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Bristol has sense of ‘cycling renaissance’, says chairman

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.

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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

3 Responses to Bristol has sense of ‘cycling renaissance’, says chairman
  1. Jacqualine Ewart
    June 24, 2010 | 5:41 pm

    Hi This is a wonderful outdoor site and found the page helpful,this will help my cycling especially when im trying to win,cycling is the sport and no wonder why it has exploded in the last 10 years.

  2. inks
    June 23, 2010 | 2:13 pm

    "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."

    Ok the short link path from Cumberland Basin to the bottom of Aston Court is good. I'll give them that.

    The "cycling priority" on Princes Street Bridge is actually a pedestrian improvement, it's a nightmare for cyclists. It pitches southbound cyclists head on into incoming traffic on the wrong side of the road.

    I live in Southville and cycle around daily I haven't noticed any new traffic calming.

    So, er, not much so far.

  3. Dave Gould
    June 21, 2010 | 3:35 pm

    Hmm, I think Bristol cyclists are in 'renaissance' in spite of anti-cycling features such as lack of cycle paths along main transport routes, over-priced bicycle shops and mammoth hills.

    Other motivations would be climate change, congestion & weight-loss.

    Sadly, doesn't seem the Council can sort any of these unless we get a unified Transport authority:
    http://www.tfgb.org.uk/

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