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Bristol University Tyndall Avenue public realm changes – our response

Bristol University are proposing to ‘stop up’ Tyndall Place including the junctions at either end as part of their master plan. Here’s our view.

Response to Consultation (BCyCResponsetoTyndallAvenue)
Bristol Cycling Campaign
23 February 2017
Tyndall Avenue Public Realm Project

www.bristol.ac.uk/estates/projects/tyndallplace/

Our overall position on this consultation is: Support with strong qualification

Space for Cycling Does this measure deliver 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 Will this measure be attractive to all ages and abilities using all kinds of cycles? This means ‘Triple A’ quality for All Ages and Abilities

Amber – overall neutral

Strategic Cycling Network How does this measure contribute to the development of a planned, integrated and coherent strategic cycle network? Green – overall benefit
Cycle-proofing How far does this measure provide for Triple A Space for Cycling in the future? Green – overall benefit

The Bristol Cycling Campaign welcomes many aspects of the proposals to redesign Tyndall Avenue as a public space which is wider, greener, and free of cars and buses. These proposals could produce significant benefits for the University and the City, in terms of well-being, in providing a clear physical focus for the University, and in drawing the public to the Royal Fort Gardens.

However our approval is subject to a major caveat. It is important that cyclists retain the use of Tyndall Avenue as of right, a right which is not subject to possible future removal by the University.  It is not enough to have a broad statement that “Cyclists will still be allowed to pass through Tyndall Avenue after it is pedestrianised” (Tyndall Avenue Public Realm Project Consultation Document p.8).

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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

Cycle-proofing

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.

 

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