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A Modest Proposal #5: The Bear Pit / St James Barton Roundabout

 St James Barton roundabout remains among the worst in Bristol for cyclists. This is despite the sterling work of The Bearpit Improvement Group and the recently completed £1million scheme to provde a route around the inner edge of the roundabout at street level for pedestrians and cyclists.

We hope this already outdated scheme will be the last time huge budgets will be spent forcing cycles to share busy spaces with pedestrians (see BCyC Policy on Shared Space Streets and Shared Use Pavements). However the omens are not good in Temple Quay.

Our modest proposal shows how proper Space for Cycling can be provided on this key roundabout that sits at the centre of the most heavily used routes in the city.

Taken with our A Modest Proposal #1: Pedestrianise Clifton Triangle, we can begin to get a sense of how the Inner Loop (A Modest Proposal #3) can be done.


Roman Road on The Downs – It’s a bit better. Oh no it isn’t!

Guest Blog from Wheels On The Bike about traffic on The Downs. Plans to improve this very problematic and unpleasant route have been dropped. What does this say about making Space for Cycling in Bristol?

Reposted with permission from https://wheelsonthebike.wordpress.com/2015/12/01/roman-road-its-a-bit-better-oh-no-it-isnt/

Roman Road is one of many car-sick roads in Bristol. It’s a odd one-way road, that cuts a corner of the Downs. It’s simultaneously a rat run that avoids traffic lights at the end of Stoke Road, a long thin car park, a bus route, and a cycling route, created against a backdrop of the green leisure filled Durdham Downs. 

What’s wrong with Roman Road, and how could it be better? 

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Tyndall’s Park Road and Woodland Road

[UPDATE: Response to the consultation is here 10TM028 Tyndalls Park Road Consultation Responses. Some good points such as no hatching lane markings and improvement to the ‘cycle-gate’. Others less so]

Bristol Cycling Campaign has made the following response to proposals for this important junction in Cotham.

Our overall position on this consultation is: Object, with qualifications

Bristol Cycling Campaign believes that every Bristolian, whatever their age or ability, deserves safe and inviting space for cycling on all Bristol’s streets. This should never be to the detriment of walking. We have the following general comments on this consultation drawing on the Bristol Cycling Manifesto, and the Making Space for Cycling guide for street renewals which set out how to achieve Space for Cycling:

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?

Amber – overall neutral

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?

Green – overall benefit

Triple A Quality (All Ages and Abilities)

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

Red – overall disbenefit

Strategic Cycling Network

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

Amber – overall neutral


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

Amber – overall neutral


Bristol Cycling Campaign has the following specific comments on this consultation:

1. This is an already a busy and important cycling route and likely to become more so. It is part of the existing signed Downs Way and the Strategic Bristol Cycle Network, a central part of the University precinct, and part of the National Cycling Network. It is part of the Q1 Downs Way Quietway and the proposed University Promenade route linking university to Clifton and Gloucester Road, see the Clifton, Cabot and Clifton East neighbourhood cycling page

2. We are of the view that there is an opportunity to progress strategic aspirations of reducing through traffic by closing Woodland Road to through traffic with bollards. This would then allow a proper zebra crossing across Tyndall’s Park road connecting both sides of Woodland Road.

3. The proposed scheme introduces an unpleasant pinch point for cycling along Tyndall’s Park Road. This is likely to deter more people than may be encouraged by a more general reduction of speed.

4. The scheme makes no provision to improve the current serious pinch-point one of the main desire lines for cycling which is to continue north along Woodland Road through the poorly designed and uncomfortable bike-gate. An increase in the width of the two-way cycle lane and removal of the post would deliver a significant improvement to the usability of the route for cyclists. It would also address the present uncomfortably sharp turn from Tyndalls Park Road.

5. We are also concerned that the “existing kerbs to remain at 50mm high around the speed table” as this height may pose a trip risk to pedestrians and cyclists who may not notice the slight kerb and either trip over it when walking or clip it when cycling – particularly at night. We would propose that a 30% sloping kerb could be used to divide the raised table from the cycle track and the footway providing adequate physical separation, yet remaining more forgiving to cyclists and pedestrians alike.

6. At least one of the ramps on the cycle way is shown at the same gradient as the ramps on the road. Since cycles will remain give way, applying ramps to make them slow down should be unnecessary, and the cycle ramps should be much shallower to minimise disturbance.

7. The centre line division on Tyndalls Road should not be reinforced by conversion to hatched lines through the speed table. Firm dividers are generally considered to promote higher speeds, sometimes called the railway effect. This is also confusing for south turns.

8. We would like to have been able to be more supportive but we feel the scheme as proposed will not meet it’s stated aims. While there may be benefits for pedestrians the overall effect will be negative for cycling and the scheme will make it harder to achieve the Mayor’s stated aim through the Bristol Cycle Strategy of achieving 20% cycling in 10 years.

Merchant’s Dock Consultation Response

Bristol Cycling Campaign has submitted a response in support of the consultation for a wider path and a new bridge at Merchant’s Dock, by the Pump House.

We have five general criteria we use to evaluate consultations, followed by specific issues. See the attached full response for details and references. BristolCyclingCampaignresponsetoconsultationMerchantsDock

1. Space for Cycling: Positive. It makes the centre of town more cycle friendly and improves a leisure route.

2. Road Danger Reduction: Positive. There will be reduced conflict and incidents with pedestrians through better and clearer infrastructure

3. Triple A Quality (All Ages and Abilities): Positive. This will significantly improve a increasingly popular leisure route.

4. Strategic Cycling NetworkPositive. The existing Harbourside route is part of Quietway Q10 Promenade – Cumberland Basin to Temple Meads. This route should not be seen as a substitute or alternative for the main on-road route, the F1 The Portway A4 Cycling Freeway. 

6. Cycle-proofing. How far does this measure provide for Triple A Space for Cycling in the future?: Positive. The potential for clear separation of the cycling and walking networks will become easier when levels of use make that appropriate 

Other points:

  1. We are strongly of the view that providing Space For Cycling in Bristol means a network that is largely separated from people walking or driving except where relative speeds and volumes are low.
  2. We reject the argument that these measures will work against the interests of pedestrians as this should be considered a leisure focussed ‘quietway’.
  3. We will be campaigning for the Council to produce plans for the F1 Cycling Freeway along Hotwells Road to the Portway as the quickest and most convenient cycling through route.
  4. We regard support for measures such as this by councillors to be the test of declared backing for Space for Cycling.


A Modest Proposal #1: Pedestrianise Clifton Triangle

One of the next actions as part of our Freedom to Ride campaign is to start to flesh out our proposed Bristol Cycling Network that we are working on with Bristol City Council. We are looking at some specific issues and routes that need addressing in order to generate debate and come up with some plans that can be progressed with the Council so that we have initial plans for as and when further funding is made available.

Our Infrastructure Action Group is beavering away at this and one of the first proposals to emerge is an old chestnut – Clifton Triangle – an area that we had hoped to resolve as part GBBN and previously with other schemes. Adam, one of the Group’s members, has put some ideas together that very quickly lit up the “twitter-sphere” and featured on BBC Radio Bristol’s Steve le Fevre programme this morning at about 8am and are also being picked up by Jack FM this afternoon, as well as being featured in Bristol Post.

These plans are in their early stages and that is the best time to start the debate and get people involved.

Here is the initial sketch: Triangle overview 2013.10.27

Currently there are many problems in the area when walking. It’s loud, unpleasant, with narrow crowded pavement and a

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