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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Missing link to go ahead between Kingston Seymour and Weston-super-Mare

We are very pleased that planning permission has been given to the missing link on the Clevedon & Weston cycle route. We strongly supported the application, as below, and the original 2012 one (Clevedon & Weston Cycle Route). It can be discouraging that things take so long, but good when progress is made. Note however that this proposal involves sharing the route with cattle, which is a big issue on the Festival Way. See below for three proposals from BCyC member David Neale to avoid this. 18/P/4758/FUL Construction of a 1.4km shared use cycleway on a…

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A Modest Proposal #8: Portishead to Bristol

The November 2017 meeting of North Somerset Cycle Forum considered proposals for cycling and walking improvements between Bristol and Portishead, as part of MetroWest phase 1. Note that these are not part of the current plans which are just about diversions during the 18 month closure of the Pill Path. They are a ‘modest proposal’ put forward by BCyC members in the hope of significant improvements to an increasingly important link, especially in given the explosive growth in use of e-bikes.

By way of comparison, if you cycle to work in Xi’an (pronounced ‘chang-an’) in China on a principal cycle lane you will be one of about 1075 cyclists/hour, of whom 750 will be riding e-bikes. The average speed of e-bikes in Xi’an is 23.6 km/h, which is 71.0% faster than that of bicycles. So, in Portishead an e-biker should anticipate a commute of no more than one hour.

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Closures to river Avon footpaths – for railway and new footbridge

Two sections of the path alongside the River Avon are due to be closed for extensive periods. The first is an 18 month closure of the Pill Path while the Portishead branch line is upgraded for passenger train services, but this doesn’t start until 2020. The second is a section of the River Avon Footpath Path by Cattle Market Road and the new Arena site. This is closed from now until Autumn 2018 while the new St Philips footbridge is built (see picture and visit BristolTempleQuarter for more information). We got quite excited when opening the email about the Pill Path that this…

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