Lower speeds on roads where people live, walk and shop benefit everyone, particularly the old and young. People also feel less intimidated about cycling, and our car journey times are barely affected. The encouragement this gives people to choose active travel has enormous consequences for improved health, well being and air quality for everyone in Bristol. 20mph limits were one of our founding campaign objectives in 1991. We celebrate that this has largely been achieved, and is now a foundation for the next step of Liveable Neighbourhoods for Bristol.
We strongly support the city-wide 20mph areas and want these extended to every residential street in the Greater Bristol. We support a ‘Total Twenty’ approach where higher speeds limits are an exception, and only where there is protected Space for Cycling. There is an excellent website with all the evidence at Bristol’s Better at 20.
Mina Road campaign to make space for cycling
Residents living on Mina Road, St. Werburgh's, have been suffering the negative effects of heavy cut-through traffic from the M32 for years. These effects include noise, pollution, speeding, road danger and difficulty crossing the road. Drivers routinely ignore the 20mph limit, lorries ignore the 7.5 ton ban and the volume and speed of motor traffic is excessive for a small carriageway bounded by a park, local shops and a primary school. A recent traffic audit…Read More
Summary of our 2021 survey
Bristol Cycling Campaign’s annual cycling survey received its best ever response with over 1,200 people participating. The results show that concerns about road safety & collisions are the biggest deterrent to using their bike more. Not surprisingly, the majority (82%) said that protected bike lanes on main roads would encourage them a lot to cycle more, as with last year (What we learned from our 2020 supporter survey). It’s clear to us that if the…Read More
Cotham Hill pedestrianisation consultation - back 'Option A'
Fantastic to see the Cotham Hill pedestrianisation consultation is out. This includes not only more space for traders, pedestrians and disabled parking bays but also separated cycle lanes on the southern section and a School Street on Aberdeen Rd! Please respond and back 'Option A', the most ambitious option. Below is a survey asking local people to think about three possible options for a permanent scheme. The overall the aim of any scheme will be…Read More
The Summer of Cycling and Walking
Friday 30th July was a bumper day for announcements and publications from the Department for Transport relating to cycling, to kick of its 'Summer of Cycling and Walking' campaign. In this article we attempt to simplify each one for you, and understand how they are relevant to us here in Bristol. £338 million package to further fuel active travel boom The active travel boom seen throughout the pandemic will continue to thrive thanks to a…Read More
Our challenges for the new Cabinet Member for Transport in Bristol
This article was first published on Bristol247.com Congratulations to Don Alexander, who has just taken on the role of Cabinet Member for Transport. This is an important position given the impact our city’s transport challenges have on the lives of residents across the city. Getting the balance right between giving hope and managing expectations will be a key challenge as we start an important period for cycling. We take a look at Don’s ‘in-tray’ and…Read More
Why Bristol needs more bike hangars
Bike hangars are a great way to provide secure bike storage but with only 15 in Bristol, there’s a long way to go to meet the growing demand. Rachel Dickinson explores the problem, and what Bristol Cycling Campaign wants to change. How can we encourage more people to travel by bike in Bristol? One way is to address the lack of secure bike storage. Many people that would like to get a bike just don’t…Read More
Please respond to the Mina Road Consultation
The Council's consultation on improvements to Mina Road, St Werburghs is still open. Do make sure you contribute. It closes on the 14th - so hurry… There are several questions about the 600-metre cycleway protection installed last year on one section of Concorde Way (Mina Road). This has been a real step forward in safety for cyclists, but there is some local opposition to it, to the extent that people want it removed. Make sure your…Read More
Bristol Cycling Campaign calls for 1,000 bike hangars
We have published a report proposing that Bristol City Council should install 1,000 bike hangars by May 2024. Bike hangars are lockable steel pods for up to six bikes and provide secure, on-street bike-parking for people who don’t have any outside space to store a bike at home. The report finds that Bristol currently only has 15 bike hangars but that local survey data show that demand for residential bike-parking spaces is likely to be…Read More