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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.


Merchant's Dock Consultation Response

Bristol Cycling Campaign has submitted a response in support of the consultation for a wider path and a new bridge at Merchant's Dock, by the Pump House.

Our view is that this scheme will help make the centre of town more cycle friendly and will improve the existing Harbourside leisure route that is part of Quietway Q10 Promenade.

We are strongly of the view that providing Space For Cycling in Bristol means a network that is largely separated from people walking or driving, except where relative speeds and volumes are low. This should be considered a leisure focussed ‘quietway’ where separation is not required and we will be campaigning for the Council to produce plans for the F1 Cycling Freeway along Hotwells Road to the Portway as the quickest and most convenient cycling through route. 

Majority of under 35s in employment in Bristol choose not to commute by car

We were sent this useful report back in the summer with the headline making point that we’ve hit a tipping point - the majority of under 35s in employment in Bristol choose not to commute by car!!

The analysis is by Jayne Mills of the Performance, Information and Intelligence unit in Bristol City Council and while it is published on the Bristol Council website we've attached it here as these things sometimes go missing ;-)


  • A typical person who cycles to work in Bristol is likely to be a white male, aged between 25 and 39, with a degree, who works full time in a professional occupation and who cycles to their workplace which is between 2km and 5km away.
  • People aged under 35 are choosing to get to work by more sustainable modes of transport, with those driving to work by car in the minority.
  • More than a thousand cyclists commute to work from both Ashley and Bishopston and every ward in the city had at least 100 cyclists commuting to work.

The report will shortly be posted on the BCC Census web page http://www.bristol.gov.uk/census and on the Bristol Research Network sitehttp://bristolresearchnetwork.wordpress.com/. The headline findings will hopefully feed into the next State of the City report. 

PS Commuting flow statistics are due to be published at the end of July, although exactly what we will get is still being finalised by ONS.

This is part of a long term global trend. Read about Peak Car and this Nov 2013 report from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) Peak Car Use in Britain.

More irrelevant cycling 'infrastructure'

This is a new 'bike lane' on the Jacobs Wells roundabout, a horrid junction for cycling.
And shameful in a city that is now calling itself a 'Green Capital'

The problem is making a safe approach from Hotwells Road - this doesn't solve that at all and might encourage some to use an inside lane (not safe). These lanes put the person in completely the worst position.
We think there are about three and a half people in the Bristol Council who understand cycling, and they are hopelessly overstretched.
Other transport planners and engineers are just going through the motions putting in 20 year old designs because nobody has told them to stop and do it properly.
And don't get us started on South Gloucestershire, North Somerset or BANES, who make Bristol look good. 

Council calls for halt to 20mph speed limits

Conservative and Labour councillors in Bristol have voted to call on the mayor to stop his roll-out of 20mph speed limits on roads across the city. Here and here.

However Mayor George Ferguson insisted the roll-out of Bristol’s 20mph zones should continue, saying they “decrease accidents and save lives”.

This is another disturbing example of how local councillors and indeed neighbourhood partnerships fail to stand up for the vulnerable and less vocal in our communities in the face of the powerful forces of the status quo (hello, St Georges NP).

As one comment on a news report put it, "spineless councillors have now got cold feet and given in to the insistent whining of the city's petrolheads". Credit to the Lib Dems and Greens for voting against (especially the LDs who have been very poor on the similarly important RPS).

Bristol Cycling Campaign has been calling for city wide 20mph areas since 1991 when it was one of our first campaign objectives.  Over that time the evidence has become much stronger that '20's Plenty where people live, work and play'. Our Bristol Cycling Manifesto states that 20mph is at the centre of creating Cycling Neighbourhoods and must be backed up by measures that remove through motor traffic.

The campaign continues nationally with 20mph speed limits being one of the six ways of creating Space For Cycling

The Mayor is doing the right thing for Bristol in pushing through this basic measure that will make all our neighbourhoods safer, more welcoming and better places for everyone.


Two dates to get you in touch with your campaigning mojo

South West CTC Campaigns Training Day - Bristol

This is in central Bristol, so couldn’t be easier. Engaging CTC Campaigns Director Roger Geffen and colleagues from CTC HQ will be joining activists from Bristol Cycling Campaign on Saturday 15th November to inspire us about the national Space for Cycling and Road Justice campaigns, both areas where Bristol is showing the way.

The training day is for anyone who cares about improving conditions for cycling in the South West. People new to campaigning are particularly welcome and stand to benefit most. It's at the St. James Priory Centre near St. James Barton roundabout on the edge of Broadmead shopping centre, and attendance is free. 11am to 5pm. Register for the free campaigner training here.

2014 Cyclenation-CTC Annual Conference 

The annual Cyclenation/CTC conference on 22nd November. Bristol hosted this two years ago and Leeds last year. This year’s hosts are London Cycling Campaign and the venue will be Lambeth Town Hall. Speakers include London’s cycling commissioner Andrew Gilligan Register for the conference here

Speakers include: Andrew Gilligan, Mayor of London’s Cycling Commissioner, Rachel Aldred, Senior Lecturer in Transport, University of Westminster, Kevin Hickman, Inclusive Cycling Forum.

Panel discussions with leading figures from across the UK will include: Building political commitment for cycling, Design standards: background and scope for development across the UK

Workshops will include the following topics: Public Health: working with local authorities in their new duties, Accessibility/Inclusivity of Cycling:  towards a Cyclenation Inclusion Policy

Free places!

The first event is free and BCyC has agreed to pay expenses for up to 3 delegate to the Cyclenation conference. As we’re keen to encourage more involvement from women, under 30s and disabled, if you want to go then we’ll sort it out, even if the three places have been taken.

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.

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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"



Bristol Bike Forum on 18th Sept 2014

Next Forum is on Thursday 18 September, 5:30/6pm to 8pm at City Hall. Here's the Agenda:

1)       Introductions

2)       Apologies

3)       Previous minutes and actions (5 mins)

4)       Breeze Rides & Skyride - Nicola W & Brian Johnston (20 mins)

5)       Labour’s Cycling Policy: Cllr Chris Jackson (20 mins)

6)       Ride in the Park C.I.C. - John Bennett (15 mins)

7)       Cycle Forum Terms of Reference Discussion – Kate Cooke (15 mins)

8)       Council Update. (10 mins)

9)       Cycle Festival Update – Anthony de Heveningham & Celia Way (15 mins) 

10)      AOB

Next LSTF/CCAF/TQEZ meeting

11)   DONM:  20th November 2014

Click here for a printable versionf.

See below for minutes of previous Forum.

Future Forums will be 5:30/6pm at City Hall on 
Thursday, Nov 20, 2014
Thursday, Jan 15, 2015

The Cycle Forum takes place on the third Thursday of every second month at the City Hall to discuss provision and promotion of cycling within Bristol. The meetings start with a drop in session which runs from 5.30pm to 6pm followed by the main forum which runs from 6pm to 8pm. Also please click to find dates for the LSTF & Cycling Ambition Fund workshops. 

Agendas and Minutes

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

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