Why are recent plans for cycling so awful?

We have now sent in our response to the consultation about the cycle routes around the south side of Temple Quarter. These are being called Temple Greenways and are for ‘connecting the city with the Bristol Arena’. They are companion proposals to the Temple Gate plans previewed last year.

Both sets of plans show some innovation and welcome improvements, for example on the Q10 Promenade Quietway. However, they also show a failure to tackle the fundamental issues and barriers, such as linking the F6 Bath Road Freeway into the centre, or the 6,000 space cycling hub that is needed at this key transport interchange. 

The reasons for this are clear when looking at the dates on the plans. It is simply not acceptable to leave consideration of cycling until all other major decisions are made in a city that is aiming for 20% of trips by bicycle.

We are heading towards another ‘Whiteladies Road debacle’ when an expensive but inadequate redevelopment of the public realm will have to be redone again in a few years.