Bristol University Tyndall Avenue public realm changes – our response

Bristol University are proposing to ‘stop up’ Tyndall Place including the junctions at either end as part of their master plan. Here’s our view.

Response to Consultation (BCyCResponsetoTyndallAvenue)
Bristol Cycling Campaign
23 February 2017
Tyndall Avenue Public Realm Project

Our overall position on this consultation is: Support with strong qualification

Space for Cycling
Does this measure deliver 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 Reduction
Does this measure seek a genuine reduction in danger for all road users by identifying and controlling the principal sources of threat?

Green – overall benefit

Triple A Quality
Will this measure be attractive to all ages and abilities using all kinds of cycles? This means ‘Triple A’ quality for All Ages and Abilities

Amber – overall neutral

Strategic Cycling Network
How does this measure contribute to the development of a planned, integrated and coherent strategic cycle network?
Green – overall benefit

How far does this measure provide for Triple A Space for Cycling in the future?
Green – overall benefit

The Bristol Cycling Campaign welcomes many aspects of the proposals to redesign Tyndall Avenue as a public space which is wider, greener, and free of cars and buses. These proposals could produce significant benefits for the University and the City, in terms of well-being, in providing a clear physical focus for the University, and in drawing the public to the Royal Fort Gardens.

However our approval is subject to a major caveat. It is important that cyclists retain the use of Tyndall Avenue as of right, a right which is not subject to possible future removal by the University.  It is not enough to have a broad statement that “Cyclists will still be allowed to pass through Tyndall Avenue after it is pedestrianised” (Tyndall Avenue Public Realm Project Consultation Document p.8).

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Our Infrastructure Action Group is beavering away at this and one of the first proposals to emerge is an old chestnut – Clifton Triangle – an area that we had hoped to resolve as part GBBN and previously with other schemes. Adam, one of the Group’s members, has put some ideas together that very quickly lit up the “twitter-sphere” and featured on BBC Radio Bristol’s Steve le Fevre programme this morning at about 8am and are also being picked up by Jack FM this afternoon, as well as being featured in Bristol Post.

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The proposed route will be designed to the Dutch standard, sections of it already exist through earlier developments. What follows is a summary of our proposal.


 Centre – Queen Square – Brunel Mile – Temple Way – Bond St – St James Barton – Silver St (or Bridewell St) – Nelson St – Quay St.

Western extension: Marlborough St – Upper Maudlin St – Perry Rd – Park Row – Triangle – Jacobs Wells Rd – Anchor Rd.


Bristol has made good progress with its Cycle Greenways radiating out from the inner city towards the outer suburbs and the countryside – the first and still the most successful being the Bristol & Bath railway path. There are now half a dozen such radial leisure and commuter Greenways, all shared by cyclists and pedestrians. These are paralleled by additional signed cycle routes following approximately the main motor traffic roads. In addition, most of Bristol’s radial main roads have partial cycle lanes as a result especially of the Greater Bristol Bus Network programme.

These routes however, are not tied together as they approach, enter and cross the city centre. This crucial and focal gap in the cycleway and cycle route network presents itself as a problem in at least two ways. The city’s cycle routes are not perceived by the public as offering a network – rather, a set of isolated one-off routes. The city centre and its approaches are perceived by aspirant cyclists as a hazard, given the heavy traffic and factually poor record of incidents involving injury.

Arguably, the locus of the problem is not the city centre itself – which has a number of quiet routes and an increasing number of contraflow cycle lanes on one-way streets. Worse is the difficulty of connecting between cycleways and of crossing the Inner Ring Road. Particularly difficult for cyclists are the main river bridges and high-capacity roads including Temple Way, Bond St, Lewen’s Mead and the Centre itself. The approaches to Clifton and the Triangle experience similar problems.

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