Tag Archives: Protected Space

Call for inclusive infrastructure

Fantastic article by Zoe Banks Gross on why we need to continue campaigning for a better environment for cycling, if we want to see greater quantities and diversity of people cycling in Bristol: https://betterbybike.info/news/seeing-women-cycling-bristol-theres-still-long-way-go.

Cycling is for everyone, and even though we are seeing more women cycling in Bristol, and more than in the other Bike Life cities, we still have a long way to go for cycling to be an easy choice for everyone. Bristol urgently needs better infrastructure to make it simpler and safer for all types of people on cycles, whether they are passengers in a cargo bike, parents with panniers full of groceries, or those on specially adapted tricycles.

Can we also encourage everyone to pause, read and share this important article by @Sandi_Dheensa What it’s like cycling as a woman of colour. This explains why the key issue for cycle campaigning in Bristol is enabling everyday cycle use for women, BAME, children and all abilities. A city that works for these groups works for everyone.

BAME people are a disproportionately small percentage of those who cycle. […] But what happens when we do venture into the cycling world? From my own (albeit novice and still wobbly) experience, I worry that as well as the ubiquitous hazards of careless drivers and meagre cycle lanes, women of colour are vulnerable to verbal abuse, beyond levels that white people, men, and of course, white men, are likely to experience.

It goes without saying that changing prejudiced attitudes to women of colour and cyclists, never mind women of colour who cycle, is a difficult feat. So what can we do?

For one, we can put pressure on authority figures to improve infrastructure. About women of colour, Zoe says, “if you build it, they will come”. But in his State of the City address this month, Bristol mayor Marvin Rees made no mention of cycling infrastructure, instead talking about his controversial £2.5 billion mass-transit system project. I hope that he pays attention to voices like Zoe’s, who argues that “giving space back to people would help make getting around the city easier and friendlier.”  She continued, “if we’re walking or cycling, it’s so much easier to engage and interact with people. That’s what we need more of right now in these difficult times we’re living in.” I wholeheartedly agree.

A Modest Proposal #7: Temple Way cycle route

In Aug 2017 we submitted this modest proposal for Temple Way to address the missing link on this important route across the entrance to Temple Meads Station. We don’t feel the provision for walking and cycling on the redesigned Temple Meads / Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone are anywhere near adequate (Temple Greenways consultation).

The short response from the programme manager was “The idea you have put forward was considered in the design process for the Temple Circus scheme but we have chosen alternatives routes to improve for cyclists.”

The longer version went:

Works to the Temple Circus gyratory, Temple Gate and Bath Bridges are underway and are due for completion by Autumn 2018. More information on the works, including plans, can be found on the BTQEZ website. Included in the Temple Circus scheme are significant improvements to cycle routes through the area, including, wherever possible, segregated cycle routes on the key desire lines. We have also sought to future proof the scheme as much as possible in terms of supporting and connecting to the redevelopment of Temple Meads Station. As indicated in the Spatial Framework for the Enterprise Zone (also available on the BTQEZ website), there is opportunity for significantly improved and increased cycle parking for the station to be provided on the north side adjacent to an improved northern entrance. This then changes the routes by which cyclists will approach the station.

Here’s our proposal text:

Temple Way currently carries some 1,700 cycle movements per day between Temple Circus and Station Approach. However, conditions for the large numbers of cycle journeys between Temple Meads and south Bristol are far less satisfactory. Bristol Cycling have identi ed how a modest investment could make a major di erence to all those wishing to cycle to the Temple Meads / Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone area from the south.

A missing piece of key infrastructure

The short distance between the Temple Way – Station Approach junction and Bath Bridges. Currently the area has benefitted from a series of new cycle infrastructure, including:

  • Clarence Rd cycleway – linking Bath Bridges with Redcli e roundabout
  • Cattle Market Rd – new Cycling Ambition Fund segregated path unlocking part of TQEZ earmarked for development by the University of Bristol
  • Brunel Mile – walking and cycling route linking Temple Circus with Queen Square
  • Existing shared paths linking
    Temple Circus with the Temple Way – Station Approach junction.

Existing conditions

Despite the large number of cycle journeys on Temple Way, there are currently no continuous cycle facilities linking Temple Meads with Bath Bridges gyratory. Existing conditions are unpleasant, with a six lane dual carriageway separating the western from the eastern sides of Temple Way. On the eastern side, many instances of cyclists on the pavement can be observed, interfering with pedestrians and bus passengers which indicates the perceived danger. Many of these southbound cyclists then face a three or four stage crossing to reach the protected cycleway on Clarence Road – a highly inconvenient arrangement.


A fully segregated cycleway is proposed for this section by taking advantage of the following factors:

  • Need to create protected cycleway
  • Need to avoid conflicts with pedestrians
  • Opportunity of ‘dead’ space within the grass/paved strip and central reservation
  • Opportunity due to no right turn into Temple Way – to create ‘with ow’ arrangements for cycles

The proposal is illustrated on the following diagram:


The proposal is entirely consistent with the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone Sustainable Mobility Plan which notes:

  • Key weaknesses: “Car dominated road layout creates major physical barriers and a oor environment for walking and cycling”; Good connections by bike from north and west but not south and east – this proposal directly addresses the main desire line on the eastern side of Temple Way
  • “Segregated cycle lanes where feasible” score highly in SUMP sense check – this proposal is for segregated lanes free from the issues which occur with shared space. Recently pedestrian barriers have been introduced on Friary shared space due to con icts between pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles.

