The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) – remember them, Metro Mayor, Tim Bowles? – have shown scant interest in active travel. But they have now put out a Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) for a consultation which closed on 15 March 2020.
This is important as the LCWIP is the only game in town for cycling improvements in Bristol and the surrounding area. It’s a mixed bag – quite a few protected cycleways proposed, but many shared paths etc. Also lots of “explore” this and “consider” that; very tentative. We expected this plan to set high standards; it’s intended to be transformative. In Bristol the LCWIP envisages 12 radial routes (see map right).
We are engaging to support the vision of more cycling and walking but also commenting on the need for Design Standards and Quality. You can help. Please complete the consultation, it only takes a minute, you don’t have to answer every question. People will answer the questions as they see fit, and we’d encourage you to do so, and comment on the individual routes. For those in a hurry, we’d make the following suggestions as to how to answer the seven most relevant questions.
- Question 10 Direct routes, Cycle routes separate from motors, and pedestrians, and junctions where cyclists are separated from motors are all extremely important.
- Question 11 certainly busy roads and difficult junctions prevent people from cycling.
- Question 13 we’d guess if you can’t cycle most people would drive (there rarely is a bus!).
- Question 14 please say the Plan would encourage you to cycle more.
- Question 17 the West of England would be a better place if more people cycled.
- Question 18 we do want more money for cycling, yes, that’s why you’re a supporter of the Cycle Campaign!
- Question 19, please support cycling and walking improvements, even if there’s less road space for other traffic.
The plan itself has over 120 pages and is probably only for cycle route geeks. We have put in a detailed response (below), which comments on the LCWIP generally and on the 12 specific routes. If you are interested but don’t want to go into too much detail please read our general comments. We’ve written about the background to the LCWIP previously.