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Bedminster Green Placemaking Framework – BCyC response

This is a very significant and complex development in particular due the density of the proposals and the use of high-rise blocks. These are of course also cycling issues. We’ve put forward the following response to the proposed Bedminster Green Placemaking Framework

Bedminster Green Placemaking Framework Response Jan 2019

Bristol Cycling

7th January 2019

Introduction

Bedminster Green is a scheme of size and density that will place significant demand on transport infrastructure in south Bristol. The development will bring an influx of residents who are expected not to own a private car, so the volume of cyclists in the area will increase and investment in new cycling infrastructure is strongly justified.

If the Bedminster Green development is to realize the potential for cycling and walking trips then significant improvements to existing infrastructure within the site and in the surrounding area beyond the extents of the framework site are needed.

Cycle network – wider context

Firstly, improvements to cycle routes should be identified with reference to key trip generators and connections to routes of city wide importance within the transport assessment that is currently being undertaken by Peter Brett Associates. This should be supported by the work currently being undertaken to create the Bristol Cycling and Walking Infrastructure plan, but should also include connections to North Street, Redcliffe, the city centre and local schools.

Bristol Cycling Campaign recommends the provision of segregated cycle routes along the A38 corridor. It has been indicated to us that Malago Road/Dalby Avenue have been identified for bus priority measures, and that there is insufficient width to provide protected space for both buses and cycles. If this is the case an alternative all ages and abilities (AAA) high quality segregated route must be implemented covering the A38 corridor. Provision of a high quality route via Bedminster Bridge should be provided for trips into the city centre. We urge BCC to identify East Street as a location for future cycle improvements in the event of bus re-routing onto Malago Road.

Cycle network- improvements to existing signed routes

Bristol City Council should also acknowledge that existing signed cycle routes through the area are inadequate and are not currently at an acceptable standard to enable the cycle mode share that Bristol should aspire to. Bristol City Council should also consider improvements beyond the scope of the framework itself such as improvements to the Malago Greenway and the Filwood Quietway, and also connections to the nearby shopping area on North Street.

We believe that the five principles applied in Dutch cycling guidance should form a guide for new cycling infrastructure in Bristol. These are – Coherence, Directness, Attractiveness, Safety and Comfort. The Malago Greenway suffers from a number of problems and fails to adhere to any of these principles. It is a mix of off road paths and signed on road routes. All of the off road paths are shared space with pedestrians, many of which have a poor and deteriorating surface of inadequate width. Most of the points at which off road sections cross roads are lacking in safe crossings and wayfinding signage is missing or inadequate.

The Filwood Quietway has some sections which have been recently been improved to a good standard, such as the section of segregated cycle track on Whitehouse Street and there are some other recent improvements in Victoria Park. Other parts are inadequate sections of shared footway and poorly signed on-road sections.

Cycle network – within framework area

Within the boundary of the framework itself, motor traffic should be filtered on Whitehouse Lane so that through traffic is restricted to the A38/Malago Road, creating a network of low traffic streets safe for cycling and pedestrians, with high quality cycle and pedestrian crossings to connect across the A38, in addition to high quality segregated cycle tracks linking to city wide routes.

Page 67 of the draft framework identifies improved routes on Hereford Street/Church Lane. We support this route in principle but we note that the connection at the edge of St John’s churchyard is very narrow and would need to be widened. If this is not possible we would suggest that improvements to the existing route of the Malago Greenway on Little Paradise would be more suitable.

Page 67 of the framework also identifies routes on Clarke Street and Whitehouse Lane. We would recommend that Whitehouse Lane is provided with a fully segregated cycle track continuing to the existing track on Whitehouse Street and onto Bedminster Bridge. Bedminster Bridge is a significant barrier to cycling in the area and a development of this scale will need substantial investment in improvements to Bedminster Bridge gyratory system to provide safe cycling routes to the city centre and north Bristol. The existing cycle river crossing at Gaol Ferry Bridge is inadequate, at capacity at peak times and inconvenient for many journeys from this direction.

