Campaigns

Making Bristol better for cycling

Cycling for All

How can we tell if Greater Bristol has become a real cycling city? It will be when those riding reflect the whole of society. When everyone from ages 8-80 ages are on bikes. Where there are as many women as men. Where all communities feel they have the freedom to ride. Where there are all kinds of different wheels being used: hand powered, cargo, multi-person, trikes. It’s often said that ‘a city that works for children, works for everyone’.

This is about Routes and Neighbourhoods of course, but also top quality standards, enforcement, safe speeds, air quality and support. Half a century of car-centric planning and investment have made many parts of Bristol polluted and congested. Children have little independence and people struggle to keep themselves healthy. We campaign for:

  • Fairness. The choice to cycle should be available to all, regardless of age, gender, financial circumstances, fitness, or need for non-standard bikes (e.g. trailers, tricycles, cargo). Many people and groups are currently denied this choice.
  • Quality. Bristol should be the benchmark city for outstanding and innovative cycling provision. Pound for pound this will offer Bristol better value than any other public investment.
  • Wellbeing. Cycling and sustainable transport increase our health and wellbeing through more active lifestyles and better air quality. Bristol will attract new business as a fine place to live.
  • Safety. People on bikes should feel able to travel from where they are to where they need to go, comfortably, conveniently, directly, in attractive surroundings and in safety.  

Recent posts about Cycling for All (click for full list)

  • Update 03/21: Mina Road, clean air, elections, hangars, liveable neighbourhoods

    Update 03/21: Mina Road, clean air, elections, hangars, liveable neighbourhoods

    Read all about our latest projects along with cycling news from around Bristol and the UK. Bristol News Mina Road: A consultation is open for residents to comment on proposed changes to Mina Road, which suggestions on how to make the road more appealing for walking and cycling. You can find the consultation here. (If you miss the deadline please do email in your thoughts!) Update: Our response has now been submitted, available here Clean

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  • Bristol to Bath Railway Path Safety

    Bristol to Bath Railway Path Safety

    We are appalled at the frequency and level of violence of attacks on the Bristol to Bath Railway Path this winter. BCyC members have been actively working with stakeholders discussing long term options to improve safety. One aspect has been to learn from other similar paths with similar challenges around the country.The Facebook group Bristol & Bath Railway Path - OnePath is very helpful, but we have also formed a small working group with representatives from

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  • Bristol Parents for School Streets

    Bristol Parents for School Streets

    In January we attended a meeting of the recently re-formed Bristol Parents for School Streets. The group is now looking for fresh input and ideas as it reforms to support the council in its efforts to accelerate the Bristol School Streets programme. For more info click here.School Streets are streets that include school entrances that are are made 'resident access only' during school drop-off and pick-up times. The aim is to create safer spaces around

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  • Don’t Blow it Bristol!

    Don’t Blow it Bristol!

    #DontBlowItBristol We're at risk of losing Bristol’s new sustainable infrastructure of expanded pavements, cycle lanes and other road changes was brought in to help in the fight against Covid-19. The new infrastructure has given a boost to vulnerable groups allowing people to socially distance, get cleaner air and feel safer when they are out and about. But lobby groups who want cars to dominate our city are pushing councillors to reverse these decisions. Pressure from

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  • Shopping by bike

    Shopping by bike

    You don’t need a car to go shopping for food. A pair of panniers or a trailer can hold a lot of groceries and cycling with a weighty load is much easier than you might think. Not convinced? We spoke to five people that do most of their shopping by bike. Blaise Kelly I shop little and often, usually on my way home from work. I have a Bagaboo workhorse messenger bag, left over from

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  • Downs Loop consultation - please show your support

    Downs Loop consultation - please show your support

    Our friends at Cycle Sunday are currently running a public consultation on their proposal for the Downs Loop. This includes wide accessible paths to welcome all users, new raised crossings, and traffic calming (around Circular Road). Vicki Cracknell, from the Downs Loop campaign shares an update: We have been so inspired by a young woman called Eleanor who describes herself as an adaptive cyclist meaning she is unable to ride a traditional two-wheeled bike. She

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  • Gear Change and LTN 1/20 - the start of a cycling revolution, or another false dawn?

    Gear Change and LTN 1/20 - the start of a cycling revolution, or another false dawn?

    Months, years and sometimes decades go by with only warm words and crumbs from Government on cycling. We've had false dawns before but on July 28 the government published two potentially revolutionary documents for cycling: Gear change: a bold vision for cycling and walking, and the less snappily titled LTN 1/20 Cycle infrastructure design. Showing commitment based on what has worked in London, in the foreword to Gear Change Boris Johnson says about cycling: It

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  • Why the Dutch Cycle, and what Bristol can learn

    Why the Dutch Cycle, and what Bristol can learn

    Bristol Cycling Campaign member Tom Swithinbank recently completed the University of Amsterdam course 'Unravelling the Cycling City, Why the Dutch Cycle’. Tom says: “The course has been a brilliant overview of the complex factors that influence cycling rates around the world. I can highly recommend it to advocates and professionals that want to expand their knowledge base. The course consists of five hours a week for five weeks, if you can commit this time, I

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