The Future of Cycling in Bristol – Webinar May 2020

Well over 100 people joined our first ever webinar on 21st May, 19:30. If you missed it settle down to catch up with this recording. At a time which feels like a proverbial ‘once in a generation’ moment for cycling we aimed to outline some specific campaigns and how we’re pressing for action on: The future of cycling in Bristol How can a Low Traffic Neighourhood approach solve many of Bristol’s issues? We present how we intend to work with the local authority to deliver high quality cycle routes which will benefit the city in the pandemic recovery period and long…

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Update: City Centre Cycle Network

Bristol Cycling (BCyc) have recently been engaging with Bristol City Council (BCC) officers about the city centre cycle network. A lot has happened in the last few years so now is a good time for an update on some recent and upcoming schemes: The Prince Street cycle track has been fully open for a few months, is very well used and is functioning pretty well. BCyc raised a few queries about some elements of the design and we hope that action will be taken on these where possible as well as lessons learned for future schemes. Minor snags aside, overall…

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Cycle lane plans for Prince Street

Travelwest have published their plans for a separated cycle lane along the length of Prince Street, from the Bridge (where work has already commenced) to Broad Quay. The plans show plenty of separation between bikes and cars, well above the recent standard of ‘shared space’ (that is, pavement cycling). Taking the cycle route inboard of the footway around Broad Quay could be questionable as design standards invariably say put pedestrians inboard of bikes, not next to motors. But it may be the bus stops or the many crossing movements here that have influenced this. Also the weak link in this…

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Bordeaux bridge reclaimed

Last summer a major bridge in France was opened up solely for walking, cycling and public transport when Bristol’s twin city of Bordeaux bravely experimented with keeping private motor vehicles off the historic Pont Pierre.

A report by our sister organisation in Bordeaux, Vélo-cité (Bike-City) tells a story with parallels to our own Prince Street Bridge, which has just reopened this summer after a two year restoration. During this time access was limited to walking and cycling (albeit walking with bikes). Is there anything we can take from their experience?

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Partial Win for Our Prince Street Bridge Campaign? [Updated with photos]

Update:   The covers are off and we can now see what the renovated bridge will be like when it opens in the next few weeks. Note that the southbound lane has the same narrow pavement as before. Northbound now has a cycleway and a footway, with a very slight height difference. It’s not clear if there will be further visual cues to separate the two. Judging by the following response to our Prince Street Bridge petition from the Mayor’s office, it seems our concerns have been listened to and a compromise has been reached for now. Read on and…

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Bristol Cycling present Prince St Bridge petition to City Council

Today Bristol Cycling presented the petition, signed by 585 individuals, calling on Bristol Council to make Prince St. Bridge a walking and cycling bridge. Given just a minute to speak, we highlighted the benefits of cycling and walking in the city and the need to escape the congestion and air pollution caused by motor traffic. We look forward to the Council’s formal written reply. During the same meeting several other members of the public also spoke and presented petitions on other issues from around the city. Interestingly a common theme connected them all. Every single one mentioned the need…

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Bristol Cycling talk to Made in Bristol TV and @mark_bradshaw about Prince St. bridge

On Monday 13th February Bristol Cycling member Sam Saunders spoke to Made in Bristol TV about the work taking place to restore Prince’s St. Bridge repairs. Standing by the MShed, in front of the temporary structure spanning the Grade II listed bridge, Sam reflected on the changes pointing out that the whole area has been much more agreeable, and attractive for tourism, while free of motor vehicles during the closure. The long running repairs have been taking place to tackle the corrosion that have afflicted the bridge which was built in 1879, and the resulting closure has prompted debate about how…

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Cycle plans around Prince Street include pedestrianisation

Good to see Bristol 24/7 keeping the issue of the future of Prince Street Bridge in the spotlight. Nothing new here however, beyond the consultation over the summer about the protected cycle route. Our view was that the proposed 3m wide two way route wasn’t wide enough, that it gave up at the centre, and that a wholly different and more sensible solution will be possible once it’s decided that people walking and cycling should have proper provision. Sign the petition here. Source: Bristol 24/7 – News and Features | News | Transport | Cycle plans around Prince Street…

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Could this Bristol city centre bridge shut [opened! – ed] for good? | West Country – ITV News

Our petition to keep Prince Street Bridge for walking and cycling has been getting media attention. We’re looking for people who can give an hour or two to help with leafleting. Get in touch if you can help.   A campaign’s been started to persuade Bristol City Council not to allow cars back on to an important bridge when it reopens after repairs.The crossing at Prince Street was replaced by a temporary footbridge this time last year – now a petition is calling for it to remain for cyclists and pedestrians only. Source: Could this Bristol city centre bridge…

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Come and plot for a Peaceful Prince St Bridge (tonight!)

We hope everyone’s enjoying the heat! Do come along to share your ideas and inspiration for how we can sort out Prince Street Bridge. We’re at Roll for the Soul at 5.45pm. Who thinks we should offer ice cream instead of coffee today? It’s been an exciting start to our quest. There’s been a tonne of support, and two news articles, even though the Council STILL hasn’t approved the petition. http://road.cc/…/197537-bristol-cyclists-call-princes-stree… http://www.bristol247.com/…/prince-street-bridge-bristol-no… Tonight we’d like to  – give everyone a chance to meet and say hi– have a brief introduction on…

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