We are not opposed to improved cycling provision on Clarke Street and support its inclusion in the framework but it would also require improvements to cycle provision on Bedminster Parade to provide a safe, continuous cycle route. In addition to this Stillhouse Lane is cobbled and would not be a comfortable route for cyclists.  We recommend the provision of a fully segregated AAA route along Whitehouse Lane connecting to the existing track on Whitehouse Street, forming the main arterial cycle route from Bedminster Green to the city centre.

Cycle parking and storage

Given that the development would be predominantly car free, we would also want Bristol City Council to ensure that developers should make provision for a high standard of off road cycle storage and additional on road cycle racks.We note that there is not much space around the proposed buildings and it needs to be clear where the cycles can be stored and that the storage must be conveniently accessible.  Secure cycle storage at the station needs to be provided.

Delivery bays and routes to the buildings must be identified.  There is a risk that delivery and waste collection vehicles obstruct cycle routes.  These points need to be tackled at the masterplan level, not just in planning applications on individual development sites.

Summary

We support many of the proposed cycling and walking improvements identified in the Placemaking Framework document, and encourage Bristol City Council to adopt the suggestions made above. However greater attention must be placed on connecting the improved infrastructure within the boundary of the site to a city wide network of routes. This may come in the form of the transport assessment currently being undertaken by Peter Brett Associates.

Please note this response relates to the framework insofar as it concerns cycling and transport infrastructure, and should not be considered an endorsement of other elements of the scheme, some of which have been controversial.

 

Proposals for Coronation Rd – Dean Lane crossing

Draft plans have been circulated for this is very important and heavily used route for walking and cycling at the south end of Gaol Ferry Bridge (plan). The current arrangement is most unsatisfactory and long overdue for improvement. This has come to top of the pile as Bristol Council tries to find deliverable schemes as the Cycling Ambition Fund completion deadline approaches in 2018. 

The CAF team have increasingly struggled to get through projects that demonstrate any real ambition for cycling with councillors failing to support plans for the Filwood Quietway Victoria Park, a missed opportunity or is something better than nothing?, and now we hear Easton Safer Streets – ask councillors to support is likely to have only token measures to remove rat-running through traffic.

Schemes at problematic junctions like Coronation Road are welcome, but will be little more than sticking plasters that fail to achieve significant increases in cycling in the absence of a strategic vision and end-to-end routes that enable ‘Triple A Cycling’, for All Ages and Abilities.

We were interested in the proposals from Bristol Walking Alliance for a more radical change to include the Dean Lane junction.

Here’s BCyC Response to Coronation Rd _ Dean Lane crossing, or as follows:

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Ashton Vale changes due to Metrobus, Metrowest & South Bristol Link Road

The South Bristol Link Road (SBLR) opened in December 2016. It has a parallel shared use path for pedestrians and cycles which connects at Long Ashton to the Festival Way (National Cycle Network 33). It then links at the other end to the Malago Greenway at Hengrove. There is a spur connecting through the Long Ashton Park & Ride to the maintenance track / cycleway alongside the guided busway between Long Ashton and Temple Meads.

The Metrobus busway will overfly the Temple Meads to Portbury rail line at Ashton Vale on a new deck. The maintenance track / cycleway continues and terminates at Ashton Vale Road, where the railway is crossed by a level crossing (See sheet 201749-PA-908 at Travelwest https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/travelwest/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/avtm-general-arrangement-plans.pdf). On the opening of the railway to passenger trains to Portishead (as part of Metrowest), it is currently proposed to close the level crossing (providing a new access from the west to the industrial estate). This will also close the public footpath crossing to Barons Close.

The current proposed route for cyclists and pedestrians between Ashton Vale Road and Winterstoke Road is a diversion of about 300 metres via a ramp to Ashton Road, and a convoluted series of crossings, ramps and subways, all of which fall short of current guidelines for such facilities due to gradients, and width.

For cyclists travelling to South Bedminster / Ashton Gate, the diversion adds considerably to the journey time. Travelling towards the city, the route is much less attractive, more inconvenient and congested at peak times with school foot traffic.

We have written to MetroWest as part of the ‘Ashton & Pill micro-consolation’ suggesting that the direct link between the Metrobus cycleway and Winterstoke Road is maintained by creating a subway under the railway at Barons Close. This would require onward facilities on Winterstoke Road to link to existing cycleways.

PS There was a dramatic ‘Santa Cycle Ride’ in December 2016 to mark the opening of the SBLR. Check out the Flickr gallery.

