What Space for Cycling is needed in each Bristol ward?

In the run up to the 2016 Bristol Council elections lots of you asked candidates to help create Space for Cycling in your area. Many candidates gave statements of support. Of all the many things that need doing, we asked for specific changes in each ward. You can see them all here.

To see these on a map and to contact the candidates/councillor use this link.

Read the #S4CBristol asks for each ward

WardAsk
Ashley 1. Stokes Croft from St James Barton to Ashley Road. This is one of the most heavily used cycle routes in the city but is hostile to any but the most determined (fortunately Bristol has many of these). The existing painted cycle lanes are constantly blocked making them worse than useless. It's time for the whole carriageway to be properly designed to reflect the multiple uses of this High Street with protected cycleways separated from bus stops and loading/short stay parking bays.

2. Cheltenham Road from City Road to The Arches and Zetland Rd junction. One of the most heavily used cycle routes in the city but is hostile to any but the most determined (fortunately Bristol has many of these). The existing painted cycle lanes are constantly blocked making them worse than useless. It's time for the whole carriageway to be properly designed to reflect the multiple uses of this High Street with protected cycleways separated from bus stops and loading/short stay parking bays. The 5 way Zetland Rd junction is one of the busiest and bewildering for cycling deterring all but the bold and brave.
Avonmouth and Lawrence Weston Long Cross and Kings Weston Avenue, Lawrence Weston. Protected cycleways allowing cycling and walking without obstruction by parked vehicles and buses. This is the main desire line for pedestrians and bikes linking Shirehampton and Lawrence Weston. It connects the main residential areas with the two schools Oasis Academy Brightstow and Oasis Academy Bank Leaze.
Bedminster 1. West Street, Bedminster. As well as being a neighbourhood centre and destination, this is the most convenient route from the south west towards the centre. It's a very hostile environment at the moment that deters all but the most determined cyclists. The existing painted cycle lanes, where they exist, are constantly blocked making them worse than useless. It's time for the whole carriageway to be properly designed to reflect the multiple uses of this High Street with protected cycleway separated from bus stops and loading/short stay parking bays. Even though the street appears narrow by taking a whole carriageway approach the situation can be improved for all.

2. Clanage Road Roundabout and Ashton Park School Link. Connecting through from Greville Smyth Park to Ashton Park bottom entrance alongside A370. In particular addressing Clanage Road roundabout and improving links to the Festival Way. This would be one of the first properly designed roundabouts that work for everyone ('Dutch style).
Bishopston and Ashley Down Gloucester Road from Sommerville Road junction to Horfield Common. This is a very popular cycling route and the quickest route connecting the north of the the city with the centre. But it's a very hostile environment that deters all but the most determined. The existing painted cycle lanes are constantly blocked making them worse than useless. It's time for the whole carriageway to be properly designed to reflect the multiple uses of this High Street with protected cycleways separated from bus stops and loading/short stay parking bays.
Bishopsworth 1. Bridgewater Road Protected Cycleway. Protected cycleway from Bishopsworth Rd junction to Kings Head Lane roundabout by Computershare offices. This should be two way on the north side with priority over all side roads. Will need crossing points at each residential road on south side for access. Extension to connect with South Bristol Link road.

2. Parsons Street gyratory must be given protected space for cycling. At present the volume of traffic and the challenging gradients deter all but the boldest of those riding cycles. The limited options for crossing the railway lines mean that all the important routes for cycling go through this junction.
Brislington East The St Anne's Quietway (Q14) will open up the Brislington Brook valley for walking and cycling from the river Avon at Netham up to Brislington and West Town Primary. At present it is discontinuous with inaccessible sections. On road provision needs improving. The railway bridge at Newbridge Road will need the single lane priority extending across the bridge.
Brislington West Brislington Railway Path will extend the Whitchurch Railway Path all the way down to river Avon. This is part of the circular F12 Orbital Cycling Freeway and will be an important alternative to the busy Bath Road. It will also be a pleasant and green route for walking and recreation. The route runs from the Talbot Rd allotments on the old railway down to St Philips Causeway. From there a protected cycleway on Whitby Rd will link up with Feeder Rd at Netham lock.
Central 1. Pedestrianise Clifton Triangle and Queens Road. Traffic routed around Triangle South removing gyratory.

2. Prince Street Bridge should be closed to motor traffic. The west side should be pedestrian only while the east should be a two way cycleway, with pavement. The spaces at either end would then become two new plazas enhancing the harbourside public realm. One of the key elements of the Living Heart for Bristol vision.

