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News from the world of Bristol cycling. You might also want to look at the BristolCycling Reddit social news aggregation site.

Please take a look at our Blog for quick updates.


Making Bristol's Streets Special

On November 25th Bristol Civic Society will be hosting their annual BIG EVENT .....


The quality and vitality of our streets  is crucial to a big city like Bristol.  But are our streetscape and public spaces as good as they could be, and how could we make them better ?  Public space is shared by many different users: have we got the balance right ? Is there another way ?  How could we design and manage public space better ?  How can we make the city more walkable ?  How can we make it happen, building on what has already been done ?  A panel of distinguished speakers will try to answer these questions, and there will be an opportunity to air your views.

Read More ...

Tell the Treasury we need #funding4cycling

Tell the Treasury we need #funding4cycling

The Government has put out a consultation on what the UK would like to see in the Autumn Statement 2014, which will take place on 03 December.

We'd like to tell the Treasury that cycling needs at least £10 per head per year invested in order to create the "cycling revolution" that the Prime Minister has called for.

 Fill out the form via the link below with your details and click 'go to next page', where you'll see an email ready to send to the Treasury.

 Time is short: the submission deadline is Friday 17th October.


 (The £10 is a MINIMUM and needs to build up to Euro levels of c£20 as more and more people choose to cycle - Our Bristol Cycling Manifesto calls for £16 - coincidentally it appears that is being achieved from the DfT one-off funding schemes - but only for another year and beyond that there is no commitment - just a promise.)

Railway Path Closure at Teewell Hill Bridge 6th Oct for 8 weeks

Railway Path Closure at Teewell Hill Bridge

Message from South Gloucestershire Cycle Forum

Dear Cycle Forum Members

The railway path at Teewell Hill in Staple Hill will be closed from Monday 6 October for approximately eight weeks.

The essential closure has been scheduled so that our engineers can carry out the foundation works to widen the existing road bridge above the Bristol to Bath cycle and walking route. Last month we closed the same stretch for one day while an old footbridge was removed which had reached the end of its life.

During the upcoming closure, we will construct temporary platforms for the piling rigs to sit on which will allow the foundations for the new bridge widening works to be constructed. The widened bridge will provide new footways once the works are complete.


Clarence Road "Dutch-style" Cycleway - update

Many of you may be wondering what on earth is going on with the much trumpeted Clarence Road "Dutch-style" cycleway. The last we heard it was due for completion at the end of August, but anyone passing by will have noticed the Water Works and the River Avon wall subsidence. These have resulted in significant delays to the scheme.

As of Monday morning, the plan was that the Water Works would finish and installation of the "Toby's" separating the cycleway from the roadway up to Langton Street Bridge would start on 13 October and then from the wall excavation site to Bedminster Bridge.

The wall excavation is still live and the wall stabilisation works are unlikely to be finished before February.  Once they have finished the remaining bollards will be installed.  So by March we should have the Clarence Road scheme finished.

By that time other works in the area (the second Langton Street Bridge, some kind of cycle crossing of Bedminster Bridge, shared use cyleway on Commercial Road, etc) should be underway - or even complete! See our article on the Avon Promenades for the overall vision.

Bristol Post article "53 tonnes of stone being used to stabilise River Avon walls in Bristol after high tides"



New Cycling related Consultations and Planning Applications

A number of schemes with cycling impacts are under way and now being consulted on either through the consultation or planning processes.

We've started a list on our Consultations page to help keep on top of things.

Please make your comments on these schemes as every comment counts - and share your thoughts through our various forums/groups and social media.

How the Draft Bristol Cycle Strategy can be better

We submitted detailed response to the draft cycling strategy from Bristol Council on 18th Aug 2014. Overall we consider this to be a large step in the right direction, making some very clear commitments. However other areas are not so clear. We compared the draft strategy with our cycling manifesto to identify gaps. The table below compares the two:


RGB rating

Key pro

Key con


20% work/school

20% ambition is good

Overall missing: leisure missing


Detail needed

Network is in strategy

Very top level (at present)


£16 a head

Sustained commitment

May fall in real terms


To follow?

