Don’t Blow it Bristol!

#DontBlowItBristol We’re at risk of losing Bristol’s new sustainable infrastructure of expanded pavements, cycle lanes and other road changes was brought in to help in the fight against Covid-19. The new infrastructure has given a boost to vulnerable groups allowing people to socially distance, get cleaner air and feel safer when they are out and about. But lobby groups who want cars to dominate our city are pushing councillors to reverse these decisions. Pressure from such groups has already had an effect in other parts of the country, we can’t…

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More funding for cycling measures in Bristol

Today, the government made its long-awaited funding announcement for tranche 2 of the Emergency Active Travel Fund. The first tranche was a relatively small amount of money for Bristol, thanks to the formula used by the government, which prioritised areas with high public transport usage. Nevertheless, this first round of funding delivered the “pop up” cycle lanes on Park Row, Lewins Mead, Mina Road, Counterslip & Clifton Triangle, as well as extra pavement space for pedestrians to enable social distancing. In tranche 2, the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) has been given its full allocation…

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Gear Change and LTN 1/20 – the start of a cycling revolution, or another false dawn?

Months, years and sometimes decades go by with only warm words and crumbs from Government on cycling. We’ve had false dawns before but on July 28 the government published two potentially revolutionary documents for cycling: Gear change: a bold vision for cycling and walking, and the less snappily titled LTN 1/20 Cycle infrastructure design. Showing commitment based on what has worked in London, in the foreword to Gear Change Boris Johnson says about cycling: It doesn’t just make you happier. It doesn’t just make you healthier. It helps millions of others too, whether or not they have any…

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A City for People

The centre of Bristol is changing with pedestrianisation schemes being implemented in the Old City, on Bristol Bridge, and on King Street among others. Bikes, certain deliveries, and on Bristol Bridge, buses and taxis, are allowed through but not, in general, private vehicles. We can all now look forward to improved air quality, safer walking and cycling routes, better public transport, and more space to enjoy our city centre! These schemes are being paid for by the first “tranche” of Covid-19 related emergency funding from the Department for Transport. Some “pop up ” cycle lanes, also predominantly…

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What Covid Cycling Provision do you want?

The Government has made funding available to Bristol City Council to install cycling infrastructure during the current pandemic. As we emerge from lockdown in a socially distanced manner public transport is hazardous (tragically fatal for some) and we can’t all drive everywhere without gridlock and further health crises of deadly air and obesity, both increasing Covid risk. So official advice is to take to our bikes and feet (yay!). The Council has an interactive map on which you can tell them what changes you want and where in Bristol. This replaces…

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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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COVID-19 Temporary Measures Southville and Bedminster

As we emerge from the Covid-19 lockdown, we’ve been in detailed discussion with local councillors in a number of areas of the city about what can be done quickly to enable walking and cycling. Here’s our proposals from 17th May for Southville and Bedminster (Southville & Bedminster Temporary Covid Measures). We’re pleased to see some of them underway. We’ve got a map where you can Suggest a change for your area, or support existing ideas. Make sure you let your councillors know you want change using Useful Information for Neighbourhood Campaigns. This document provides a short list of…

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Proposals for Centre to Hicks Gate via St Philip’s Marsh & Bath Rd (LCWIP Bristol Route 1)

There are 12 radial cycle routes proposed for significant investment in the West of England Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan, published in January 2020. This is the only game in town at the moment for cycling improvements, although there’s no funding or timescale as yet. We put in a detailed response to the 127 page document, but both plan and response are quite hefty. We’re going to break it down into more digestible chunks over the next few weeks, focussing on one of the proposed routes at a time. It’s really important to add your comments and…

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Let’s have safer streets during Covid-19

If you’ve been out during the Covid Lockdown you’ll have noticed that the proportion of folk cycling and walking compared to driving has rocketed. In some places it’s difficult to maintain social distance, while in others a small number of drivers are racing at intimidating speeds on the roads. In many cities and towns around the world quick, innovative but temporary measures are being used to make streets safe and comfortable for key workers and those shopping for essentials or exercising. This is particularly valuable for many key workers who can not afford private cars but…

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