Cycling news from Bristol and beyond

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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Fighting for more air

On this website we previously covered the excellent BBC documentary Fighting For Air. At the end of the programme, viewers were informed they could use an air quality postcode checker, enabling anyone in the UK to see how their area faired on a simple scale of 1 – 6. However, we delved into this for […]

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Fighting for Air

On Wednesday 10 January, BBC Two aired Fighting for Air, a documentary looking at how a local community in Birmingham, aided by a BBC team, set about tackling pollution on their local high street. The street could have been a number of shopping streets in Bristol, with almost identical debates on issues involved. The solutions […]

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Wellbeing Cafe move

With the sad demise of Roll for the Soul, Life Cycle have moved their Well-being Cafe to The Kitchen, at The Station on Silver Street. This continues to run on the 3rd Monday of the month as part of their Bike Minded programme:

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Call for inclusive infrastructure

Fantastic article by Zoe Banks Gross on why we need to continue campaigning for a better environment for cycling, if we want to see greater quantities and diversity of people cycling in Bristol: Cycling is for everyone, and even though we are seeing more women cycling in Bristol, and more than in the other Bike […]

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New Year Warmers

We have made up a delicious hot flask of cycle Rides to warm you through the cool days of January. An inciteful view of East Bristol through a whistle-stop tour of some highlights opens the New Year. A gentle and short ride out to the Community Farm in Lawrence Weston will give us a taste […]

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Farewell to Boneshaker Magazine

What’s going on?! First Roll for the Soul closes at Xmas, now Boneshaker magazine announces that issue #20 will be their last. You can buy the magazine here, and also all the other lovely Boneshaking stuff. Boneshaker will be missed and we wish all those involved the very best, a smooth road, with the wind at […]

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Old Brislington Railway – Relief Road or Green Haven?

This is better than an urban motorway

How many people know about the old Brislington Railway line, which runs from Sainsbury’s on Whitby Road to Tesco on Callington Road? It’s is currently derelict and unused. Bristol Cycling Campaign have been contacted by Brislington residents who think it would be a great idea to turn it into a cycle route! If you agree […]

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Farewell to Harveys Cycle Exchange

We’re sad to hear that Harveys Cycle Exchange on Henleaze Road is closing ( This has been a much loved local cycle shop for generations of Bristol cycle riders. Many will remember the important role they played in exchanging children’s bikes as they grew (the children, not the bikes). We’ve updated our list of Cycle Shops […]

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Proposals for Coronation Rd – Dean Lane crossing

Draft plans have been circulated for this is very important and heavily used route for walking and cycling at the south end of Gaol Ferry Bridge (plan). The current arrangement is most unsatisfactory and long overdue for improvement. This has come to top of the pile as Bristol Council tries to find deliverable schemes as the […]

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