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‘All women on bikes in Bristol welcome to help @BristolCycling to improve cycling infrastructure – you don’t even need to come to meetings to do it’ (Twitter, 10 October 2019) That was the tweet and she’s right. Except, of course, that everyone is welcome at our meetings and everyone is welcome to get involved in the events we take part in. And yet campaigning is more than meetings and events. Even when you’re doing less. Bristol…

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#BWCyclingCharter – What? Why?

Bristol Cycling Campaign were delighted to be at the launch of the Bristol Women’s Cycling Charter. LifeCycle Chief Executive, Poppy Brett has brought together women from various groups all over the city and today was the culmination of all that work. There have been comments on social media, asking ‘why should women be considered a special case’. So in short: Women generally have different travel patterns – caring responsibilities still tend to fall to women, so perhaps they might be taking kids to and from school, trying to fit in an appointment at lunchtime (not necessarily…

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The Portway shared path is not a lorry park

Today, yet again, someone parked illegally on the Portway walking and cycling path. This time they blocked it – look at how much space this lorry took up! Someone coming the other way told me they’d asked him to move because it wouldn’t safe to squeeze through the narrow gap. He had refused even though there was ample space for him to reverse into. He couldn’t care less that he was forcing them onto the road and into oncoming traffic. (And his attitude didn’t inspire trust that he would definitely look before manoeuvring.) The majority of…

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Bristol Cycling Infographics

Here at Bristol Cycling, we love an infographic. Recently we have had a lot of emails from people asking if they can use the infographics we have produced. The short answer is an overwhelming YES! The only reason we put these together is so they will be shared. We don’t make any money from advertising, clicks or copyright, our primary purpose is to make Bristol better for cycling. We want our messages to be spread far and wide.

In order to facilitate this we thought it would be useful to provide a summary of some of the infographic work we have produced over recent years. PLEASE share/print/publish far as far and wide as you can. You can see them all here.

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The Bristol Women’s Cycling Charter

LifeCycle have announced the launch of their Bristol Women’s Cycling Charter on Thursday, 10 October, from 16:00 to 17:30 at TLT LLP, One Redcliff Street, Bristol BS1 6TP. LifeCycle say: Regular cycling is a ticket to independence, reduced stress levels and better health. But women are half as likely to enjoy the benefits of cycling as men (Sustrans ‘Bike Life Report, 2017). We are launching the “Bristol Women’s Cycling Charter” to inspire and empower more women to cycle. Join us to show your commitment…

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Reporting illegal and obstructive car parking

There was a real spate of this following new cycle routes in the centre when car (and lorry) drivers treated it as parking. What worked there was repeated reporting of each vehicle to Bristol Council parking services using the online form at https://www.bristol.gov.uk/parking/parking-service-contact-form. Twitter can also be very successful, if you have an account and particularly where there is a photo. Include a poke at @bristolcouncil (and us as well @bristolcycling).

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Climate Strike Critical Mass ride – Fri 20th Sept 6pm

Whenever you or anyone else gets on a bike, you become part of the solution. Even if we’re just nipping to the shops or getting to work quickly. Sometimes it’s great to join with others as part of the change. That’s why Bristol Cycling Campaign has thousands of supporters, and why we support the monthly Critical Mass rides. This month the ride is a week early, on Friday 20th Sept, in order to support and be part of the youth lead Climate Strike day.  Some will be joining the #GeneralStrikeForClimate on College Green from…

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Bristol Cycling Clean Air Zone (CAZ) Consultation Response

The Clean Air Zone (CAZ) consultation closes on Monday the 12th August. Bristol Cycling welcomes any measures that might help restrict vehicle usage in Bristol and reduce roadside pollution concentrations. However, we are concerned the expected reductions in NO2 are small would not reach compliance for another decade. It is also concerning that CO2 emissions might increase due to the switch from more efficient diesel vehicles to petrol (outlined in Section 3.6 (page 15) of the Economic report). We think there are better ways to address the transport and air pollution issues our city has faced for so…

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Close Passes and Camera Submissions

At the July Cycle Forum Bristol, Damien Devanny, from Avon and Somerset’s Road Safety Department, talked about their work on reports of motorists close passing cyclists and how the police deal with camera submissions. The close passes, reported using Avon and Somerset Police’s online form, are added to their database of problem locations but this does not lead to any follow-up action in relation to the driver: something Bristol Road Justice have long argued they ought to do. Where camera submissions of dangerous driving are made,…

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Ride with us: Green Spaces of East Bristol

When: Sunday 11th August. Meet at 10-30am for a 10-45am start Where: Start from Coffee#1 at 51 Welsh Back, BS1 4AN Distance: 18 miles Drinks or early lunch stop: Mario’s Café, central Stockwood The route heads out along the banks of the Floating Harbour to pick up the River Avon Trail. We take a very leisurely pace through the grassy Netham Park before enjoying city views from the open space of Avonview Cemetery. Following the Wesley Way we meander through Magpie Bottom and finally emerge from this wooded part of Hanham to drop down to the banks of the Avon. We cross the…

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