3. Protected cycleway on the Inner ring road along Park Row, Perry Road, Marlborough St.

4. Contraflow on Queen Charlotte Street, linking Baldwin Street to Queen Square, without going on cobbles
Clifton 1. Regent Street and Merchants Road in Clifton Village. Clifton Village should one of the jewels of Bristol as a people friendly neighbourhood centre. Instead motor vehicle traffic dominates making this a very hostile area for pedestrians and cyclists. There is a good deal of rat running and through traffic and many junctions (especially Merchants Road/Regent Street) are too wide to be crossed safely by pedestrians. The current situation discourages pedestrian and cycle access reducing potential customers for the many shops and cafes in the area. Regent Street and Clifton Down Rd should form the backbone of the area as the 'Clifton Promenade', a walking and cycling promenade linking the village and student halls with the university. The key step to making this happen, with further benefits across the area, is to pedestianise Regent St between Princess Victoria St and Royal York Crescent, and Merchants Rd from Victoria Square. Buses should continue to have access.

2. Contraflow cycling on all streets through simple 'Except Cycles' on no entry signs. Particularly useful will be Clifton Road, linking Queen's Road through to Goldney Avenue.
Clifton Down Whiteladies Road from The Downs to the Clifton Triangle. This should be one of the main cycling routes in the city but it is uncomfortable to cycle on with constant conflict and uncertainty with motor traffic and buses. There must be proper protected cycleways with bus stop by-passes and suitable junction priorities especially at Tyndall's Park Rd. The principle issue is a decision on how to manage short term parking on this heavily used High Street. X
Cotham 1. Cheltenham Road from City Road to The Arches and Zetland Rd junction. One of the most heavily used cycle routes in the city but is hostile to any but the most determined (fortunately Bristol has many of these). The existing painted cycle lanes are constantly blocked making them worse than useless. It's time for the whole carriageway to be properly designed to reflect the multiple uses of this High Street with protected cycleways separated from bus stops and loading & short stay parking bays. The 5 way Zetland Rd junction is one of the busiest and bewildering for cycling deterring all but the bold and brave.

2. The Redland Link connects Gloucester Rd to the Downs, via Redland Hill, Redland Rd and Arley Hill. Improvements will include junctions with priority for cycling, together with cycle lanes away from car doors, and removal of island pinchpoints. A link on Zetland Rd down to The Arches needs to be made welcoming for cycling.
Easton 1. Church Road, A420, from Lawrence Hill Roundabout to St George Park. Easton Ward. Protected cycleway on retail high street. The key issue is to resolve or remove the interruptions and blockages caused by short term parking. This is also part of creating a 'people friendly town and neighbourhood centre'.


2. Whitehall Bridge over Railway Path, connecting Johnsons Rd and Bruce Rd, next to Whitehall Primary School. Reinstate a shared use bridge over the congested junction of the BBRP. There is heavy use both along and across this section particularly of school drop-off and pick up times.
Eastville Muller Rd - Fishponds Rd from M32 junction alongside Eastville Park to Royate Hill B4469 junction. Eastville Ward. Protected cycleway ideally in both directions. May be possible to improve path through Eastville Park but there will then be access issues to get to and from the path for all routes. There will also be capacity issues as the route is likely to be very heavily used.
Filwood 1. Knowle Promenade along Novers Lane, Leinster Avenue. Separated walking and cycleways along both sides of this route linking Broadwalk shopping centre to Brislington and Hartcliffe. Improve access to Knowle Park Primary, Connaught Primary and Greenfield Academy. Melvin Square and Broadwalk Square, at either end of Daventry Rd, should be reclaimed as greenspace with roadway on three sides only.

