COVID-19 Temporary Measures Southville and Bedminster

As we emerge from the Covid-19 lockdown, we’ve been in detailed discussion with local councillors in a number of areas of the city about what can be done quickly to enable walking and cycling. Here’s our proposals from 17th May for Southville and Bedminster (Southville & Bedminster Temporary Covid Measures). We’re pleased to see some of them underway. We’ve got a map where you can Suggest a change for your area, or support existing ideas. Make sure you let your councillors know you want change using Useful Information for Neighbourhood Campaigns. This document provides a short list of…

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Proposals for Centre to Hicks Gate via St Philip’s Marsh & Bath Rd (LCWIP Bristol Route 1)

There are 12 radial cycle routes proposed for significant investment in the West of England Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan, published in January 2020. This is the only game in town at the moment for cycling improvements, although there’s no funding or timescale as yet. We put in a detailed response to the 127 page document, but both plan and response are quite hefty. We’re going to break it down into more digestible chunks over the next few weeks, focussing on one of the proposed routes at a time. It’s really important to add your comments and…

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Let’s have safer streets during Covid-19

If you’ve been out during the Covid Lockdown you’ll have noticed that the proportion of folk cycling and walking compared to driving has rocketed. In some places it’s difficult to maintain social distance, while in others a small number of drivers are racing at intimidating speeds on the roads. In many cities and towns around the world quick, innovative but temporary measures are being used to make streets safe and comfortable for key workers and those shopping for essentials or exercising. This is particularly valuable for many key workers who can not afford private cars but…

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Cycling Campaign and coronavirus

While all face-to-face Campaign meetings are postponed until further notice you can still get involved in our Forums, Twitter, Facebook or simply just contact us. We are looking into hosting online meetings (such as Skype or Zoom) – let us know if you are interested. For most people cycling will continue to be the healthiest way to get about. There’s some helpful info at https://www.cyclinguk.org/article/coronavirus-qa-it-safe-cycle but if you’re ill you’re not going anywhere fast – get well soon!…

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A Bristol Cycling podcast: Old Market Roundabout

The first podcast in an occasional series. This one is very short and to the point! When we heard that there was development at Old Market we asked Bristol City Council for a Dutch-style roundabout. We knew it was a big ask – it was probably too ambitious, this time – but what opened today is an improvement on what was there before. We just have to keep on asking… The traffic was particularly loud today, apologies for the sound quality in parts.

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Bike Life Bristol 2019 report finds safety is the single largest barrier to more people cycling

In case you needed any convincing of the scale of both the challenge and opportunity for cycling in Bristol, Sustrans have released their excellent Bike Life report for 2019. This follows on from the 2017 and 2015 reports and highlights many of the barriers to cycling in Bristol but also some of the huge opportunities and potential in the city: 350,000 people live within a 25 minute cycle of ‘The Galleries’ 73% of people think space should be increased for people socialising, walking and cycling on their local high street 28% of residents cycle at least once a week. 23% don’t cycle…

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A Modest Proposal #8: Jamaica St cycleway

Every cyclist in Bristol will have their own strategy for coping with the James Barton roundabout, one of the worst in Bristol and the subject of our Modest Proposal #5: The Bear Pit / St James Barton Roundabout. Particularly as the Gloucester Road is one of the busiest cycling routes in the city, with its own  Modest Proposal #6; Eight to Eighty cycling on Gloucester Road. Most of us make use of Jamaica Street, but it can’t be called pleasant. It also boast some of the oldest and most idiosycratic ‘cycling facilities’ in Bristol. How about this ‘Modest Proposal’…

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The start of cycle campaigning in Bristol, lessons for today?

It’s well worth settling down with the hot beverage of your choice and letting the estimable John Grimshaw tell you about the start of cycle campaigning in Bristol, and we venture, in the UK. He describes the striking series of demonstrations and actions that started in 1974 and lead to the mass action that created the Bristol Bath Railway Path in 1978. Campaigning group CycleBag (1977) carried the flag forward and then John set up up practical action organisation Sustrans in 1983.  CycleBag may, or may not, have stood for “Channel Your Calf and Leg Energies Bicycle Action Group”…

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