Southville Bridge abandoned – what’s next?

One of the more iconic cycling schemes in the city has been abandoned (here and here). The Southville Bridge was approved in 2014 and would have linked Camden Road and through to North Street in Bedminster to the Harbourside. It remains an important part of the Greater Bedminster neighbourhood cycling plan.

Costs had escalated alarmingly so Mayor George Ferguson pulled the project. The budget will be reallocated into other cycling projects and there has been agreement from DfT for an extended delivery timetable. Nevertheless, it is disappointing news that this useful link for one of the areas of the city with increasing numbers of people cycling.

This adds to an alarming number of Bristol cycling projects that have been recently cancelled after months of work, and other schemes having a major impact on cycling:

  • Ashton Avenue bridge is closed with a detour,
  • Prince St bridge is closed with a temporary walking bridge,
  • proposed improvements to Banana Bridge abandoned,
  • cycling elements of Bedminster Bridge Metrobus changes are not clear
  • Gaol Ferry Bridge continues to have detours and poor provision for cycling during construction of Wapping Wharf.
  • Merchant’s Dock improvements remain bogged down.

Pragmatically the redirect of funds makes sense. In principle it does not. Limited cycling money being used to shore up schemes that should have properly included cycling infrastructure from the start (we’re looking at you, Temple Quay Enterprise Zone and MetroBus, and at all the major developments). What message does it give BCC officers and others who are actively/passively working against cycling? “Continue as you are, don’t think about cycling, someone else will be swoop in and fix the mess later.”

This is what the council is proposing to redistribute funds to.

  • 20mph – complete the citywide roll out to cover 80% of streets
  • Easton Way – extend the 5m wide segregated route to connect the Frome Greenway and the Railway Path.
  • Old Market – alternative route to the busy roundabout
  • Cattle Market Road – part of the CAF2 bid but now in CAF1. But why is this not funded through the Local Enterprise Zone?
  • Bedminster Roundabout – to enhance Metrobus changes
  • Clarence Road – ‘snagging’ / replacing of the ‘toby bollards’ (in the news recently)
  • Baldwin Street – to tie in the ends of this segregated route.
  • City Centre – being remodelled by Metrobus and now with ‘a delineated cycle route’
  • Old City permeability – ‘traffic calming on Corn St’. WTF!

This comes at a time when it’s reported that the budget squeeze puts brakes on cycle safety pledge, while the Minister ‘hangs head in shame’ over British cycling provision, and yet George Osborne is told that investing in cycling will save £47 billion.

Community Speedwatch in Bedminster 2015

There are a number of Community Speedwatch groups helping to make the 20mph areas in Bristol more effective. The group in Greater Bedminster is made up of BCyC members and they have shared the results of their observations. Figures from 2014 showed that 20mph limits were having an effect but with some specific problem areas.

In 2015 over a thousand vehicles were checked with 14% going over 25mph (including one at 46mph!). There is a noticable improvement over 2014, however the threshold for recording has increased in 2015 from 24 to 26mph. The group is not going to monitor Raleigh Road any more as a new speed table appears to have had a significant effect.

There are occasional training sessions run by the police for those who wish to join or set up a Speedwatch group. You can find out more from the police website.

Date Time Duration Location Total Vehicles Speeding % Average of speeders
31/03/15 09:05 30 North Street 113 20 18% 27.7 mph
15/05/15 15:30 30 Duckmoor Road 107 26 24% 28.8 mph
02/02/15 09:00 30 Duckmoor Road 80 19 24% 28.3 mph
27/04/15 09:25 15 Duckmoor Road 123 9 7% 27.8 mph
15/05/15 15:30 30 Duckmoor Road 107 26 24% 29.0 mph
29/10/15 09:00 30 Raleigh Road outbound 43 4 9% 26.3 mph
05/11/15 09:05 35 Duckmoor Road 82 21 26% 27.6 mph
26/11/15 08:50 35 Bedminster Parade 136 11 8% 27.4 mph
12/12/15 09:45 25 North Street 176 6 3% 29.3 mph
17/12/15 09:15 30 Bedminster Parade 114 7 6% 26.9 mph
        1081 149 14%  

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