Who's supporting Space for Cycling in Bristol?

In the run up to the 2016 Bristol Council elections you asked candidates to support create Space for Cycling in your area. Many candidates gave statements of support, in fact over 40% from the main parties! You can read all of the statements below.

Of the 70 Councillors elected in 2016 64% had given their support for Space for Cycling.

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Elected

PartyElected - SupportElected - UnknownTotal
Conservative 4 10 14
Green 11 0 11
Labour 23 14 37
Liberal Democrat 7 1 8

Candidates

PartySupportingOtherTotal
Conservative 6 64 70
Green 32 27 59
Independent 0 9 9
Labour 34 36 70
Liberal Democrat 42 28 70
TUSC 0 18 18
UKIP 0 10 10

Read the candidates' statements

WardName (=Elected)PartySupporting Comment
Ashley Adam Sturtridge Liberal Democrat I fully support this campaign. We need to make cycling safer for all of us - whether we cycle, walk or need to drive.

I cycle to work every day, and it is my main means of transport around the city centre. Cycling is good for your health and for the environment, and air quality in Bristol!

However, there are places where it does not feel safe to cycle - like when your 'cycle lane' just disappears and you need to join the road users.

There will always be places where cyclists share space with pedestrians (e.g. underpass of Junction3 of M32). For these, cyclist need to be aware that pedestrians have priority and they need to cycle accordingly.

One area where I would like to see an improvement is on Newfoundland Road - going into the city centre past the "M32 Services" facility.

Making Bristol safer for walking and cycling will allow more people to use this means of transport - improving air quality, our health and easing some of the congestion on our roads.
Ashley Carole Johnson Labour I am certainly in total support  and looking forward to working hard on this campaign as one of your elected councillors to make sure that our Ashley ward and Bristol City wide is cycling-friendly for us all.
Ashley Gus Hoyt Green I completely agree with all of your four main points (and all of those included in the space for cycling and living heart categories) and Rob Telford and I have managed to see some great improvements in this area. However, with government spending cuts and careless driving seeming to on the increase (my own personal experience) there is so SO much more that needs to be done. Anything we can do to work with you towards our common goals, then let us know and if there are any pilot schemes or bits of funding available then please bear us in mind (Ashley is a very bust ward and is growing in size in May so, despite having my finger somewhat on the pulse, funding bids etc can pass me by sometimes.)
Ashley John Halpin Labour I am totally in support of this campaign and if elected I would like to work hard on this issue. Cycling is incredibly important for our city and I would like to promote new initiatives and ideas on how we can improve cycling schemes in Bristol.
Ashley Jon Rogers Liberal Democrat I've been a strong supporter for many years! Cycling is how mostly I get around Bristol. Working with others, I helped deliver the 20mph area pilots and was the lead councillor on Bristol's Cycling City project for 3 years. More recently I contributed to delivering funding for local schemes, and to writing the Bristol's Cycling Strategy.

If elected, I will continue to push for strong, evidenced-based improvements to our cycling network to encourage this sustainable, healthy mode of travel. In particular, I want to see safer connectivity, more support for education and training and more respect between all road and pavement users! I am less keen on "shared space" than I was!

I went on a cycling study tour in Assen in Northern Holland in 2014 and would like to introduce much of the good practice I saw there. If re-elected, I would also seek to lead on Transport for Bristol TfB to give Bristol the same powers currently enjoyed by London through Transport for London TfL.

Other ideas we have for Ashley ward:

(1) We would like to explore the possibility of a cycling contraflow along North Road, parallel to the Gloucester Road. In fact, Adam Sturtridge and I were talking to residents on North Road about the possibility of reducing the permeability to motor vehicles by changing the direction of motor vehicle flow on North Road to make it one way in from Cromwell Road, up to the back of the COOP, then turning right into Grenville Road up towards the park. Then having vehicles coming down North Road from Sommerville Road turning left into Grenville Road.

(2) And a general desire that I have is to consider making all one way streets in Bristol that are 20mph into cycling contraflows. Certainly Overton Road in St Andrews, Lower Cheltenham Place and the North East end of Grosvenor Road.

The 2015 Liberal Democrat consideration of cycling in Bristol is all about the S4C campaign here
Ashley Jude English Green As a commuting and leisure cyclist I fully support all the 'space for cycling' asks for Ashley and indeed the whole of Bristol.

The ideas to make cycling better in Ashley are a great start, we need to go even further.

More cycle stands, I love it that more people are cycling but we need more secure cycle parking across the city.

Cleaner air for all of us … let's get that low emission zone sorted . Better links and cycle lanes, less cars ... keep the 20 mph zones and put more in.

More Greens on Bristol Council is the most effective way to make sure there is a strong and persistent safer cycling / space for cycling voice at City Hall.
Ashley Maya Sturtridge Liberal Democrat If elected, like my Liberal Democrat colleagues, I will work hard to bring about positive changes for cyclist. Raising awareness of cycling in Bristol can only benefit the people living in the city and the suburbs. I have taught several vulnerable young people how to ride a bike, and have been all too aware of the potential dangers of using busy roads especially when cycling to school. I would like to see more 'space for cycling' throughout the city, and therefore support this cycle campaign.
Ashley Mike Davies Labour I strongly support this campaign and am pleased that it is raising awareness of cycling issues among the candidates in Bristol’s local election. I cycle every day all over Bristol – it’s the only form of transport I use (and I don’t plan for that to change). Because I cycle frequently I am familiar with the concerns that affect cyclists and understand why some people might be discouraged from using bikes in Bristol. I believe that an increase in take-up of cycling would benefit the city in so many ways, making getting around easier for cyclists and non-cyclists alike.

SPECIFIC PRIORITIES
1. Will you work to make your ward and neighbourhood a better place to cycle and walk?
Yes. Bristol Labour Party want to encourage more people to cycle and to do this we know we have to make cycling more accessible and safe. Labour councillors will expand and promote the cycling proficiency test (Bikeability) to help boost cycling skills across every community Bristol. We will also invest in better signage on non-road cycle routes, including the whole of the Bristol-Bath railway path. These will include cycle speed limits and exit signs. We will also review cycle lanes and take relevant steps to improve and maintain them all year, as prioritised by Neighbourhood Partnerships.

2. Will you do all you can to deliver the specific improvement in your ward?
I cycle on Stokes Croft, Cheltenham Road and Gloucester Road many times each week and agree that this vital route should provide better accommodation for cyclists. Having cycle lanes should mean that they should be able to be used as such, so that cyclists are not forced to compete with buses, HGVs and others for what little space there is on this route. I would be very keen to work with other councillors to deliver protected cycleways along these roads.

GENERAL QUESTIONS
1. Will you support and help produce a good transport plan for your ward and neighbourhood?
Delivering a world class, integrated, accessible and sustainable transport network is essential to our city’s future. I will work with the community to make school routes safer by making sure the right level of highway and pavement protection is in place and that it is both enforceable and enforced. We will promote 20mph zones more positively in order to change attitudes. Labour councillors will also work hard to ensure all pavements are well-maintained and safe. This will include greater joint working between the Police and civil enforcement teams to combat dropped kerb and pavement parking. We also want to create a safe, sustainable and attractive environment by using modern street lighting solutions throughout the city.

2. Will you press for Space for Cycling in your ward generally?
We will work with local residents and the Mayor to ensure Space for Cycling becomes a reality throughout Bristol. We will start by reviewing cycle lanes and take relevant steps to improve and maintain them all year, as prioritised by Neighbourhood Partnerships. We will also review the cycling network throughout Bristol to link routes and improve access to key destinations. Encouraging people of all ages and abilities to cycle is important. That is way we will expand and promote the cycling proficiency test (Bikeability) for people of all ages. We will also seek sponsorship funding for cycle hire (including e-bikes and folding bikes) at all stations on the Bristol Rail Network.

3. Will you work towards a Living Heart for your neighbourhood?
We will create cycle hubs and increase cycle parking provision in neighbourhoods and parks where it is currently lacking, as well as committing to increasing shared space in our communities. We will also implement a safe systems approach to road safety including road, pathway and cycle lane maintenance; and will develop a sustainable schools policy which will help schools to promote walking and cycling to and from school.

4. Do you recognise that some changes will be controversial and will you stand up for those with most to gain but whose voices are often not heard the young, the old and the disadvantaged.
We will work with and listen to communities to ensure any improvements to Bristol’s transport networks are sustainable and safe. By asking Neighbourhood Partnerships to review cycle lanes and to prioritise the ones that need improving we will be putting power back into the hands of local people.

We appreciate that some measures to encourage and accommodate cycling may be viewed as controversial. However, easing congestion and reducing air pollution are improvements which will benefit everyone in the city, whether they cycle or not. We are determined to encourage more people to get on their bikes, and will work tirelessly to make cycling more accessible and safe for people of all ages and abilities.
Ashley Simon Stafford-Townsend Green As a Green, I am in full support of measures that encourage cycling. The specific measures you have highlighted for Ashley Ward are ones I would be happy to promote as a Councillor.

Each Councillor sits on a Neighbourhood Partnership made up of a number of local wards. Ashley is partnered with Lawrence Hill and Easton.

If elected, I will use my position on the Neighbourhood Partnership to push for Council funding to make the projects you have described possible for all three wards within the Partnership, ie Ashley, Easton *and* Lawrence Hill.

With Green Councillors in all three wards, this would be easier to achieve agreement on.
Avonmouth and Lawrence Weston Darren Moore Liberal Democrat As a parent I understand your concerns and agree that children (and parents) should be encouraged to cycle more often and that we should make sure it is safe to do so.

