Clifton contraflows – Oakfield Road – Clifton Road – Lower Clifton Hill


We are pleased to see three proposals for cycling contraflows in Clifton. These low volume, low speed roads are suitable for contraflows by signage alone. All three streets are used in practice by cyclists against the one-way, demonstrating the need for two way flow for cycles.  All are within 20 mph limit.

We support this proposal. Here’s the pdf BCyC.Consultations.Clifton.ND.2.8.17
Space for CyclingDoes this measure provide for 1) Protected space on main roads; 2) Remove through motor traffic; 3) Safe routes to school; 4) Cycle friendly town centres; 5) Cycle routes in green spaces; 6) 20mph speed limits? Green – overall benefit
Road Danger ReductionDoes this measure seek a genuine reduction in danger for all road users by identifying and controlling the principal sources of threat?Green – overall benefit
Triple A Quality (All Ages and Abilities)Will this measure be attractive to all ages and abilities using all kinds of cycles?Green – overall benefit
Strategic Cycling NetworkHow does this measure contribute to the development of Bristol Council’s planned integrated and coherent strategic cycle network?Green – overall benefit
Cycle-proofingHow far does this measure provide for Triple A Space for Cycling in the future?Green – overall benefit

Bristol Cycling Campaign has the following specific comments on this consultation:

  1. In order to achieve the council’s object of 20% cycling it is essential that every opportunity is taken to improve conditions for cycling where there are changes in road layout for whatever reason, so that people cycling feel safe and welcome.
  2. All three streets are used in practice by cyclists against the one-way flow, demonstrating the need for two way flow for cycles.
  3. Traffic speeds and volumes appear to be low in all cases, and adequate width exists for passing at low speeds. All are within 20 mph limit. These are safe streets for cycle contraflows indicated by signage alone.
  4. We support these modest measures. We do, however, make the point that whilst such incremental improvements are useful transformative changes (eg shifting traffic motor movements to cycles improving congestion, air quality and public health immediately) will require more ambitious, radical interventions such as fully protected cycle routes.