UPDATE 23/4/15: Final BCyC submission sent in, BristolCyclingCampaignResponsetoConsultationHarryStoke.

There is a ‘pre-application’ consultation on the strategic master plan from the developers Crest Strategic, which affects the land at East of Harry Stoke.  This is a huge new development on the remaining open land by Stoke Gifford bounded by the M4, M32 and the Filton Road. See our Neighbourhood page for that area for some of routes and points that need to be delivered.

We’ve been plugging away trying to get the appropriate planning guidelines in place as set out in June 2014. We have significant concerns that this is another car dominated development suited to the 20th century but taking little account of Bristol’s ambitions as a Green Capital ‘where cycling and walking are so easy that everyone does it’. We’re still working on our response so do chip in through FacebookYahoo or Twitter. There are also our action groups.

Particular issues include:

  1. Routes to Parkway station, UWE, MOD, schools and surrounding areas must be to a high standard. This means a single network for cycles suitable for All Ages and Abilities (‘Triple A’) from kids, to grandparents and fast commuters. It will not be acceptable to provide hopelessly inconvenient, discontinuous, poorly maintained, shared use pavement cycling for some, and a bit of paint on fast busy roads for others. In other words South Gloucestershire must start to apply the principles of Making Space for Cycling.
  2. Hambrook Lane will carry high volumes and needs proper separated provision
  3. They refer to ‘low vehicle speeds within the development’ but have not specified what that means or whether a piecemeal or a ‘Total Twenty’ approach will be followed.
  4. The new ‘Stoke Gifford Transport Link’ will introduce a further significant barrier to movement in an area already hemmed in by motorways, fast roads and railway lines.
  5. The part of the Q11 South Glos Quietway from Hambrook to Bristol Parkway is missing.
  6. There is no commitment to deliver high quality ‘Triple A’ (All Ages and Abilities) improvements on the existing sub-standard elements of the F14 Outer Ring Orbital, the Winterborne Link, or the Filton Road Link.
  7. There is a worrying reference to ‘pedestrian/cycle facilities’ on the Old Gloucester Road. This will be a major commuting route and so must be properly separated and with adequate capacity for thousands of trips a day.

This is possibly the one chance in a generation to get these things done properly from the start.

Our initial position on the plans is to Object, with qualifications

Space for Cycling

Does this measure advance the six themes of 1) Protected space on main roads; 2) Remove through motor traffic; 3) Safe routes to school; 4) Cycle friendly town centres; 5) Cycle routes in green spaces; 6) 20mph speed limits?

Red – overall disbenefit

Road Danger Reduction

Does this measure seek a genuine reduction in danger for all road users by identifying and controlling the principal sources of threat?

Amber – overall neutral

Triple A Quality (All Ages and Abilities)

Will this measure be attractive to all ages and abilities using all kinds of cycles?

Amber – overall neutral

Strategic Cycling Network

How does this measure contribute to the development of Bristol Council’s planned integrated and coherent strategic cycle network?

Red – overall disbenefit

Cycle-proofing

How far does this measure provide for Triple A Space for Cycling in the future?

Amber – overall neutral