Stoke Park future plans consultation – our response

We responded to the consultation on future plans for Stoke Park. That’s the iconic parkland below the yellow Dower House overlooking the M32. BCyC Response to Stoke Park

Stoke Park


Our overall position on this consultation is: Support with qualifications

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?Amber – overall neutral
Road Danger ReductionDoes this measure seek a genuine reduction in danger for all road users by identifying and controlling the principal sources of threat?Amber – overall neutral
Triple A Quality (All Ages and Abilities)Will this measure be attractive to all ages and abilities using all kinds of cycles?Amber – overall neutral
Strategic Cycling NetworkHow does this measure contribute to the development of Bristol Council’s planned integrated and coherent strategic cycle network?Amber – overall neutral
Cycle-proofingHow far does this measure provide for Triple A Space for Cycling in the future?Amber – overall neutral

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 be taken to improve conditions for cycling throughout Bristol, so that people cycling feel safe and welcome.
  2. The opportunity should be taken to make cycling much more convenient to, through and around Stoke Park.
  3. In particular, Bristol City Council’s adopted Cycling Strategy proposes the creation of the “Purdown Quietway”, a traffic-free cycle route linking St Werburghs with UWE through Stoke Park via Sir John’s Lane and Hermitage Wood. This should form a key part of the improvement plans for Stoke Park.
  4. The Purdown Quietway should be built to a high standard, segregated from pedestrians and follow as flat a route as possible with a smooth firm surface different in appearance from nearby pedestrian walkways. Some lighting should be provided; probably low-level stud lighting (similar to that on the Concorde Way between Muller Road and St Werburgh’s) would be sufficient on a route like this. If the cycleway is designed to be comfortable and convenient to cycle on, it will significantly increase the number of park users. The relatively large size of the park makes the bicycle a particularly suitable way to explore it.
  5. It is important to ensure good access to the Purdown Quietway from Muller Road to the south. Probably the best route would be a zig-zag path up the steep slope near to Allot Gardens Recreation Ground, in order to connect with the path leading up from the top of Boiling Wells Lane.
  6. Cycleable links should also be provided to the Purdown Quietway and Frome Greenway from other park entry points in Lockleaze and Stapleton and also between those two main cycleways. In particular good cycle access should be provided onto Stoke Lane and Heath House Lane in order to maximise the possibilities for accessing the park from the east side of the M32. The Stoke Lane access should take account of UWE’s and Bristol City Council’s aspiration to provide a future cycle route between UWE’s Glenside and Frenchay campuses, which would probably utilise the new Metrobus bridge over the M32.
  7. We are sceptical about the desirability of new car-parks, which will tend to encourage the use of non-sustainable transport to access the park. Far more emphasis should be placed on improving access on foot and by bicycle.
  8. Access to Stoke Park is currently difficult by bicycle (and also by wheelchair, and for mothers with pushchairs) due to restrictive barriers at many entry points including the one on Sir John’s Lane, and the one at the bottom (Stapleton Road end) of the existing Frome Greenway cycle path. These barriers should be removed.
  9. We have no objection in principle to the grazing of livestock in parts of the park, but this should be organised in such a way as to avoid the need to gate the principal Frome Greenway and Purdown Quietway cycle routes. If gates are needed on more minor cycle links, these gates should be designed to  enable easy access by bicycle and wheelchair, i.e. kissing gates are not suitable.