A new cycling campaign has launched to celebrate nearing the completion of a 75-mile segregated bike network across Bristol.
The Bristol Cycle Path Network features 12 routes including new additions in Southmead, Filwood and the Frome Valley.
The Better By Bike online cycle planner is also now available to help people plan their journeys and features all the new routes. It maps out the shortest and safest cycle routes, alongside longer cycle trails in the West of England. Bike pumps, cycle repair shops and BMX facilities are highlighted on the map.
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said:
“Bristol continues to attract high levels of cycling thanks to the investments we have made to introduce safe and comfortable routes. Since 2011, cycling trips in Bristol have continued to increase at around 10% per year – in 2017 there were 26 million trips by bike. We estimate 10% of Bristol residents now travel to work by bike as their main mode of transport.
“This is a great start, but to build an economically inclusive city, we must continue to connect all of Bristol's communities with the infrastructure they are able to use to access work and opportunity.
"We hope anyone thinking about cycling more regularly will be encouraged by the support we can offer, whether that’s through the new infrastructure, information on safer routes via the cycle planner or our Bikeability training sessions. There’s a lot of help we provide to build up your confidence.”
Cllr Mhairi Threlfall, Cabinet Member for Transport at Bristol City Council, added:
“By early 2019 we will have completed 12 different cycle routes across the city – covering 122 miles of cycle routes, 75 miles of which are segregated. Some of the remaining schemes include the final link in Baldwin Street which is being finished as we speak and Prince Street is almost complete.
“Cycling and walking are good options for some journeys which is why we will continue to make improvements for the benefit of our health and wellbeing.”
Other cycling improvements completed by early next year include:
- Over a third of a mile (0.6km) of new or improved on road cycle lanes (lining, signing)
- A mile and a half (2.5km) of segregated cycle lanes (hard kerbing)
- Nearly five and a half miles (8.75km) of new or improved shared/delineated cycle lanes
- Almost three miles (4.5km) of new/improved pedestrian footways
- 872 new or upgraded cycle stands, including 14 new residential cycle hangars
- 5 new floating bus stops, where the cycleway runs behind passenger boarding
- 40 new or improved pedestrian and/or cyclist crossings
- Two and a half miles (4km) of route signage
- 3 new junction speed tables
Work is underway on the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan which will inform the council’s cycle strategies and link into the Bristol Transport Strategy currently out to consultation until 2 November.
The new cycle planner is available on the Better By Bike website, where there is more information on Bikeability training sessions, bike loan schemes and all abilities cycle rides.
- Portway – a direct and mostly traffic-free cycle routes connecting Avonmouth and Shirehampton to the city centre, via Hotwells and The Portway
- Downs Way – a link connecting Westbury-On-Trym, Henbury and North Bristol with the city centre
- Concorde Way – an urban route connecting Filton and Stoke Gifford to the city centre
- Frome Valley Greenway – a quiet north east link connecting UWE, Stapleton and Easton with the city centre
- River Avon Trail – a traffic-free route along the River Avon connecting Netham Lock, St Anne’s Park, Troopers Hill and Hanham with Temple Meads
- Whitchurch Way – a mostly traffic-free route connecting Brislington, Knowle and Whitchurch with Bristol Temple Meads via St Philip’s Marsh
- Festival Way – a direct off-road route connecting Nailsea to the heart of Bristol, with an option to link through the grounds of Ashton Court Estate to Clifton
- Bristol and Bristol Railway Path – a popular and iconic 13-mile off-road route connecting Bristol and Bath
- Southmead Quietway – a signed on-road route from Southmead Hospital to ‘The Arches’ on Zetland Road
- Wesley Way – a valuable east Bristol link connecting Kingswood, St George and Redfield with the city centre
- Filwood Greenway – a new direct south Bristol route connecting Hengrove, Filwood and Victoria Park to the city centre
- Malago Greenway – a direct south Bristol route connecting Hartcliffe and Bedminster with the city centre.