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A Bristol Cycling podcast: Old Market Roundabout

cycle route at Old Market roundabout

The first podcast in an occasional series. This one is very short and to the point!

When we heard that there was development at Old Market we asked Bristol City Council for a Dutch-style roundabout. We knew it was a big ask – it was probably too ambitious, this time – but what opened today is an improvement on what was there before. We just have to keep on asking…

The traffic was particularly loud today, apologies for the sound quality in parts.

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

The start of cycle campaigning in Bristol, lessons for today?

It’s well worth settling down with the hot beverage of your choice and letting the estimable John Grimshaw tell you about the start of cycle campaigning in Bristol, and we venture, in the UK.

He describes the striking series of demonstrations and actions that started in 1974 and lead to the Bristol Bath Railway Path in 1978, spawning Sustrans (1983) and the predecessor of Bristol Cycling Campaign, CycleBag (1977), on the way.

While you’re listening you might wish to browse the first Bristol cycling strategy, 1974 Cycling in Bristol from John Grimshaw. The maps are hard to make out but the links to our 2013 Bristol Cycling Strategy are clear.

Space for Cycling Update: April 2019

Roadsign -'No overtaking cycists through works'

Silverthorne Lane and St Philips Marsh

We have recently met developers and consultants about the Silverthorne Lane site and St Philip’s Marsh respectively, part of Temple Quarter. These are likely to be some of the largest re-development sites in Bristol in the coming years and are in close proximity to Temple Island and the University of Bristol Temple Meads site. There is an opportunity to build cycling in at the outset and we will be working to ensure that our voice is heard at an early stage in the process.

A4018 Consultation

The initial proposals put to consultation in January were extremely poor for cycling with very little provision along a corridor that currently has few existing safe cycling routes (Safe Cycling in NW Bristol ? Yes please). We have actively engaged with officers, councilors and local schools to put forward alternative cycling improvements that would form a continuous routes to and from the north west of Bristol to the city centre. We understand a redesign is underway following consultation and we hope for some meaningful improvements to the scheme.

Muller Road

The recent proposal for increased bus priority along Muller Road has also neglected cycling. We are currently drawing up our consultation response and we hope to achieve some improvements. The priority will be improving the crossing of Muller Road by the Concord Way at Petherbridge Way:

https://bristol.citizenspace.com/growth-regeneration/muller-road-transport-improvements/

Redcliffe Way

We have had advanced sight of a proposal for a segregated cycle track along Redcliffe Way as part of a scheme to remodel the Redcliffe Hill/Way Roundabout and potential development on the existing car park. The scheme is due to go to consultation in the coming weeks or months when we will have an opportunity review the details, but in principle it seems to be another useful connection in the city centre cycling network and will improve the connections between Temple Mead, the city centre and employment sites along Redcliffe Way.

LCWIP

The Local Cycling and Walking and Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) continues to progress and officers are currently auditing the cycling routes to identify the improvements required and prioritise them for future funding. We understand that of the Local Authorities developing LCWIPs, Bristol is the most advanced which will put Bristol in a good position to bid for future funding to construct the schemes.

University of Bristol

We have recently met with representatives from the University of Bristol to discuss how cycling infrastructure could be improved around their existing sites and also their new campus at Temple Meads. Initial conversations have been constructive so we hope we can work to improve provision for their students, staff and other residents in these areas.

Safe Cycling in NW Bristol ? Yes please

Want to cycle from Clifton to Henbury along a safe segregated cycle route? No we’re not joking; we don’t mean messy, sub standard national cycle route 4 but a new route along Westbury Rd, Falcondale Rd and Passage Rd, protected from motors. There is currently a consultation on new bus lanes on the A4018, which don’t seem popular locally. It’s not ambitious on cycling either; a new route on the Downs and, perhaps, traffic reduction in Westbury Village. Our meetings with Council Officers suggest, however, they’re seriously interested in a AAA (all ages and abilities) cycle route so may be something good can come of it.

 

But it’s early days. You can help; we have to get support. If you want your kids to cycle to school in North West Bristol or just fewer monster SUVs on the school run. Or you want some of the thousands of people who’ll live in the new homes to be built on Filton Airfield to travel to work in Bristol by bike, not by car. Or you just want to cycle around Westbury safely. Or you think, like most Bristolians, more cycling is good for our city, our health and the air we breath. In all these cases please complete the A4018 Consultation

Most of the questions concern buses and cars, people will have their own views on those, but three are important for cycling so feel free to adopt our answers;

Qu 4 (Cycle path on Downs beside Westbury Road ) Strongly agree – Comment “Please ensure the Path is segregated rather than shared use”

Qu 6 (Westbury Village) Please strongly support the reductions in rat running and restrictions on motor traffic.

Qu 8 (Cycling Improvements) – Comment “Please install a continuous cycle route, along Passage Road, Falcondale Road and Westbury Road. The route should be segregated, from cars, buses, and pedestrians wherever possible and shared use otherwise. Please also improve Parrys Lane.”

Our full response for those interested in the detail.

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