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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 […]

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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 https://bristol.citizenspace.com/growth-regeneration/city-centre-framework 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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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The staggering cost of motoring

Last month many of you will have received Bristol Councils “Council tax explained” leaflet, explaining where our council tax pounds are spent. The centre page of this is an infographic summarising costs per household. Transport services set us back £83.52 and highways £29.26. Reading into the images used, this might be interpreted as tax payers […]

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Bathurst Basin works welcomed, but could do better

It’s always a delight to see new cycling infrastructure being installed across the city, but are our transport authorities getting it right? A recent development has been the new bridge at Bathurst Basin and the path linking it to Bedminster Bridges along Commercial Road installed for the upcoming MetroBus. So we thought we’d review the […]

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Signing roadworks to help walking and cycling

We’ve all been there. Riding (or walking) along, perhaps even on an adequate cycle lane if we’re lucky. Oh no, roadworks. Clear signing for the motor traffic, but it’s probably placed neatly in the middle of the pavement or cycle lane. No help or alternatives provided. In some places the local councils have taken decisions, […]

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Let’s make cycling better for Bristol

Now spring is looking like it’s about to be sprung, come and join us this Wednesday (28 March) to find out more about what we’re up to. We’ll be downstairs at Totos (125 Redcliff Street, BS1 6HU) – just look out for a group of us surrounded by all the usual cycling paraphernalia. There will […]

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Bristol’s 20mph zones work and should be copied across Britain (please note, Bath)

Photo at courtesy of @Bristol20mph

Last month a review of Bristol’s 20mph areas was published by UWE with coverage in local media (here, here and here). This adds to the growing weight of evidence backing city-wide lower speed limits (unlike a widely ridiculed ‘report’ from Bath and North East Somerset Council (BANES). UWE’s Bristol Twenty Miles Per Hour Limit Evaluation (BRITE) […]

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Potholes – is there a crisis?

Potholes are in the news with one in five local roads in poor condition as councils face funding deficit. How are we doing in Greater Bristol? In general this is one area where Bristol Council has performed well with most road defects fixed within 10 days of reporting. Our Useful Information page includes links for reporting […]

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Where is WECA’s vision for cycling?

Since the elections for the ‘Metro Mayor’ in 2017 and the setting up of the West of England Combined Authority (WECA), Bristol Cycling has been working with our friends at Cycle Bath on a Cycling Manifesto for the region. We’ve been asking for the same level of commitment from Mayor Tim Bowles, and his Transport supremo, James […]

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Cycling vs the Electric Car

Electric vehicles have received a lot of press over the past few months. This furore has even led some to suggest that EVs are more efficient than food powered humans riding bicycles. So we at Bristol Cycling have put together an unapologetically technical article in an attempt to shed some light on this.

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Go Careful in the Snow

As the Arctic comes to Bristol it’s worth reminding ourselves that the snow does not always have to stop us from cycling. There are things we can do to make it possible to keep riding, though of course greater care is needed in these conditions. Following are articles from our sister London Cycling Campaign, The Guardian […]

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A saddlebag full of early Spring rides for March

We launch the new season with a public spirited foray into litter infested terrain to bring a bit of TLC to our much loved local cycling infrastructure under the council run Great Bristol Spring Clean. Meandering lanes and quiet cyclepaths take us through the flood plain of Severnvale and on to wonderful estuary views at […]

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20mph in Bristol saves more than 4 lives a year

Photo at courtesy of @Bristol20mph

One of those lives saved could have been yours or a loved ones. We’ve campaigned for 20mph to be the default speed limit in Bristol for nearly 30 years and we welcome this report from UWE which also found an estimated cost saving of over £15m per year from the avoidance of fatal, serious and slight […]

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