Our response to the Draft Bristol Cycle Strategy Consultation 18th August 2014

We submitted detailed response to the draft cycling strategy from Bristol Council on 18th Aug 2014. Overall we consider this to be a large step in the right direction, making some very clear commitments. However other areas are not so clear. We compared the draft strategy with our cycling manifesto to identify gaps 2014-08-01 BCyC Manifesto and BCC Srategy ComparedThe table below compares the two:

RGB rating

Key pro

Key con


20% work/school

20% ambition is good

Overall missing: leisure missing


Detail needed

Network is in strategy

Very top level (at present)


£16 a head

Sustained commitment

May fall in real terms


To follow?

Implicit expectation?

Not mentioned


To follow?

No clear ‘advocate’ role

Delivery leader needed

Bristol Cycling Campaign is very supportive of the production of a Cycling Strategy and we look forward to ongoing involvement in its development. The Campaign has commented at high level and in detail on earlier drafts of the Strategy but there are still areas where we feel that the strategy should be strengthened.


Some general points:

  1. We understand that the Strategy document is intended to support funding bids and has been designed as a “sales” document – however, in so doing, we feel that the document lacks necessary detail and impact. A more structured partner document focussed on delivery is required with clear statements on strategic policy, funding sources, delivery mechanisms and governance, and a much longer timescale.
  2. The Strategy also aims to address the issues raised in our Bristol Cycling Manifesto “Freedom to Ride” – however some issues are not clearly addressed in this strategy, as outlined below
  3. Our estimate of £100m to build the 200 mile Bristol Cycling Network would take 15 years at the strategy’s £7m pa expenditure rate – and not all of that money would be destined to infrastructure – the Strategy needs to show opportunities for increased investment over time and for reliable funding sources.
  4. We strongly recommend including the outlines of a phased delivery plan as in the Cycling City Stakeholder strategy (greater_bristol_cycling_strategy-cycling_city_stakeholder_advisory_panel_2010-09-08). The Key Actions needs to be clearly identified as existing funded projects and don’t meet this need, nor do the ‘priority investment areas’ on p11.
  5. There is a welcome use of the term 8-80 cycling but we feel that needs explaining along with an explicit statement that Bristol is aiming for a single, integrated network meeting the needs of all people cycling.
  6. We would like to see a commitment to producing and implementing local community sustainable transport plans. These are a necessary complement to the city-wide strategic network outlined in the document because without them local decisions will be made that are not in keeping with the cycling vision.

See the attachment for full details. 2014-08-18BCyCresponsetoBristolCycleStrategy