2. There are few pleasant ways to cycle between the centre and south Bristol. The Filwood Quietway (Q13) will connect Redcliffe, Victoria Park, Knowle and on to Hengrove. Particular issues to resolve are a protected cycleway on St Luke's Rd under the railway, St John's Ln, and the uphill section of Wemore Vale.
Frenchay and Stoke Park Open up the Romney Avenue Link
Frome Vale Connect UWE with Fishponds through Oldbury Court. This route is particularly important on account of large number of students living in the wider Fishponds area. The deep gorge of the River Frome is a significant barrier, and one which could be overcome with a high level bridge - something which would completely change the attractions and benefits of cycling from this direction. Another barrier is the M32 where the planned Metrobus bridge over the motorway could be the opportunity to significantly enhance the overall route by creating a greenway with easy gradients up the escarpment and through the planned new housing area.
Hanham Along the river E of Conham towards Keynsham
Hartcliffe and Withywood Hareclive Rd and Hawkfield Rd, Hartcliffe. Well used street linking residential, business and schools. Some painted bike lanes often obstructed by parked vehicles. Due to width and volume probably needs protected cycleway for most of length. Linking the F8 Radial Freeway from Bishopworth with F14 Outer Orbital Radial at Hengrove. Also connects the Q7 Malago Quietway and Q13 Knowle Quietway North South.
Henbury and Brentry The route from Blaise Castle round to Southmead Hospital would open up the whole area for cycling. This would need a protected cycleway on Kingsweston Lane, Crow Lane, Knowle Lane and Pen Park Road. This forms part of the F13 Northern Loop Orbital Cycling Freeway from Henbury to Hanham via Frenchay and Kingswood.
Hengrove and Whitchurch Park Whitchurch Lane link, Whitchurch. Protected space from Hartcliffe Roundabout to Ridgeway Ln and Whitchurch railway path. This fast and busy road is extremely intimidating for cycling and yet is the main access route to schools, business parks, residential areas and the South Bristol Hospital. Protected cycleways on both sides are needed but a two way track on the north side (with crossings) may be an intermediate stage. Needs to have continuity past side access roads and bus stops. Pinch points and speed humps have made conditions for cycling even worse from Belland Drive through to Ridgeway Ln. Need good access on to Washing Pound Lane for access to Whitchurch.
Hillfields The Lodge Causeway Link connects Fishponds Road and Kingswood. Protected cycleways are needed on both sides of this busy route. These will also include continuous pavements to make walking easier and more pleasant. Cycle friendly junction at Forest/Berkley Rd and provision for short term parking and loading on the retail area up to Chester Park Rd. Provides safe route to Chester Park Primary and to Cossham Hospital.
Horfield 1. Gloucester Road from Sommerville Road junction to Horfield Common. This is a very popular cycling route and the quickest route connecting the north of the the city with the centre. But it's a very hostile environment that deters all but the most determined. The existing painted cycle lanes are constantly blocked making them worse than useless. It's time for the whole carriageway to be properly designed to reflect the multiple uses of this High Street with protected cycleways separated from bus stops and loading/short stay parking bays.

2. Monks Park Avenue and Toronto Road are key access routes for Southmead Hospital and Orchard School Bristol. They need protected cycleways and a proper cycle friendly junction at Gloucester Rd. This forms part of the F13 Northern Loop Orbital Cycling Freeway from Henbury to Hanham via Frenchay and Kingswood.
Hotwells and Harbourside 1. Jacobs Wells Road needs a protected cycleway on the most favourable graded route from the south and centre up to Clifton and the university. This may only be needed on the the northbound uphill side of the carriageway but should be two way with priority over Constitution Hill and Lower Clifton Hill junctions.

2. It's time to pedestrianise Park Street. This is the iconic Bristol street and it should be allowed to become the vital living link between Clifton Village and the University and the centre. There will need to be a proper cycleway suitably designed to manage pedestrians and for the different needs and safety of those cycling up slowly, and free-wheeling down.

3. Hotwells Road and the challenging gyratory around Merchant Road are highly intimidating for cycling. This forces all but the bravest to use the Harbourside Promenade, introducing conflict and stress into what should be a relaxed leisure route, like the rest of the Harbourside. Protected space for cycling linking the Portway and Merchants Road with the centre will resolve the issue and improve cycle access to the centre.
Keynsham North Along the river E of Conham towards Keynsham
Knowle Knowle Promenade along Daventry Road, Broad Walk. Knowle Promenade - Separated walking and cycleways along both sides of this route linking Broadwalk shopping centre to Brislington and Hartcliffe. Access to Knowle Park Primary, Connaught Primary and Greenfield Academy.
Lawrence Hill 1. Railway Path Missing link from Lawrence Hill through to Temple Meads along line of Midland RailwayExtend Bristol Bath Railway Path along line of old railway as recycling centre is moved. Must ensure there is sufficient capacity as likely to be very heavily used. 5m width.

2. Old Market from Castle Park to Lawrence Hill, including the roundabout and Lamb St gyratory, Protected cycleway along the high street shopping corridor, particularly to manage the impact of short term parking creating blockage and obstacles.
Lockleaze 1. Muller Rd is a very busy route connecting Gloucester Rd with the M32 junction at Eastville. It needs protected cycleways in both directions. This forms part of the F12 Orbital Cycling Freeway and will provide safe routes to school for Fairfield High School and better walking and cycling access to Lockleaze.
2. Open up the Romney Avenue link
Long Ashton Long Ashton High Street - Long Ashton Rd and Weston Rd from Ashton Court to Wild Country Lane. This is the backbone of Long Ashton binding the whole village together. It is car dominated and hostile for walking and cycling. A protected cycleway with better walking is possible given the will to tackle and manage parking. Without it new developments will remain car dependent to the profound disadvantage of the growing numbers of young and old in the village.
Publow and Whitchurch Staunton Lane and Stockwood Land to junction with Stockwood Rd. Remove centre line and add two wide cycle lanes to reduce speeds and make give cycles a high profile on this narrow street with sharp corners.
Redland 1. Gloucester Road from the Arches up to Sommerville Road junction. This is a very popular cycling route and quickest route connecting the north of the the city with the centre but it's a very hostile environment that deters all but the most determined. The existing painted cycle lanes are constantly blocked making them worse than useless. It's time for the whole carriageway to be properly designed to reflect the multiple uses of this High Street with protected cycleways separated from bus stops and loading/short stay parking bays. The 5 way Zetland Rd junction is one of the busiest and bewildering for cycling deterring all but the bold and brave.

