Tag Archives: Space for Cycling

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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Victoria Park – say no to Project Fear

The planning application for the Victoria Park walking and cycling improvements closes tonight, Weds 11th Jan, but comments are still being accepted. We state again, this is good scheme utterly in keeping with everything that Victoria Park, and all other Bristol parks needs to have in a Cycling City (here’s a summary).

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Thanks to all who’ve voiced their support we’ve now got a more balanced position to the fear of change being pushed by objectors. But objectors still outnumber supporters. It’s not a referendum or vote but the numbers do matter. The application has been ‘called in’ by councillors for consideration by a planning committee. This will be real test for how far Bristol can be said to be ambitious for cycling. Use this link to send them an email saying you’re in favour. We’ve done most of the work but you should include your name and address and personal comments before sending.

Email the Councillors & MP [add your name and comment]

The issue seems to come down to whether you consider the status quo to be acceptable, or even pleasant. Our position is that the current position in Bristol is intolerable. People are suffering degraded lives through inactivity, poor air quality, traffic dangers and lack of access to green spaces. The hugely positive role that can can be played by cycling is impossible when two thirds of people won’t even consider riding a bike due to fear of traffic. To say ‘I cycle and it’s no problem for me’ is just not good enough.

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Joint Spatial Plan and Transport Study Consultation – have your say

Update  West of England Joint Transport Study Consultation Nov 2016 – our response

Will Greater Bristol ever become a true Cycling City? The Joint Spatial Plan sets out how to build 85,000 new houses and the modern transport links for a growing region over the next 20 years. It’s out for consultation until 19th December but even Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees is calling for more ambition.

Overall we feel not much has changed since our initial response in January Joint Spatial Plan and Joint Transport Study – our response. We encourage everyone to respond to the sensible questions in the consultation and to read the Transport Vision Summary Document. Some points we picked up:

  • current mode share of cars is 55% but needs to fall to 43% just to keep congestion at current level.
  • The study makes use of an  iconic image that says it all really.
  • Distance is critical for walking & cycling. Quality is next. Unless the Spatial Plan reduces the need for longer commutes it will be impossible for large numbers to make healthy & sustainable transport choices.
  • Total investment of £7.5 billion Transport Vision for delivery over the next twenty years, £0.4 billion for walking/cycling.
  • Proposal for ‘more strategic  cycling and walking corridors with better infrastructure’ is welcome but only by taking a whole carriageway corridor approach will change be possible.
  • There is a promising statement that ‘diversion of through traffic movements frees up highway space for sustainable transport modes’
  • Overall it appears that there is a projected increase in active travel modes by only 6% over the whole period. We consider this to be hopelessly inadequate to the scale of the health challenge we face.

There is a consultation video and some Frequently Asked Questions which provide more information and an overview of the issues. These are the main questions in the consultation:

  • The level of ambition in the Transport Vision, is it about right, too ambitious or not ambitious enough?
  • Whether the balance between different transport modes is right? Is there too much emphasis on public transport and cycling, or not enough?
  • How best to manage traffic? How radical should we be in our treatment of `through’ traffic?
  • What our options are to raise funds to deliver the Transport Vision?
  • What infrastructure should be provided to support the emerging development locations: schools, libraries, utilities (including broadband) and transport?

There’s a lot of good information on current levels of cycling in the 2015 report Bike Life – Taking the pulse of bike life in Bristol.

At the same time you should also respond to the Bristol Council Corporate Strategy consultation 2017-2022 – good for cycling?.

This graph shows the travel modes that a sensible transport policy would enable people to choose. At present our view is that it’s the hostility of the cycling environment that means this mode above all others is vastly underused.



There is a transport and infrastructure workshop on Wednesday 7 December 10.30am-12.30pm at MShed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN. You will need to register your free place.


There will be further discussion on the Bristol Cycling Campaign response to this consultation at the December meeting of our Infrastructure Forum on Thursday 8th Dec, see our  Diary page.

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

Help to shape Bristol’s cycle network

We are very pleased to see the publication of a draft cycle network map for Bristol (excluding South Gloucestershire). One of our main critiques of the Bristol Cycle Strategy published earlier this year was the absence of any delivery plan or sense of where things needed to be done, other than inclusion of the Top Tube map from our Bristol Cycling Manifesto.

This is real progress and represents a lot of work by knowledgeable people within the Council. Now it’s down to us and all those who ride the streets of our cycling city to challenge the assumptions, knock off the rough edges and fill in the gaps.

We’ll be working through the detail of how it delivers our vision of the Bristol Cycling Network, and then the emerging range of links and improvements that we’re capturing on our Neighbourhoods pages of local plans.

All this will be feeding in to our Space for Cycling campaign that will be setting out what every councillor needs to deliver in their ward, and what the Mayor must do following the elections in May 2016.

You can contribute directly to the council through a short survey, but if you do this through us we’ll make sure your suggestions become part of our campaigns.

Bristol Council list the aim of the network map is to:

  1. Ensure BCC have a vision in place to help work towards it
  2. Enable the public and local Neighbourhood Partnerships to help to shape the network – BCC recognise that this is only the first version and aims to work collaboratively to develop the vision in the medium term
  3. Help BCC prioritise its investment now and over the next 20 years to continue to achieve success
  4. Guide developers and other planners to enable them to help develop the network
  5. Guide BCC decision making in maintaining and upgrading the highway network.

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