Bristol Parents for School Streets

In January we attended a meeting of the recently re-formed Bristol Parents for School Streets. The group is now looking for fresh input and ideas as it reforms to support the council in its efforts to accelerate the Bristol School Streets programme. For more info click here.School Streets are streets that include school entrances that are are made ‘resident access only’ during school drop-off and pick-up times. The aim is to create safer spaces around schools and encourage active travel. In February 2020 Bristol City Council started trials for two School Streets and has plans for…

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Workshops on changes to the Railway Path – have your say!

Sustrans have funding to improve the Bristol end of the Railway Path between Trinity Road and Clay Bottom. The £1.2m project is being called the One Path: BS5 project and “aims to encourage positive behaviour and tackle issues such as conflict between path users”. It is funded by the Department for Transport and will be delivered by Sustrans in partnership with Bristol City Council. Hooray! But hold on there. There’s a line of thought that what’s needed are speed bumps, bollards, and chicanes. What do you think needs to be done? There are four events coming up to find out what the local community…

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Chocolate Factory in Greenbank

Generator (Chocolate Factory) LLP has submitted a full planning application, under reference 15/06400/F to Bristol City Council for the redevelopment of the former Elizabeth Shaw Chocolate Factory in Greenbank. The details are on their website at

138 new homes, in a mix of houses and apartments
142 new car parking spaces for residential and commercial uses
A new landscaped public open space, linking the wider Greenbank neighbourhood with the Bristol & Bath Railway Path
An independent retail/cafe unit
Flexible workshop units for creative enterprises
A refurbished building for community & commercial use

Bristol Cycling Campaign has submitted detailed a detailed response highlighting the lack of cycle parking and shortcomings in the travel plan.

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We say “20mph is Good for Bristol” at council debate

Following the success of the “Keep and extend 20mph limits” petition with over 4,000 signatures, there was a full council debate on March 15th. We put in a written submission in support BCyC Statement March2016 Keeping and extending Bristol 20mph Areas.

There was ‘shock and awe’ when the Bristol Post came out in support as well. They seemed to have been swayed by the arguments that Bristol’s Better at 20.
Here’s the text of our statement:

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Manifesto for Mayoral Candidates – May 2016

We have produced a Manifesto for 2016 Mayoral Elections 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 Council, and for the Police and Crime Commissioner. Statement of support from Charles Lucas – S4C Statement [Conservative] Statement of support from Kay Barnard – S4C Statement [Lib Dem] Statement of support from Tony Dyer – S4C Statement [Greens] Statement of support from George Ferguson –…

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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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Joint Spatial Plan and Joint Transport Study – our response

These two major strategic plans will shape some profound changes to our city and towns over the coming years. The four West of England councils (Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset, Bath & North East Somerset) together are working on a draft Joint Spatial Plan setting out how the area will accomodate 85,000 new homes and growth of 20%. The companion Joint Transport Study will shape how people travel, and whether we achieve the Bristol Cycle Campaign vision of ‘a city where cycling is so easy that everyone does it’.

There’s many good words, as you’d expect they take account of the Bristol Cycle Strategy, and the Draft South Gloucestershire Cycle Strategy. Overall however we feel they’re in danger of rushing up the ‘business as usual’ path.

Our full response is here: 2016-29-01JointSpatialPlanTransportStudy.

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Deterring through traffic in Windmill Hill

Our overall position on this consultation is: Support
A well thought out and potentially transformational example of creating ‘Streets for All’ that should be followed in many other neighbourhoods.

Space for Cycling
Does this measure provide for 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?
Green – overall benefit

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(All Ages and Abilities)
Will this measure be attractive to all ages and abilities using all kinds of cycles?
Green – overall benefit

Strategic Cycling Network
How does this measure contribute to the development of Bristol Council’s planned integrated and coherent strategic cycle network?
Amber – overall neutral

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

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A Modest Proposal #4: Clanage Road Roundabout and the Festival Way

If you want to scare yourself rigid, pop along to Clanage Road roundabout on any weekday in term time at 3.15pm. That’s the time that 1,500 kids pour out of Ashton Park School and onto the fast busy roundabout on the A369. This is a key hub on the F11 Inner Orbital Cycling Freeway in the BCyC strategic cycle network and close to F8 Festival Way Quietway.

BCyC members have been working with local residents on ideas to improve walking and cycling and the junction has been adopted as one of the priorities for the Greater Bedminster Community Partnership (see TrafficChoices tracker).

A paper making the case for change is here: Clanage-Road-Roundabout-Strategic-Route-hub-proposal-May-2015. This has been presented to the local neighbourhood partnership, GBCP, and is based on a series of raised tables, crossings and improvements to reduce the speed of the estimated daily flow of 10-20,000 vehicles. It also aims to significantly increase the number of cycle movements from the current 1200-2000.

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