Strategy for cycling

August 04 2014

BRISTOL's first comprehensive cycling strategy, which encourages more people to get on their bikes, was published by the council last month.

BRISTOL's first comprehensive cycling strategy, which encourages more people to get on their bikes, was published by the council last month.
The strategy addresses how cycling can be made simpler, safer and more attractive, regardless of age or experience. It also looks at the challenges and barriers keeping people off their bikes.
Although the number of cycling commuter trips has doubled, cycle journeys now make up eight percent of journeys to work, the council says.
The council aims to increase this to 20 percent by 2020, as well as continue to invest £16 per head of the population per year to deliver cycle improvements.
Future investment will be used towards the creation of a more simple and safer cycle network, and to deliver innovative projects.
Ian Barrett, regional director of Sustrans - a UK charity encouraging people to travel by foot, bike or public transport - said: "Bristol’s commitment to build a cycle network that can be confidently navigated will enable far more people to cycle regularly, with huge benefits for the city’s health, environment and quality of life."
Eric Booth, the chair of the Bristol Cycle Campaign, said: "Tens of thousands of ordinary people already enjoy cycling in Bristol. There are more who would like to join us, but they need to be confident that [cycling] is safe and easy.
"We warmly welcome this strategy which is in line with our Bristol Cycling Manifesto. We’re looking forward to working with the council and local communities on making it happen."
The strategy document is available to read on the Bristol City Council website. It is available for comments until August 11.