I support the Space for Cycling campaign and if elected it is certainly something I will look into. I don't see a solution such as cycle lanes on the Long Cross happening in the future if I am honest because of the cost implications, but making sure that paths are clear of vehicles is something we can definitely look at but will take time. It is not something that can be solved easily as it is more about changing peoples behaviours than changing laws (I don't personally think double yellow lines everywhere are the answer as suggested by other candidates).
Avonmouth and Lawrence Weston Don Alexander Labour A&LW Labour candidates are in agreement about the benefits of cycling, both to the individual and the wider community. Naturally we would want to make the roads and surrounding areas as safe as possible for all users including cyclists
Avonmouth and Lawrence Weston Jerry Williams Labour I have discussed this with my co candidates Jo and Don and yes we are in agreement about the benefits of cycling, both to the individual and the wider community. Naturally we would want to make the roads and surrounding areas as safe as possible for all users including cyclist.

Speaking for myself I have not owned a car for nine years, travel to work in Bath by train and use a mixture of public transport, cycling and walking to get around. I have in the past worked as a truck driver, been a car owner and in previous employment used a bike to get to work. I therefore feel I have a broad experience of various forms of transportation and this is a subject that interest me.

The issue you raised about a cycleway along Long Cross and Kingsweston Lane is something that I would like to be considered with any future developments. We are aware that the parking of cars on the grass verges, increased traffic in the area due to Patchway / Cribbs development and speeding are points of concern for residents. We would campaign for measures to address these issues be implemented, taking into account the needs of pedestrians, public transport, cyclist, local businesses and motorist.

To my knowledge none of us have commented on the Bristol Cycling Campaign groups forum. This has been mainly due to time constraints during an election campaign but also we felt we needed to look into the needs of all concerned before we could give a measured response. The cycling issue has so far not come up at any of the neighbourhood meeting we have attended or when we have been out door knocking. I am sure you appreciate the practicality of cycling for the majority will differ between wards and peoples individual circumstances.

However in principle at least I would support the Bristol Cycling Campaign and if I was standing in a central ward would most likely wholeheartedly endorsed your campaign. If elected I would be welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss the issues raised.
Avonmouth and Lawrence Weston Jo Sergeant Labour A&LW Labour candidates are in agreement about the benefits of cycling, both to the individual and the wider community. Naturally we would want to make the roads and surrounding areas as safe as possible for all users including cyclists
Avonmouth and Lawrence Weston Michael Frost UKIP Bristol UKIPs policy on cycling and speed limits are well known. Cycling in Bristol is a very important part of our transport system, however, a large number of cyclists in Bristol are risking their lives with deliberate flouting of the highway code, yes there are are some impatient motorists, and they are subject to prosecution if they jump traffic lights, or drive down a one way street the wrong way, or weave in and out of other road users and pedestrians. Most cyclists behave in this manor, and until they change their attitude I am afraid they will continue to get killed or injured.
On 20mph speed limits, we disagree with our car hating Mayor and his small minded playmates in the transport dept. 20 mph speed limits are good for side roads and around schools and hospitals, but not on the main routes in and out out of the city, and is routinely ignored by buses, taxis, police cars, and cyclists! So this needs to be changed.
Avonmouth and Lawrence Weston Wendie Smith Liberal Democrat Having read Jamie's inspiring email I am proud to pledge my support for safe cycling and all facilities needed to ensure this is promoted.

I will work with Council colleagues and constituents to identify where these routes are needed and support all groups to make cycling safer and more accessible.
Bedminster Celia Phipps Labour I write in support of the Space for cycling campaign. Both cyclists in my family were knocked off their bikes and sustained significant injury.
Bedminster Glenn Vowles Green Just a quick email to say how strongly I support all that you are currently calling for to enhance cycling in Bedminster. If elected I will work hard to get support and action on these as well as working on developing further ideas and all sustainable modes of transport.
Bedminster Mark Bradshaw Labour Both Celia Phipps and I support the campaign. As a previous cabinet member, I have been involved with and led various projects to boost funding for cycling and address connectivity issues - including the original Cycling City Bid. A statement of our support for this election has been prepared.

Bedminster needs various junctions improved as they poorly support use by pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles. Working with the community partnership (which now controls much devolved highways spending) this will be important for us to press for, should we be re-elected on May 5th. Because of the practical knowledge about working with partners and getting things done, I'm hopeful we can contribute towards beneficial change in Bedminster.

Another example is the on-street secure cycle store in Windmill Hill. I 'opened' this in April 2015 - it remains the only one in Bristol. We urgently need others including in Bedminster and Celia and I have been supporting several bids.

I should add that the Good Transport Plan also helps to set out the role of cycling and the need for ensuring that we boost the numbers cycling, expand the appeal and do all we can to break down barriers - physical or otherwise.
Bedminster Matt Ellis Liberal Democrat I myself am a member of Space for Cycling, and a keen cyclist, so I acutely understand the many problems that face cyclists across the city. I am wholeheartedly in favour of making this a safer place in which to cycle, whether for work or leisure.

If elected, I will do my upmost to support measures to help both improve conditions for cycle users, whether on the roads, quiet ways or dedicated cycle paths. This includes supporting projects to make our roads work for all road users, including segregated lanes wherever these can be accommodated. I believe that we can also learn a lot from our European neighbours - particularly the Netherlands - and I would work with others across the council, including the mayor, to find ways in which these can be implemented.
Bishopston and Ashley Down Becky Lockyer Liberal Democrat I was really pleased to attend your space4cycling event with several other LibDem candidates and support your campaign.

LibDems believe cycling has a role to play in addressing Bristol's transport nightmare. Whilst it is not practical for everyone, Bishopston and Ashley Down has one of the largest cycling communities in Bristol with many finding it the easiest way to get around the city. However, for too many cycling on Bristol roads is a dangerous or scary activity. Joining up existing routes is key to encouraging take-up, with segregation on larger roads - to ease safety fears - and cycle contraflows on smaller ones.

Currently cyclists are too often perceived as a problem; in no small part due to poor planning. A holistic approach to road use would benefit motor traffic - private cars and buses - by freeing up road-space. To ensure success, Space for Cycling needs to be part of an integrated transport strategy for our city.
Bishopston and Ashley Down Daniella Radice Green I support the Space for Cycling campaign and its aims.

In Bishopston I am particularly keen to ensure routes around schools are safe and that children can cycle and walk to school. I am also keen to see a parallel cycle route to Gloucester road to enable people to cycle in a low traffic environment, and exploring filtered permeability to stop rat running. Enforcing our 20 mph speed limits is very important, both through community speed-watch action and more formal enforcement. Our local neighbourhood partnership (Bishopston, Cotham and Redland) has a sustainable travel working group that prioritises cycling, walking and public transport and works to ensure that our local plans are aligned to these aims.
Bishopston and Ashley Down David McLeod Labour Firstly, before answering, we would like to voice our agreement to the six key points made on the Bristol Cycling Campaign Manifesto for Council Candidates, and our only suggestion would be that 20% cycling by 2020 could be a minimum not a target if we work together and have the right leadership in City Hall! Regarding the questions:

SPECIFIC PRIORITIES
Q1. Will you work to make your ward and neighbourhood a better place to cycle and walk?
Absolutely. Cycling and walking should be safer, more attractive and more accessible for everyone so that they can gain enjoyment, help their own health, help the (environmental) health of our city, and help reduce congestion.

To improve the numbers of people cycling we will invest, expand and promote the cycling proficiency test to help boost cycling skills, and we will seek sponsorship funding for cycle hire at all stations on Bristol's rail network (including new stations such as the planned Ashley Hill station in Bishopston & Ashley Down). For on-road cycling we will review cycle lanes and take applicable steps to improve and maintain them, working with and through the Neighbourhood Partnerships. For non-road cycle routes, such as the ever-popular Bristol-Bath railway path and Concorde Way in our ward, we will invest in better signage, including speed limits and exit signs. Regarding Concorde Way (as the main non-road route in our area), these speed limit signs will be of particular use near the Station Road end, where there are a couple of semi-blind turns that cyclists sometimes travel too fast on. Likewise the directional signage will be useful near St. Werburghs Farm, where it can be confusing which exit to take for first time or occasional users of the path. Finally, we will review the cycling network to link routes and improve access to key destinations.

To improve the numbers of people walking in the area we will ensure that all pavements are well-maintained and safe. We will also use modern street lighting solutions to make paths safer, more sustainable, and more attractive. Finally, we will install pedestrian countdowns on traffic lights in key areas such as the city centre and the BRI, and will look into such lights being installed in our area (e.g. the Sommerville Road-Berkeley Road-Gloucester Road junction where pedestrians often cross before/after the green man).

Q2. Will you do all you can to deliver the specific improvement in your ward?
The ward-specific improvement identified for Bishopston & Ashley Down is: "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."

We completely agree with this analysis regarding the quality and safety of the cycle path along Gloucester Road. We believe that this issue, which is sadly pertinent all along the road and not just the part in our ward, should be given a priority by the Council and Neighbourhood Partnership. Cyclists are not the only people who are negatively affected by the road's structure as it is too: We have been speaking with traders on Gloucester Road who are worried that the parking restrictions are negatively impacting on their customers' ability to get to the shops. Similarly, we are concerned that the bus lanes do not work effectively for all road users. A redesign of the carriageway would therefore not only benefit cyclists but would benefit everyone who uses the road. If cycling is improved also, then less people will feel the need to drive to Gloucester Road's shops, helping the environment, reducing congestion and making the road safer for cyclists.

Gloucester Road, as a main route to the north of the city and beyond, is busy and relatively narrow in places. Any redesign will therefore need to strike the correct balance between cycle lanes/cycleways, pedestrian crossings, bus stops, bus lanes, parking bays, loading bays, etc. We believe this should be guided by four main factors. Firstly, the separation of parking from cycle routes so cyclists don't find their lanes blocked and themselves forced into the main carriageway. Secondly, sufficient parking for those who can't get to the shops by bike, bus or walking that is free and allows them sufficient time to shop. Thirdly, safer stopping places for buses that don't result in cyclists having to enter the opposite side of the road when overtaking stationary buses (as at the Wesley Road stop for example). And finally, sufficient safe pedestrian crossings all along the road, using lights rather than zebras to improve safety and better manage traffic flow.

