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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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Whiteladies Road and Wells Road Cycling Consultation

Bristol City Council have a consultation on transport on the A37 and A4018. From the south of the City it’s the route from Whitchurch via Knowle to Bath Bridges. Heading north, it’s up Park Street, along the Downs, around Westbury and eventually out to Cribbs, loosely based on the twisting journey of the number 2 bus. Unusually there are no plans or proposals, rather it’s an open ended project, involving all modes of transport; walking cycling, buses and private vehicles. We ask all our members and supporters to complete this survey please…

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Liveable Neighbourhoods for Bristol campaign launches

Bristol Cycling Campaign has been busy leading on a campaign for Liveable Neighbourhoods for every area of the city. Working with other Bristol organisations we have published an open letter to the city council, asking it to roll out ‘Liveable Neighbourhoods’ across Bristol by May 2024. To find out more about the campaign please visit the website, read the press release and follow on twitter. Liveable Neighbourhoods are residential neighbourhoods that contain traffic filters such as bollards or planters at strategic locations. The filters stop cars, vans and lorries from the…

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Road safety – why don’t we take it seriously?

Many of you will have seen the tragic rail crash in Aberdeenshire on the news where three people have sadly died. These are the first fatalities due to a derailment in the UK since 2007. Despite this very safe track record, a full and thorough investigation will be carried out by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch. The investigation isn’t about assigning blame or making prosecutions – it will result in safety recommendations being made to both the infrastructure manager and the train operator to prevent or mitigate such an event in the future. Similar investigations occur in air travel,…

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King Street shows the way on pedestrianisation

One of Bristol’s most historic streets has been pedestrianised after a campaign by local businesses. Tom Swithinbank of Bristol Cycling Campaign finds out how the businesses of King Street helped to make it happen. It’s the home of the Old Vic and some of Bristol’s best-loved pubs, bars and restaurants. Now, after years of campaigning, cars no longer rumble over the cobbles of historic King Street in Bristol’s old town. It has taken six years of lobbying and considerable effort by local businesses to get to this point, not least by LDA Design who created the plans. But the…

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CyclingWorks Bristol campaign launches

CyclingWorks Bristol is a new campaign to bring together employers across our region to voice their support for infrastructure to enable safer commuting by bike. It is based on a successful model used in London, that was influential in the delivery of its first cycling superhighway. Can you help to get your employer to support this campaign? Visit the website to find out more: bristol.cyclingworks.org We suggest that you share this website with your sustainability lead or operations director in the first instance to start the conversation within your organisation. Business opinion does influence the decisions and…

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A City for People

The centre of Bristol is changing with pedestrianisation schemes being implemented in the Old City, on Bristol Bridge, and on King Street among others. Bikes, certain deliveries, and on Bristol Bridge, buses and taxis, are allowed through but not, in general, private vehicles. We can all now look forward to improved air quality, safer walking and cycling routes, better public transport, and more space to enjoy our city centre! These schemes are being paid for by the first “tranche” of Covid-19 related emergency funding from the Department for Transport. Some “pop up ” cycle lanes, also predominantly…

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Consultation response to construction of 185 homes at Bonnington Walk

We’ve put in a response to the proposal to build 185 homes at Bennington Walk in Lockleaze, next to the Concorde Way cycle route to north Bristol. You can read the PDF version here 2020-07 Bonnington Walk consultation response, or the text below. Response to Consultation Construction of 185 homes, Bonnington Walk REF: 20/02523/FB  8th July 2020 Bristol Cycling Campaign objects to this application on the grounds that the development does not adequately provision for the Concorde Way cycle route. The Concorde Way route, running from Bristol City Centre to Cribbs Causeway, is already a well…

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How a healthy streets approach will help Bristol bounce back – our July 2020 webinar [updated]

How has Bristol responded to the Covid19 crisis and how could the Healthy Streets approach aid our development of streets for people? After the success of our first webinar event (The Future of Cycling in Bristol – Webinar May 2020), we are delighted to share the recording of our July webinar. This was jointly hosted by Bristol Walking Alliance and Bristol Cycling Campaign with over 100 people attending on the night, a fantastic response. To watch the video please click here. We were really pleased with the engagement and feedback on the night, including:…

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