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, 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.
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
Stop killing our children
While our streets look like something from the 1950s in the midst of coronavirus lockdown, we need to rethink what 'normal' looks like. Stop Killing our Children is a documentary crowdfunded and produced by our friends at ETA Trust (ethical insurance with strong cycle offering). It is a review of where the Dutch are fifty years after their transformative campaign for road danger reduction. So why are we talking about this at a website for…Read More
Do you care about our air?
Clean Air for Bristol are asking drivers to turn their engines off when stopped to help improve air quality. As we who cycle already know, leaving a vehicle's engine on when stopped, or idling, causes air pollution which is especially bad for children and is avoidable. If you have to drive and are stopped for a minute or more, think about the air we all breathe and switch off your engine. Clean Air for Bristol…Read More
#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…Read More