Needless to say, this will all cost money but we will push as hard as we can to find the funding to deliver the improvements for cyclists and all other road users.

GENERAL QUESTIONS
Q1. Will you support and help produce a good transport plan for your ward and neighbourhood.
We believe that a transport network that is sustainable, integrated and accessible is vital to the future of the city.

In terms of safety for pedestrians, we will work with schools and the community to make school routes safer, making sure the right level of highway protection is in place on locations like Ashley Down Road. This should be both enforceable and enforced. We will also work hard to ensure that pavements are safe and well-maintained, including combating pavement and dropped kerb parking in conjunction with the Police and civil enforcement. Furthermore, we will use modern street lighting solutions to make paths safer, more sustainable, and more attractive, for example Concorde Way which can be very dark at night.

Regarding road-going traffic, we hear a lot of concerns from residents about rat-running down their streets, and stand-offs on narrow roads caused by cars going in opposite directions. We support efforts being made by residents in Bishopston & Ashley Down to introduce one-way systems in their streets and/or to introduce traffic calming measures such as speed bumps. We would like to go further however: We would like a complete traffic flow study undertaken of Bishopston & Ashley Down. This would inform the Council and Neighbourhood Partnership on where the traffic flows and how it can be better managed to avoid speeding and stand-offs. Improvements could then be introduced in the form of complementary one-way streets (where one street goes in one direction and the adjacent one goes in the other), speed management such as bumps and chicanes, and restricting streets to being residents' access only (where feasible and called for by residents).

In addition to this, we will promote 20mph zones more positively in order to change peoples' perception about the benefits they can bring. We also support one-way contraflows for cyclists as mentioned in the question, but with the knowledge that for safety reasons this may not be advisable on the narrower streets in the ward.

Q2. Will you press for Space for Cycling in your ward generally?
We believe that having safe cycling routes on all roads is vital to promote cycling and to realise the benefits it can bring. We will work with residents, the Mayor and with other stakeholders to ensure that Space for Cycling becomes a reality. As mentioned in answers to previous questions, our key aims to achieve this are to review and improve cycle lanes, to link routes and improve access to key destinations, to encourage people to cycle, to promote Bikeability, and to introduce cycle hire at rail stations.

Q3. Will you work towards a Living Heart for your neighbourhood?
Bishopston & Ashley Down and the surrounding area benefits by having large public spaces such as Horfield Common, Ashley Down Green and St. Andrew's Park that are motor traffic free and where people have the ability to play and enjoy the space. We strongly believe that these green spaces should be protected and their facilities improved, including increased cycle parking.

On a city-wide basis we will create cycle hubs and increase cycle parking in our neighbourhoods, and we will increase shared space in our communities. We will also implement a safe systems approach to road safety including road, pathway and cycle lane maintenance, and we will develop a sustainable schools policy to help schools promote walking and cycling.

Q4. Do you recognise that some changes will be controversial?
Indeed. We will listen to everyone in the community, and will do our utmost to represent them on this and all other matters, as would be our duties as Councillors. We will work with everyone to ensure that improvements to our transport network are safe, sustainable and have a proper mandate from the communities they effect. By involving and giving responsibility to the Neighbourhood Partnerships we will ensure that power is handed back to the local people. Whilst some plans may be controversial, we are determined to encourage more people to cycle and will work tirelessly to make cycling more accessible and safer for all.
Bishopston and Ashley Down Eleanor Combley Green I am happy to support Space for Cycling. I share your aims and am interested in hearing your particular solutions and suggestions.

The evidence for the benefits of moving journeys from private cars to public transport, walking and cycling is unassailable, on health, social and environmental grounds. Safe, pleasant spaces for walkers and cyclists are essential if we are to encourage people to venture out of their cars. I use the Gloucester Road to cycle in to town, as it is the most direct route, and the Concorde Way out to Parkway, and the difference in the experience is enormous. Although I am a confident enough cyclist to feel I can use the Glos Rd safely, and the increasing number of fellow cyclists definitely helps, using the planned route along quiet back streets and cycle and shared paths is an actual pleasure, and it is those positive pleasurable experiences that will keep people cycling.

When it comes to getting children and families cycling, again my experience supports the value of dedicated routes. As a parent I had no hesitation taking quite young children down the cycle path to St. Werburgh's, on a bike seat, trailer bike or little pavement bicycle, but I still ask my 11-year-old to get off and cross Glos Rd as a pedestrian at a crossing if he is cycling up to Horfield Common without a supervising adult. I don't doubt it puts some families off altogether.

I do recognise that local traders on Glos Rd are anxious to protect car access and parking close to the shops, and for those with disabilities this is essential. I think it is important for any redesign to be sensitive to those wishes and needs. The last thing we want to do is push people to drive further to out of town shops and diminish the amenities which enable people in Bishopston and Ashley Down to live rich local lives, but I do think that making the area more pleasant for cyclists and pedestrians would make Glos Rd a more attractive destination, bring more custom to local businesses and could be a win all round.
Bishopston and Ashley Down Kate Bowman Liberal Democrat I am writing in support of the Bristol Cycling Campaign and am fully in support of the Space for Cycling campaign. If elected I will work with stakeholders across the city and in Bishopston and Ashley Down to put into place the excellent suggestions of the Bristol Cycling Campaign.

As someone in a car-free household, I walk and cycle as much as I can and realise how important it is to have a safe and integrated transport network for cyclists, pedestrians and drivers. I would like to see more people encouraged to take up cycling by making our cycling paths and roads safer for cyclists.
Bishopston and Ashley Down Tom Brook Labour Firstly, before answering, we would like to voice our agreement to the six key points made on the Bristol Cycling Campaign Manifesto for Council Candidates, and our only suggestion would be that 20% cycling by 2020 could be a minimum not a target if we work together and have the right leadership in City Hall! Regarding the questions:

SPECIFIC PRIORITIES
Q1. Will you work to make your ward and neighbourhood a better place to cycle and walk?
Absolutely. Cycling and walking should be safer, more attractive and more accessible for everyone so that they can gain enjoyment, help their own health, help the (environmental) health of our city, and help reduce congestion.

To improve the numbers of people cycling we will invest, expand and promote the cycling proficiency test to help boost cycling skills, and we will seek sponsorship funding for cycle hire at all stations on Bristol's rail network (including new stations such as the planned Ashley Hill station in Bishopston & Ashley Down). For on-road cycling we will review cycle lanes and take applicable steps to improve and maintain them, working with and through the Neighbourhood Partnerships. For non-road cycle routes, such as the ever-popular Bristol-Bath railway path and Concorde Way in our ward, we will invest in better signage, including speed limits and exit signs. Regarding Concorde Way (as the main non-road route in our area), these speed limit signs will be of particular use near the Station Road end, where there are a couple of semi-blind turns that cyclists sometimes travel too fast on. Likewise the directional signage will be useful near St. Werburghs Farm, where it can be confusing which exit to take for first time or occasional users of the path. Finally, we will review the cycling network to link routes and improve access to key destinations.

To improve the numbers of people walking in the area we will ensure that all pavements are well-maintained and safe. We will also use modern street lighting solutions to make paths safer, more sustainable, and more attractive. Finally, we will install pedestrian countdowns on traffic lights in key areas such as the city centre and the BRI, and will look into such lights being installed in our area (e.g. the Sommerville Road-Berkeley Road-Gloucester Road junction where pedestrians often cross before/after the green man).

Q2. Will you do all you can to deliver the specific improvement in your ward?
The ward-specific improvement identified for Bishopston & Ashley Down is: "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."

We completely agree with this analysis regarding the quality and safety of the cycle path along Gloucester Road. We believe that this issue, which is sadly pertinent all along the road and not just the part in our ward, should be given a priority by the Council and Neighbourhood Partnership. Cyclists are not the only people who are negatively affected by the road's structure as it is too: We have been speaking with traders on Gloucester Road who are worried that the parking restrictions are negatively impacting on their customers' ability to get to the shops. Similarly, we are concerned that the bus lanes do not work effectively for all road users. A redesign of the carriageway would therefore not only benefit cyclists but would benefit everyone who uses the road. If cycling is improved also, then less people will feel the need to drive to Gloucester Road's shops, helping the environment, reducing congestion and making the road safer for cyclists.

Gloucester Road, as a main route to the north of the city and beyond, is busy and relatively narrow in places. Any redesign will therefore need to strike the correct balance between cycle lanes/cycleways, pedestrian crossings, bus stops, bus lanes, parking bays, loading bays, etc. We believe this should be guided by four main factors. Firstly, the separation of parking from cycle routes so cyclists don't find their lanes blocked and themselves forced into the main carriageway. Secondly, sufficient parking for those who can't get to the shops by bike, bus or walking that is free and allows them sufficient time to shop. Thirdly, safer stopping places for buses that don't result in cyclists having to enter the opposite side of the road when overtaking stationary buses (as at the Wesley Road stop for example). And finally, sufficient safe pedestrian crossings all along the road, using lights rather than zebras to improve safety and better manage traffic flow.

Needless to say, this will all cost money but we will push as hard as we can to find the funding to deliver the improvements for cyclists and all other road users.

GENERAL QUESTIONS
Q1. Will you support and help produce a good transport plan for your ward and neighbourhood.
We believe that a transport network that is sustainable, integrated and accessible is vital to the future of the city.

In terms of safety for pedestrians, we will work with schools and the community to make school routes safer, making sure the right level of highway protection is in place on locations like Ashley Down Road. This should be both enforceable and enforced. We will also work hard to ensure that pavements are safe and well-maintained, including combating pavement and dropped kerb parking in conjunction with the Police and civil enforcement. Furthermore, we will use modern street lighting solutions to make paths safer, more sustainable, and more attractive, for example Concorde Way which can be very dark at night.

