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A Modest Proposal #8: Jamaica St cycleway

Every cyclist in Bristol will have their own strategy for coping with the James Barton roundabout, one of the worst in Bristol and the subject of our Modest Proposal #5: The Bear Pit / St James Barton Roundabout. Particularly as the Gloucester Road is one of the busiest cycling routes in the city, with its own  Modest Proposal #6; Eight to Eighty cycling on Gloucester Road.

Most of us make use of Jamaica Street, but it can’t be called pleasant. It also boast some of the oldest and most idiosycratic ‘cycling facilities’ in Bristol.

How about this ‘Modest Proposal’ for a two way cycleway linking Stokes Croft with the bus station and on into Broadmead:

  • A ‘Toucan’ crossing of the four lanes of traffic at Marlborough Street
  • Two way cycleway on the whole length of Jamaica Street
  • No Entry – Except Cycles beyond Kings Square, so northbound motor vehicles only
  • No Entry – Except Cycles into Jamaica Street from Stokes Croft.

Quick. Cheap. Popular. What are the chances?

Plan of Jamaica St cycleway Modest Proposal

A Modest Proposal #7: Linking Long Ashton park & ride with Festival Way

Bristol Cycling Campaign member David Neale has produced another excellent and well worked out proposal (see also the Barrow Hospital plans). This one will provide a traffic-free walking and cycling link in Ashton Vale between the AVTM maintenance/cycle track, the Long Ashton P&R and Festival Way (AVTM is the Ashton Vale to Temple Meads part of MetroBus).

With the likelihood of more traffic congestion when the South Bristol Link road opens, the scheme should benefit increasing numbers of pedestrians walking between Long Ashton village and the Park & Ride. Note that it connects to the new spur connecting the park and ride to the South Bristol Link shared use path.

The plans were presented to the North Somerset Cycle Forum in April 2016. We hope this useful link can be part of future funding bids.

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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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.

 

A Modest Proposal #4: Clanage Road Roundabout and the Festival Way

If you want to scare yourself rigid, pop along to Clanage Road roundabout on any weekday in term time at 3.15pm. That’s the time that 1,500 kids pour out of Ashton Park School and onto the fast busy roundabout on the A369. This is a key hub on the F11 Inner Orbital Cycling Freeway in the BCyC strategic cycle network and close to F8 Festival Way Quietway.

BCyC members have been working with local residents on ideas to improve walking and cycling and the junction has been adopted as one of the priorities for the Greater Bedminster Community Partnership (see TrafficChoices tracker).

A paper making the case for change is here: Clanage-Road-Roundabout-Strategic-Route-hub-proposal-May-2015. This has been presented to the local neighbourhood partnership, GBCP, and is based on a series of raised tables, crossings and improvements to reduce the speed of the estimated daily flow of 10-20,000 vehicles. It also aims to significantly increase the number of cycle movements from the current 1200-2000.

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