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…
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. Agenda Introductions The Guide to Inclusive Cycling – Kate Cooke – https://wheelsforwellbeing.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/FINAL.pdf Bike Life Launch for 2020 – Jon Usher…
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,…
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.
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.
Meeting Minutes and Actions
Terms of Reference Review, BCC Review of forum
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
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.
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 Agenda: Introductions Apologies Chris Mason – Principle Transport Planner, Bristol City Council – Road Collision Statistics for Bristol (Are the Roads Getting Less Dangerous for Cyclists? Trends 2003-2015) Rob Benington – Health Improvement Manager, Bristol City Council – Hospital Admissions related to Cycling Rob Harding – Bristol Cycling – How the Police deal with cycling related…
A Bristol Cycle Forum meeting on 21 July 2016 was in the form of a cycle ride to review some recently completed shared use route schemes, and two long-established schemes. The ride was attended by 7 people (no council officers). The sites we visited and reviewed are listed below, using the unsegregated/ delineated (line or different surface)/segregated (different levels) classification of the BCC draft shared use route policy (see BCyC Policy – Shared Space Streets and Shared Use Pavements which includes a link). Merchants Dock – proposed widening – unsegregated Centre – re-designed route opposite the Hippodrome – delineated…
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…
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: