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Responses from candidates to our Bristol Mayor cycling manifesto

We’ve challenged the main candidates for Bristol Mayor to commit to measures that will double cycling rates in Bristol by 2024. Below we list the responses we’ve had from the candidates to the five challenges in our cycling manifesto for the Bristol Mayor (and here for WECA Mayor cycling manifesto). Start implementing the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP), incorporating the improvements suggested by the Campaign, with three key strategic routes completed by 2024 Implement a minimum of six Liveable Neighbourhoods Extend the School Streets programme to all schools and suitable road Install 1,000 bike hangars across the city,…

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Police and Crime Commissioner elections 2021

At the same time as the elections for the Mayor and Councillors, there’s an election for a new Police and Crime Commissioner. He or she will be responsible for overseeing the performance of Avon and Somerset Police who are in charge of enforcing traffic laws on our roads. We’ve asked each of the five candidates their views on: Tackling the high number of cyclng casualties on Bristol’s roads The low level of enforcement action against dangerous drivers The need for more resources to investigate bad driving and to keep cyclists informed about outcomes More transparencey from the police in publishing…

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News Round-up – April 2021

Mayoral elections take centre stage in Bristol, whilst around the UK air pollution becomes an increasingly heated topic. Bristol News Elections: With less than one month until Bristol’s mayoral elections, Bristol Cycling is keeping active travel on the agenda. We have released a manifesto of 5 key policies that should be part of any mayor’s vision to transform active travel. Amongst other things, our manifesto would commit candidates to creating at least six liveable neighbourhoods, extending the School Streets programme, and installing 1,000 bike hangars across Bristol. You can read the full manifesto here. To book onto our Mayoral…

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Double cycling rates by 2024 – our challenge to our next mayors

After the elections on 6th May the new Bristol Mayor, Metro Mayor and councils must have a transforming vision for active travel. Cycling must be treated as an essential transport option, and a key tool to reduce the health and financial inequalities we face as a city. By 2024 we are calling on candidates to: Start implementing the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan, incorporating the improvements suggested by the Campaign, with three key strategic routes completed by 2024 Implement a minimum of six Liveable Neighbourhoods  Extend the School Streets programme to all schools…

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Could we have a temporary Brislington Tramway railway path?

There’s real momentum building behind the Brislington Tramway, a ‘missing link’ on the railway path linking Whitchurch, Hengrove and Brislington with the centre. There is a planning application until end of April that needs our backing. Please add a comment to show your support. “The Tramway” is the project name for opening up this fantastic route which would link the existing Whitchurch Way greenway (NCN3) from Whitchurch & Hengrove past Knowle, through Brislington via the railway path and onto the River Trail through St Phillips Marsh to Temple meads (NCN3). This would form an almost…

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Election 2021 – which candidates will back cycling?

It’s going to be a massive May for cycling in our region! On May 6th, Bristol will vote for a new Mayor, regional WECA mayor as well as local councillors. Who will truly back cycling? Who will set out a vision for cycling as a key mode of transport? Find out what Bristol’s mayoral candidates think about Active Travel at our joint hustings on 21st April, co-hosted by Bristol Walking Alliance, Bristol Cycle Campaign, Liveable Bristol and Bristol Parents for School Streets. We’ll have the opportunity to hear from and ask questions of our Bristol Mayoral candidates – what will they…

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Protect your bike for free with Found

Here is another option to register your bike with free of charge. Found joins bikeregister.com or immobilise.com. All forces check recovered bikes against these databases. See our Bike Security page. Found provides a free, easy to use, mobile app for you to register valuables such as bikes and cycling equipment. Once registered with Found if the bike or equipment is ever lost or stolen their technology and community network help search for it. Found is a Bristol based business who are building the community that protects. They have created a network of both public members and businesses…

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Bristol Road Justice report on recent casework – March 2021

A number of cyclists have been in touch with Bristol Road Justice (BRJ) in recent weeks, raising a range of issues. Cyclists remain disappointed with the lack of a meaningful response when making a video submission; they are just told that the police will consider a range of options – ‘No Further Action’ (NFA), sending a warning letter, or prosecution – and not told which one they have decided upon. We’re still working on this issue. One cyclist, who had submitted video close pass footage to the…

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Update 03/21: Mina Road, clean air, elections, hangars, liveable neighbourhoods

Read all about our latest projects along with cycling news from around Bristol and the UK. Bristol News Mina Road: A consultation is open for residents to comment on proposed changes to Mina Road, which suggestions on how to make the road more appealing for walking and cycling. You can find the consultation here. (If you miss the deadline please do email in your thoughts!) Update: Our response has now been submitted, available here Clean Air Zone: Bristol Council’s £33m fund to mitigate against possible negative impacts of the clean air zone misses an opportunity to improve cycling infrastructure,…

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What is your experience of submitting camera footage to Avon & Somerset Police?

Our campaigners from Bristol Road Justice (BRJ) again met Avon and Somerset Police (A&SP) to discuss road policing. We continue to be concerned at the lack of meaningful feedback to those cyclists reporting dangerous driving via webcams. There is currently a national police working party looking at drawing up best practice guidelines for processing such reporting. A&SP are awaiting its recommendations as well as keeping an eye on what other police forces are doing. BRJ analyses police collision reports. In 2019, the last complete year for which information is available, 318 cyclists were injured in road traffic collisions in Bristol,…

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