Merchant’s Dock Consultation Response

Bristol Cycling Campaign has submitted a response in support of the consultation for a wider path and a new bridge at Merchant’s Dock, by the Pump House.

We have five general criteria we use to evaluate consultations, followed by specific issues. See the attached full response for details and references. BristolCyclingCampaignresponsetoconsultationMerchantsDock

1. Space for Cycling: Positive. It makes the centre of town more cycle friendly and improves a leisure route.

2. Road Danger Reduction: Positive. There will be reduced conflict and incidents with pedestrians through better and clearer infrastructure

3. Triple A Quality (All Ages and Abilities): Positive. This will significantly improve a increasingly popular leisure route.

4. Strategic Cycling NetworkPositive. The existing Harbourside route is part of Quietway Q10 Promenade – Cumberland Basin to Temple Meads. This route should not be seen as a substitute or alternative for the main on-road route, the F1 The Portway A4 Cycling Freeway. 

6. Cycle-proofing. How far does this measure provide for Triple A Space for Cycling in the future?: Positive. The potential for clear separation of the cycling and walking networks will become easier when levels of use make that appropriate 

Other points:

  1. We are strongly of the view that providing Space For Cycling in Bristol means a network that is largely separated from people walking or driving except where relative speeds and volumes are low.
  2. We reject the argument that these measures will work against the interests of pedestrians as this should be considered a leisure focussed ‘quietway’.
  3. We will be campaigning for the Council to produce plans for the F1 Cycling Freeway along Hotwells Road to the Portway as the quickest and most convenient cycling through route.
  4. We regard support for measures such as this by councillors to be the test of declared backing for Space for Cycling.