Implicit expectation?

Not mentioned


To follow?

No clear ‘advocate’ role

Delivery leader needed

Read more

National recognition of BCyC Road Justice campaigning

The CTC have used our work in a national case study to help other groups.

Of course the secret of our success has been the small group of committed individual (as always - "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead link).

Read more...Our Road Justice campaign used as a national case study

Bristol council debate our Cycling Manifesto

Today (22nd July) there is a full council debate on cycling, thanks to 4,125 people who want to make Bristol better for cycling and signed the Bristol Cycling Manifesto (keep signing!). We've been told our 20 mins are likely to be at 7pm in a meeting that starts at 6pm.  You can watch the debate live, or later, at www.bristol.gov.uk/webcast.

Sadly, the landmark event and positive news story is unlikely to get the coverage it deserves due to another petition about residents' parking. The campaign however continues under the Space for Cycling heading as we move towards 2015 and the next elections.

Read more here

How good is the Bristol Council Cycling Strategy?

BCyC is hosting an event in City Hall from 5:30pm - 7:30pm on Weds 9th July to prepare the way. Come along for a concise overview of what's going on in Bristol and summary of what to expect over the coming years. This will see the opening of consultation on the official Bristol Council Cycle Strategy which will set out the response to our Bristol Cycling Manifesto.  Read more...

Penny on Discover Bristol rides during the cycle festival

The lovely Bristol Cycle Festival folk have interviewed our Penny (looking very summery) about our rides to Discover Bristol by bike.  

Can't wait! 


Neighbourhood Cycling plans

Having spent last year focussed on the Strategic Cycle Network for the Bristol region which formed the basis of the Bristol Cycling Manifesto routes, we're now moving onto the next stage: Neighbourhood Sustainable Transport Plans.  

Our aim it identify the local links needed to connect the strategic cycle network to where people live, work, shop, study and play. This is very much in keeping with the Space for Cycling campaign. We will be building local plans with the aim of shaping the thinking and priorities of neighbourhood partnerships (NP), councillors and communities, in the same way that we have been successful at council level with our Freedom to Ride manifesto.

Bristol neighbourhood partnership areasThere is now a section on our site for each NP in Bristol, with similar areas covering South Glos and North Somerset. This shows the strategic cycle routes through each area and we'll be adding in local links over the coming months perhaps starting with safer routes to school.

We have been making use of the experience of other campaign groups around the country on this, in particular:

Get in touch if you are able to help with this more local work.

Bristol Cycling Campaign Dutch study tour

The Bristol Cycling Campaign is organising a study tour to the Netherlands, home of the cycling capital of the world: Groningen.

The tour will take place from September 22nd to 26th. You must confirm your place by June 27th.

An information sheet is available here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B71pyjvMEOqcT1ZsT3VmenliLTg/edit?usp=sharing

More detail about the tour is available on David Hembrow's website

Please use this sign up form to register your interest. We need to know possible numbers!





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  4. Space for Cycling - Big Ride in Bristol
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  6. Productive meeting with Chief Constable
  7. Adrian Hill
  8. Strange Cylindrical Objects Appearing around Bristol
  9. AA Launches "Think Bikes" Campaign
  10. "Other Things Being Equal" A Spell That Binds Us To The Past
  11. New law urged for dangerous driving
  12. Jan'14 Bristol Cycle Forum Update
  13. Decision time for Crew Hole / Beaufort Road
  14. Media Interest Escalates
  15. Manifesto Campaign Makes National News
  16. Reprieve for Colston Street
  17. Barriers Likely to be Removed
  18. Cycle Parking at Home
  19. Colston Street Bike Lane Reprieve
  20. Cycling Excluded From Local Transport Plans
  21. Neighbourhood Forums
  22. Bike Forum Update
  23. Justice for Ross and Clare Simons
  24. Baldwin Street Cycle Safety Consultation
  25. Third Round of Funding for Active Transport
  26. Bee Ride Goes Down a Swarm
  27. Freedom to Ride Leafleting
  28. 3 Important New Consultations
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