Gear Change and LTN 1/20 – the start of a cycling revolution, or another false dawn?

Months, years and sometimes decades go by with only warm words and crumbs from Government on cycling. We’ve had false dawns before but on July 28 the government published two potentially revolutionary documents for cycling: Gear change: a bold vision for cycling and walking, and the less snappily titled LTN 1/20 Cycle infrastructure design. Showing commitment based on what has worked in London, in the foreword to Gear Change Boris Johnson says about cycling: It doesn’t just make you happier. It doesn’t just make you healthier. It helps millions of others too, whether or not they have any…

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Why the Dutch Cycle, and what Bristol can learn

Bristol Cycling Campaign member Tom Swithinbank recently completed the University of Amsterdam course ‘Unravelling the Cycling City, Why the Dutch Cycle’. Tom says:
“The course has been a brilliant overview of the complex factors that influence cycling rates around the world. I can highly recommend it to advocates and professionals that want to expand their knowledge base. The course consists of five hours a week for five weeks, if you can commit this time, I very much recommend looking into the course. I wanted to share my final essay with the Cycle Campaign as I hope my thoughts will resonate with many of our supporters.”
The two questions posed at the end are really interesting for Bristol. What do you think?

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Stop killing our children

While our streets look like something from the 1950s in the midst of coronavirus lockdown, we need to rethink what ‘normal’ looks like. Stop Killing our Children is a documentary crowdfunded and produced by our friends at ETA Trust (ethical insurance with strong cycle offering). It is a review of where the Dutch are fifty years after their transformative campaign for road danger reduction. So why are we talking about this at a website for a Bristol advocacy group? Becase it makes us realise how much death and destruction in our streets has become normalised over recent decades. Traffic congestion…

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Do you care about our air?

Clean Air for Bristol are asking drivers to turn their engines off when stopped to help improve air quality. As we who cycle already know, leaving a vehicle’s engine on when stopped, or idling, causes air pollution which is especially bad for children and is avoidable. If you have to drive and are stopped for a minute or more, think about the air we all breathe and switch off your engine. Clean Air for Bristol are looking for volunteers to help spread this message to drivers around idling hotspots across the city. Find out more and sign up to receive free…

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#BWCyclingCharter – What? Why?

Bristol Cycling Campaign were delighted to be at the launch of the Bristol Women’s Cycling Charter. LifeCycle Chief Executive, Poppy Brett has brought together women from various groups all over the city and today was the culmination of all that work. There have been comments on social media, asking ‘why should women be considered a special case’. So in short: Women generally have different travel patterns – caring responsibilities still tend to fall to women, so perhaps they might be taking kids to and from school, trying to fit in an appointment at lunchtime (not necessarily…

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The Bristol Women’s Cycling Charter

LifeCycle have announced the launch of their Bristol Women’s Cycling Charter on Thursday, 10 October, from 16:00 to 17:30 at TLT LLP, One Redcliff Street, Bristol BS1 6TP. LifeCycle say: Regular cycling is a ticket to independence, reduced stress levels and better health. But women are half as likely to enjoy the benefits of cycling as men (Sustrans ‘Bike Life Report, 2017). We are launching the “Bristol Women’s Cycling Charter” to inspire and empower more women to cycle. Join us to show your commitment…

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Bristol Cycling Clean Air Zone (CAZ) Consultation and Infographic

The Clean Air Zone (CAZ) consultation closes on Monday the 12th August. Bristol Cycling welcomes any measures that might help restrict vehicle usage in Bristol and reduce roadside pollution concentrations. However, we are concerned the expected reductions in NO2 are small would not reach compliance for another decade. It is also concerning that CO2 emissions might increase due to the switch from more efficient diesel vehicles to petrol (outlined in Section 3.6 (page 15) of the Economic report). We think there are better ways to address the transport and air pollution issues our city has faced for so…

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Call for inclusive infrastructure

Fantastic article by Zoe Banks Gross on why we need to continue campaigning for a better environment for cycling, if we want to see greater quantities and diversity of people cycling in Bristol: https://betterbybike.info/news/seeing-women-cycling-bristol-theres-still-long-way-go. Cycling is for everyone, and even though we are seeing more women cycling in Bristol, and more than in the other Bike Life cities, we still have a long way to go for cycling to be an easy choice for everyone. Bristol urgently needs better infrastructure to make it simpler and safer for all types of people on cycles, whether they are passengers in a cargo…

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Have you experienced harassment riding your bike?

We’re pleased to give our support to the campaign from Bristol Zero Tolerance on gender-based street harassment. Many people report feeling unsafe due to threatening behaviour while out on their bikes, particularly (and rather depressingly) women. BZT and we at BCyC are looking for people to tell their stories to help put forward proposals for the city in terms of making people feel safer in public spaces. This is a serious issue so please get involved if you can. Here’s what they say: We have heard from cyclists about their experiences of harassment…

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Police start a ‘Give Space, Be Safe’ initiative to tackle near misses

Avon & Somerset Police officers went to a seminar last week by West Midlands police on their award winning ‘Give Space, Be Safe’ initiative (Best Practice Education and Enforcement in the West Midlands). Since the initiative began last September in West Midlands it is credited with halving the number of incidents of ‘close passing’ reported by cyclists in Birmingham. We’re very pleased to hear that the scheme is coming to our area (Undercover police WILL target Bristol drivers who pass cyclists too close). Near misses are the main issue identified as stopping people (particularly women, children and…

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