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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.

Cycling around Yate – the Spur and other routes

The new Yate Spur cycle path opened in April 2018 providing a shared use route between the Bristol and Bath railway path at Coxgrove Hill and Station Road, Yate. BCyC has been pressing for this for many years and it formed part of the Strategic Cycle Network we proposed in 2013 so it’s great to have it in place. Have you used it yet?

BCyC members have been active in the Yate Joint Cycleways Group which has been a strong advocate for the Spur, and for the other links and routes that Yate needs. There is a meeting of the JCG on Tuesday 17th July at Town Council Offices, Poole Court, Yate to plan for the next stage. Ideas and actions will be taken forward through the South Gloucestershire Cycle Forum. Our diary page has further details of this meeting as well other meetings and rides.

Here’s what the JCG works for:

The Joint Cycleways Group represents cycling interests in the parishes of Dodington, Yate, Sodbury and Westerleigh, Iron Acton and Pucklechurch. Its members are representatives of the local councils, local cycling organisations and local cyclists. Its regular meetings are attended by South Glos officers and it is recognised as the local body that proposes priorities for cycling strategy and cycling improvement schemes in the area. The JCG also deals with accessibility issues and joint use paths

Our neighbourhood plan for the area sets out our key ambitions South Glos – Rural: Almondsbury, Thornbury, Westerleigh, Yate

Chocolate Factory in Greenbank

Generator (Chocolate Factory) LLP has submitted a full planning application, under reference 15/06400/F to Bristol City Council for the redevelopment of the former Elizabeth Shaw Chocolate Factory in Greenbank. The details are on their website at http://www.chocolatefactorybristol.com/downloads.aspx.

  • 138 new homes, in a mix of houses and apartments
  • 142 new car parking spaces for residential and commercial uses
  • A new landscaped public open space, linking the wider Greenbank neighbourhood with the Bristol & Bath Railway Path
  • An independent retail/cafe unit
  • Flexible workshop units for creative enterprises
  • A refurbished building for community & commercial use

Bristol Cycling Campaign has submitted detailed a detailed response highlighting the lack of cycle parking and shortcomings in the travel plan.

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Third closure of Bristol Bath Railway Path

Some are calling it a conspiracy, but a third closure of a section of the massively popular Bristol Bath Cycle Path has been announced.

Unlike the first one at Staple Hill for tunnel repairs, this one will improve things for users.

Unlike the second one for resurfacing between Bitton and Saltford, there will be a signed diversion. [NEWSFLASH: “Alternative routes will be posted whilst maintenance work is carried out between Bitton & Saltford”]

This one is for an £80,000 improvement scheme to double the width of the narrowest section of the path from two metres to four metres on one of the busiest sections of the Bristol to Bath Cycle Path in Lawrence Hill. Work is due to start on Monday 20 April and is expected to be closed for about 10 weeks.

It’s going to be worth it as this section has always uncomfortable for all users with pedestrians and cyclists being forced to squeeze past each other in the narrow space.

Another section of Railway Path closed

[NEWSFLASH: “Alternative routes will be posted whilst maintenance work is carried out between Bitton & Saltford”]

SouthGloucestershire Council are going to close another large section of the Bristol Bath Railway Path for an extended period. Although this time there are clear benefits to cycling from the resurfacing between Saltford and Bitton Station, the announcement couldn’t have come at a worse time after the October closure of the path by the Teewell Hill bridge which is still not open.

We will be writing to the Council expressing our dismay at their repeated failure to recognise the importance of the Railway Path for cycling. We welcome the planned improvements, but it is inconceivable that work closing a major commuting road would have no arrangements for acceptable diversions and that ‘motorists will need to find their own way around the works’

Here is the announcement from South Gloucester Council:

We now have confirmed details of the forthcoming Railway path closure.

Between the 26th May and 19th June 2015  the Bristol / Bath Cycle path will be temporarily closed to undertake resurfacing works.

The proposed closure will be from the old railway station at Bitton southwards towards the boundary with BANES (you will need to leave/join the railway path at Saltford). Unfortunately there  is no formal diversion route to follow, so cyclists will need to find their own way between Saltford and Bitton Station.

Advance warning signs with the dates of the closure will be erected on site approximately 1 month prior to the commencement of the works.

The surface of the existing cycle path is deteriorating quite badly in places. The proposed resurfacing will provide a nice smooth surface to cycle on and also reduce the requirement for regular maintenance.

Thanks to those attending the last cycle forum meeting [including BCyC], who fed back the importance of keeping the path open over the Bank Holiday weekend, you will note that this has been accounted for, as the closure will commence the day after Bank Holiday Monday. 

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