How can we tell if Greater Bristol has become a real cycling city? It will be when those riding reflect the whole of society. When everyone from ages 8-80 ages are on bikes. Where there are as many women as men. Where all communities feel they have the freedom to ride. Where there are all kinds of different wheels being used: hand powered, cargo, multi-person, trikes. It’s often said that ‘a city that works for children, works for everyone’.
This is about Routes and Neighbourhoods of course, but also top quality standards, enforcement, safe speeds, air quality and support. Half a century of car-centric planning and investment have made many parts of Bristol polluted and congested. Children have little independence and people struggle to keep themselves healthy. We campaign for:
- Fairness. The choice to cycle should be available to all, regardless of age, gender, financial circumstances, fitness, or need for non-standard bikes (e.g. trailers, tricycles, cargo). Many people and groups are currently denied this choice.
- Quality. Bristol should be the benchmark city for outstanding and innovative cycling provision. Pound for pound this will offer Bristol better value than any other public investment.
- Wellbeing. Cycling and sustainable transport increase our health and wellbeing through more active lifestyles and better air quality. Bristol will attract new business as a fine place to live.
- Safety. People on bikes should feel able to travel from where they are to where they need to go, comfortably, conveniently, directly, in attractive surroundings and in safety.
Do you Cycle on the Portway?
There's a major Consultation on this stunning gorge and key transport corridor. If you can do just one thing to improve cycling in Bristol today please complete the Survey, and answer, or just paste "Needs a continuous cycle route segregated from motor traffic, including buses, and walkers" into the "Other Comments or Suggestions" boxes at the end of each of the 4 Sections into which the route is split; that is in answer to Questions…Read More
Bristol Walking and Cycling Index 2021 - highlights
In case you needed any convincing of the scale of both the challenge and opportunity for cycling in Bristol, Sustrans have released their forth Bike Life report for 2021, now renamed Walking and Cycling Index 2021. This follows on from the 2019, 2017 and 2015 reports and highlights many of the barriers to cycling in Bristol but also some of the huge opportunities and potential in the city: The data in this Area report comes…Read More
We say No! to removal of cycle lanes on Whiteladies Road
In May 2022, Bristol City Council (BCC) surprised us with a new consultation in which they are proposing that it is necessary to remove the cycle lanes in both directions at the bottom of Whiteladies Road, in order to alleviate the flooding that occurs on that section and to allow them to move and widen the pavements. They had previously committed to provide us with prior notice of such plans that impact cyclists, but in…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
Can we make cycling boring?
by Dulce Pedroso. Like many of us, Bristol Cycling member Dulce Pedroso envisions a version of Bristol where cycling is everywhere. So prevalent, in fact, that talking about cycling as a mode of transport becomes so commonplace that it’s (almost) boring. A city where everyone and their grandma cycles and no one calls you ‘brave’ for cycling the morning commute. In her quest to help make that happen, Dulce is running for election onto Cycling…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
Women's Festival of Cycling 2021
The Women's Festival of Cycling 2021 is here and it runs until Sunday 1 August. There are many ways you can get involved, including virtual events and a chance to win prizes. For more information visit the festival website: www.cyclinguk.org/womensfestivalRead More