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‘Juicy’ Bristol Cycle Forum on Oct 24 2019

We’re looking forward to the October Cycle Forum, facilitated by Bristol Council. All the items are really central to what Bristol Cycling Campaign is all about. There is sure to be a strong turnout from members and supporters (but not all 3,000 of you!).

If you’ve not yet been to a Bristol Cycle Forum then this could be the one to go for.

6pm Thursday, October 24th at City Hall – arrive at reception for room details.


  1. Introductions
  2. The Guide to Inclusive Cycling – Kate Cooke – https://wheelsforwellbeing.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/FINAL.pdf
  3. Bike Life Launch for 2020 – Jon Usher – https://www.sustrans.org.uk/bike-life/
  4. Bristol Women’s Cycling Charter – Poppy Brett https://www.lifecycleuk.org.uk/bristol-womens-cycling-charter
  5. Avon Somerset Police Close Pass – their response to an official complaint  – David Wilcox
  6. Items for the next forum
  7. AOB

Close Passes and Camera Submissions

Avon & Somerset Police close pass mat used in #OpClosePass

At the July Cycle Forum Bristol, Damien Devanny, from Avon and Somerset’s Road Safety Department, talked about their work on reports of motorists close passing cyclists and how the police deal with camera submissions.

The close passes, reported using Avon and Somerset Police’s online form, are added to their database of problem locations but this does not lead to any follow-up action in relation to the driver: something Bristol Road Justice have long argued they ought to do.

Where camera submissions of dangerous driving are made, however, they are assessed by a team of traffic cops. During the last year Avon and Somerset Police (ASP)received:

221 submissions from cyclists of which

  • 59 (27%) were forwarded for intended prosecution
  • 127 (57%) of drivers were sent warning letters
  • 35 (16%) cases no further action was taken

An issue raised and accepted by the police was that ASP needs to do more to inform cyclists of the outcome of their submission. Nevertheless, overall the figures suggest that officers professionally assess the evidence and decide on a range of possible actions.

It is instructive to compare these figures to the even more serious road traffic collisions which result in death and injury to cyclists. In 2017, the last year for which we have figures, 232 cyclists were killed or injured on Bristol’s roads and the police were involved in the incident. In:

  • 12 (5%) cases drivers were prosecuted
  • 12 (5%) cases drivers were required to attend education courses
  • 207 (89%) cases no further action was taken

(A small number of ancillary offences, eg no insurance, were also prosecuted.)

Overwhelmingly, these case are dealt with by non-specialist officers who, we have been told by individual officers, have piles of paperwork on their desks and clearly they do not give such incidents the priority they deserve. In short, the results speak for themselves.

Report close passes and submit camera evidence by going to:




Bristol Cycling gives rolling feedback to Council

Our Bike Week Space for Cycling ride on Thursday 14 June was a great success and it was a joy to celebrate the latest in cycling infrastructure while giving the Council constructive in-saddle feedback.

More pictures on our Facebook page.

Bristol Cycle Forum on 15th Feb 2018

The first Bristol Cycle Forum of the year is taking place on Thursday 15 February 6pm-8pm at City Hall. Just ask at reception for room details. The Forum lets us hear directly from council leaders and officers about what’s going on.


  1. Introductions
  2. Meeting Minutes and Actions
  3. Chair/Vice Election
  4. Terms of Reference Review, BCC Review of forum
  5. Council Infrastructure Updates – James Coleman / Tom Southerby

Here are the minutes from the December 2017 Forum: Bristol Cycle Forum Minutes – 14 Dec 17

The ‘terms of reference’ (ToR) of the Forum are one of the items for discussion. They’ve not been reviewed since 2012 so it’s good to see these proposed revisions. Cycle Forum – Terms of Reference 2018 DRAFT

Dates 2018 (please note change of months)

  • Thursday 17 May
  • Thursday 16 August
  • Thursday 15 November

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A Modest Proposal #8: Portishead to Bristol

The November 2017 meeting of North Somerset Cycle Forum considered proposals for cycling and walking improvements between Bristol and Portishead, as part of MetroWest phase 1. Note that these are not part of the current plans which are just about diversions during the 18 month closure of the Pill Path. They are a ‘modest proposal’ put forward by BCyC members in the hope of significant improvements to an increasingly important link, especially in given the explosive growth in use of e-bikes.

By way of comparison, if you cycle to work in Xi’an (pronounced ‘chang-an’) in China on a principal cycle lane you will be one of about 1075 cyclists/hour, of whom 750 will be riding e-bikes. The average speed of e-bikes in Xi’an is 23.6 km/h, which is 71.0% faster than that of bicycles. So, in Portishead an e-biker should anticipate a commute of no more than one hour.

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