Cotham Hill pedestrianisation consultation – back ‘Option A’

Fantastic to see the Cotham Hill pedestrianisation consultation is out. This includes not only more space for traders, pedestrians and disabled parking bays but also separated cycle lanes on the southern section and a School Street on Aberdeen Rd! Please respond and back ‘Option A’, the most ambitious option. Below is a survey asking local people to think about three possible options for a permanent scheme. The overall the aim of any scheme will be to make it easier to walk and cycle within the local community for everyone including those with disabilities, support the local economy, and improve…

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Safe cycle lanes on Bath Road or another urban motorway?

The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) have a consultation on transport on the A4 Bath Road running all the way from Bath to Central Bristol. There are no plans or proposals, it’s an open ended survey, in our view not very helpful, involving all modes of transport and the local area. We ask all our members and supporters to complete the consultation survey please and ask specifically for segregated cycle lanes from Hicks Gate to Temple Gate and, if you like, from Bath to Bristol. Please wherever possible simply put; “separated / protected…

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Our challenges for the new Cabinet Member for Transport in Bristol

This article was first published on Bristol247.com Congratulations to Don Alexander, who has just taken on the role of Cabinet Member for Transport. This is an important position given the impact our city’s transport challenges have on the lives of residents across the city. Getting the balance right between giving hope and managing expectations will be a key challenge as we start an important period for cycling. We take a look at Don’s ‘in-tray’ and some of his key work when it comes to cycling in the city. 1) Start implementing key strategic cycling routes in line with the…

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Is Bristol’s Temple Gate project really deserving of an award?

We were shocked to see that the Temple Gate scheme is up for an award from the Institution of Civil Engineers. Whilst we are sure that this was a complex engineering project, to talk of a ‘significantly enhanced user experience for cyclists’ is more than stretching it.  In 2015 we wrote that “these proposals show potential but need to show a lot more ambition”. This has certainly played out, the area is filled with dangerous shared pavements, cycle lanes that end suddenly and ‘beg buttons’ to cross a six lane highway. We fed…

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Don’t Blow it Bristol!

#DontBlowItBristol We’re at risk of losing Bristol’s new sustainable infrastructure of expanded pavements, cycle lanes and other road changes was brought in to help in the fight against Covid-19. The new infrastructure has given a boost to vulnerable groups allowing people to socially distance, get cleaner air and feel safer when they are out and about. But lobby groups who want cars to dominate our city are pushing councillors to reverse these decisions. Pressure from such groups has already had an effect in other parts of the country, we can’t…

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More funding for cycling measures in Bristol

Today, the government made its long-awaited funding announcement for tranche 2 of the Emergency Active Travel Fund. The first tranche was a relatively small amount of money for Bristol, thanks to the formula used by the government, which prioritised areas with high public transport usage. Nevertheless, this first round of funding delivered the “pop up” cycle lanes on Park Row, Lewins Mead, Mina Road, Counterslip & Clifton Triangle, as well as extra pavement space for pedestrians to enable social distancing. In tranche 2, the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) has been given its full allocation…

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Gear Change and LTN 1/20 – the start of a cycling revolution, or another false dawn?

Months, years and sometimes decades go by with only warm words and crumbs from Government on cycling. We’ve had false dawns before but on July 28 the government published two potentially revolutionary documents for cycling: Gear change: a bold vision for cycling and walking, and the less snappily titled LTN 1/20 Cycle infrastructure design. Showing commitment based on what has worked in London, in the foreword to Gear Change Boris Johnson says about cycling: It doesn’t just make you happier. It doesn’t just make you healthier. It helps millions of others too, whether or not they have any…

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A City for People

The centre of Bristol is changing with pedestrianisation schemes being implemented in the Old City, on Bristol Bridge, and on King Street among others. Bikes, certain deliveries, and on Bristol Bridge, buses and taxis, are allowed through but not, in general, private vehicles. We can all now look forward to improved air quality, safer walking and cycling routes, better public transport, and more space to enjoy our city centre! These schemes are being paid for by the first “tranche” of Covid-19 related emergency funding from the Department for Transport. Some “pop up ” cycle lanes, also predominantly…

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What Covid Cycling Provision do you want?

The Government has made funding available to Bristol City Council to install cycling infrastructure during the current pandemic. As we emerge from lockdown in a socially distanced manner public transport is hazardous (tragically fatal for some) and we can’t all drive everywhere without gridlock and further health crises of deadly air and obesity, both increasing Covid risk. So official advice is to take to our bikes and feet (yay!). The Council has an interactive map on which you can tell them what changes you want and where in Bristol. This replaces…

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The Future of Cycling in Bristol – Webinar May 2020

Well over 100 people joined our first ever webinar on 21st May, 19:30. If you missed it settle down to catch up with this recording. At a time which feels like a proverbial ‘once in a generation’ moment for cycling we aimed to outline some specific campaigns and how we’re pressing for action on: The future of cycling in Bristol How can a Low Traffic Neighourhood approach solve many of Bristol’s issues? We present how we intend to work with the local authority to deliver high quality cycle routes which will benefit the city in the pandemic recovery period and long…

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