2. The Redland Link connects Gloucester Rd to the Downs, via Redland Hill, Redland Rd and Arley Hill. Improvements will include junctions with priority for cycling, together with cycle lanes away from car doors, and removal of island pinchpoints. A link on Zetland Rd down to The Arches needs to be made welcoming for cycling.
Southmead The route from Blaise Castle round to Southmead Hospital would open up the whole area for cycling. This would need a protected cycleway on Kingsweston Lane, Crow Lane, Knowle Lane and Pen Park Road. This forms part of the F13 Northern Loop Orbital Cycling Freeway from Henbury to Hanham via Frenchay and Kingswood.
Southville Southville Streets for All. With about 8 street closures rat running and through traffic could be removed from most residential streets in the whole Southville ward. The effect would be profound for walking and cycling as streets became calmer - Streets for All. This would be a fraction of the cost of other measures being considered such as crossings, DIY streets and traffic calming.

The retail destinations of North St, East St and West St would be opened up for all as they were less car dominated. Suitable off street parking will need improving. Motor vehicles would still be able to access all streets by going around on the 'Bemmy Ring' (Coronation Rd, Winterstoke Rd, Bedminster Rd, Malago Rd, Bedminster Parade).

This would need be planned as an integrated area wide scheme with a single Traffic Regulation Order (TRO). Traffic problems will be resolved that currently prevent safe routes to school at Holy Cross Primary on Dean Lane, Luckwell Primary on Duckmoor Rd, and Ashton Gate Primary sites.
St George Central Wesley Quietway from Beaufort Rd Kingswood via Hillside Rd and Newent Avenue. The gradient and the heavy volumes of traffic on the A420 make this parallel route an important alternative. There are a number of junctions that need improving but the main issue is to reduce rat running and through traffic. There will be significant benefits Air Balloon School and the John Cabot Acadamy. Specific asks are (1) make Queens Road a contraflow. (2) Improve the short bit of A431 to link up to Hillside Road. (3) legalise (slow) cycling on the alleyway cut-through from Newent Road to Kennard Road.
St George Troopers Hill Crews Hole and Conham Rd gap. This dangerously narrow and busy section is a major barrier on the important riverside route. The current situation is intolerably dangerous and unpleasant for those walking and cycling. It is a significant deterrent to those who might consider cycling more on what is otherwise a very pleasant and useful route into town. There is planning approval for an innovative solution that will greatly benefit walking and cycling.
St George West Protected cycleway on Netham Rd to give access to Netham Lock and Feeder Road. Protected cycleway on uphill section of Netham Rd allowing cycles to go up from Feeder Rd towards St Georges. The immediate need is for a protected section as far as Fireclay Rd. From here an alternative route on quiet roads can link all the way to the Railway Path using Netham Rd, Avonvale Rd, Lyppiatt Rd and Johnsons Rd. Improves access to St Patrick's Primary.
Stockwood Protected cycleway on Stockwood Rd and Craydon Rd to open up the heart of Stockwood and link to greenway route to Brislington, and to the Whitchurch railway path.
Stoke Bishop Cycle routes around and across the Downs. They would be a great transport link and a wonderful leisure facility. The cycle lane on Stoke Road is great but it needs to link to Ladies Mile and Saville Road. There need to be safe crossings of Parry's Lane and other places.
Westbury-on-Trym and Henleaze Westbury Road is the most convenient and direct route linking Westbury with the Downs, Clifton and the centre. It is very busy and fast and extremely hostile for cycling. The frequent pinchpoints introduced by traffic islands and the large roundabouts deter all but the boldest from cycling. There needs to be proper protected cycleways on both sides from Blackboy Hill to Falcondale Road. The White Tree Roundabout is a suitable candidate for Bristol's first Dutch style 'annular' roundabout.
Windmill Hill 1. St John's Lane must be made welcoming for cycling as one of the few suitable east-west corridors. This means protected space linking up Bedminster Rd from Parson St Primary, along St John's Lane past St John's Primary, then on up Sylvia Avenue to the Wells Rd. This is part of the strategic Cycle Freeway F11 Inner Middle Orbital.

2. There are few pleasant ways to cycle between the centre and south Bristol. The Filwood Quietway (Q13) will connect Redcliffe, Victoria Park, Knowle and on to Hengrove. Particular issues to resolve are a protected cycleway on St Luke's Rd under the railway, St John's Ln, and the uphill section of Wedmore Vale.
Woodstock Contraflow on Pow's Road (a short road connecting the end of the Wesley quietway to free up the route towards Warmley)