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Safe Cycling in NW Bristol ? Yes please

Want to cycle from Clifton to Henbury along a safe segregated cycle route? No we’re not joking; we don’t mean messy, sub standard national cycle route 4 but a new route along Westbury Rd, Falcondale Rd and Passage Rd, protected from motors. There is currently a consultation on new bus lanes on the A4018, which don’t seem popular locally. It’s not ambitious on cycling either; a new route on the Downs and, perhaps, traffic reduction in Westbury Village. Our meetings with Council Officers suggest, however, they’re seriously interested in a AAA (all ages and abilities) cycle route so may be something good can come of it.

 

But it’s early days. You can help; we have to get support. If you want your kids to cycle to school in North West Bristol or just fewer monster SUVs on the school run. Or you want some of the thousands of people who’ll live in the new homes to be built on Filton Airfield to travel to work in Bristol by bike, not by car. Or you just want to cycle around Westbury safely. Or you think, like most Bristolians, more cycling is good for our city, our health and the air we breath. In all these cases please complete the A4018 Consultation

Most of the questions concern buses and cars, people will have their own views on those, but three are important for cycling so feel free to adopt our answers;

Qu 4 (Cycle path on Downs beside Westbury Road ) Strongly agree – Comment “Please ensure the Path is segregated rather than shared use”

Qu 6 (Westbury Village) Please strongly support the reductions in rat running and restrictions on motor traffic.

Qu 8 (Cycling Improvements) – Comment “Please install a continuous cycle route, along Passage Road, Falcondale Road and Westbury Road. The route should be segregated, from cars, buses, and pedestrians wherever possible and shared use otherwise. Please also improve Parrys Lane.”

Our full response for those interested in the detail.

Comments

  1. Eric Booth

    Can’t really ‘strongly agree’ to Q4 about the shared use path. Went with ‘neither agree/disagree’ and the following comments, in case helpful to anyone else.

    Q4. This proposal falls between stools and leaves people riding bikes with two inadequate choices, both of which are uncomfortable and will do nothing to encourage more people to take up cycling. Neither of these choices are remotely ‘Triple A’, for All Ages and Abilities. Less confident cyclists are asked to share with pedestrians, while others, ‘the brave and the bold’, will choose the quicker and higher quality options of sharing with buses and road traffic. The mass of cycle riders will fall in the middle and will be bewildered and alienated by a transport system which fails to provide Space for Cycling, except as an afterthought shoved in with other hostile modes.

    Q5. On this whole section there is no adequate provision for cycling and so large number of people on bikes will be on the road. In these circumstances the speed limit should be 20mph until such time as there is suitable Triple A quality Space for Cycling

    Improving Cycling: Please be brave and take the opportunity design and properly integrated, high quality, continuous cycle route, along Passage Road, Falcondale Road and Westbury Road. The route should be segregated, from cars, buses, and pedestrians wherever possible and shared use otherwise. Please also improve Parrys Lane. It’s just not good enough anymore to force some cyclists to share with pedestrians, and some to share with motor vehicles, to the discomfort of everyone. A mishmash of confusing options is NOT ‘Triple A’ quality, for All Ages and Abilities.

  2. Nicholas Davies

    Thanks Eric
    Very valid points with which those of us who have dealt with the detail, and officers, agree. Please see the full response, with detailed design suggestions, now linked to above, which we hope meets with your approval.
    Nick