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What Covid Cycling Provision do you want?

The Government has made funding available to Bristol City Council to install cycling infrastructure during the current pandemic. As we emerge from lockdown in a socially distanced manner public transport is hazardous (tragically fatal for some) and we can’t all drive everywhere without gridlock and further health crises of deadly air and obesity, both increasing Covid risk. So official advice is to take to our bikes and feet (yay!). The Council has an interactive map on which you can tell them what changes you want and where in Bristol. This replaces…

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Why do a few cars get half the space on Prince St Bridge?

In 2017 Prince Street Bridge was reopened after major repairs. This was shortly followed by a separated cycle path on Prince Street connecting Broad Quay and Cumberland Road. We have looked at the usage figures from the most recent count by Bristol City Council, which took place in July 2019. Our handy infographic shows the huge change that is possible with quality infrastructure. Numbers of people walking and cycling have doubled, while car use has tumbled. In fact ten times as many people now walk and cycle over the bridge as use cars. However those 10% in cars get…

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What we learned from our 2020 supporter survey

In May 2020 we ran a survey of our supporters. We also reached out to those who knew little about us. We wanted to find out what people think about cycling in Bristol. And what they think about Bristol Cycling Campaign (BCyC). We had 736 responses. 46% were female, 51% male and 3% others.  250 were BCyC members or supporters, while 217 had never heard of BCyC before completing the survey. Overall people feel Bristol is getting better for cycling with an index of 57 (where anything over 50 is improving). There was overwhelming agreement from all groups that…

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WECA: more funding please!

Bristol Cycling Campaign calls on the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) to provide additional funding for walking and cycling. We understand that central government have allocated the first tranche of the £250m funding for walking and cycling in the COVID19 recovery, first announced on 9th May 2020. Of the £45m in this first wave, just £741,000 has been made available to the WECA region, as the allocation was based on levels of public transport usage in each region. To ensure effective measures can be implemented in Bristol and the surrounding areas, we are calling on WECA to reallocate some…

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The Future of Cycling in Bristol – Webinar May 2020

Well over 100 people joined our first ever webinar on 21st May, 19:30. If you missed it settle down to catch up with this recording. At a time which feels like a proverbial ‘once in a generation’ moment for cycling we aimed to outline some specific campaigns and how we’re pressing for action on: The future of cycling in Bristol How can a Low Traffic Neighourhood approach solve many of Bristol’s issues? We present how we intend to work with the local authority to deliver high quality cycle routes which will benefit the city in the pandemic recovery period and long…

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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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Consultation response to Ashton Sidings proposal

We’ve made a response to the proposals for a large development on the Former Railway Depot, Clanage Road, also known as Ashton Sidings. Response to Consultation Bristol Cycling Campaign Former Railway Depot, Clanage Road  REF:20/01655/F  20th May 2020, Bristol Cycling Campaign object to the above application for the following reasons –  The proposed diversion of the existing Festival Way Cycle route is less direct and more convoluted than the existing route. The proposed ramp and the proximity to the proposed steps introduce unnecessary conflict between pedestrian (both users of Festival Way and residents) and…

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Bristol Cycling Campaign Supporter Survey 2020

UPDATE:  The survey is now closed – we would  like to thank the hundreds of people who took part. We will be publishing the results in the next few weeks What do you think about cycling in Bristol? What do you think about Bristol Cycling Campaign? Do the Survey! Please help us become a more effective voice for cycling in Bristol by understanding these questions. Our 2020 Supporter Survey should take 9-10 minutes to complete. AND you have a chance to win a…

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Active travel in the age of Covid: £2bn investment announced

Two unusual words led the Government’s Covid 19 briefing on May 9; walking and cycling.  Why? It wasn’t just because the briefing was given by the Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps (though he does like what he calls travelling “under your own steam”) it was because active travel, walking and cycling is at the heart of the Government’s recovery agenda; they say we need to walk and cycle our way out of lockdown. It’s all about social distancing. When this is implemented on public transport as lockdown eases it will reduce capacity by up to 85%. It’s the…

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Proposals for Centre to Hicks Gate via St Philip’s Marsh & Bath Rd (LCWIP Bristol Route 1)

There are 12 radial cycle routes proposed for significant investment in the West of England Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan, published in January 2020. This is the only game in town at the moment for cycling improvements, although there’s no funding or timescale as yet. We put in a detailed response to the 127 page document, but both plan and response are quite hefty. We’re going to break it down into more digestible chunks over the next few weeks, focussing on one of the proposed routes at a time. It’s really important to add your comments and…

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