Here are a selection of articles that are particularly worth noting. These are in random order here, so just dip in.

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  • A Modest Proposal #4: Clanage Road Roundabout and the Festival Way

    A Modest Proposal #4: Clanage Road Roundabout and the Festival Way

    If you want to scare yourself rigid, pop along to Clanage Road roundabout on any weekday in term time at 3.15pm. That's the time that 1,500 kids pour out of Ashton Park School and onto the fast busy roundabout on the A369. This is a key hub on the F11 Inner Orbital Cycling Freeway in the BCyC strategic cycle network and close to F8 Festival Way Quietway. BCyC members have been working with local residents

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  • Who pays for our roads?

    Who pays for our roads?

    There is still an assumption that those using cycles don’t pay their way on our roads. This is despite significant progress being made in recent years highlighting the misconceptions of vehicle excise duty, often mistakenly referred to as “Road tax” (ipayroadtax.com). Remembering that 80% of cyclists are also drivers, we think it is a good time to highlight the shared costs we all pay for these stretches of tarmac that dominate our urban environment. The

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  • Space for Cycling wins Bristol Elections 2016

    Space for Cycling wins Bristol Elections 2016

    Following a hard fought campaign Space for Cycling emerged as the clear winner of the Bristol 2016 elections, securing not only the mayoralty, but also 63% of all the Councillors. Mayor Marvin Rees (who also represents Labour) said "I support cycling. Not only does it have obvious health benefits in keeping people fit and improving the air quality, but it has social benefits too, getting people out and about, talking to each other, experiencing life."

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  • Induced Traffic and Traffic Evaporation

    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 the past 30 years the reaction to the pressure created by additional traffic demand has often been to increase the

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  • Knowing where to spend money

    Knowing where to spend money

    There is much insight to be gained from data, given the right perspective. One of the most alarming figures is that 129,000 people drive to work in the city of Bristol. Of those, 57,603 (44.6%) live within a 20 minute, 5km, bicycle ride to work. It's worth pausing to let that sink in. Nearly half of Bristol commuter drivers live within a 20 minute bicycle ride to work. Adam Reynolds of CycleBath has emerged from

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  • Bike Life – Taking the pulse of bike life in Bristol

    The Bike Life 2015 Report for Bristol is out (Bike-Life-Bristol-2015). Inspired by the Copenhagen Bicycle Account, this is an assessment of cycling development including cycling conditions, new initiatives and satisfaction with various aspects of cycling. Overall this is an interesting and useful report which will be of great value in making the case for cycling improvements. It's no surprise that the lack of safe and comfortable cycle routes is the main thing that stops more

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  • A Modest Proposal #2: Bristol Promenades Routes

    A Modest Proposal #2: Bristol Promenades Routes

    We've been given agreement to share with you some plans that we have been helping with for Promenade Routes in Bristol. These are a set of proposals by John Grimshaw to enhance all of Bristol’s waterside quays, towpaths and walkways to create popular promenades to further promote walking and cycling in the area. Bristol’s riversides and docks have long been a popular place to cycle because they are attractive, central and flat. This project aims

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  • The Downs. No Cycling? Or a car-free leisure route?

    The Downs. No Cycling? Or a car-free leisure route?

    Why we need space for cycling on the Downs. The annual Cycle Sunday event is a brilliant way to demonstrate the huge demand for car-free cycling around the Downs to the Downs Committee, who manage this beautiful area. (To those unfamiliar with Bristol, the Clifton and Durdham Downs lie to the north of the city centre and overlook the ecologically significant Avon Gorge). We can expect between one and three thousand people to attend these

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