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Cycling news from Bristol and beyond

We’re supporting Extinction Rebellion’s Critical Mass ride: Wed 17 July

We all know cycling is one of the major solutions to combat the climate emergency. By supporting XR’s Critical Mass ride we support our shared values and ultimately make cycling a real choice for those that can and those that want to. The ride assembles at College Green, Wednesday 17 July at 6pm, aiming to leave at 6.30pm.  There will be a second pick up point in Queen Square at 7pm: https://www.facebook.com/events/2355945281313222/ The ride will last about an hour, but if that’s too long for little legs feel free to peel off from the group at any point. Nervous?…

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Monthly meetup, 25 June 2019

We hold our main meetup on the last Tuesday evening of the month. We’re usually at Dom’s Coffee House from 6pm – all welcome! Obviously this time doesn’t work for everyone. So whether or not you’ll be there, if you have an item for discussion please email secretary@bristolcyclingcampaign.org.uk, with details, before 9pm Sunday 23 June.  …

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Let’s Ride Bristol 16 June 2019

We hope you enjoyed Let’s Ride, despite the occasional downpour. It was great to meet the visitors to our stall – thanks again to those who have joined. We didn’t have a card reader at the event but you can still become a member by visiting bristolcycling.org.uk/about-us/join. We’d also like to thank all those involved in getting us ready for the event and those who responded to our call for volunteers on the day. We couldn’t have done it without you! We thought you might be interested to know that the…

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Please spare an hour on our stand at Let’s Ride Sun 16th. June

On Sunday 16th. June, Bristol council are staging their “Let’s Ride” city-centre one-day cycling festival, whereby several city-centre roads around Millennium Square are opened exclusively to cyclists and pedestrians. The council have contracted the running of the event to British Cycling, who are sponsored by HSBC. This event used to be called “Bristol’s Biggest Bike Ride”. If you have never attended it is exhilarating to see children and parents, novices and commuters enjoying cycling in such a large (7,000 attendees) event, relaxing free from intimidation from (a small but significant minority of) motorists. Very many of…

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The start of cycle campaigning in Bristol, lessons for today?

It’s well worth settling down with the hot beverage of your choice and letting the estimable John Grimshaw tell you about the start of cycle campaigning in Bristol, and we venture, in the UK. He describes the striking series of demonstrations and actions that started in 1974 and lead to the Bristol Bath Railway Path in 1978, spawning Sustrans (1983) and the predecessor of Bristol Cycling Campaign, CycleBag (1977), on the way. While you’re listening you might wish to browse the first Bristol cycling strategy, 1974 Cycling in Bristol from John Grimshaw. The maps are hard to make out…

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Safety – or “feel good” safety?

We enjoy it when members pen their thoughts, observations and evidence about cycling in Bristol. (If you’d like to contribute something, please do contact us.) But occasionally something comes along from “outside” which we really want to share. Here is a remarkably well thought-through article from a woman – Marjut Ollitervo – from Finland. It challenges us to think about the superficially simple word “safety” from a cultural perspective. It’s not a quick read – please set aside 10 minutes – but Marjut writes with such a Greta Thunberg-style clarity and lucidity that we suggest it…

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Non-collision injuries in Bristol – what can be done about ice?

Of course, cycling is overall a safe and very healthy activity, with cyclists being much healthier overall than non-cyclists. But there are risks which we need to be reducing, and they’re not always the ones that attract the most attention.  Research in Bristol and published by The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents makes this point ROSPA non-collision-case-study. In fact, non-collision incidents are a leading cause of harm to cyclists. “Contact with ice” alone accounts for 17% of hospital admissions for cyclists. We’ve set out the Bristol stats in a handy infographic Cycling hospital admissions in 2016…

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City & Guilds Level 2 Cycle Mechanics course, June-July

LifeCycle have advised us that there a few places left on this course which starts in Bristol on 5 June. It’s aimed at people who already know some bike mechanics and want to take their skills further: to be able to completely strip down and rebuild a bicycle. LifeCycle supply overalls, gloves, workstands, bikes to work on, comprehensive teaching notes and all tools. All proceeds from the course go back into LifeCycle’s charitable activities – bookings support their work directly. You can find more information on their…

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Rebel Riders – Climate Change Ride to London, April 12th – 15th

You may have heard, or seen about Extinction Rebellion (XR) by now. Remember the bare bums in the House of Commons? In the week starting April 15th, XR will be mounting its biggest and most disruptive action yet, to force the government to take emergency action on climate change.  This page explains more. Thousands of people will be coming to blockade central London for a week or more.  Some of them will be cycling.  A group will be leaving Cornwall a few days before, with others joining them along the way.  There will be a group…

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Space for Cycling Update: April 2019

Silverthorne Lane and St Philips Marsh We have recently met developers and consultants about the Silverthorne Lane site and St Philip’s Marsh respectively, part of Temple Quarter. These are likely to be some of the largest re-development sites in Bristol in the coming years and are in close proximity to Temple Island and the University of Bristol Temple Meads site. There is an opportunity to build cycling in at the outset and we will be working to ensure that our voice is heard at an early stage in the process. A4018 Consultation The initial proposals put to consultation in…

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