Local Cycling & Walking Infrastructure Plan Consultation

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…

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One-day cycle maintenance for ‘Improvers’, Saturday 2 March, Horfield

Maybe you know a bit but want to know more? Not sure you’re doing things the ‘textbook’ way? Learn to fix brakes and gears, and keep your bike in peak condition, supporting a local charity at the same time. Life Cycle’s one-day bike maintenance courses are ’empowering, fascinating and fun’. You’ll be working with a qualified cycle mechanic in our professional bike workshop, using brand new tools and work stands. The class sizes are small (maximum six) and courses are taught methodically with plenty of time to practise. By the end of the day you’ll have…

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A ‘quick win’ for Filton Road in Horfield

Bristol Mayor’s congestion task force looking at opportunities for quick wins that reduce congestion and journey times without disadvantaging other road users. We have a modest suggestion for Filton Road in Horfield which we put forward for consideration, Filton Road improvement Oct2017 for Congestion Task Force. This aims to: improve safety and attractiveness of southbound cycling – cycles do not need to overtake stationary traffic queuing at Dorian Road junction. reduce congestion on Filton Road southbound, especially in pm peak hours improve journey reliability for buses, which currently get caught in congestion in the pm peak hours. Please note…

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Southmead Quietway – Cairns Road & Wellington Hill West Crossings

The Southmead Quietway is part of the £19m Cycling Ambition Fund to upgrade walking and cycling routes across the city. It links one of the busiest cycle routes in the city, Gloucester Road, through residential areas with high levels of cycle use, to the Southmead Hospital and north Bristol. It is identified as important ‘local link’ in the neighbourhood plans of Bishopston, Cotham and Redland, Stoke Bishop, Westbury-on-Trym and Henleaze, and Horfield and Lockleaze.  Here’s our view on the two consultations for crossings on this route BCyCResponsetoSouthmeadQuietway-CairnsRoad.

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Stoke Park future plans consultation – our response

We responded to the consultation on future plans for Stoke Park. That’s the iconic parkland below the yellow Dower House overlooking the M32. BCyC Response to Stoke Park Stoke Park Ref: https://bristol.citizenspace.com/neighbourhoods/stoke-park-future-plans/ Our overall position on this consultation is: Support with qualifications Space for Cycling Does this measure provide for 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…

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A Modest Proposal #6; Eight to Eighty cycling on Gloucester Road

Did you know that Gloucester Road was one of Bristol’s busiest cycle routes (Building on success – lessons from Gloucester Road)? What’s more, the number of people cycling has doubled in the last ten years whereas motor vehicle numbers have dropped by a fifth. These facts can be seen from Department for Transport Traffic Counts.

So what does this tell us? Bristol’s Cycling City money has been well spent? Not quite. Significant Cycling City money was not spent on Gloucester Road infrastructure as the end of project report makes clear. In fact people on bikes are using this route despite, not because of, its facilities for them.

As anyone who has cycled into, or out of, the City on Gloucester Road knows the only “cycling infrastructure” is, essentially, paint and bus lanes. And bus lanes are for both a human on a bike (100 kilos) and a double decker (15 tons) – hardly fair or equal!

Gloucester Road is popular because it goes where people on bikes want to go; travelling, often commuting, in and out of the City Centre from the

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