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.

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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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Cycle Network and Clifton Triangle in the media today

Bristol Cycling Campaign in the Post with Freedom to Ride proposals for a Bristol Cycling Network Also, outline proposals for a more people-centric Clifton Triangle discussed on BBC Radio Bristol Steve le Fevre this morning from 6:30 – Adam on air just after 8. Listen again when available or catch any following debate on We’ll be adding articles to the website on both topics later.

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A Modest Proposal #3: Inner Loop Proposal

The Bristol Cycling Campaign is putting together a proposal to City Hall for a segregated loop around the city centre. The Inner Loop Cycleway will link the new and established radial routes and help cyclists safely negotiate the ‘tarmac collar’ of the city’s motor traffic dominated Inner Ring Road. There’s a map and key here.

The proposed route will be designed to the Dutch standard, sections of it already exist through earlier developments. What follows is a summary of our proposal.


 Centre – Queen Square – Brunel Mile – Temple Way – Bond St – St James Barton – Silver St (or Bridewell St) – Nelson St – Quay St.

Western extension: Marlborough St – Upper Maudlin St – Perry Rd – Park Row – Triangle – Jacobs Wells Rd – Anchor Rd.


Bristol has made good progress with its Cycle Greenways radiating out from the inner city towards the outer suburbs and the countryside – the first and still the most successful being the Bristol & Bath railway path. There are now half a dozen such radial leisure and commuter Greenways, all shared by cyclists and pedestrians. These are paralleled by additional signed cycle routes following approximately the main motor traffic roads. In addition, most of Bristol’s radial main roads have partial cycle lanes as a result especially of the Greater Bristol Bus Network programme.

These routes however, are not tied together as they approach, enter and cross the city centre. This crucial and focal gap in the cycleway and cycle route network presents itself as a problem in at least two ways. The city’s cycle routes are not perceived by the public as offering a network – rather, a set of isolated one-off routes. The city centre and its approaches are perceived by aspirant cyclists as a hazard, given the heavy traffic and factually poor record of incidents involving injury.

Arguably, the locus of the problem is not the city centre itself – which has a number of quiet routes and an increasing number of contraflow cycle lanes on one-way streets. Worse is the difficulty of connecting between cycleways and of crossing the Inner Ring Road. Particularly difficult for cyclists are the main river bridges and high-capacity roads including Temple Way, Bond St, Lewen’s Mead and the Centre itself. The approaches to Clifton and the Triangle experience similar problems.

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