- Sunday, 03 February 2019 16:40
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 it’s a good example of high-quality, segregated infrastructure and demonstrates that if you ’build it and they will come’.
Prince Street now links to a new segment of track on Wapping Road. Unfortunately the ongoing development of Wapping Wharf means that the track is currently not continuous over the junctions. We have been assured by officers that, on completion of the next phase, the gaps in the track will be filled in to creat a continuous segregated route from the Louisiana pub to the Centre. We will be keeping an eye on this and definitely holding BCC to their word.
A scheme for redesigning Redcliffe Way is currently being developed by officers at BCC. Cycling officers, backed by us, are pushing for a fully segregated cycle track to link to the existing one on the Redcliffe Bascule Bridge. This would be a much-improved connection between Bristol Temple Meads and the Centre at Broad Quay.
Officers have also been proceeding with developing proposals for a segregated cycle track over the Old Market underpass that will link into the Castle Park-Baldwin Street route and we hope to see action on this in 2019.
We also discussed the potential for a segregated cycle track along Victoria Street. This is part of BCC’s Draft City Centre Framework and there is certainly adequate width to achieve this. Victoria Street is an important link between the city centre and the Temple Meads transport hub and could be a really useful cycle route.
There is still a lot to do and there are still major barriers to cycling into the city centre and these will require extensive and expensive work to remedy. However things are certainly on the up for cycling in Bristol city centre and we are now at a stage where some of the investment in segregated tracks is starting to pay off as sections become whole routes and therefore the beginnings of a usable cycle network.
- Wednesday, 25 October 2017 14:06
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 design is the section north of Prince Street along Broad Quay. The cyclist either cuts across an extremely busy pedestrian ‘shared space’ area towards Park Street, or continues along Broad Quay to end up at Baldwin Street. It doesn’t make sense why a segregated path could not be continued through this space to link Park Street with this route as well as the new route from Baldwin Street.
Detailed plans can be found here.
For now we are assuming this will now go ahead, though do let us know what you think, as it’s not too late to influence some of the detail in the plans.. Please leave a comment, send an email or come along to one of our Space for Cycling forums.
- Tuesday, 24 October 2017 20:37
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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- Monday, 01 May 2017 23:05
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 let us know what you think by logging in here or commenting on Facebook.
Reply from: Marvin Rees
Telephone: 0117 922 2420
Date: 25 April 2017
Full Council Petition: Make Prince St Bridge a cycling and walking bridge
Petition organiser: Adam Semenenko
Prince Street Bridge is one of the few direct and flat routes across the floating harbour so it is important to use this route in the best possible way. The bridge has two carriageways, which do not give enough room for three transport modes: people in cars; pedestrians, including people on foot or using wheelchairs or mobility scooters, and; people on bicycles. The bridge carries high volumes of people walking and cycling, and making them share one carriageway does not work well – both modes need their own segregated route with adequate width.
Number of signatures: 585
Dear Mr Semenenko,
Thank you for your petition regarding Prince St Bridge.
I have previously committed to reopening Prince St Bridge to traffic to ease the pressure on the traffic network. This is important at the current time due to the number of major schemes taking place and about to take place across the central area.
There are two key schemes due to start shortly in the area that we expect to have further impacts on traffic flows in the area – Temple Circus redesign and Prince St cycle route. Both of these schemes will deliver improved pedestrian and cycling routes in the area but both schemes are also likely to have some degree of impact on existing uses, particularly Temple Circus.
Congestion in the central area has knock on effects across the city, generating high levels of air pollution, blocking other routes and causing long delays to bus routes. We are also conscious of the need to provide good facilities for pedestrians and cyclists, particularly while these works are ongoing.
We are therefore proposing to reopen the bridge to southbound traffic only, maintaining the northbound closure, while these works are ongoing. This will enable additional capacity for traffic to exit the central area while Temple Circus works are taking place and impacting the network and also facilitate the construction of the Prince St cycle route scheme. Making the bridge southbound only will also provide benefits to southbound cyclists who will be able to use the southbound side of the bridge with no delays (as was previously the case when traffic signals were in place) and without the fear of having to contend with traffic coming the other way. This in turn will reduce the pressure on the mixed pedestrian/cycle side of the bridge.
We will monitor traffic, pedestrian and cycle flows during this period. The long term use of the bridge will be reviewed following completion of these works.
Mayor of Bristol
- Tuesday, 14 March 2017 20:46
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 to improve the city environment for the benefit of people: to help people get around, to exercise, and to escape congestion & air pollution.
It should be clear to the Council the importance of taking urgent action and how much of a difference supporting walking and cycling can make to the people of Bristol – right now.
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