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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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‘We need to change our roads so drivers can see cyclists’

How refreshing to read a thoughtful article in a local paper (Cambridge News) about why and how to make everyday cycling normal in the UK. There’s an excellent plan of a proper roundabout that works for everyone. When will we see the first of these in Bristol? Research shows that we don’t perceive things at […]

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A Modest Proposal #6; Eight to Eighty cycling on Gloucester Road

Did you know that Gloucester Road was one of Bristol’s busiest cycle routes (Building on success – lessons from Gloucester Road)? What’s more, the number of people cycling has doubled in the last ten years whereas motor vehicle numbers have dropped by a fifth. These facts can be seen from Department for Transport Traffic Counts. […]

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Cycling probably isn’t in decline in Bristol, but the city still has complacency issues

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Guest Blog from the excellent At War With The Motorist. Reposted with permission (original) This popped up in my Tweetdeck saved searches column: Cycling steadily falling in #Bristol, DFT figures show  It caught my eye because I’m quite ready to be critical of Bristol. And I will be. But first, some reassurance. These numbers are (a) just […]

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Roman Road on The Downs – It’s a bit better. Oh no it isn’t!

Guest Blog from Wheels On The Bike about traffic on The Downs. Plans to improve this very problematic and unpleasant route have been dropped. What does this say about making Space for Cycling in Bristol? Reposted with permission from https://wheelsonthebike.wordpress.com/2015/12/01/roman-road-its-a-bit-better-oh-no-it-isnt/ Roman Road is one of many car-sick roads in Bristol. It’s a odd one-way road, that […]

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New local book “Cycling the Severn to the Thames”

We were interested to be sent details of a new book by Chippenham based Robin Summerhill. He produces books on long distance cycling and walking around the country but broken down into easy manageable sections of about 5 miles each way. Routes are mainly on former railway routes and canal towpaths. The books also have a […]

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Separation between pedestrians and cyclists in a ‘Living Heart’

Guest blog from member WJH I suspect we could be in danger of being sold a pup by agreeing to the Living Heart separation proposals. The general principle of separation is good, even essential, for reasonably fast cycle travel. Broadmead is a problem, and the proposal is good, especially if they add cycle stands near […]

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Bunker Bikes and their new home at Temple Meads Bicycles

One of the more unusual outlets listed on our list of bike shops is Bunker Bikes. Situated at the end of the Chocolate path and just before the Create Centre many Bristol cyclists will have seen the mass of interesting pre-loved bikes being carefully restored and made roadworthy at affordable prices. Harvey and his team can also fix […]

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Does Bristol need a Good Transport Plan?

UPDATE 19/11/2015 BCyC has sent in comments on the draft: BCyC response to Green Transport Plan draft Nov2015. The Green Capital transport group, lead by Sustrans, have been working on a Good Transport Plan for Bristol. Bristol Cycling Campaign have been following this with interest including a discussion at our April members meeting, it’s possible that the reason […]

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Bristol Tandem Hire

The Cycling Campaign ‘bumped’ into Bristol Tandem Hire on one of the initial Portway Sunday Park rides and the first thing everyone noticed was not their tandem but their Jack Russell dog, who goes virtually everywhere with them by bike. It wasn’t long before the conversation turned to tandem riding and what a great business opportunity there […]

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Eat, Sleep, Cycle…

  This one looks interesting: Stanfords on Corn Street are holding an evening with Anna Hughes talking about her book ‘Eat, Sleep, Cycle: A Bike Ride Around the Coast of Britain’ on Wednesday 9 September from 6.30 to 8.00pm. More details here.

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Cycling the Eurovelo 6: a tale of 4 countries with 49 friends

Long hot days riding through river valleys, climbing up to hilltop castles, craving food to satisfy that cyclists’ hunger, coveting the impressive cycling infrastructure – oh and those trams! At June’s members’ meeting Martin Tweddell recounted his Grand European Tour from Vienna, Austria to Nantes, France on a laden 6-speed black Brompton. The trip was […]

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Portishead rail consultation

BCyC member Alan Morris reports in from the Portishead railway line consultation exhibition… It confirms that “Our engineering work to date indicates it should be feasible to retain the short sections of cycle / pedestrian path alongside the re-opened railway under the bridges, subject to some reductions in the width of the path and provision of appropriate fencing and other safety requirements.” And there […]

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Green treasure hunt

Look out for this in Bishopston, Cotham & Redland 1 Aug to 13 Sep. On twitter: @GreenTreasure15 and on Facebook UPDATE 01/08/15: Interactive map now available here.

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Bikebuncle or Carbunker?

This is an interesting case of someone putting in cycle storage in their front garden and now being told to remove it. What do you think? A positive solution to debunking cars from our front gardens or a carbuncle of a bike shed? Would they have done better with a commercial design (see Lifecycle’s guide […]

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