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Improvement consultations now open for three streets in Bristol

Three new consultations have been opened today by Bristol City Council, ahead of changes which could be made to streets in Bristol early next year, paid for by the DfT’s “Active Travel Fund”. These early stage consultations have been opened for three streets: Cotham Hill, Cotham Princess Victoria Street, Clifton St Marks Road, Easton There are great opportunities on these streets to create better environments for residents and businesses whilst improving conditions for sustainable transport. The Liveable Bristol campaign has much more information on how this can work. At Bristol Cycling Campaign, we will be preparing a…

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Don’t Blow it Bristol!

#DontBlowItBristol We’re at risk of losing Bristol’s new sustainable infrastructure of expanded pavements, cycle lanes and other road changes was brought in to help in the fight against Covid-19. The new infrastructure has given a boost to vulnerable groups allowing people to socially distance, get cleaner air and feel safer when they are out and about. But lobby groups who want cars to dominate our city are pushing councillors to reverse these decisions. Pressure from such groups has already had an effect in other parts of the country, we can’t…

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Liveable Neighbourhoods for Southville and Bedminster – First Meeting

Our friends at Liveable Neighbourhoods for Bristol are delighted to be hosting their first meeting in Southville and Bedminster.Liveable Neighbourhoods for Bristol are hosting a virtual meeting on Monday 30th November at 7:30pm for local residents interested in the idea of Liveable Neighbourhoods.The aim of the meeting will be to update residents on the progress of the campaign so far and to create a working group that can work together to share ideas and start to influence local politicians. If you would like to attend please [email protected] There are Facebook groups for…

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More funding for cycling measures in Bristol

Today, the government made its long-awaited funding announcement for tranche 2 of the Emergency Active Travel Fund. The first tranche was a relatively small amount of money for Bristol, thanks to the formula used by the government, which prioritised areas with high public transport usage. Nevertheless, this first round of funding delivered the “pop up” cycle lanes on Park Row, Lewins Mead, Mina Road, Counterslip & Clifton Triangle, as well as extra pavement space for pedestrians to enable social distancing. In tranche 2, the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) has been given its full allocation…

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Annual Review and General Meeting 7pm 26th November 2020

We’re holding our covid safe Virtual Annual General Meeting on Thursday 26th November 2020 at 7pm – 8pm. A lot has happened in the year since our 2019 AGM, photo right; a global pandemic has changed lives, killed ten of thousands nationally and a million around the globe. Has it changed people’s world view and their priorities in life? Certainly lockdown saw a massive surge in numbers cycling as well as strangely silent roads, big air quality improvements and birds singing, even in congested Central Bristol. Then came exciting announcements of new Government money and  plans for active travel. Following…

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Watch Our Latest Webinar – Tackling Dangerous Driving

The third Bristol Cycling webinar on 8th October discussed the scale of the issue both nationally and locally and what can be done to reduce the danger on our roads. Road Justice has been a significant part of our campaigning for many years and is a key part of making cycling safe and comfortable for everyone. The following speakers lead the discussion: Duncan Dollimore, Head of Campaigns at national charity Cycling UK, who describes current concerns with the criminal justice system, the forthcoming Department of Transport Roads Policing Review and current best practice from police forces around the country.

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Shopping by bike

You don’t need a car to go shopping for food. A pair of panniers or a trailer can hold a lot of groceries and cycling with a weighty load is much easier than you might think. Not convinced? We spoke to five people that do most of their shopping by bike. Blaise Kelly I shop little and often, usually on my way home from work. I have a Bagaboo workhorse messenger bag, left over from my days as a bicycle messenger. It can comfortably fit the contents of a shopping basket piled high and has multiple straps to spread…

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Downs Loop consultation – please show your support

Our friends at Cycle Sunday are currently running a public consultation on their proposal for the Downs Loop. This includes wide accessible paths to welcome all users, new raised crossings, and traffic calming (around Circular Road). Vicki Cracknell, from the Downs Loop campaign shares an update: We have been so inspired by a young woman called Eleanor who describes herself as an adaptive cyclist meaning she is unable to ride a traditional two-wheeled bike. She has attended all six car-free Cycle Sunday events and is passionate about creating new opportunities for people to enjoy cycling around the Downs. For…

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Continental Case Study #1: Europe’s 12th busiest high street, Mariahilfer Strasse, Vienna

In the first of our series of case studies looking at how cycling infrastructure has developed on the continent, we focus on how responses to planned pedestrianisation and low traffic neighbourhoods in Vienna in 2014 mirror those we’re seeing currently in Bristol. Let’s not beat around the bush, our continental neighbours by and large do cycling and walking infrastructure much better than us. Yet for some reason we ignore them and try to reinvent the wheel. Despite regularly being voted one of the most livable cities in the World, Vienna grapples with similar issues to Bristol: People have grown used…

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