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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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Bristol Cycle Forum on 15th Feb 2018

The first Bristol Cycle Forum of the year is taking place on Thursday 15 February 6pm-8pm at City Hall. Just ask at reception for room details. The Forum lets us hear directly from council leaders and officers about what’s going on. Agenda Introductions Meeting Minutes and Actions Chair/Vice Election Terms of Reference Review, BCC Review of forum […]

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BBC: Why are so few motorists who injure cyclists ever prosecuted?

UPDATE: The programme is available on BBC iPlayer until mid March 2018.

BBC’s “Inside Out West” programme on Monday evening will be addressing the question of why so few motorists who injure cyclists are ever prosecuted.

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Cycling Casualties and Police Enforcement Action

Bristol Road Justice has been in contact with Avon and Somerset Police as to the action they are taking with regard to enforcement action against dangerous drivers. Headline facts In 2016 police recorded that 285 cyclists were injured in road traffic collisions (ten year average 262). In 26 cases the injuries were recorded as “serious”. […]

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Cycling hospital admissions in 2016

Bristol Cycling regularly requests data from local hospitals on the number of admissions by transport mode. Below is an infographic breaking down the collisions that resulted in cyclists being admitted to hospital in 2016. Take away messages might be: Take care to avoid leaves, curbs, potholes and, especially, ice Avoid cars (Space for Cycling anyone?)

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Survey ignores e-bikes for West of England – have your say

It’s no surprise to find that by far the most popular and fastest growing electric vehicle in the West of England, and globally, is ignored in a just launched survey. E-Bikes are already everywhere, whizzing up hills and making longer trips more possible. There’s a huge flowering of creativity about carrying cargo and kids. The […]

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Brislington Greenway Public Meeting

A number of BCyC members attended a public meeting on Tuesday 30 January 2018 to promote the Brislington Greenway. This is the old Brislington Railway line, which runs from Sainsburys on Whitby Road to Tesco on Callington Road (see Railway path, not relief road and Old Brislington Railway – Relief Road or Green Haven?). Local residents think it […]

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Petition to require Black Box Car Insurance for those with points on their licence

Our good friends at Cycle Bath have come up with another transforming idea to make our roads safer. This seems sensible, proportionate and well targeted. Please read, sign and share this UK Government petition Require any driver with points on their licence to have Black Box Car Insurance – Petitions Here’s the text of the petition: […]

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A feast of friendly mini-rides for February

As we edge slowly into the longer days we hasten the end of winter with a merry mix of short rides. We start with a regular favourite by heading off to nearby Portishead, with its modern marina and Edwardian townscape. From a north Bristol start point we track down some of South Gloucestershire’s less frequented […]

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A 1000 likes

We’ve just had our thousandth ‘like’ on Facebook and would like to take this opportunity to give a thousand thanks to all our followers for your support and interest, whether you come to us via Facebook, Twitter, the website or directly attend our rides and meetings. Thanks to Steve Cox for the 1000th ‘like’. (If […]

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250 hours community service for killing a cyclist – A Fair Tariff?

The ridiculously lenient sentence handed down to a driver for killing cyclist Peter Brown, at the Aust roundabout, again raises questions about how the law deals with such cases. Given that the cyclist was clearly visible to the driver’s passenger and the driver of the car behind, why was Philip Bridges, the killer driver, not […]

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Induced Traffic and Traffic Evaporation

The recent debate on the proposed Callington “Relief” Road has brought the concept of “induced traffic” back into the limelight. And also the the related and much neglected evidence for “reduced traffic“, or the delightful concept of “traffic evaporation”. So what do these terms mean? Induced Traffic As car ownership and use have increased over […]

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Totos: our new meetup venue

Find out what we’re up to in 2018 and how you can make cycling better for Bristol. Our meetup on Wed 31 Jan is our first at Totos (125 Redcliff Street, BS1 6HU) after the closure of Roll for the Soul at Christmas. There will be the usual catch up on what’s been happening on […]

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Railway path, not relief road

A public meeting is to be held on Tue 30 Jan to talk about making a new green route through Brislington instead of a polluting new road (6pm, St. Peter’s Methodist Church Hall, Allison Road, Brislington). The Greater Brislington local councillors will be voicing their united opposition to the Callington Relief Road (as proposed under the […]

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