20mph in Bristol saves more than 4 lives a year

One of those lives saved could have been yours or a loved ones. We’ve campaigned for 20mph to be the default speed limit in Bristol for nearly 30 years and we welcome this report from UWE which also found an estimated cost saving of over £15m per year from the avoidance of fatal, serious and slight injuries. So why is Bristol City Council still forging ahead with a review of the 20mph rollout, when clearly it has been an outstanding success?  Former transport chief Mark Bradshaw (Labour) tweeted “No doubt local changes needed with more enforcement action – but…

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Fighting for Air

On Wednesday 10 January, BBC Two aired Fighting for Air, a documentary looking at how a local community in Birmingham, aided by a BBC team, set about tackling pollution on their local high street. The street could have been a number of shopping streets in Bristol, with almost identical debates on issues involved. The solutions put forwarded for reducing pollution were smoothing traffic flow by introducing green waves, replacing the parking bays with vegetation and handing out free bus tickets. The natural reaction of some of the…

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Public support for 20mph limits holds firm, new study reveals

It’s good to see yet another new report about the popularity of 20mph limits, this one from UWE academics published on the Bristol Health Partners website: Seven in every 10 adults in Great Britain support the introduction of 20mph speed limits in busy streets, according to a major new survey.The poll conducted by YouGov earlier this year found 72 per cent of the 3,000 respondents backed the limit in busy streets, with 21 per cent in opposition. The result mirrored findings from similar online surveys carried out as part of the same study in 2013 and 2015. The…

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20mph saves emissions, energy AND lives

The 20mph debate rages on in Bristol, with murmurings of potential reversal, Bristol Cycle Campaign want to shed some facts on an important aspect – Energy and Emissions. We’ve even got a handy infographic.

One controversial argument often heard is that a vehicle travelling at 20mph has higher fuel consumption and emissions than at 30mph. Whilst it is true that the gearing on most passenger cars means that traveling on an empty motorway at 20 instead of 30 would use more fuel for the same distance, the same is not true in urban areas. Even during uncongested times these roads have junctions and traffic lights. It is almost impossible to safely navigate a city without stopping and starting.

Take a 4km journey with 7 stops 500m apart.

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The Mayor’s leaky boat – a parable of RPS and 20mph

Settle down while we tell you a story: Imagine, if you will, the King of Bristol. He sets sail in a big boat, given to him by a chap wearing red trousers. OK, says the King, I know Red Trousers has given me a leaky boat, but I’m sure it’ll stay afloat for a while. But to his horror, the King discovers a giant hole in the bottom of the boat as soon as he sets sail. Water is gushing in, and the other passengers are turning mutinous! The King desperately looks round for things to jettison to stop the…

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Joint Spatial Plan and Transport Study Consultation – have your say

Update:  West of England Joint Transport Study Consultation Nov 2016 – our response Will Greater Bristol ever become a true Cycling City? The Joint Spatial Plan sets out how to build 85,000 new houses and the modern transport links for a growing region over the next 20 years. It’s out for consultation until 19th December but even Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees is calling for more ambition. Overall we feel not much has changed since our initial response in January Joint Spatial Plan and Joint Transport Study – our response. We encourage everyone to respond to the sensible questions in the consultation…

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How to campaign for Space for Cycling? Bristol workshop 10th Dec

Cycling UK and the Bristol Cycling Campaign are excited to host a Space for Cycling workshop in Bristol. The aim of the event is to engage with local campaign groups, council members and the wider public in the West of England, to share expertise and ideas, to network and to gear up for the next stage in the Space for Cycling campaign! Date: 10 December 2016 Cost: Donation or free Register your interest here The day will consist of a series of workshops, below is the day’s agenda: 10:00-10:30 Registration/Networking 10:30-11:00 Opening plenary 11:00-13:00 Workshop 1: Creating a ‘…

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Bristol Council Corporate Strategy consultation 2017-2022 – good for cycling?

Bristol Council has published the Corporate Strategy consultation 2017-2022. There are immensely hard choices to be made. Traditionally this means that those at the bottom of the pile are hit hardest. In transport terms, this means those who choose the cheapest and healthiest options of walking and cycling. What does the strategy have say about cycling? [bs_notification type=”danger” dismissible=”false”]Headline Action: Use the consultation to ask that walking and cycling be considered as strategic priorities rather than afterthoughts.[/bs_notification] Mayor Marvin Rees places equality and health at the centre of his plans, and aims to “improve our transport to connect…

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Review of Community Speedwatch in Bristol

A number of BCyC members are active in local community speedwatch groups. Support from police for CSW has been a bit hit and miss recently, mostly due to the endless reorganisations. Considering the  widespread concerns about speeding it’s surprising that there are so few CSW groups, possibly only 4 across the city.  There was a meeting in May to review and consider ways forward (review-of-community-speedwatch and community-speedwatch-meeting-may-2016). Currently the details of vehicle are copied by hand at least 4 times, leading to unnecessary workloads and the possibility of errors. A new procedure (with the acronym ‘Swan’) is that the CSW…

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20mph

Twenty is Plenty. We endorse 20mph on roads where people live, shop and children can play. This can be achieved without adversely affecting journey times for car journeys. The encouragement this gives people to choose active travel has enormous consequences for improved health, well being and air quality for everyone in Bristol.

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