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Three interesting presentations at Bristol Cycle Forum, Thursday 17th Nov 2016

Should be worth turning up for the Bristol Cycle Forum tomorrow. We’ll also hope to find out more about what’s happening in the Centre with MetroBus changes.

Bristol Cycle Forum – Thursday 17 November – 6-8pm – The Library, City Hall, College Green


  1. Introductions
  2. Apologies
  3. Chris Mason – Principle Transport Planner, Bristol City Council – Road Collision Statistics for Bristol (Are the Roads Getting Less Dangerous for Cyclists? Trends 2003-2015)
  4. Rob Benington – Health Improvement Manager, Bristol City Council – Hospital Admissions related to Cycling
  5. Rob Harding – Bristol Cycling – How the Police deal with cycling related Collisions (Road Justice)
  6. An Update from BCC about current schemes and plans

For previous minutes, visit Cycle Forum page on BCC.

Why Near Misses Matter – Rachel Aldred at January Bike Forum

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Rachel Aldred attended the Bristol Bike Forum on Thursday 21st Jan 2016 to give an update on The Near Miss Project. She was last here in November 2015 briefing officers of Bristol Council and we were invited along. Some of her key messages were:

Near misses matter

  • Near misses may predict at least some types of collision risk
  • Growing evidence that near misses strongly affect cycling experience
  • Clarify relationships between ‘perceived’, ‘experienced’, and ‘objective’ risk

Near misses are very common

Comparing injury and non-injury incident rates

 Type of Incident  Rate per year, regular UK commuting cyclist
 Death  0.000125 (once every 8,000 yrs)
Reported serious injury 0.0025 (once every 400 yrs)
Reported slight injury 0.015 (once every 67 yrs)
Any injury (reported or not) 0.05 (once every 20 yrs)
Harassed/abused 20
‘Very scary’ incident 60
Any non-injury incident 450

Speed and size of vehicles make near misses more scary

  • Speed is the variable most strongly associated with incident rates. For every additional 1 mph of the cyclist there is a 10% reduction in incidents reported.
  • Speed is the key factor in the gender variation in reporting (women report more near misses than men)
  • Incidents involving large motor vehicles (HGVs, buses) are scarier than those not, and incidents not involving any motor vehicles the least scary
  • Driver behaviour factors fairly similar to those in Stats19 – but additional qualitative insight from cyclist’s perspective

Other points:

  • US evidence that “Share the road” messaging can be interpreted by drivers as “that cyclist should get out of my way and share with me”
  • ‘TfL reporting big turnover in cycling’. Folk take it up but then stop. There are big implications for cycle promotion. Does training make a difference? Not enough evidence at present (2016).

Proposed new routes discussed at Nov’15 Bristol Cycle Forum

At the Bristol Cycle Forum on 19th November there was news of two big and important topics. Firstly, finally, there seems to be some movement on opening up The Downs for more walking and cycling. Secondly, James Coleman of Bristol City Council took us through proposals spending the next round of Cycling City Ambition Fund (CCAF2). This is the main source of government funding for the next couple of years. It is now proposed to be spent on:

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May’15 Bristol Cycle Forum quick update

Avon & Somerset Police

Chief Inspector Andy Bennett, lead officer on cycling, spoke about having revised his leaflet handed out to cyclists when caught by officers breaking the Highway Code. His mantra is to educate before enforcement taking a wholistic approach. The leafet has recently been redrafted to make it more cycling friendly. Enforcement needs to be proportionate and a process of culture change is happening where officers are encouraged to use discretion when dealing with violations. The intention is to extend this approach to all road users: anything from buses, HGVs to cycles.


Cllr Gary Hopkins revealed that the tests for CycleEye (more here) have gone well and there are encouraging signs the trial will be widened out across Bristol.

Barra Mac Ruairi 

Director of Place at Bristol City Council Barra Mac Ruairi laid out his approach to making Bristol a more liveable city. For him it’s about trying to get balance. He said “Cycling is very important to the city” (for the usual reasons around reducing congestion and pollution, promoting health and the economy) and that it is “not good to be scared” whilst moving around the city. His job is to look at the long term development of Bristol from funding through policy to delivery on ground. He has to balance the needs of businesses and citizens and their various transport needs. Health outcomes are taken into consideration part of what he does. Local interventions made for benefit of the whole network but things could be better joined up. When asked about why the Bearpit (St James Barton roundabout) development is taking so long to finish he reassured us that it is not in anyone’s interests to drag their heels on a project, for the council officers’ workload, for the politicians or for the contractors. It turns out there was an unforeseen problem with the parapet walls which were being partly removed for the stairways as these turned out to be integral to the structure of the supporting walls.

Bristol Grand Prix

A new cycle race to be held on Sat 20th June, the day before the Sky Ride (formerly Bristols Biggest Bike Ride). The idea is to bring a new audience to everyday cycling via the sport. (Though as we point out here, there is a potential downside to this). Prior to the race the Mayor will be leading a lap of honour for ‘Love my Bike’ and there will be events taking place on the upper reaches of Park Street. The organisers are looking volunteers to help out on the day: http://bristolgrandprix.com 

The minutes of this meeting are to be found on the Forum website when available: http://www.bristol.gov.uk/page/cycle-forum

Bristol Bike Forum on 18th Sept 2014

Next Forum is on Thursday 18 September, 5:30/6pm to 8pm at City Hall. Here’s the Agenda:

1)       Introductions

2)       Apologies

3)       Previous minutes and actions (5 mins)

4)       Breeze Rides & Skyride – Nicola W & Brian Johnston (20 mins)

5)       Labour’s Cycling Policy: Cllr Chris Jackson (20 mins)

6)       Ride in the Park C.I.C. – John Bennett (15 mins)

7)       Cycle Forum Terms of Reference Discussion – Kate Cooke (15 mins)

8)       Council Update. (10 mins)

9)       Cycle Festival Update – Anthony de Heveningham & Celia Way (15 mins) 

10)      AOB

Next LSTF/CCAF/TQEZ meeting

11)   DONM:  20th November 2014

Click here for a printable versionf.

See below for minutes of previous Forum.

Future Forums will be 5:30/6pm at City Hall on 
Thursday, Nov 20, 2014
Thursday, Jan 15, 2015

The Cycle Forum takes place on the third Thursday of every second month at the City Hall to discuss provision and promotion of cycling within Bristol. The meetings start with a drop in session which runs from 5.30pm to 6pm followed by the main forum which runs from 6pm to 8pm. Also please click to find dates for the LSTF & Cycling Ambition Fund workshops. 

Agendas and Minutes

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