Enlightenment – Cycling City Project

The area of Greater Bristol received the UK’s first Cycling City status in June 2008. The status was awarded jointly to the two councils in Greater Bristol – Bristol City Council and South Gloucestershire Council.

Cycling City is not just an award – it is an opportunity for everyone in the region. The total funding of £22.8 million brings the potential for unprecedented levels of innovation, involvement and creativity.

Bristol and South Gloucestershire councils are looking to double the numbers of regular cyclists in Greater Bristol in a number of areas.

They are doing this by:

  • building new and improved infrastructure
  • running events
  • working with businesses
  • working with schools
  • advertising
  • providing training and
  • funding community projects.

For a summary of the project’s first twelve months, you can watch this short video below.

3 Responses to “Enlightenment – Cycling City Project”

  1. 1 Oliver March 26, 2010 at 11:41 am

    I don’t mean to be negative here, I can see you’re trying to make a difference, but what’s actually happened to help cyclists?

    Bristol’s roads are still in a terrible state, especially at the edges where you have to cycle (road repairs often completely ignore the edges, or even make them worse). Most advance stop lines have no cycle paths leading up to them. There are many places where cycle lanes could be added or improved but haven’t. There’s no “green wave” of traffic lights to allow easier commuting.

    Having a few events, some one-to-one route planning sessions and a bit of prisoner labour isn’t going to solve these issues, but they’re what make cycling unpleasant and inefficient. How about some actual concrete action?

    • 2 abeautifulmachineevent March 26, 2010 at 5:20 pm

      …and I don’t mean to be negative either Oliver…but I’m only trying to bring people together. I’m no politician or anything like that. I’m just a designer who loves cycling! Those of you who feel you need to say something SHOULD! I don’t live even live in Bristol. I’m just sick and tired of the same things you are. Bristol is the first ‘Cycling City’. I ask…what has changed? Anything? Why don’t you, and people like you, speak up and voice these opinions. The public are the only ones who can change things in the time frame we want things changed.
      So – perhaps exhaust your frustrations at one of these evenings where there will be people including myself who actually give a shit. You’ll be in good company!

      • 3 Oliver March 26, 2010 at 5:34 pm

        Fair point, I posted this in the wrong place didn’t I? 🙂

        I gave up most campaigning years ago after nothing ever seemed to make a difference, but will give it another shot on this one.


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