- Thursday, 10 October 2019 14:16
Today, yet again, someone parked illegally on the Portway walking and cycling path. This time they blocked it – look at how much space this lorry took up!
Someone coming the other way told me they’d asked him to move because it wouldn’t safe to squeeze through the narrow gap. He had refused even though there was ample space for him to reverse into. He couldn’t care less that he was forcing them onto the road and into oncoming traffic. (And his attitude didn’t inspire trust that he would definitely look before manoeuvring.)
The majority of drivers use the clearly marked parking space with no difficulty. So DR & FA Ford, please ensure we can expect better from your drivers than this. If not we’ll have to carry on reporting them.
- Thursday, 28 March 2019 19:44
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
- Monday, 04 March 2019 20:11
So we know our new West of England Combined Authority (WECA), and our new metro Mayor, Conservative Tim Bowles, will soon be celebrating being two years old. What are they for? Well they currently have a Consultation on a plan for transport (called the JLTP) throughout the region up to 2036.
Wow an opportunity to make our streets safe and healthy for people and kids. Reduce motor dependency, clean up air quality and create green space; well may be not. The author of the JLTP probably spent their childhood playing Grand Theft Auto in a dark place, not messing about on a bike. Certainly there’s much more emphasis on Airliners and Motorway junctions than people and mobility.
Click here for the transport simulator
True, there’s something for everyone but it could have been so much more. Frankly it’s the sort of document which might have been written in the Sixties. That’s a missed opportunity when elsewhere Highway Authorities have entered the Twenty First Century with plans to restrict non essential car travel to enable access for essential vehicles. We’ve met with Officers, failing to get any commitments, but it is early days.
We must engage with the process. In the Bristol Transport Strategy consultation last year the main response was “cycling improvements” so thanks to everyone who supported us. Let’s see if we can do as well this time. The Consultation response is a Simulator which allows you to buy extra points (eg by supporting congestion charging) and then spend them. Please give maximum (5) points to the following two questions which are the nearest to calling for a comprehensive, safe cycle network;
- Create a comprehensive and safe network, so active travel is the preferred choice for shorter trips and for accessing public transport
- Reallocate highway space to public transport, walking and cycling, where appropriate
There are another three questions to which we would also give maximum points, to reduce motor dominance;
- Use mechanisms to reduce dependency on private car use in urban areas, e.g. charging, parking restrictions
- Restrict the most polluting vehicles from areas of poor air quality
- Improve road safety by designing for and imposing appropriate speed limits, improving driver behaviour and providing training for different road users
In the general comments at the end please call for a comprehensive, continuous cycle route network, separate from motors, including buses, and pedestrians. Thanks you for taking time to support our efforts by using this Simulator.
- Thursday, 28 February 2019 21:46
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.
- Friday, 14 September 2018 17:09
After intensive lobbying by cycling and walking groups the Government set up a legally binding Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS) in 2017. The aim is “to deliver better safety, better mobility, and better streets”. All local authorities are supposed to produce a Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP), setting out their long-term approach to developing local cycling and walking networks, ideally over a 10 year period. In particular this means:
- a network plan for walking and cycling which identifies preferred routes and core zones for further development
- a prioritised programme of infrastructure improvements for future investment
- a report which sets out the underlying analysis carried out and provides a narrative which supports the identified improvements and network
Here in Bristol we’re a long way ahead of many areas, and BCyC has blazed a trail with our Bristol Cycling Manifesto with its highly influential ‘tube map’. It will be no surprise that we’ve got a long list of priorities based on our detailed network plan, so we’ve had to work hard to distill these down to some specific routes that we want Bristol and South Gloucestershire to include in their first LCWIP (yes, Gloucester Rd is #1). [Cycle Bath have been doing the same with BaNES, see here, and we don’t think North Somerset are ready yet].
Here’s the BCyC submission, also copied below, LCWIP BCyC final13.8.18. Our Space for Cycling Forum of BCyC members will be closely involved in working with council officers as plans develop. We’ll see how far we get a meaningful plan with prioritised actions. Note that the LCWIP will form an action plan appendix to the Bristol Transport Strategy that is out for public consultation on 24th September 2018, watch this space for updates.
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