Bike lanes ‘one of the best investments into public health returns’

It’s not news in Bristol (or anywhere else) but here’s more evidence from New York about the astonishing returns on investment in cycling [4,5]. The really astonishing thing is that in spite of overwhelming evidence [1] and sound policies [2,3], the necessary transformation in approach still seems so far away. We wonder if the new transport powers for the new ‘Metro Mayor’ can repeat lessons from London, or Leicester to get a step change in Bristol. [1] NICE PH41 Walking and cycling: local measures to promote walking and cycling as forms of travel or recreation [2] Bristol Cycle…

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South Bristol Link Road – May 2016 update

We are pleased that things are moving on the final detailed stage of designing the cycleway that will run alongside the new South Bristol Link Road. This has been a long running issue that we’ve worked on for many years. Overall the new road will cause more problems for Bristol and for cycling than it will cure but it’s going to happen so we want to make sure that provision for cycling is a good as it can be. Local members have been reviewing the plans and Bishopsworth Councillor Richard Eddy (‘a keen cyclist’ he says) has also been on…

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Manifesto for Council Candidates – May 2016

We have produced a BCyC Manifesto for 2016 Council Elections candidates setting out key questions for the elections on May 5th. This is part of our Space for Cycling campaign. You can add your voice to the campaign by signing the petition. See also our manifesto for candidates standing for the Mayor, and for the Police and Crime Commissioner. Manifesto for Council Candidates Cycling is good for Bristol – and more cycling is better 8 in 10 people want Bristol to be better for cycling Cycling in Bristol means sharing space with intimidating motor traffic, or with…

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A Modest Proposal #5: The Bear Pit / St James Barton Roundabout

 St James Barton roundabout remains among the worst in Bristol for cyclists. This is despite the sterling work of The Bearpit Improvement Group and the recently completed £1million scheme to provde a route around the inner edge of the roundabout at street level for pedestrians and cyclists. We hope this already outdated scheme will be the last time huge budgets will be spent forcing cycles to share busy spaces with pedestrians (see BCyC Policy on Shared Space Streets and Shared Use Pavements). However the omens are not good in Temple Quay. Our modest proposal shows how proper Space…

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Huge response to Space for Cycling survey

We have had over 600 responses to our survey on what people think about cycling in Bristol. Most responses were from those who cycle regularly, 73% cycle more than 3 times a week, and the main motivations were for excecise and pleasure, commuting, and concern for environment There is strong support for removing motor traffic from shopping areas to create ‘Living Hearts’. and 3 out of 4 saya there’s not enough secure cycle parking. People want police to priortise cycle theft. in 20mph local areas half support further traffic slowing measures, but others feel these don’t help cycling and cause other…

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Temple Greenways consultation

Outline plans for ‘cycling Greenways’ through the area around Temple Meads and the new Arena were published last month at http://www.bristoltemplequarter.com/greenways (and here Temple Greenways Proposal Plan – Consultation). They are companion proposals to the Temple Gate plans previewed last year. There is an online survey for responses which gives limited options but do take a minute to make some of the points below. You may want to include a link to this page if you support our points. While both sets of plans show some innovation and welcome improvements, for example on the…

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Temple Gate (Temple Meads)

Informal consultation on current plans for Temple Gate were presented at the January 2015 Bristol Bike Forum. Subsequently the leaflet was published at http://www.bristoltemplequarter.com/gate with requests for responses (deadline passed 18 Feb 2015). We’ve attached it here Temple Gate Consultation_Version_January_2015 The proposals for Temple Gate remove the Temple Circus roundabout and one of its spurs to create “a more direct road layout, changes to access, more direct pedestrian and cycle routes, better public transport facilities and space for new buildings and a public square.” As an important gateway to the City Centre, this scheme is long overdue! While an improvement…

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BCyC Ride Exploring F11 – the ‘Inner Middle Orbital’ Freeway

Sam Saunders lead a group of riders around this route on the proposed Strategic Cycling Network on Sunday 5th October, 2014. There’s a fair bit of work to be done in working up plans that we can use to press the council for changes, but this is good start.  Here’s his report: Thanks to those who patiently followed me round my version of the Bristol Strategic Cycling Network’s  Inner Middle Orbital Cycling Freeway (F11) this morning. A chilly start was cheered up with various cakes and coffees in St Werburgh’s. After that things got warmer and…

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Bristol Cycling Network

Bristol Cycling Campaign has produced a concise strategy for cycling in Bristol. This sets out how we will achieve Space for Cycling.

The strategy is affordable, maintaining current spending levels of £16 per head of population per year, and can be delivered in just 12 years for a total of £109m.

We have mapped out the network of strategic routes shown here that connect every neighbourhood. These can also be seen in an innovative ‘Top Tube’ map to make it really clear.

Our vision is for every street to be a cycling street, linked by 200 miles of Cycling Freeways and Quietways. There are three elements to the network:

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Freeways and Quietways (the North) SUNDAY 10 Nov

START: 10:00am Arnolfini DESCRIPTION: The Ride will head out along the Portway Freeway before following potential Quietways and trails in the Trym Valley to Blaise. We will sample both existing and potential routes to UWE and Southmead Hospital before returning to the centre via Purdown and along the Concorde Quietway. Where ‘off road’ routes are followed an ‘on road’ alternative will be made clear. FOOD STOPS: Cafe stop at Blaise. Late lunch at St Werburgh’s City Farm GRADE: Easy LENGTH: 15 miles EST FINISH: 2pm SUITABLE FOR…

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