Regarding road-going traffic, we hear a lot of concerns from residents about rat-running down their streets, and stand-offs on narrow roads caused by cars going in opposite directions. We support efforts being made by residents in Bishopston & Ashley Down to introduce one-way systems in their streets and/or to introduce traffic calming measures such as speed bumps. We would like to go further however: We would like a complete traffic flow study undertaken of Bishopston & Ashley Down. This would inform the Council and Neighbourhood Partnership on where the traffic flows and how it can be better managed to avoid speeding and stand-offs. Improvements could then be introduced in the form of complementary one-way streets (where one street goes in one direction and the adjacent one goes in the other), speed management such as bumps and chicanes, and restricting streets to being residents' access only (where feasible and called for by residents).

In addition to this, we will promote 20mph zones more positively in order to change peoples' perception about the benefits they can bring. We also support one-way contraflows for cyclists as mentioned in the question, but with the knowledge that for safety reasons this may not be advisable on the narrower streets in the ward.

Q2. Will you press for Space for Cycling in your ward generally?
We believe that having safe cycling routes on all roads is vital to promote cycling and to realise the benefits it can bring. We will work with residents, the Mayor and with other stakeholders to ensure that Space for Cycling becomes a reality. As mentioned in answers to previous questions, our key aims to achieve this are to review and improve cycle lanes, to link routes and improve access to key destinations, to encourage people to cycle, to promote Bikeability, and to introduce cycle hire at rail stations.

Q3. Will you work towards a Living Heart for your neighbourhood?
Bishopston & Ashley Down and the surrounding area benefits by having large public spaces such as Horfield Common, Ashley Down Green and St. Andrew's Park that are motor traffic free and where people have the ability to play and enjoy the space. We strongly believe that these green spaces should be protected and their facilities improved, including increased cycle parking.

On a city-wide basis we will create cycle hubs and increase cycle parking in our neighbourhoods, and we will increase shared space in our communities. We will also implement a safe systems approach to road safety including road, pathway and cycle lane maintenance, and we will develop a sustainable schools policy to help schools promote walking and cycling.

Q4. Do you recognise that some changes will be controversial?
Indeed. We will listen to everyone in the community, and will do our utmost to represent them on this and all other matters, as would be our duties as Councillors. We will work with everyone to ensure that improvements to our transport network are safe, sustainable and have a proper mandate from the communities they effect. By involving and giving responsibility to the Neighbourhood Partnerships we will ensure that power is handed back to the local people. Whilst some plans may be controversial, we are determined to encourage more people to cycle and will work tirelessly to make cycling more accessible and safer for all.
Bishopsworth Martin Grant Green Martin Grant, Green Party candidate for Bishopsworth strongly supports the two key proposals for improving cycling in the ward. In addition, he would propose improving, with a segregated cycle path, the link between the Malago Greenway route and the new South Bristol Link Road and cycle way. If elected, he will make it a priority to realise these proposals.
Brislington East Andrew Varney Liberal Democrat I'm standing as Lib Dem candidate for Brislington East in the Bristol Council elections in May.

As someone who commutes by bicycle across Bristol every day, I am well aware of the dangers and difficulties cyclists face. I fully support the S4C campaign, indeed I attended your launch event at Hamilton House on 14 March and have already taken part in a leafleting campaign at Clifton Down Shopping Centre on 23 March.

If elected, I will do everything I can to promote cycling and the provision of safe and suitable cycling infrastructure for all ages and abilities.

Good luck with the campaign.
Brislington East Mike Langley Labour We need more road space in Brislington East for cycling lane on Bath Rd
Brislington East Tony Carey Conservative I am one of the Conservative candidates for the ward of Brislington East at next month's BCC elections.

I am also a cyclist and a walker. If elected I will be cycling, walking or using public transport to visit City Hall during my time as councillor. Driving into the city is a mis-use of time and energy.
So, I back to your Manifesto for Council Candidates, my answers are:
1 Yes [Make your ward better for walking and cycling]
2 Yes [Deliver the specific improvement]
1 Yes [A good transport plan for the Neighbourhood Partnership]
2 Yes [Space for Cycling in the ward]
3 Yes [Living Heart for the neighbourhood]
4 Yes [Willing to face controversy]

I prove time and time again that the quickest way around Bristol is by cycle. Especially on short journeys into the city.

If elected, I will do everything I can to promote a sustainable transport system; not only for my ward but for the city as a whole.
Brislington West John Kiely Liberal Democrat My name is John Kiely and I am standing in Brislington West for the Liberal Democrats and support your campaign and the idea of using the old railway by the Talbot Road allotments as a safe corridor for cyclists and walkers alike.
Brislington West Jos Clark Liberal Democrat I live on the very busy Callington Rd and cycle to work everyday into Old Market. In the main I keep to side roads and dedicated cycle ways such as the St Philips greenway. If the cycleway was to be extended to Talbot Rd it would make the route into the city from Stockwood so much easier and more enjoyable. It would make cycling to work a real option for those who do not do it at the moment because they feel it is too dangerous and unpleasant.

Driving in Bristol is becoming a more and more unpleasant experience and having good cycle routes will help the city to become a safer place for cyclists.
Central Ani Stafford-Townsend Green As a cyclist as well as the local councillor, I know first hand many of the issues raised by the campaign. The Neighbourhood Partnership Traffic and Transport Sub-group for the ward has spent a good quantity of time focusing on cycle routes and the improvement of cycle access and increased cycle routes, as well as cycle stands. Many of the projects which were granted funding by the councillors, 3 of the 6 councillors are Green, either mirror or compliment the schemes suggested by Space for Cycling. Full details can be found by following the above link to the NP minutes.

I've been a firm supporter of Living Heart and residents wishing to close routes to traffic, noting that it is essential that the correct community consultation takes place in order for all opinions to be fully accounted for. It is essential though, that we improve the air quality for those living in the central areas of Bristol and M32 corridor.
Central Kye Dudd Labour Thank you for contacting me for my views on your safe space for cycling campaign. Firstly I would like to say that I am a cyclist it is my only form of personal transport that I use, I don't own a car I gave it up many years ago. I cycle through Central Bristol on a daily basis on my way to work and I have 1st hand knowledge of the routes mention in your later questions.

The nature of the ward poses real challenges for transport, it is the central transport hub for public, car, cycling and has a heavy pedestrian footfall. It is important that people are able to move safely around the area. Top priority has to be for pedestrians, the centre itself has been very dangerous with pedestrian deaths. Key to this is a clear modal separation with road and pavement markings which make it clear where different users can safely travel.

Education of all road users is important and needs to be improved I know there are groups in Bristol that work with schools on cycling safely hopefully this will continue. Often there is a lack of respect and understanding of the vulnerabilities of the different types of road users and my own safety has been put at risk on a number of occasions.

In the central area and we must have greater segregation between cyclists and other road users - not just cars but also buses, trucks and vans. I would also like to see more day time closures of the road to motor traffic during the day in the old city, with timed access for deliveries. As you will know it was Labour which has progressively increased pedestrianisation of central Bristol over the last two decades, starting with the space outside the Cathedral on college green, Broadmead and the restoration of Queen Square. Each of these schemes was greeted with squeals of impending doom but would now all be considered inconceivable to reverse.

1. Pedestrianise Clifton Triangle and Queens Road. Traffic routed around Triangle South removing gyratory.
I've read your page on this and I'm very warm to this proposal. I don't think this functions well and the proposals you have developed have great merit. Clearly as with all plans we need to look at the detail but this seems a sensible proposal which would bring many benefits.

2. Prince Street Bridge should be closed to motor traffic.
I would be interested in seeing in more detail what the impact of this would be. I have spoken to residents especially in Merchants quay there are a range of views and some of the more elderly residents who are car dependent are very attached to this route, it also would have an impact on public transport. However the impact of new developments in this area particularly Wapping Wharf could see a great increase in road traffic in this area which will need to be proactively managed. As someone who uses the bridge on a daily basis as a cyclist the biggest issue is the lack of signage and delineation within in the lane that is reserved for cyclists and pedestrians as many pedestrians assume it has been fully pedestrianised.

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

4. Contraflow on Queen Charlotte Street, linking Baldwin Street to Queen Square, without going on cobbles
Another good proposal which I support, I use this route on a daily basis it can be difficult to navigate and to link up with the Baldwin Street cycleway during periods of heavy traffic.
Central Paul Smith Labour Dear Bristol Cycling Campaign. I understand that you are raising issues around cycling in Central Ward where I am one of the Labour Candidates. Here are my thoughts on the issues you raise relating to the ward.

Firstly the nature of the ward poses real challenges for transport, it is the central transport hub for public, car, cycling and has a heavy pedestrian footfall. It is important the people are able to move safely around the area. Top priority has to be for pedestrians, the centre itself has been very dangerous with pedestrian deaths. Key to this is a clear modal separation with road and pavement markings which make it clear where different users can safely travel. Cyclists would also benefit from clearer markings, as someone who does cycle around the centre too often the linkages between cycle paths are not always clear and in some places disappear altogether. Speaking to planners they want to minimise the impact of colour in the central area. I think this is a big mistake.

In terms of safety cyclists also face major dangers in the central area and we must have greater segregation between cyclists and other road users - not just cars but also buses, trucks and vans. I would also like to see more day time closures of the road to motor traffic during the day in the old city, with timed access for deliveries. As you will know it was Labour which has progressively increased pedestrianisation of central Bristol over the last two decades, starting with the space outside the Cathedral on college green, Broadmead and the restoration of Queen Square. Each of these schemes was greeted with squeals of impending doom but would now all be considered inconceivable to reverse.

1. Pedestrianise Clifton Triangle and Queens Road.
I've read your page on this and I'm very warm to this proposal. I don't think this functions well and the proposals you have developed have great merit. I am not a great fan of these gyratory systems which create islands of isolation for key buildings. Clearly as with all plans we need to look at the detail but this seems a sensible proposal which would bring many benefits.

2. Prince Street Bridge should be closed to motor traffic.
I would be interested in seeing in more detail what the impact of this would be. I have spoken to residents and their are a range of views and some of the more elderly residents who are car dependent are very attached to this route, it also would have an impact on public transport. However the impact of new developments in this area particularly Wapping Wharf could see a great increase in road traffic in this area which will need to be proactively managed.

