Campaign launched to celebrate 75-mile cycle network across Bristol

Published on 01/10/2018

A new cycling campaign is launching today to celebrate nearing the completion of a 75-mile 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 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 also 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.

“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:

“We are continuing to expand our network of routes. The final link in Baldwin Street is being finished as we speak and Prince Street is almost complete. 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.

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:
• 0.6km of new or improved on-road cycle lanes (lining, signing)
• 2.5km of segregated cycle lanes (hard kerbing)
• 8.75km of new or improved shared/delineated cycle lanes
• 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
• 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.

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.

* of routes physically separated from vehicles. Source: BikeLife | Bristol 2017 report