The chairman of a government body set up to promote cycling across England has said there is a “real sense of a cycling renaissance” in Bristol, following a visit to the city earlier this month.
Phillip Darnton OBE, Chairman of Cycling England, was in Bristol to see the progress Bristol and South Gloucestershire councils have made on increasing cycling rates in the city.
Mr Darnton was in Bristol along with fellow Cycling England board members to discuss the cycling agenda with Bristol and South Gloucestershire council leaders.
The delegation took their bikes on a five-mile route in the south of the city to see new cycle paths between Hotwells and Ashton Court, plus cycling priority measures on Prince Street Bridge and traffic-calming measures in Bedminster and Southville, Bristol’s first 20mph zone.
The delegation also cycled to Windmill Hill City Farm, the location of one of a number of Cycling City grant-funded projects to encourage local communities to get back in the saddle.
“It’s easy to see why Greater Bristol was recently voted the UK’s number one city for cycling,” said Mr Darnton.
“The city and its neighbouring counties have a fantastic network of cycle paths and cycle-friendly streets, which are being enjoyed by ever-growing numbers of cyclists. There’s a real sense of a cycling renaissance in the city.
“The new infrastructure projects we’ve seen today, as well as plans we’ve seen for the projects coming to fruition over the next few months, have demonstrated to us that Greater Bristol’s Cycling City project is on track for success.”
Cycling Plus magazine rated Bristol “the UK’s number one cycling city” in a recent feature and Cllr Dr Jon Rogers, Bristol Executive Member for Cycling City who joined the delegation, said there were more cycling projects to be unveiled in the next year.
“We’ve seen some very successful new cycle paths open in the past 12 months, plus we’ve got a number of exciting projects coming in the year ahead,” he added. “Long may Bristol’s investment in cycling continue.”
To find out more about Greater Bristol’s Cycling City project, including more detail about where the biggest increases in cycling are occurring, download a 30-page summary document ‘Project update – June 2010′ from www.betterbybike.info/cycling-city-project