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

4. Contraflow on Queen Charlotte Street, linking Baldwin Street to Queen Square, without going on cobbles
Another good proposal which I support
Central Rob Telford Green Here are my responses to the questions in the councillor manifesto:
1. Yes, other than helping people on lower incomes and in housing crisis, making things better for cycling and walking is pretty much my personal number one priority over the four years.
2. Specific issues listed in this ward:
2.1. Pedestrianise Clifton Triangle. Great idea, I definitely endorse this. (I am assuming you don’t mean the whole of Queens Road, just the section on the north side of the Triangle?).
2.2. Prince Street Bridge should be closed to motor traffic. I completely agree with this, and this will be the first target if I get elected. I have attached the residents’ survey I have been actively getting input on in the last few weeks. (I would request though that only residents of Central ward should participate, as tempting as it might be for you guys!).
2.3. Protected cycleway on the Inner ring road along Park Row, Perry Road, Marlborough St. This is crucial, as it is pretty hairy travelling uphill when inbound with the incredibly tight gap between parked cars and moving traffic – particularly around the BRI and the area around Colston Street.
2.4. Contraflow on Queen Charlotte Street. This would be a good addition, but needs to closely integrated with the new Baldwin Street ‘segregated' path. More needs to be done to actually segregate this lane on Baldwin Street. I would also want to look at the traffic signal priorities for the top of Baldwin Street (entering Castle Park), and extending the Baldwin Street segregated cycle path right to the centre promenade, but this may be difficult to integrate with the fairly unswerving plans for Metrobus.
Additionally, I am also keen to increase the number of cycle stands in the Stokes Croft area – we are still short of what is required for the volume of cyclists in this area, and this is something I have worked to improve (with some good results) in my 3.5 years as Ashley ward councillor.
So yes, in summary, I agree with your aims and would be keen to work with you to achieve them in a strategic and ongoing way.
General Questions for Candidates
1. Will you support and help produce a good transport plan? Yes, I would love to be involved in this and I think it would be something which Ani and I could help to engage the residents of Central ward in.
2. Will you press for Space for Cycling in your ward generally? Yes, we need to develop Bristol road users’ understanding of the transport hierarchy and protect the most vulnerable road users.
3. Will you work towards a Living Heart for your neighbourhood? Yes, I have spoken to Steve Melia numerous times and have asked some questions to council meetings in the past on issues of concern to this campaign. It is an absolute priority to close the city centre to through traffic. I gave a fuller explanation of my views on this here. In particular, we need to conclude the Metrobus works by "stopping up" the proposed new Baldwin Street to Park Street road. This way, we segregate traffic to two sides of the large centre promenade which would be a much-improved plaza for pedestrians and cyclists.
Clifton Charles Lucas Conservative I wholeheartedly support safe cycling for all in my ward, including segregated cycle lanes where practical and possible, as part of an integrated transport policy but not at the expense of all other road users. A balanced approach is required at all times.
Clifton Jerome Thomas Green Since I was elected in 2015 I've been an active campaigner for safer, better cycling in Clifton and the city. I've successfully secured funding for cycle contraflows in our ward and called for prompt action on cycle danger spots locally. I'm excited by the prospect of working more closely with Space for Cycling to help some of your dreams become reality.
Clifton Merche Clark Liberal Democrat I am one of the Lib Dem candidates standing for Councillor in the Clifton Ward. I support your campaign. The Lib Dems are committed to push to make cycling safer and more widely used in Bristol and I hope that the May elections will return sufficient numbers of Lib Dems to continue the work already undertaken and strive to achieve our shared goals.
Clifton Paula O'Rourke Green Greens are committed supporters of making cycling and walking easier for everyone. We support the general principles and recommendations of Space for Cycling and look forward to working with you more closely in the coming years to make cycling a safer and a more attractive travel option for Bristolians.
Clifton Down Carla Denyer Green SPECIFIC PRIORITIES
1. Yes, I will absolutely work to make my neighbourhood a better place to cycle and walk - in fact I have already been working on it. Since I was elected in May 2015 I have:
- Helped St John's Primary School seek safer walking routes between their two sites, by brokering a meeting between them and the relevant ouncil staff, and helping them seek funding for their desired changes.
- Proposed new cycle parking sites across the ward. Currently Whiteladies Road is fairly well-equipped with cycle parking but other roads are not. The details of my proposal are currently being finalised with council staff but I am told that up to £10,000 of cycle parking can be funded in our Neighbourhood Partnership area, through the Cycling Ambition Fund.
- Encouraged and supported residents to apply for a secure bike hangar on their road (must be applied for by residents, not councillors - if you are interested in having one too, see http://travelwest.info/bikehangars)
- Reported widespread cycle rack damage (intentional, for bike theft) in my Neighbourhood Partnership to council staff.
- Campaigned for the maintaining and extension of 20 mph limits in the city.
- Pushed for repairs to the pavement surface on Apsley Road to make it easier to navigate for the elderly and those with disabilities. (Unsuccessful thus far, but I will keep on trying.)
- Sat on the steering committee of the Bike Life project (which I got involved in before I was elected).

2. I agree that Whiteladies Road is currently not an ideal cycle route, although I am unsure exactly what the best solution is. I will work with the Traffic and Transport Sub Group of my neighbourhood partnership (a group of volunteer residents and local councillors who have a particular focus on the improvement of local traffic and transport schemes).

GENERAL QUESTIONS
1. Yes, I will support Streets for All and a transport plan for our area. As an example of some improvements that are already happening, at our latest Neighbourhood Partnership meeting in March 2016, we voted to commit funding for several small and medium sized highways improvements. These include a safer pedestrian crossing on Jacob's Wells Road (just outside my ward), and cycle contraflow schemes on three roads in Clifton Down (subject to feasibility studies). In addition, we are looking into proposing a cycle lane up Park Street.

2. Yes, as detailed above, I have been and will continue to press for Space for Cycling, if I am re-elected.

3. Yes, as detailed above, I have been and will continue to press for a Living Heart for Clifton Down, if I am re-elected. I also support the Living Heart for Bristol's proposals to dramatically reduce the amount of through-traffic in the city centre.

4. Yes, I recognise that some changes will be controversial, and I will stand up for those whose voices are not often heard, in relation to sustainable travel, but actually in relation to all aspects of politics.
Clifton Down Clive Stevens Green I'm a Green candidate so its a bit of a no brainer. If elected I will work to represent all in Clifton Down ward and encourage various forms of sustainable transport including cycling; making it safer is a part of that.
Clifton Down Phil Jardine Labour SPECIFIC PRIORITIES
1. Yes, definately - Making Clifton Down safer and more attractive for cyclists and pedestrians is an absolute priority.

2. I really like the idea of a segregated cycle way along Whiteladies Rd to the triangle but am not sure how feasible it would be to deliver, especially as parts of the road are so narrow. I will work with stake holders (eg residents, businesses, neigbourhood partnerships) to listen to ideas about how make Whiteladies Rd safer and more attractive to cyclists. Any new cycle infrastructure must form a continuous route, ideally from the Downs to the Centre.

GENERAL QUESTIONS
1. Yes. Delivering a world class, integrated, accessible and sustainable transport network is essential to our city’s future. I will work with the community to make school routes safer by making sure the right level of highway and pavement protection is in place and that it is both enforceable and enforced. I will promote 20mph zones more positively in order to change attitudes, and to ensure all pavements are well-maintained and safe. This will include greater joint working between the Police and civil enforcement teams to combat dropped kerb and pavement parking. I am aware in parts of the ward street lighting is poor, so will look at modern street lighting solutions.

2. I will work with local residents and the Mayor to ensure Space for Cycling becomes a reality throughout Bristol. I will ensure all current cycle routes are well maintained, and will support the development of continuous routes accross the ward and the city, especially those which link up key destinations. Encouraging people of all ages and abilities to cycle is important, which is why I will support the expansion of the cycling proficiency test (Bikeability) for people of all ages. I will also seek sponsorship funding for cycle hire (including e-bikes and folding bikes) at Clifton Down station.

3. I will create cycle hubs and increase cycle parking provision. Currently there is a good amount of cycle parking on Whiteladies Rd, but not much exists in the rest of the ward. I am also committed to increasing shared space within the ward. I am also interested in working with our local schools to develop sustainable policies to help schools to promote walking and cycling to and from school.

4. I will work with and listen to the local community to ensure any improvements to the local transport networks are sustainable and safe. By asking Neighbourhood Partnerships to review cycle lanes and to prioritise the ones that need improving we will be putting power back into the hands of local people. While some plans may be controversial, I am determined encourage more people to get on their bikes. This means we work tirelessly to make cycling more accessible and safer for people of all ages and abilities.
Clifton Down Tom Stubbs Liberal Democrat I am a Lib Dem candidate for Clifton Down, and I support this campaign.

Cycling is an important part of Bristol's culture and I feel it needs to be strengthened. Not only down Whiteladies Road, but also down Pembroke Road. Buses do not give enough room for cyclists, and the gases that cars belch out make me choke. I think there needs to be a stronger emphasis on how drivers interact with cyclists, and they need to realise that it's hard work for someone to put the brakes on when they are on a bike.
Cotham Anthony Negus Liberal Democrat I am standing for the Liberal Democrats in Cotham and support your campaign
Cotham Cleo Lake Green SPECIFIC PRIORITIES
Q1. Will you work to make your ward and neighbourhood a better place to cycle and walk, so that people can travel safely to work, to school, to shop, to play, and to green spaces?
Yes. In addition to the specific ward issues mentioned, we have also identified issues with a lack of secure bike-racks around Redland Green, Redland Railway station, Cotham Road South, and the Chandos Road area. We also need significant road dressing improvements required around Redland and Cotham Grove, Zetland road, and almost all of the roads linking to Hampton road. The ward also has significant issues with cracked and broken pavements, often a result of decades of pavement-blocking car-parking, that’s making it difficult for the mobility impaired and people with pushchairs to get around. We would welcome any suggestions for additions to this list – walking and cycling (along with improved bus and rail services) is one of our top priorities in Cotham.

