Lots of people cycle in Greater Bristol, bringing great benefits to themselves, and to the city. But two thirds of people consider cycling too risky for them. They want protection from intimidating motor traffic. They know that sharing with pedestrians can be uncomfortable for both. The only proven way to enable cycling for everyone is to provide a continuous and dedicated cycling network to ‘Triple A’ quality standards – for All Ages and Abilities. We need low traffic Liveable Neighbourhoods where we live, learn, shop and play.
This is the work of our Space for Cycling action group. It means setting out a positive vision, lobbying for change, and speaking up for cycling. The S4C group meets regularly and uses a Slack to keep in touch. Introduce yourself to get involved. Remember that most campaigning is done not through the formal group but by individuals getting stuck in to an issue that concerns them, using this useful information.
Space for Cycling means:
- REDUCED THROUGH-TRAFFIC on residential streets making streets more pleasant and liveable for residents
- PROTECTED SPACE – Lots of high quality, protected, continuous, cycleways.
- SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL so that children can to cycle to school safely helping them be more active and independent
- PEOPLE-FRIENDLY CENTRES – Prioritising walking, cycling and public transport makes public spaces more pleasant places to work, shop and relax.
- TRAFFIC-FREE ROUTES – Open new routes for cycling, giving safer options for recreation and commuting.
- LOWER TRAFFIC SPEEDS – Design streets to naturally encourage lower speeds
Bristol Walking and Cycling Index 2021 - highlights
In case you needed any convincing of the scale of both the challenge and opportunity for cycling in Bristol, Sustrans have released their forth Bike Life report for 2021, now renamed Walking and Cycling Index 2021. This follows on from the 2019, 2017 and 2015 reports and highlights many of the barriers to cycling in Bristol but also some of the huge opportunities and potential in the city: The data in this Area report comes…Read More
We say No! to removal of cycle lanes on Whiteladies Road
In May 2022, Bristol City Council (BCC) surprised us with a new consultation in which they are proposing that it is necessary to remove the cycle lanes in both directions at the bottom of Whiteladies Road, in order to alleviate the flooding that occurs on that section and to allow them to move and widen the pavements. They had previously committed to provide us with prior notice of such plans that impact cyclists, but in…Read More
Mina Road campaign to make space for cycling
Residents living on Mina Road, St. Werburgh's, have been suffering the negative effects of heavy cut-through traffic from the M32 for years. These effects include noise, pollution, speeding, road danger and difficulty crossing the road. Drivers routinely ignore the 20mph limit, lorries ignore the 7.5 ton ban and the volume and speed of motor traffic is excessive for a small carriageway bounded by a park, local shops and a primary school. A recent traffic audit…Read More
Brislington Greenway Planning Application
Bristol Cycling Campaign is supporting two temporary planning applications that could get a pedestrian and cycle path on the old Bristol and North Somerset railway line, (the Brislington Greenway), at least for three years. This comes as there also reports that Bristol City Council has advanced proposals to turn it into a road (Plans are back for A4 relief road along former railway line in Brislington) The two planning applications for the Brislington Greenway go…Read More
A38 / Bradley Stoke Way proposals
South Gloucestershire Council has set out proposals for improving conditions for the Thornbury, A38 and Bradley Stoke Way corridor including: Thornbury and the B4061 Alveston Hill between Thornbury and Alveston The A38 corridor between Thornbury and Aztec West Bradley Stoke Way between Aztec West and Great Stoke Roundabout Bristol Cycling Campaign has responded to the consultation. We strongly supports the provision of high quality cycle infrastructure along these routes. 2022-03 Thornbury, A38 and Bradley Stoke…Read More
Summary of our 2021 survey
Bristol Cycling Campaign’s annual cycling survey received its best ever response with over 1,200 people participating. The results show that concerns about road safety & collisions are the biggest deterrent to using their bike more. Not surprisingly, the majority (82%) said that protected bike lanes on main roads would encourage them a lot to cycle more, as with last year (What we learned from our 2020 supporter survey). It’s clear to us that if the…Read More
We support safe cycling proposals for the Park Row area
The council is currently consulting on changes to the Park Row area, making the "temporary" protected cycle lanes there permanent with a new design. Bristol Cycling Campaign strongly supports the provision of protected cycle lanes on the Park Row area, between Clifton Triangle and Dighton Street. This corridor connects the city centre and beyond to a number of destinations with extremely high potential for active travel, including the University of Bristol and Bristol Royal Infirmary.…Read More
New Transport schemes for Wells Rd & Whiteladies Rd
Bristol City Council and the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) have a consultation on works on the no 2 bus route, including for cycling. This is a major north-south route taking in many of the most heavily used, and most hostile, cycling routes in the city. We've done an executive summary of our response which you can use. There are some good bits, but overall we're not impressed: We urge Bristol City Council to…Read More