Tag Archives: South Glos Cycle Forum

A38 to Little Stoke Park Patchway Link – multi use path

South Glos Council has been awarded funds by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) to investigate improvements to the connectivity between the A38, the old airfield site and Patchway. The consultation is here and was discussed at the South Glos Cycle forum meeting.  They state that “The route will provide a quiet alternative and connects into the cycle network east of the Railway in Little Stoke Park. It will also provide a link for pedestrians and cyclists allowing them to avoid Gypsy Patch Lane.”

We’ve done a consultation response, A38 to Little Stoke Park Patchway Link Feb 2019, and as follows:

I am responding both as a local resident and as a representative of Bristol Cycling Campaign. I strongly support the creation of this route and expect to use the route myself several times a week if it is built.

On several occasions, I have observed school children (presumably cycling home from school) struggling to lift their bikes over the two kissing gates at the entrances to Rolls Royce’s field. I assume that these gates will be removed as part of this scheme, and it is essential that they are removed.

Similarly the steps on the railway bridge need to be eliminated, as do the barriers in the A38 subway which are a safety hazard in poor light (risk of cyclists noticing them too late and colliding with them).

We would very much prefer that the proposed motorcycle barriers are not included in the scheme. If for some reason they are retained, then a design should be chosen which minimises inconvenience to cyclists, e.g. a retractable design which is only brought into operation at times when there is in fact a problem with motorcycles.

The width of the short footpath between Redfield Road and Rolls Royce’s field is very much less-than-ideal for a cycle route. We understand that in the short-term this is the only route available and therefore we support its use as an interim route. However we urge the council to continue to strive to secure a better route. A route around the perimeter of the Rolls Royce works would be both more direct and enable a wider path to be provided.

Consideration should be given to providing a ramp from the west-end of the railway bridge to the west-bound platform of Patchway Station. This would greatly improve accessible access to the station from Patchway and Charlton Hayes and hence encourage more use of sustainable transport.

The proposed route is useful in its own right, especially as a diversionary route during the proposed closure of Gypsy Patch Lane, and obviously it needs to be available for use before the closures begin. However the route is needed even more as part of an “aspirational major route” between Bradley Stoke Town Centre and Cribbs Causeway – as set out in the South Glos Cycling Strategy: http://www.southglos.gov.uk/documents/01-SG-Network-Map.pdf

We look forward to progress being made with the rest of the route, including:

– Provision of a segregated cycleway on the heavily-trafficked central section of Savages Wood Road (between Brook Way and Bradley Stoke Way). Parking will need to be eliminated to make space for this. There are too many pedestrians for a shared-use path to work well here.

– Modification (or preferably removal) of the unnecessarily restrictive barriers on the existing short cycle path at the west end of Savages Wood Road. There is certainly no need for two sets of barriers a few metres from each other as at present. No feedback report has yet been provided on the 2015 consultation on this short cycle path:https://consultations.southglos.gov.uk/consult.ti/T429_577_01_SharedUsePath

– Sign-posting and some minor improvements of routes through Little Stoke and Charlton Hayes.

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

South Gloucestershire Cycle Forum meeting Nov 2017

The next South Glos Cycle forum meeting will be held on Tuesday 28th November at 6pm. The venue will be the Filton 20, new Filton house building, address below:
New Filton House
Golf Course lane
BS34 7QS
There is cycle parking and visitor car parking available outside the building.

Here are the minutes from the September meeting Cycle Forum Minutes-sept 17

South Glos Cycle Forum at UWE on 14th March 2017

Do please make an effort to attend the South Gloucestershire Cycle Forum if you can. It’s important that there is representation from a wide range of people and groups. Those choosing to cycle in South Glos can often feel like poor relations in one of the most congested and car dominated areas of the city. We need to work even harder to get our voices heard, and to speak for the 2/3 of Bristolians who feel the roads are not safe for cycling.

However there are of course some well signed quietway routes, and welcome representation from the largest businesses and employers in the North Fringe through the excellent North Bristol SusCom, who produced this infographic Congestion: Now & The Future.

The next South Gloucestershire Cycle Forum meeting is to be held on Tuesday 14th March (6pm), hosted by the University of the West of England, at their Frenchay Campus. Items on the Agenda include the forthcoming works on Bromley Heath Viaduct, and updates on South Gloucestershire’s work to encourage sustainable travel through the Sustainable Transport Transition Year and Access Fund programmes, as well as an opportunity to speak about cycling issues during our open forum session. See attached agenda, together with minutes of the last meeting.

The meeting will be in Northavon house on the UWE campus, directions can be found in the link below. Secure cycle parking will be available in their cycle hub, and those driving can park without charge in Carpark 2 or 3.

South Gloucestershire Cycle Forum – November meeting

The November Meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday 19 November 2014

Meets every 2 months.

They take place between 6.00pm and 8.00pm at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre (the crèche).

Further information on Forums under our Get Involved menu.

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