May’15 Bristol Cycle Forum quick update

Avon & Somerset Police Chief Inspector Andy Bennett, lead officer on cycling, spoke about having revised his leaflet handed out to cyclists when caught by officers breaking the Highway Code. His mantra is to educate before enforcement taking a wholistic approach. The leafet has recently been redrafted to make it more cycling friendly. Enforcement needs to be proportionate and a process of culture change is happening where officers are encouraged to use discretion when dealing with violations. The intention is to extend this approach to all road users: anything from buses, HGVs to cycles. CycleEye Cllr Gary Hopkins revealed that…

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Bristol Bike Forum on 18th Sept 2014

Next Forum is on Thursday 18 September, 5:30/6pm to 8pm at City Hall. Here’s the Agenda: 1)       Introductions 2)       Apologies 3)       Previous minutes and actions (5 mins) 4)       Breeze Rides & Skyride – Nicola W & Brian Johnston (20 mins) 5)       Labour’s Cycling Policy: Cllr Chris Jackson (20 mins) 6)       Ride in the Park C.I.C. – John Bennett (15 mins) 7)       Cycle Forum Terms of Reference Discussion – Kate Cooke (15 mins) 8)       Council Update. (10 mins) 9)       Cycle Festival Update – Anthony de Heveningham & Celia Way (15 mins)  10)      AOB Next LSTF/CCAF/TQEZ meeting 11)   DONM:  20th November 2014…

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Jan’14 Bristol Cycle Forum Update

20mph Cycle Eye From the Council Cycling Partnership The Bristol Cycle Forum, held on Thu 16 Jan at City Hall, began by collectively wishing Councillor Mark Bradshaw the very best wishes for a quick recovery after being diagnosed with cancer. We hope to see him back at work at the earliest opportunity. Meanwhile the Mayor and Councillor Daniella Radice will be picking up Mark’s responsibilities. 20mph Leading the 20mph rollout is Helen Wiggington who gave us an update on progress in advance of the first post-pilot rollout on 20 January. There will be a launch event with the Mayor at Colston’s Primary Junior School on Tuesday 21st, to which anyone is invited.   The rollout will be in six phases, starting in the Centre/North area, progressively working northward, eastward and southward until completion in March 2015. In the pilot areas they found 82% of residents supported the scheme, there were significant increases in rates of walking and cycling and a 65% reduction in mean average speed of motor vehicles. This bodes well for future rollouts, though as Helen commented getting buy-in from drivers will be more challenging the further out they go. We can only hope that the arguments around the public health benefits of more people walking and cycling will help. The scheme is designed to be self-enforcing helped by changes in places to the ‘look and feel’ of the roads. Along with a social marketing campaign, driver education and community speed watch (organised via local neighbourhood forums) they hope that very little police enforcement will be required (though we at BCyC are working with the police to take enforcement seriously, amongst other measures as part of our Road Justice campaign).

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Bristol Cycle Forum – Thursday

Looks like another good meeting coming up see the Agenda – come early if you want a seat – 30+ at last meeting! Should be an extra item on constructive meeting with Police and Council officers re our Road Justice Campaign, road danger reduction measures etc. Suggestions welcome on how to take forward – cycle theft being an obvious inclusion!…

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