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News Round-up – April 2021

Mayoral elections take centre stage in Bristol, whilst around the UK air pollution becomes an increasingly heated topic. Bristol News Elections: With less than one month until Bristol’s mayoral elections, Bristol Cycling is keeping active travel on the agenda. We have released a manifesto of 5 key policies that should be part of any mayor’s vision to transform active travel. Amongst other things, our manifesto would commit candidates to creating at least six liveable neighbourhoods, extending the School Streets programme, and installing 1,000 bike hangars across Bristol. You can read the full manifesto here. To book onto our Mayoral…

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Could we have a temporary Brislington Tramway railway path?

There’s real momentum building behind the Brislington Tramway, a ‘missing link’ on the railway path linking Whitchurch, Hengrove and Brislington with the centre. There is a planning application until end of April that needs our backing. Please add a comment to show your support. “The Tramway” is the project name for opening up this fantastic route which would link the existing Whitchurch Way greenway (NCN3) from Whitchurch & Hengrove past Knowle, through Brislington via the railway path and onto the River Trail through St Phillips Marsh to Temple meads (NCN3). This would form an almost…

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Election 2021 – which candidates will back cycling?

It’s going to be a massive May for cycling in our region! On May 6th, Bristol will vote for a new Mayor, regional WECA mayor as well as local councillors. Who will truly back cycling? Who will set out a vision for cycling as a key mode of transport? Find out what Bristol’s mayoral candidates think about Active Travel at our joint hustings on 21st April, co-hosted by Bristol Walking Alliance, Bristol Cycle Campaign, Liveable Bristol and Bristol Parents for School Streets. We’ll have the opportunity to hear from and ask questions of our Bristol Mayoral candidates – what will they…

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Protect your bike for free with Found

How Found helps combat bike theft Found provides a free, easy to use, mobile app for you to register valuables such as bikes and cycling equipment. Once registered with Found if the bike or equipment is ever lost or stolen their technology and community network help search for it. Found is a Bristol based business who are building the community that protects. They have created a network of both public members and businesses to form a connected community. Found combine this community with their innovative technology to help track and recover lost and stolen valuables – including bikes. Reuniting people…

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Bristol Road Justice report on recent casework – March 2021

A number of cyclists have been in touch with Bristol Road Justice (BRJ) in recent weeks, raising a range of issues. Cyclists remain disappointed with the lack of a meaningful response when making a video submission; they are just told that the police will consider a range of options – ‘No Further Action’ (NFA), sending a warning letter, or prosecution – and not told which one they have decided upon. We’re still working on this issue. One cyclist, who had submitted video close pass footage to the…

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Update 03/21: Mina Road, clean air, elections, hangars, liveable neighbourhoods

Read all about our latest projects along with cycling news from around Bristol and the UK. Bristol News Mina Road: A consultation is open for residents to comment on proposed changes to Mina Road, which suggestions on how to make the road more appealing for walking and cycling. You can find the consultation here. (If you miss the deadline please do email in your thoughts!) Update: Our response has now been submitted, available here Clean Air Zone: Bristol Council’s £33m fund to mitigate against possible negative impacts of the clean air zone misses an opportunity to improve cycling infrastructure,…

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What is your experience of submitting camera footage to Avon & Somerset Police?

Our campaigners from Bristol Road Justice (BRJ) again met Avon and Somerset Police (A&SP) to discuss road policing. We continue to be concerned at the lack of meaningful feedback to those cyclists reporting dangerous driving via webcams. There is currently a national police working party looking at drawing up best practice guidelines for processing such reporting. A&SP are awaiting its recommendations as well as keeping an eye on what other police forces are doing. BRJ analyses police collision reports. In 2019, the last complete year for which information is available, 318 cyclists were injured in road traffic collisions in Bristol,…

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Bristol Cycling Campaign outline 2021 priorities

After a lively and extremely busy start to 2021, we are pleased to outline our priorities for the year. It is going to be an exciting year for cycling in Bristol with mayoral and council elections, infrastructure improvements and the increasing recognition of cycling as a valuable mode of transport. The new year saw the election of Toby Wells and Tom Swithinbank as new chairs of Bristol Cycling Campaign. Together we decided it was time for a fresh look at how we work and what we want to achieve in 2021. Below we have outlined our priorities, and how you might…

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Please respond to the Mina Road Consultation

The Council’s consultation on improvements to Mina Road, St Werburghs is still open. Do make sure you contribute. It closes on the 14th – so hurry… There are several questions about the 600-metre cycleway protection installed last year on one section of Concorde Way (Mina Road). This has been a real step forward in safety for cyclists, but there is some local opposition to it, to the extent that people want it removed. Make sure your pro-cycling voice is heard! Our response has now been submitted, available here To respond please see the below link: https://bristol.citizenspace.com/sustainable-transport/mina-road-engagement-survey/…

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Bristol Cycling Campaign calls for 1,000 bike hangars

We have published a report proposing that Bristol City Council should install 1,000 bike hangars by May 2024. Bike hangars are lockable steel pods for up to six bikes and provide secure, on-street bike-parking for people who don’t have any outside space to store a bike at home. The report finds that Bristol currently only has 15 bike hangars but that local survey data show that demand for residential bike-parking spaces is likely to be in the tens of thousands. The report also proposes ways to simplify installation and cut costs by at least £1,500 per hangar. And it suggests…

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