The council is currently consulting on changes to the Park Row area, making the “temporary” protected cycle lanes there permanent with a new design.
Bristol Cycling Campaign strongly supports the provision of protected cycle lanes on the Park Row area, between Clifton Triangle and Dighton Street. This corridor connects the city centre and beyond to a number of destinations with extremely high potential for active travel, including the University of Bristol and Bristol Royal Infirmary. Historically, the roads on this corridor have presented a very hostile environment for people cycling.
Since Summer 2020 there has been some limited cycling provision on this corridor, implemented using temporary materials under the government’s Emergency Active Travel Fund in response to changing travel patterns during the COVID19 pandemic. The latest proposals aim to make permanent and improve this infrastructure.
Overall, we are pleased with the design of the scheme. Bus stop and loading bay bypasses will allow people cycling to continue on safe routes even when buses or delivery vehicles are stopped. The provision of protected right turns for eastbound cyclists onto Lower Park Row and Lower Maudlin Street is welcomed, as is the new addition of protected lanes in both directions all the way to Dighton Street.
The weakest point of the scheme is the westbound section between Colston Street and St Michael’s Hill, which is an unprotected lane. This uphill section is one of the most daunting sections of the route and a lack of safe continuity here is likely to limit the accessibility of the route to all users. We would like to work with officers to improve this section of the scheme.
On balance, we support the scheme, but would appreciate the opportunity to work with officers to improve the unprotected section and some additional technical details.
We recommend our members respond positively to the consultation, and make reference to Bristol Cycling Campaign’s detailed response. The consultation closes on 16th January 2022.
Our full response is available here: 2021-12 Park Row Full Response