Green light for extra cycling investment in Bristol

November 01 2016

A new scheme called the Southmead Quietway is under development following a successful bid for extra government funding. This is a cycle route to Southmead Hospital designed to follow quiet roads and appeal to a wider group of prospective cyclists, helping encourage active travel and cut car commuting, congestion, pollution and lack of physical exercise.

A new scheme called the Southmead Quietway is under development following a successful bid for extra government funding. This is a cycle route to Southmead Hospital designed to follow quiet roads and appeal to a wider group of prospective cyclists, helping encourage active travel and cut car commuting, congestion, pollution and lack of physical exercise. 

There will be improved signage, with a little budget for new paths or facilities, and it should involve remodelling the start, at the busy junction of Zetland Rd, Gloucester Rd and Elton Rd. It should also include a new cycle crossing at Coldharbour Rd.  

Redland councillor Fi Hance said: “Many residents have been in touch about cycling issues, including the Make Space for Cycling initiative and improving the confusing and dangerous junction at Zetland Rd is a very long standing local issue after government funds were promised for resolving dangers here but then used elsewhere. We’re therefore delighted this should at last get the priority it deserves and shall be following progress with it.”

Bristol City Council’s Cabinet approved a £9.4 million investment after a successful bid to the Cycling Ambition Fund as part of a £19 million cycling improvement programme for the West of England over the next three years, which is designed to connect workplaces and businesses with communities and neighbourhoods.

The proposed schemes include a quiet route through the city centre linking to the cycle path on Baldwin Street and better routes on Prince Street; an arterial route connecting Filwood to the city centre via the northern slopes; complete missing links and crossing provision at key sites; adding cycling signage and an additional 4,000 cycle parking spaces across the city.