Q2. Will you do all you can to deliver the specific improvement in your ward identified at bristolcyclingcampaign.org.uk/wards?
Yes, we will use whatever funding can be prioritised or directly actioned through the Neighbourhood Partnership system, as well as attempting to leverage funding from the Bristol City Council capital and revenue budgets, and any other funding pots as and when they become available, in order to deliver these priorities. We would also work to ensure that Community Infrastructure Levy and S.106 funding is secured and prioritised for these changes.

GENERAL QUESTIONS FOR CANDIDATES
Q1. Will you support and help produce a good transport plan for your ward and neighbourhood which puts people first, and particularly the young, the old and the disadvantaged? Streets for All in residential areas means low speeds, continuous pavements across side streets, no rat running or through traffic, and all streets open for cycling, including one-way contraflows.
Yes. This also has to be integrated into existing planning and infrastructure planning documents (ideally as a full neighbourhood plan). We will also work across ward boundaries with colleagues from the wards of Clifton Down, Redland, Central, Ashley and Bishopston to ensure joined-up approaches to Cheltenham and Gloucester Roads and Whiteladies Road.

Q2. Will you press for Space for Cycling in your ward generally? This means protected space on high volume and 30mph roads and at busy junctions. It means accepting no less than 'Triple A' standards of design, construction & maintenance, for All Ages and Abilities. It means having safe routes to school, to work, to shops, and to green spaces.
Yes. As above. This also needs to be built into a cross-ward plan and cemented into formal planning guidance. We would also welcome quality of design being used more frequently as a key decision point in planning considerations. It is currently far too rare to see planning officers raising design quality issues. The City Design Group (within the planning department) and external expert groups should be empowered and encouraged to make representations directly to Development Control committees on this issue.

Q3. Will you work towards a Living Heart for your neighbourhood? This means public spaces that are not dominated by through motor traffic, that have plenty of cycle parking and where people are the priority, not traffic.
Yes. Some Cotham residents have already really embraced this idea and have regularly reclaimed their residential streets as public spaces at weekends. However, far more needs to be done around our urban centres. We would be interested in pursuing Living Heart principles through a small-scale Business Improvement District model to enhance the public realm in these areas (particularly Chandos Road).

Q4. Do you recognise that some changes will be controversial and will you stand up for those with most to gain but whose voices are often not heard - the young, the old and the disadvantaged?
Yes, and particularly the mobility impaired. We also think it’s important to empower these voices to speak for themselves wherever possible and speak alongside them. Transport infrastructure is too often pigeon-holed as its own issue and distanced from discussions around health, inclusion, and equalities, and treated as a technical “nice-to-have” extra in urban planning. Empowering and championing these voices will hopefully make good transport (and crucially, the associated quality of life issues) more central to Bristol City Council's thinking across the board and help provide better solutions to the problems the city faces.
Cotham Guy Poultney Green SPECIFIC PRIORITIES
Q1. Will you work to make your ward and neighbourhood a better place to cycle and walk, so that people can travel safely to work, to school, to shop, to play, and to green spaces?
Yes. In addition to the specific ward issues mentioned, we have also identified issues with a lack of secure bike-racks around Redland Green, Redland Railway station, Cotham Road South, and the Chandos Road area. We also need significant road dressing improvements required around Redland and Cotham Grove, Zetland road, and almost all of the roads linking to Hampton road. The ward also has significant issues with cracked and broken pavements, often a result of decades of pavement-blocking car-parking, that’s making it difficult for the mobility impaired and people with pushchairs to get around. We would welcome any suggestions for additions to this list – walking and cycling (along with improved bus and rail services) is one of our top priorities in Cotham.

Q2. Will you do all you can to deliver the specific improvement in your ward identified at bristolcyclingcampaign.org.uk/wards?
Yes, we will use whatever funding can be prioritised or directly actioned through the Neighbourhood Partnership system, as well as attempting to leverage funding from the Bristol City Council capital and revenue budgets, and any other funding pots as and when they become available, in order to deliver these priorities. We would also work to ensure that Community Infrastructure Levy and S.106 funding is secured and prioritised for these changes.

GENERAL QUESTIONS FOR CANDIDATES
Q1. Will you support and help produce a good transport plan for your ward and neighbourhood which puts people first, and particularly the young, the old and the disadvantaged? Streets for All in residential areas means low speeds, continuous pavements across side streets, no rat running or through traffic, and all streets open for cycling, including one-way contraflows.
Yes. This also has to be integrated into existing planning and infrastructure planning documents (ideally as a full neighbourhood plan). We will also work across ward boundaries with colleagues from the wards of Clifton Down, Redland, Central, Ashley and Bishopston to ensure joined-up approaches to Cheltenham and Gloucester Roads and Whiteladies Road.

Q2. Will you press for Space for Cycling in your ward generally? This means protected space on high volume and 30mph roads and at busy junctions. It means accepting no less than 'Triple A' standards of design, construction & maintenance, for All Ages and Abilities. It means having safe routes to school, to work, to shops, and to green spaces.
Yes. As above. This also needs to be built into a cross-ward plan and cemented into formal planning guidance. We would also welcome quality of design being used more frequently as a key decision point in planning considerations. It is currently far too rare to see planning officers raising design quality issues. The City Design Group (within the planning department) and external expert groups should be empowered and encouraged to make representations directly to Development Control committees on this issue.

Q3. Will you work towards a Living Heart for your neighbourhood? This means public spaces that are not dominated by through motor traffic, that have plenty of cycle parking and where people are the priority, not traffic.
Yes. Some Cotham residents have already really embraced this idea and have regularly reclaimed their residential streets as public spaces at weekends. However, far more needs to be done around our urban centres. We would be interested in pursuing Living Heart principles through a small-scale Business Improvement District model to enhance the public realm in these areas (particularly Chandos Road).

Q4. Do you recognise that some changes will be controversial and will you stand up for those with most to gain but whose voices are often not heard - the young, the old and the disadvantaged?
Yes, and particularly the mobility impaired. We also think it’s important to empower these voices to speak for themselves wherever possible and speak alongside them. Transport infrastructure is too often pigeon-holed as its own issue and distanced from discussions around health, inclusion, and equalities, and treated as a technical “nice-to-have” extra in urban planning. Empowering and championing these voices will hopefully make good transport (and crucially, the associated quality of life issues) more central to Bristol City Council’s thinking across the board and help provide better solutions to the problems the city faces.
Cotham Jack Patterson Labour I would like to let you kniw that I am happy to support this.
Cotham Miles Taylor Liberal Democrat I am standing for the Liberal Democrats in Cotham and support your campaign
Easton Anna McMullen Green I'm massively supportive of better cycling infrastructure in Easton, and across the city and will champion this if re-elected.
The two priorities identified for Easton ward are good ones – a bike path on Church road and a bridge over the cycle path to Whitehall Primary school. The church road segregated cycle lane should be possible, but may have to be a shared use with the buses, as Church road isn’t wide enough for a separate space all the way up. Likewise the bridge over to Whitehall primary may be difficult given the space available. Improving this junction on the path is one of the options and, if re-elected, I will make sure we do a proper study to get the best possible option and make it happen to make this crossing safe.
Easton Chris Featonby Liberal Democrat I thoroughly support Space for Cycling campaign, and should I be elected will do my utmost to implement its plans to improve cycling, and more widely public transport within the area.

Cycling is a brilliant activity that creates health, environmental and social benefits. What’s more, it’s fun and much cheaper than other means of travelling. It would be mad not to promote it. This is why the three plans outlined by the campaign have my wholehearted support. This is not political gesturing; I cycle 15 miles every day to work, and know how dangerous St Mark’s Road and Church Road can be in times of traffic.

I would also like to emphasise that any improvements made in Easton ward must be matched by upgrades to the city wide cycling network. I would hope to encourage other wards to implement cycle improvements.
Easton Ruth Pickersgill Labour I am really supportive of the Space for Cycling campaign and think the six priorities are essential for the ward of Easton, and I would prioritise them if elected. As an older disabled person, I am not able to cycle myself but I support and encourage cycle use in my family and will always commit to putting cyclists, public transport and pedestrians first in planning in the ward, as part of a strategy to reduce emissions and make the area safer and more environmentally friendly. I am encouraged that the equality issues of cycling are addressed in the Triple A standard, as I often think cycling campaigns are aimed at those young fit 20 mph commuter cyclists and forget the wider needs of older and disabled people and young families who may have different priorities for their cycle use.

Having used the cycle path through Easton for many years as a pedestrian (usually with children learning to ride bikes in tow) I am aware of the difficulties trying to meet the needs of cyclists, pedestrians, (particularly older and disabled people) and the challenge of making it safe for all etc. I have had many reports of women facing harassment and a campaign to end this is essential. I was involved a few months back with a multi-agency group convened to try and address the use of the path so that it is inclusive of everyone, and am committed to taking the work further. There is a particular issue in relation to safety for children from Whitehall Schools and the speed of cycling in our part of the path I would argue for a range of new and innovative measures including a bridge to address everyone's needs and to calming measures in particular . I also recognise the need to retain the environmental aspects of the path as it is a crucial part of the biodiversity of the ward.

I am very concerned about the congestion and illegal parking around our primary schools (particularly May Park and Whitehall), and would work with all schools to further develop their plans for safer routes and a reduction in car usage.

