposals for the city in terms of […]

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News on Road Justice from meeting with police, June 2017

The Bristol Road Justice Group met senior Avon and Somerset Police officers at the beginning of June to discuss ongoing concerns as to police road traffic law enforcement and other work to reduce the dangers posed to cyclists by dangerous driving. The meeting was timely following the publication last month of the detailed report ‘Our Lawless […]

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Linking Long Ashton park & ride with Festival Way

Bristol Cycling Campaign member David Neale has produced another excellent and well worked out proposal (see also the Barrow Hospital plans). This one will provide a traffic-free walking and cycling link in Ashton Vale between the AVTM maintenance/cycle track, the Long Ashton P&R and Festival Way (AVTM is the Ashton Vale to Temple Meads part of […]

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Who pays for our roads?

There is still an assumption that those using cycles don’t pay their way on our roads. This is despite significant progress being made in recent years highlighting the misconceptions of vehicle excise duty, often mistakenly referred to as “Road tax” (ipayroadtax.com). Remembering that 80% of cyclists are also drivers, we think it is a good time […]

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South Bristol Link Road and Festival Way – the missing link

There’s a very pleasant loop now available taking you from the centre out along the Festival Way, to South Bristol Link (SBL), then back along the Malago Greenway. But, there’s a problem. A missing link* (map). At the northern (Long Ashton) end of the SBL, the cycle path is unfinished. The link to the Festival […]

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Bike sharing scheme YoBike launching in Bristol

 This is not our scheme! To report a problem or contact YoBike go to their website. A new hire bike scheme is starting shortly in Bristol based on a ‘dockless’ model that’s been wildly successful in Asia. There’s a media photocall at 12.00pm on Tuesday, 9 May in Millennium Square where nine YoBikes will be available to trial […]

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Our chance to influence – Bristol quality of life survey

Bristol City Council is running its annual Quality of Neighbourhood Life survey: https://bristol.citizenspace.com/city-directors-department/quality-of-life-in-your-neighbourhood-2017/ Question 55 asks for actions and changes which would improve people’s local quality of life. This is our chance to mention transport: the benefits of 20mph and more protected cycle routes accessible for everyone. Last year the citizens’ priorities section on transport […]

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Cycling and the Justice System – report from parliamentary inquiry

The All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group has now published their report Cycling and the Justice System, following five evidence sessions earlier this year. There’s a news article about here and you can read the Bristol Cycling submission here.  We’re pleased that our submission points are fully covered in the report. The report mades 14 recommendations: * The Highway Code should […]

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Vote Bike! What the Metro Mayor candidates say

 Tim Bowles (Conservative) is our new West of England Regional Mayor (results). We look forward to working with him to enable everyday cycling, for everyone, everywhere in our region. What will the West of England Metro Mayor do for cycling? Given the level of excitement it’s possible turnout will be low – meaning that those who […]

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Partial Win for Our Prince Street Bridge Campaign? [Updated with photos]

  The covers are off and we can now see what the renovated bridge will be like when it opens in the next few weeks. Note that the southbound lane has the same narrow pavement as before. Northbound now has a cycleway and a footway, with a very slight height difference. It’s not clear if […]

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Britain’s forgotten 1930s protected cycleways

Cycle lane in Dorking, 1930s

Did you know that in the 1930s, the Ministry of Transport commissioned the building of protected cycleways? We’ve heard about an exciting Kickstarter project from Carlton Reid and John Dales. Ultimately they want to revive Britain’s long-lost 1930s cycleways. These lanes cover 280 miles of safe cycling space but currently they are hidden from sight. […]

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Progress with the Police on near misses and recording injuries

Last year the Road Justice Group met with the Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens, and Avon & Somerset’s Head of Road Safety, Chief Inspector Kevan Rowlands, to discuss our concerns as to road law enforcement. We’ve followed-up on a number of those issues.

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Cycling Manifesto for the Metro Mayor

On 4th May 2017 we will be electing the first ‘Metro Mayor’ of the West of England Combined Authority. They will have powers to really get serious about making cycling an option for everyone, to clean up the region’s air, to reduce journey time, and to get people active. Bristol Cycling, working with Cycle Bath and Cycling […]

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Brean Down Way and April work camp

We’re pleased that progress is being made on the Brean Cross link, connecting Weston to Brean Down. The project is being pushed through by John Grimshaw and he’s been in touch to ask if BCyC supporters might like to join the 2nd work camp to finish off the work.  Work camps and parties like this are […]

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