Campaign Responds to Clarence Road Consultation


The deadline for the Clarence Road scheme officially closed on Sunday 25 August, however the Cycling Campaign managed to submit its response just in the nick of time:








Nick Pates

Highways and Traffic

Wilder House 

Public Consultation – proposed cycle facility Clarence Road

26 August 2013


Dear Nick

Bristol Cycling Campaign is generally supportive of the proposed Clarence Road cycle facility and we thank you for the meetings that you arranged to allow discussion of the proposal.

We are glad to see that an attempt is being made to introduce a ‘Dutch-style’ segregated cycleway suitable for ages ‘8 to 80’ and that space is being reallocated from the highway and we trust that this will now be the norm for cycling schemes in Bristol.

We have a few concerns as follows:

– Separation from the road – this should leave opportunities for users to enter and leave the cycleway at desired points. We understand that the ‘small bollards’ are yet to be chosen and we would welcome further discussion on this topic. Brian Deegan of TfL (formerly Camden Consulting), who undertook the GBBN Whiteladies Road CRISP, has sent us information (attached) on some ‘zebras’ that have been used in Royal College Street London that may be of interest. 

– Separation from footway – this should use ‘full batter’ or similar angled kerbs (rather than a perpendicular upstand, as now) so that cyclists can make use of the full width of the cycleway rather than have to cycleaway from the kerb edge (for which a 500mm allowance would need to be made). 

– Safe and convenient provision must be made for cyclists to continue on their way at either end of the scheme. We understand that this scheme forms part of a Promenade Route that will eventually link through to Cumberland Road and Temple Meads and also link through to a segregated cycleway on Redcliffe Hill and a route to Bedminster. An overall plan of these schemes is needed urgently to ensure that all these schemes fit together coherently and that any interim measures are safe, convenient and fit in with the overall plan.

– Overall plans for the area must include convenient cycling access to the ‘Banana Bridge’, through to St. Luke’s Road and a cycleway opposite to the bridge, along the side of St. Mary Redcliffe School. 

– The cycleway will form part of a major cycling route and should be built to a width of 4m in order to accommodate anticipated volumes. This should be an ‘effective 4m’ i.e. excluding clearance for trees, kerbs etc. The illustrations show trees very close to the cycleway and in such instances a 500mm minimum gap should be included. (LTN1/12 Shared Use Routes for Pedestrians & Cyclists) An alternative scheme might be to free up more road space, to allow for this, by creating a one-way system along Clarence Road and York Road. 

– Space should also be made such that the cycleway continues in a straight alignment past the bus stop and crossing and where ‘shared space’ necessary it should be clearly designated via a raised ramp or similar so that it is obvious to both pedestrians and cyclists. 

– Clarence Road highway should provide a safe, faster alternative for proficient cyclists and therefore should not be excluded from the 20mph scheme.


Yours Sincerely

Martin McDonnell

Secretary, Bristol Cycling Campaign