I am really pleased that neighbours in local streets are coming together to make improvements to their spaces and to encourage cycling and playing out, but think this needs to be done more strategically through the development of a transport plan for the ward and a more rigorous enforcing of parking restrictions and speed limits and increased provision of cycle stores, traffic calming measures and supporting new plans for developing 'streets for all' through community consultation. I will support the work being started in this area and will also try to ensure that any developments (like the Chocolate Factory) do not increase through traffic and enhance the public spaces for everyone to use.I also support the need for protected cycleway in Church Rd as it is currently unsafe and underused by cyclists.
Easton has always been a ward where cycling is promoted and supported and I will do all I can to continue to make this a priority.
Easton Tamara Evans Braun Green I think this campaign is great! As well as being a cyclist I am a Green Party Council Candidate for Easton along with Anna Mcmullen. I would love to be kept up to date both in a personal and official capacity.
The overall suggestions for Bristol in the manifesto for candidates sound excellent and describe a wonderful future vision. Cycling is so good for well being as well as the environment so we should be working hard to encourage it and make people feel safe and confident. I do however believe that public transport needs to be dramatically improved in conjunction with the ideas suggested.
The Easton ward suggestions both sound like great ideas. I am really keen to make Easton a better pleasant place to cycle. I used to cycle up church road everyday and it was a nightmare at certain times of day. I appreciate there is a problem between cyclists and the school run by Whitehall school and I agree something needs to be done. I support the idea of the bridge and am happy to look into how feasible this would be to deliver.
On the subject of the cycle path, We are actually just about to begin an 'I respect the cycle path campaign' to try and encourage mutual respect between pedestrians and cyclists using the path, especially on the stretch between Whitehall School and Russel town avenue. It is great that so many people use the path, it's such a lovely place but it can be quite full on at rush hour. As a user of the path (both as a cyclist and as a pedestrian) I sometimes feel people forget to put themselves in the other path users shoes!
Any other feedback you have from people on possible improvements round Easton would be really welcome as I am very keen to support cycling!
Easton Thom Oliver Liberal Democrat I am emailing to give my support for the Space for Cycling campaign as I wholeheartedly support cycling as a crucial part of the mix to solve Bristol's congestion problems as a healthy and hopefully safe alternative. In particular I support segregated cycle lanes and the maintenance, extension and joining up of the network to enable many of the people reticent of cycling to feel it is a safe and viable option for transport across the city. I am a strong advocate of supporting action to increase more viable options to car usage and have called for a Low Emission Zone in the City and have a petition online here. I am also a strong advocate of 20mph limits in residential areas.

In terms of the two priorities identified for Easton ward, I am broadly in agreement with both.

1. Firstly the protected cycleway on the retail high street. It’s pretty clear that usage of the bus lane as a cycling option is a lesser used route than comparable bus/cycle shared lanes in the city. As an arterial route to the centre and across to the A4 via the Lawrence Hill roundabout at rush hour it’s not a great place to be as a cyclist. Conversely out of rush hour when the bus lane is open there is a huge challenge getting weaving out around parked cars on the left hand side of the road driving up in the direction of St George’s Park. Here space may be a particular challenge, in terms of a fully segregated cycle lane, the combination of the showcase bus route/ time limited Bus lanes means navigating this route remains a particular challenge. I wholly support the idea of a people friendly neighbourhood centre, and to do with we must work with the Church Road Action Group and others to assure the area is fully accessible for pedestrians and safe for cycling. Overall I am keen to ensure safe, well-lit and green routes for all those using non car options to the city centre, down to Lawrence Hill and across to Temple Meads station to ensure viable and safe non car commuter groups. Therefore I support increased provision for cyclists on traditional road corridors and the maintenance of the Railway Path and other off road routes. The journey for best pedestrians and cyclists from Redfield, Whitehall and St George to the City Centre is in dire need of joining up.

2. The second suggestion re. Whitehall Bridge in terms of reinstating a shared used bridge is a really sensible one, and allocated provision is needed to avoid what is a very congested and dangerous junction. However again space is difficult so a full study of this option and other alternatives is required and this is something I would ensure I press for if elected councillor.

3. Furthermore I received an additional suggestion via email from Mike White labelled 4. Regarding the repainting (or segregating) the contraflow cycle lane along St Marks Road. I wholeheartedly support this. I used to live in Bedminster where East Street suffered a similar fate as a one way street where cyclists were allowed to ride in both directions. Having experienced this myself if elected I would push for repainting in the first instance of the contraflow cycle lane, and seek to explore other options in consultation with traders and the local community.
Eastville Amy Stuart Liberal Democrat I am supporting this campaign as I know cycling has a vital role to play in addressing Bristol's transport nightmare. We need to make cycling as easy, welcoming, and safe as possible both within Eastville and across Bristol. A key way to do this is by the segregation of bicycles and motor vehicles – as in the suggested cycleway along parts of Muller Road and Fishponds Road.

More cycling also benefits motor traffic - private cars and buses - by freeing up road-space. For maximum success, Space for Cycling needs to be part of an integrated transport strategy for our city.
Eastville Chris Harris Liberal Democrat My name is Christopher Harris I am one of the Liberal Democrat candidates for Eastville Ward and I support the space for cycling campaign.
Eastville Mahmadur Khan Labour I understand and support your cause.

If I am re-elected, I will do all I can.
Eastville Mhairi Threlfall Labour SPECIFIC PRIORITIES
1. Will you work to make your ward and neighbourhood a better place to cycle and walk?
Yes, absolutely. We want to encourage more people to cycle and to do this we know we have to make cycling more accessible and safe. I will actively work with my ward to improve routes, signage and walkability. As local councillor, I have so far worked with officers to improve the Eastgate roundabout, and pathways and lighting in the ward. I also want to work to expand and promote the cycling proficiency test (Bikeability) to help boost cycling skills across every community Bristol, and get more children on their bikes. Plus acitively support fantastic groups which encourage children bike swap and reuse.

A good public realm is also incredibly important to encouraging safe travel to work, school and play. I will continue to support local planting schemes like edible fishponds and HEFs in Bloom, to improve the local public realm and environment.

All Labour Councillors pledge to also invest in better signage on non-road cycle routes (e.g. legible Parks, improving signage in Eastville park), and including the whole of the Bristol-Bath railway path. These will include cycle speed limits and exit signs. We will also review cycle lanes and take relevant steps to improve and maintain them all year, as prioritised by Neighbourhood Partnerships.

2. Will you do all you can to deliver the specific improvement in your ward identified at bristolcyclingcampaign.org.uk/wards ?
Yes, I will do all I can to deliver these specific improvements – but also more.

Muller Rd - Fishponds Rd from M32 junction alongside Eastville Park to Royate Hill B4469 junction. Eastville Ward.
We are currently reviewing Royate Hill and the M32 junction with co-councillors in Lockleaze. Working with an officer, I have already worked to make some small improvements to Eastgate roundabout by introducing murals above each exit point and sign. Litter and other issues continue to prevail and I have work with residents to establish a group called TidyEastville to tackle this issue.

Protected cycleway ideally in both directions.
Absolutely agree! Would be good to look at models that work here. I would also be interested in exploring additional access to bike storage. Many may want to pause and explore the park or nature reserve, or visit the shops, and there is currently little space to lock up your bike. So as well as a protected cycleway, bike storage on route would be a plus/

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.

There is currently a bit of tension between commuter cyclists, pedestrians and dogs. I would look at better signage to encourage understanding between park users. The other commitment would be to review some of the gates. At the moment they have been introduced to prevent motorcycles from entering the park. However, they are also preventing those with children or babies to get their trailers through into the park. If re-elected, I would look at seeing if we can develop an innovative solution to this, as we want to encourage families with children to consider using bikes as a school run option too.

As well as these specific commitments identified by your campaign, I would also like to add:
- Improving exit and directional signage on the Bristol-Bath Railway Path
- Look into wayfinding for Fishponds, Eastville, Stapleton
- Consider access to cycling and walking provision
- Improve pavements and walkability of estates, including Trendlewood, and May Park

GENERAL QUESTIONS
1. Will you support and help produce a good transport plan for your ward and neighbourhood?
Delivering a world class, integrated, accessible and sustainable transport network is essential to our city’s future. I will work with the community to make school routes safer by making sure the right level of highway and pavement protection is in place and that it is both enforceable and enforced. We will promote 20mph zones more positively in order to change attitudes. Over last year, I have worked closely with residents of Stonebridge park with their street pockets scheme to slow down traffic there, the road has been historically a rat-run. The street pockets pilot worked, and we managed to secure neighbourhood partnership funding to put in permanent pockets. It is a great community led scheme, and if re-elected, I would look at continuing this process, starting with sorting out other rat-runs like Ridgeway road.

Labour Councillors will also work hard to ensure all pavements are well-maintained and safe. This will include greater joint working between the Police and civil enforcement teams to combat dropped kerb and pavement parking. We also want to create a safe, sustainable and attractive environment by using modern street lighting solutions throughout the city.

2. Will you press for Space for Cycling in your ward generally?
We will work with local residents and the Mayor to ensure Space for Cycling becomes a reality throughout Bristol. We will start by reviewing cycle lanes and take relevant steps to improve and maintain them all year, as prioritised by Neighbourhood Partnerships and local communities. We will also review the cycling network throughout Bristol to link routes and improve access to key destinations. Encouraging people of all ages and abilities to cycle is important. That is way we will expand and promote the cycling proficiency test (Bikeability) for people of all ages. We will also seek sponsorship funding for cycle hire (including e-bikes and folding bikes) and storage at all stations on the Bristol Rail Network.

3. Will you work towards a Living Heart for your neighbourhood?
We will create cycle hubs and increase cycle parking provision in neighbourhoods and parks where it is currently lacking. We are also committed to increasing shared space in communities. Implement a safe systems approach to road safety including road, pathway and cycle lane maintenance and we will develop a sustainable schools policy will help schools to promote walking and cycling to and from school.

4. Do you recognise that some changes will be controversial and will you stand up for those with most to gain but whose voices are often not heard the young, the old and the disadvantaged?
We will work with and listen to communities to ensure any improvements to Bristol’s transport networks are sustainable and safe. By asking Neighbourhood Partnerships to review cycle lanes and to prioritise the ones that need improving we will be putting power back into the hands of local people. We are already doing this in Fishponds and need to continue, local people should be supported to lead on local initiatives, working with the council to implement schemes rather than the current Mayor’s top down approach.

