In October 2014 a mixed group of activists, officers and just plain interested folk from Bristol spent 3 days on a study tour with David Hembrow. We were there to learn what makes cycling in the Netherlands such a natural part of life for everyone.
Here are some thoughts of lessons for Bristol Cycling Campaign.
Learning Lessons from BCyC Dutch Study Tour 2014
1. Do it again
2. Work to build political support and willingness to invest
3. Classifying the road network is a necessary first step to identifying what needs doing: Through, Distributor, Residential/Retail
4. We need ‘Triple A’ Infrastructure – All Ages and Abilities. This means one network for all
5. Unravel the three networks. Walking, vehicles and cycling
6. Campaign for the first Bristol simultaneous green junction
7. Campaign for the first Bristol annular roundabout
8. Campaign for the first Bristol extensive segregated route with priority over side roads (we’re close but not there yet)
9. Campaign for ‘Except Cyclists’ on every suitable no entry and one way street
10. Get the idea of Sustainable Safety embedded in thinking (Road Danger Reduction)
11. Find a way to enable all modes of transport to feel that they benefit
These are excellent summary videos and blogs from other tours:
Also interesting is this report from a Bristol consultancy about their study tour to Copenhagen in 2014.