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Leading Bristol Cycling Campaign – might it be you?

We are looking for two special people to be our Chair and lead our communications. Might this be you, or someone you know? Volunteer activists are at the heart of Bristol Cycling Campaign. We and our supporters have a shared vision that “Cycling is great for Bristol – Let’s make Bristol great for cycling”. However none of our various campaigns would happen without the small group making sure that we are well run and delivering what the activists need. We are looking for two key roles to join the organising group: Chair – to co-ordinate and lead Communications Lead…

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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. Historically, the roads on this corridor have presented a very hostile environment for people cycling. Since Summer 2020 there has been some limited cycling…

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An Evening with Peter Walker, Weds 26th Jan 2022

We’re hoping to be hosting an evening on Wed 26 Jan 2022 at 19:15 with renowned journalist Peter Walker as he shares his thoughts on public health and active travel, and how we can influence change.  Book tickets here. (Please check the link for the current status. If it doesn’t happen you’ll get a refund.) It’s at The Radnor Rooms, 30 Saint Nicholas Street, Bristol BS1 1TG.  Peter Walker is a political correspondent for the Guardian and runs its popular bike blog as well as writing the excellent books ‘How Cycling Can Save the World’ and ‘The Miracle Pill’. Peter will share…

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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 re-think the proposals, increase the level of ambition and enable people of all ages and abilities to make a safe, convenient and sustainable…

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Motoring offences prosecuted in the local courts

Bristol Road Justice brings together campaigners from Cycle Bristol CTC, Bristol Cycling Campaign and RoadPeace to highlight issues around road crime and the appalling level of death, injury and intimidation of cyclists on the city’s roads. One of the national partners we work with is Action Vision Zero (actionvisionzero.org/action-vision-zero-roads-policing-campaign/). They have produced figures for motoring offences, prosecuted in court in 2015-2020, for each police force area, and compared them to the average figures for England and Wales (E&W). Figures for Avon and Somerset (A&S) are available in a…

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Podcasts for cycle campaigning

If you’re not already listening, we’d like to warmly recommend the ‘Active Travel Podcast‘ from the Active Travel Academy’s (ATA) Dr Rachel Aldred and journalist Laura Laker. All episodes are worth hearing but we’d like to particularly recommend the ones on media reporting (which is highly relevant to our Road Justice work), on cycling for everyone (another campaign theme), and on low traffic neighbourhoods (our Liveable Neighbourhoods campaign). Media reporting of Active Travel The way cycling and collisions are reported can dramatically affect how the public perceives blame. Sentence focus is usually on pedestrians/cyclists and…

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The Age of Self-Deception – A Reflection on 16 Years of Transport Politics

At the end of this year Steve Melia will retire after 16 years of researching, teaching and writing about transport and sustainability. Steve is a long term BCyC supporter and the driving force behind the influential Living Heart for Bristol initiative. He’s giving a talk on 15 December 2021 at 5pm in UWE Frenchay Campus which is sure to be insightful and entertaining and highly relevant to cycle campaigning. Much of his material was collected from trips cycling across Europe. Next year, he plans to take up to 9 months to cycle across the whole continent.Since 2005 he has advised government departments,…

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Bristol Cycling 2021 survey – how can we double cycling rates?

We’ve opened our 2021 survey to find out what barriers there are to people cycling in the city and what can be done to help remove these barriers.  We would really appreciate your support in sharing this survey far and wide via your newsletters and social media, especially with groups which may not currently cycle. The survey is open until 30th November. The survey link is available here: https://bit.ly/BristolCyclingSurvey2021 You can find out what we learned from our 2020 survey here.

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Can you help Bristol Cycling become a registered charity?

Bristol Cycling Campaign is a voluntary organisation working to make Bristol a great city for cycling.  We have been active for over 40 years but have never made the jump to become a registered charity (read more about us here).  We are looking someone who can help take us through the process in 2022.  We are open to a pro-bono offer from a legal firm, expert advice on a voluntary basis or paying the right person if required. This is not just a matter of filling in some forms as there will be changes required to our constitution,…

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“My bike was stolen in Bristol” – we feel your pain

Such a sad tale of a stolen bike from new Bristol news site, BristolWorld.com. We were able to share some information and advice, including What to do if your bike is stolen and Why Bristol needs more bike hangars https://www.bristolworld.com/news/my-bike-was-stolen-in-bristol-but-i-shouldnt-be-surprised-3423192 Here are a couple of quotes from the article. It wasn’t even a very good bicycle. Bought eight years ago on the Government’s cycle to work scheme, I’d run it into the ground, to the point I was warned it was no longer safe to ride when taking it for…

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