Update 03/21: Mina Road, clean air, elections, hangars, liveable neighbourhoods

Read all about our latest projects along with cycling news from around Bristol and the UK. Bristol News Mina Road: A consultation is open for residents to comment on proposed changes to Mina Road, which suggestions on how to make the road more appealing for walking and cycling. You can find the consultation here. (If you miss the deadline please do email in your thoughts!) Update: Our response has now been submitted, available here Clean Air Zone: Bristol Council’s £33m fund to mitigate against possible negative impacts of the clean air zone misses an opportunity to improve cycling infrastructure,…

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All the consultations!

Bristol City Council currently has four consultations open for street interventions across the city, which could lead to improved environments for people walking and cycling in those areas. We’ve written a detailed response for five consultations already which you can view here: ATF Consultation Response Jan 2021 – Bristol Cycling This covers the following areas: Cotham Hill, Cotham Princess Victoria Street, Clifton St Marks Road, Easton Rosemary Lane, Eastville Picton Street, Montpelier We’ve also responded to the consultation for Park Row and look forward to seeing a permanent scheme here in the not too distant future. To read our…

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More consultations now open for street transformations

Hot on the heels of the three consultations which opened last week, Bristol City Council has opened three further consultations for Park Row, Rosemary Lane (Eastville) and Picton Street (Montpelier). These which could be transformed into better places for people walking and cycling. These changes will be implemented in the first half of 2021 with funding from the government’s “Active Travel Fund”. Two of these streets, Rosemary Lane in Eastville and Picton Street in Montpelier, have great potential to create Liveable Neighbourhoods by stopping through traffic and opening up the area to active travel while creating a more pleasant local environment…

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Improvement consultations now open for three streets in Bristol

Three new consultations have been opened today by Bristol City Council, ahead of changes which could be made to streets in Bristol early next year, paid for by the DfT’s “Active Travel Fund”. These early stage consultations have been opened for three streets: Cotham Hill, Cotham Princess Victoria Street, Clifton St Marks Road, Easton There are great opportunities on these streets to create better environments for residents and businesses whilst improving conditions for sustainable transport. The Liveable Bristol campaign has much more information on how this can work. At Bristol Cycling Campaign, we will be preparing a…

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Local Cycling & Walking Infrastructure Plan Consultation

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…

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Bristol Cycling Campaign response to the Bristol & Bath Railway Path concept designs

Update: 23 January 2019 Sustrans is holding a drop-in session ‘to explore the latest designs and to help us balance the different ideas as we develop the details together’ for the railway path. Details for the session are: Monday 24 February 5:00pm-8:00pm Easton Community Centre, Kilburn Street, Easton, Bristol BS5 6AW (next to the BBRP) Bristol Cycling Campaign response The Bristol & Bath Railway Path is an important asset for local cycling. Increasing use of the Railway Path (by cyclists and pedestrians) has…

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A Modest Proposal #8: Jamaica St cycleway

Every cyclist in Bristol will have their own strategy for coping with the James Barton roundabout, one of the worst in Bristol and the subject of our Modest Proposal #5: The Bear Pit / St James Barton Roundabout. Particularly as the Gloucester Road is one of the busiest cycling routes in the city, with its own  Modest Proposal #6; Eight to Eighty cycling on Gloucester Road. Most of us make use of Jamaica Street, but it can’t be called pleasant. It also boast some of the oldest and most idiosycratic ‘cycling facilities’ in Bristol. How about this ‘Modest Proposal’…

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Workshops on changes to the Railway Path – have your say!

Sustrans have funding to improve the Bristol end of the Railway Path between Trinity Road and Clay Bottom. The £1.2m project is being called the One Path: BS5 project and “aims to encourage positive behaviour and tackle issues such as conflict between path users”. It is funded by the Department for Transport and will be delivered by Sustrans in partnership with Bristol City Council. Hooray! But hold on there. There’s a line of thought that what’s needed are speed bumps, bollards, and chicanes. What do you think needs to be done? There are four events coming up to find out what the local community…

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Easton Safer Streets – ask councillors to support

Update: The proposal has now been scaled back to just a single street. Everyone loses.

There is a key decision point on Friday 10th Nov for Easton Safer Streets. Please show your support using the button below. This is Bristol’s first attempt to make a big difference to the vitality of an area by a joined up approach to through traffic (rat-running), rather than a piecemeal street by street approach. Of all the projects in the Cycling Ambition Fund package this is the one with the greatest potential to benefit whole communities, and offers a model for other areas. It continued after local councillors backed down on rat run measures in Windmill Hill Deterring through traffic in Windmill Hill.

There has been a very extensive and detailed ‘co-design’ process involving hundreds of people and dozens of events and meetings, lead by Sustrans. The final design proposals are being considered on Friday 10 November 2017 by the six councillors of the Easton, Eastville and Lawrence Hill wards to decide whether to move on the next stage of formal consultation.

As with all such proposals there is a vigorous lobby against change. We are encouraging everyone who lives in the area, or is affected by the changes, or who would like safer streets in their area, to contact the key six councillors to show their support. We’ve made it easy for you with this button which will open an email with all the info ready for you to add any comments.

Email the Councillors [add your name and comment]

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A Modest Proposal #6; Eight to Eighty cycling on Gloucester Road

Did you know that Gloucester Road was one of Bristol’s busiest cycle routes (Building on success – lessons from Gloucester Road)? What’s more, the number of people cycling has doubled in the last ten years whereas motor vehicle numbers have dropped by a fifth. These facts can be seen from Department for Transport Traffic Counts.

So what does this tell us? Bristol’s Cycling City money has been well spent? Not quite. Significant Cycling City money was not spent on Gloucester Road infrastructure as the end of project report makes clear. In fact people on bikes are using this route despite, not because of, its facilities for them.

As anyone who has cycled into, or out of, the City on Gloucester Road knows the only “cycling infrastructure” is, essentially, paint and bus lanes. And bus lanes are for both a human on a bike (100 kilos) and a double decker (15 tons) – hardly fair or equal!

Gloucester Road is popular because it goes where people on bikes want to go; travelling, often commuting, in and out of the City Centre from the

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