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Bristol Cycling Campaign outline 2021 priorities

After a lively and extremely busy start to 2021, we are pleased to outline our priorities for the year. It is going to be an exciting year for cycling in Bristol with mayoral and council elections, infrastructure improvements and the increasing recognition of cycling as a valuable mode of transport. The new year saw the election of Toby Wells and Tom Swithinbank as new chairs of Bristol Cycling Campaign. Together we decided it was time for a fresh look at how we work and what we want to achieve in 2021. Below we have outlined our priorities, and how you might…

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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 pro-cycling voice is heard! Our response has now been submitted, available here To respond please see the below link: https://bristol.citizenspace.com/sustainable-transport/mina-road-engagement-survey/…

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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 in the tens of thousands. The report also proposes ways to simplify installation and cut costs by at least £1,500 per hangar. And it suggests…

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Could you be Bristol’s Bicycle Mayor?

Working alongside Dutch organisation BYCS, we are pleased to be launching our Bristol Bicycle Mayor project. BYCS initiated the Bicycle Mayor Network in 2016 as a global initiative to accelerate the progress of cycle transporting in cities by highlighting and supporting the role of civil society in enacting lasting, community- driven change. Bicycle Mayors are the human face and voice of cycling advocacy in a city. These volunteers are using their role to show how the bicycle can address pollution and…

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Bristol to Bath Railway Path Safety

We are appalled at the frequency and level of violence of attacks on the Bristol to Bath Railway Path this winter. BCyC members have been actively working with stakeholders discussing long term options to improve safety. One aspect has been to learn from other similar paths with similar challenges around the country.The Facebook group Bristol & Bath Railway Path – OnePath is very helpful, but we have also formed a small working group with representatives from the Bristol Walking Alliance and local running clubs to look at how we can work towards a long term solution to reduce crime on the path. If…

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Bristol Parents for School Streets

In January we attended a meeting of the recently re-formed Bristol Parents for School Streets. The group is now looking for fresh input and ideas as it reforms to support the council in its efforts to accelerate the Bristol School Streets programme. For more info click here.School Streets are streets that include school entrances that are are made ‘resident access only’ during school drop-off and pick-up times. The aim is to create safer spaces around schools and encourage active travel. In February 2020 Bristol City Council started trials for two School Streets and has plans for…

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Update 02/21: Cycle hangers, Liveable Neighbourhoods, elections

Campaigning and discussion about Liveable Neighbourhoods is happening across the city, mainly through the network of local Facebook groups. As well as discussion about specific streets there are some great ideas such as love heart messages about your neighbourhood. You can find out about the one covering your area from the website liveablebristol.org.uk. All BCyC supporters are encouraged to get involved as this is one of the most promising initiatives for enabling cycling. A good point to start, or share, will be the Liveable Neighbourhoods Supporters Meetings on Weds 3rd March at 7pm, and/or Fri 5th March at…

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All the consultations!

Bristol City Council currently has four consultations open for street interventions across the city, which could lead to improved environments for people walking and cycling in those areas. We’ve written a detailed response for five consultations already which you can view here: ATF Consultation Response Jan 2021 – Bristol Cycling This covers the following areas: Cotham Hill, Cotham Princess Victoria Street, Clifton St Marks Road, Easton Rosemary Lane, Eastville Picton Street, Montpelier We’ve also responded to the consultation for Park Row and look forward to seeing a permanent scheme here in the not too distant future. To read our…

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Bristol Cycling Campaign celebrates record-breaking year

The UK has seen a huge surge of interest in cycling in 2020 and Bristol has certainly been no exception. It has been fantastic to see so many more people travelling around the city by bike. Bristol Cycling Campaign (BCyC) has also had more support than ever from Bristolians keen to see cycling infrastructure improve in the city. Our annual review on 26th Nov 2020 was a chance to pause, take a breath, look back over an extraordinary year and map out where we want to put our efforts in the future. You can catch up on…

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More consultations now open for street transformations

Hot on the heels of the three consultations which opened last week, Bristol City Council has opened three further consultations for Park Row, Rosemary Lane (Eastville) and Picton Street (Montpelier). These which could be transformed into better places for people walking and cycling. These changes will be implemented in the first half of 2021 with funding from the government’s “Active Travel Fund”. Two of these streets, Rosemary Lane in Eastville and Picton Street in Montpelier, have great potential to create Liveable Neighbourhoods by stopping through traffic and opening up the area to active travel while creating a more pleasant local environment…

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