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’…

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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…

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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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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…

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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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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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A Modest Proposal #2: Bristol Promenades Routes

We’ve been given agreement to share with you some plans that we have been helping with for Promenade Routes in Bristol. These are a set of proposals by John Grimshaw to enhance all of Bristol’s waterside quays, towpaths and walkways to create popular promenades to further promote walking and cycling in the area. Bristol’s riversides and docks have long been a popular place to cycle because they are attractive, central and flat. This  project aims to draw them all together to make a real resource for the City, for both pedestrians and cyclists – all promenaders. There are numerous…

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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.

THE ROUTE

 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.

BARRIERS

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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