Here are a selection of articles that are particularly worth noting. These are in random order here, so just dip in.
Who pays for our roads? +There is still an assumption that those using cycles don’t pay their way on our roads. This is despite significant progress being made in recent years highlighting the misconceptions of vehicle excise duty, often mistakenly referred to as “Road tax” (ipayroadtax.com). Remembering that 80% of cyclists are also drivers, we think it is a good time to highlight the shared costs we all pay for these stretches of tarmac that dominate our urban environment. The… Read More
7 Reasons Einstein would support 20 mph +ACTION: Please take a moment to respond to the Bristol 20mph Review Our lives fundamentally rely on energy. It puts food on our table, gets us to and from work, powers our offices and factories. The more we use, the more money it costs us. Our demand for it causes wars, our generation of it emits harmful gases. Almost every issue 20mph raises is energy related and the answer to each, along with many of… Read More
Cycling with video cameras - a cyclist’s perspective: Part 1 Reporting +BCyC member James Taylor writes: I’d like to acknowledge and thank Damien Devanny (Continuous Improvement Officer for Road Safety), Avon & Somerset Police (ASP) and others at ASP’s Road Safety Unit for their assistance and encouragement with this article. WHY BOTHER? I’m often asked about this aspect of cycling, so I thought it might be useful to get some words down about it. Having cameras on my bike has enabled me to report over 230… Read More
The staggering cost of motoring +Last month many of you will have received Bristol Councils "Council tax explained" leaflet, explaining where our council tax pounds are spent. The centre page of this is an infographic summarising costs per household. Transport services set us back £83.52 and highways £29.26. Reading into the images used, this might be interpreted as tax payers forking out 3 times more for cycling and public transport than highways infrastructure (which cyclists also use). However regardless of… Read More
A Modest Proposal #6; Eight to Eighty cycling on Gloucester Road +Did you know that Gloucester Road was one of Bristol’s busiest cycle routes (Building on success – lessons from Gloucester Road)? What’s more, the number of people cycling has doubled in the last ten years whereas motor vehicle numbers have dropped by a fifth. These facts can be seen from Department for Transport Traffic Counts. So what does this tell us? Bristol’s Cycling City money has been well spent? Not quite. Significant Cycling City money was… Read More
A Modest Proposal #2: Bristol Promenades Routes +We've been given agreement to share with you some plans that we have been helping with for Promenade Routes in Bristol. These are a set of proposals by John Grimshaw to enhance all of Bristol’s waterside quays, towpaths and walkways to create popular promenades to further promote walking and cycling in the area. Bristol’s riversides and docks have long been a popular place to cycle because they are attractive, central and flat. This project aims… Read More
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