University of Bristol

The University of Bristol Temple Quay Masterplan is ideally located to take advantage of this proposal, providing direct access to the site from Cattle Market Road towards the city centre via Victoria Street

Summary Points

The following points illustrate the advantages of the proposal:

  • Provides a continuous cycle-only route, removing con icts with pedestrians
  • No impact on signal timings at Station Approach junction – separate signal head for cycles linked to the Temple Way ows. Alternative of signalised crossing at the Bath Rd exit onto Temple Way would likely create greater delays to tra c
  • No impact on Bath Bridges signals – crossing from Temple Way to the central island with ow
  • Can be joined by cyclists existing Station Approach either northbound or southbound
  • Easy access for crossing to Cattle Market Road at existing signals
  • Reduces one crossing stage for cycles from Temple Circus to Clarence Road

The following engineering constraint is noted:

  • May require lane narrowing or reduction from 3 lanes to 2 on northbound Temple Way near Victoria House in order to accommodate 3m two-way cycleway; however this is not considered a major constraint in terms of impact on tra c ow – the main constraint on tra c capacity appears to be the existing (soon to be remodelled) junction of Temple Way with Redcli e Way.

Britain’s forgotten 1930s protected cycleways

Cycle lane in Dorking, 1930s

Did you know that in the 1930s, the Ministry of Transport commissioned the building of protected cycleways?

We’ve heard about an exciting Kickstarter project from Carlton Reid and John Dales. Ultimately they want to revive Britain’s long-lost 1930s cycleways. These lanes cover 280 miles of safe cycling space but currently they are hidden from sight.

A small team will trawl the archives and evaluate these schemes. Then they will approach local and national authorities with plans for meshing the 1930s cycleways with their modern equivalents. If they exceed the initial target they will be able to research a greater number of schemes and push for grants to enable rescue work to take place.

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Filwood Quietway St John’s Lane & Wedmore Vale Consultation – our response

The Filwood Quietway is proposed to link the south of the city with the centre. It is one of the main elements of the £19m Cycling Ambition Fund to upgrade walking and cycling routes across the city. There are four sections, with different characteristics, and different processes for consultation and planning: Whitehouse Street, Victoria Park, St John’s Lane and Wedmore Vale, and the Northern Slopes. The Filwood Quietway section of the TravelWest website has a lot of background and detail. The Victoria Park proposals were withdrawn ‘for further consultation’ in January 2017. We have submitted a response to the proposal for Wedmore Vale and St John’s Lane.

Our full response is here: BCyC.Consults.Wed.Vale.ND.13.2.17

Our overall position on this consultation is: Support with qualifications

Bristol Cycling Campaign believes that every Bristolian, whatever their age or ability, deserves safe and inviting space for cycling on all Bristol’s streets. This should never be to the detriment of walking. We welcome the ambitious target in the council’s Bristol Cycle Strategy for 20% of trips to work by bike by 2020. We have the following general comments on this consultation drawing on the Bristol Cycling Manifesto, and the Making Space for Cycling guide for street renewals which set out how to achieve Space for Cycling:

Space for Cycling Does this measure deliver 1) Protected space on main roads; 2) Remove through motor traffic; 3) Safe routes to school; 4) Cycle friendly town centres; 5) Cycle routes in green spaces; 6) 20mph speed limits?

Green – overall benefit

Road Danger Reduction Does this measure seek a genuine reduction in danger for all road users by identifying and controlling the principal sources of threat?

Green – overall benefit

Triple A Quality Will this measure be attractive to all ages and abilities using all kinds of cycles? This means ‘Triple A’ quality for All Ages and Abilities Green – overall benefit
Strategic Cycling Network How does this measure contribute to the development of a planned, integrated and coherent strategic cycle network? Green – overall benefit
Cycle-proofing How far does this measure provide for Triple A Space for Cycling in the future? Green – overall benefit

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How to campaign for Space for Cycling? Bristol workshop 10th Dec

Cycling UK and the Bristol Cycling Campaign are excited to host a Space for Cycling workshop in Bristol.

The aim of the event is to engage with local campaign groups, council members and the wider public in the West of England, to share expertise and ideas, to network and to gear up for the next stage in the Space for Cycling campaign!

Date: 10 December 2016
Cost: Donation or free

Register your interest here

The day will consist of a series of workshops, below is the day’s agenda:

10:00-10:30 Registration/Networking
10:30-11:00 Opening plenary
11:00-13:00 Workshop 1: Creating a ‘Tube map‘ network of cycle-friendly routes – using the Propensity to Cycle Tool and Google Drawing 
Workshop 2: Forming/Running a Campaign + intro to online webtools
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-14-55 Workshop 3: Cyclescape – what is it and how can you use it?
Workshop 4: National political context and lobbying your local authority – a chance to ask your Councillors what works!
14:55-15:00 Tea break/find rooms
15:00-15:55 Workshop 5: Infrastructure safari/auditing using the Cycle Environment Assessment Tool
Workshop 6: Local campaigning stories – experiences from Bristol
Workshop 7: Battling ‘bikelash’ – media strategy
15:55-16:00 Tea break/find rooms
16:00-16:30 End plenary

Venue: St James Priory

Time: Please arrive at 10:00 for a 10:30 start.  Event will end at 16:30.

Register your interest here

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