While some plans may be controversial, we are determined encourage more people to get on their bikes, and provide a safer more pleasant public realm. This means we work tirelessly to make cycling more accessible and safer for people of all ages and abilities.

I pledge to continue to work hard to improve the whole walking and cycling environment in Eastville, and Bristol.
Filwood Paula Nixon Liberal Democrat I am the Lib Dem candidate for Filwood. I would like to express my support for your campaign. I cycle 8 miles each way to work most days and benefit hugely from the Concorde Way. This huge asset needs to be extended so that all areas of Bristol are similarly served.

Keep up the good work!
Frome Vale Bill Payne Labour I have difficulties walking and have never been able to ride a bike. So, whilst cycling issues are important, they are not an issue constituents approach me about. I take an interest in policy and look to see cycling safer throughout the city, for young people in particular. It would be great if we could separate cyclists from traffic but, unfortunately, I don't think that's going to happen any time soon.

As a member of the Downs Committee I have been a big supporter of Cycling Sunday and attended last years event, hopefully this might be extended to more events.

I hope that gives you a snap shot of my views on cycling in our beautiful city. What I can do to promote cycling I will do.
Frome Vale Nicola Bowden-Jones Labour SPECIFIC PRIORITIES
Q1. Will you work to make your ward and neighbourhood a better place to cycle and walk?
Yes, as a keen cyclist, I acknowledge that Bristol has a major problem with travel across the city. I believe joined up thinking is the only way to approach these difficulties and reach solutions, which must include developing cycling routes. Frome Vale is well served in terms of cycle routes, and we should continue to build upon this.

Q2. Will you do all you can to deliver the specific improvement in your ward?
Greater Fishponds Neighbourhood Forum already looks into developing the transport infrastructure, and there is always room for improvements. Any development would need to be proportionate to the requirements of the local residents. I would welcome inclusion of the Bristol Cycling Campaign as part of the Neighbourhood Forum.

GENERAL QUESTIONS
Q1. Will you support and help produce a good transport plan for your ward and neighbourhood?
I am greatly in support of a transport plan which looks at putting people first, with particular attention being paid to the vulnerable and disadvantaged. We should also consider the needs of each street in reaching any conclusion regarding solutions.

Q2. Will you press for Space for Cycling in your ward generally?
I am keen to support space for cycling, safety issues will need to feature in this. I am keen to support areas in which all residents feel safe and confident to access regardless of their age, culture or gender.
Frome Vale Patrick Hassell Liberal Democrat When I was Councillor for Hillfields I often cycled to meetings at the Council House on the Railway Path. Now I’m nearly 70 I am very much a fair-weather cyclist but still sometimes pedal from Fishponds to Filton where I volunteer with the Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust. So I am very aware of the obstacles presented by the Frome Valley and the motorway and issues such as the very narrow path on the ring road bridge over the river.

New developments at UWE St Matthias and Blackberry Hill will put ridiculous strain on the Manor Road /Broom Hill traffic. One solution would be a new, high-level, cycle and pedestrian bridge over the Frome, possibly from the back of Laundry Field to Begbrook School. Properly designed it could even enhance the landscape just as Brunel’s bridge does at Clifton. If elected, I would push for full investigation and cost/benefit studies of such solutions to get more people out of their cars and onto safe, segregated cycling routes.
Hartcliffe and Withywood Michael Goulden Liberal Democrat As Liberal Democrat candidate for Hartcliffe & Withywood I support the principles and objectives of Space for Cycling.
Hartcliffe and Withywood Paul Elvin Liberal Democrat I don't have a car, so I do a fair bit of cycling. I support the principles and objectives of Space for Cycling.
Henbury and Brentry Christian Martin Liberal Democrat I am Christian Martin the Lib Dem candidate for Henbury ward and I wholly support your campaign as a cyclist. I was very proud of the achievement (under the Liberal Democrat administration) that we secured for Bristol the status of being a 'Cycling City'. Continued support for and development of road space and highways improvements for cyclist started under the Liberal Democrats was supported via them in the coalition and was continued as inherited funding and plans under the mayoral system.

The benefits of safe cycling space for cyclists is obvious and where possible we should at every opportunity provide safe spaces.

I am a late returner to cycling but am thrilled to know that every time I elect to cycle I am helping the city’s air quality, helping the environment and helping my health as well as my time keeping - you can certainly get around faster on a bike. In the past year alone my cycling around Bristol has reduced my carbon footprint by nearly 3/4 of a tonne of Co2 which is fantastic.
Henbury and Brentry Mark Weston Conservative Thank you for giving me this opportunity to comment on your Bristol Cycling Campaign. I do so wearing a number of different ‘hats’, as Leader of the Conservative Group, Candidate Councillor for the new ward of Henbury & Brentry, and my Party’s choice for Police & Crime Commissioner.

I read your manifesto materials with great interest and note that much of its content is largely based on the “Freedom to Ride” proposals of a couple of years ago, some of which included specific provisions such as congestion charging, reallocation of existing road space and capital commitments to cycling (ie 50% of transport spend for all major expenditure to be used on cycling and walking) which I do not believe are either realistic or represent a sensible solution to Bristol’s transport problems.

Then, as now, I find myself agreeing with some of your objectives but sadly, for reasons which will be explained in turn, I regret that I am unable to support all of them.

MANIFESTO FOR COUNCIL CANDIDATES
Specific Priorities
Q1. Will you work to make your ward and neighbourhood a better place to cycle and walk?
Answer: I am always happy to work with local people or community groups on improving road safety in my ward where this is in response to specific concerns.

Q2. Will you do all you can to deliver the specific improvement in your ward identified at bristolcyclingcampaign.org.uk/wards?
Answer: This link didn’t actually identify specific ideas but I would say here that I have already been active in arguing for cycle improvements as part of the mitigation of the impact of the Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood (CPNN). I would like to see cyclists removed from the A4018 and encouraged to use Station Road, Charlton Road and Fishpool Hill/Brentry Lane. This would include provision down Crow Lane and Knole Lane.

In a climate of scarce resources, my priority is to secure the Henbury station and improve local traffic junctions including northern sections of Crow Lane/ Hallen Road and Brentry Lane.

General Questions for Candidates
Q1. Will you support and help produce a good transport plan for your ward and neighbourhood?
Answer: Unfortunately, put in these crude terms, this question is ideologically loaded. Motorists are people too. Who could be against a good transport plan which protects residential areas from becoming rat-runs? That said, I am also incredibly uneasy over the notion that car drivers or our streets need ‘civilising’. I would prefer to approach this issue on a case-by-case basis rather than commit to a slogan which, if indiscriminately implemented, is capable of producing unexpected and unhelpful consequences. It is naïve not to recognise that removing traffic from one area would not simply displace or create similar problems in other parts of the ward.

Q2 Will you press for Space for Cycling in your ward generally?
Answer: Where resources permit and it is physically practical to do so, I back protected cycling spaces which separate people on bikes from motorised vehicles. However, I do not think it is feasible to cordon off parts of Gloucester Road – a main thoroughfare – for this purpose. Such a move would make travel across the city even more difficult than it is now and could damage the economic viability of the independent traders and businesses along this route.

Q3 Will you work towards a Living Heart for your neighbourhood?
Answer: The ‘Living Heart’ concept is problematic. There will be places which might benefit from pedestrianisation but I strongly contest your assertion that large parts of central Bristol can be made more prosperous and socially vibrant through banning the car. The commercial heart of the city remains largely dependent upon travel by motorised transport.

In addition, in my Ward the natural heart is along Crow Lane. However this is the ONLY link between Henbury and Brentry. If this became pedestrian only then it would prevent access to Blaise, Schools, the Library, Shops, and communication between the two areas that much harder. The Living Heart model cannot be applied to this area.

Consequently, I cannot commit to policies which either fail to recognise this reality, imperative or might harm our economy and competitiveness.

Q4 Do you recognise that some changes will be controversial and will you stand up for those with most to gain but whose voices are often not heard – the young, the old and the disadvantaged?
Answer: I shall continue to represent all people in my ward to the best of my ability. This necessarily includes the young, the old and the disadvantaged.

CONCLUSION
I appreciate that some of my replies will disappoint many in the cycling fraternity. Although I am receptive to some of your goals and aspirations, a number of the proposals are impractical and, in some instances, potentially detrimental to a majority of Bristolians.  

I accept a lot of the health claims surrounding the benefits of walking and cycling. However, the topography of our city means that this is unlikely to be an option for the vast majority of our residents.  For this reason, I continue to argue for greater investment in public transport - especially rail - as a means of mass transit for the whole City.
Henbury and Brentry Sterling Dresman Liberal Democrat As one of the Liberal Democrat Candidates for the Council Ward of Brentry and Henbury I can confirm my position with regards to the Bristol Cycling Campaign, and I would like to confirm my support for this campaign. I would also like to note my gratitude to the Bristol Cycling Campaign as well as the the members of my prospective ward for taking the time to read my statement.

My support for this campaign stems from many areas, but mainly from my first hand experiences of Cycling Infrastructure in Bristol through my daily commutes to and from college in Brislington, as well as my general use as an avid Road Cyclist. From these experiences I have come to sense that there are many Cycle Commuters in Bristol who feel that the Infrastructure is lacking and so many, like myself, take their chances on the road as it is simply faster, simpler and easier to navigate than the mishmash of bike paths and routes that scatter our city.

As a result of this general feeling, I felt that the Bristol Cycling campaign was a noble cause to support as it provided a solution to this main concern of mine and many others regarding cycling infrastructure, but additionally it provided a sense of security and cooperation within the wider community in order to alleviate the problems that the city as a whole faces; as the problems faced by cyclists often influence other road users and pedestrians alike. And through this understanding of the greater problem at hand, the Bristol Cycling Campaign is a campaign different from others as it promises to create comprehensive change, something that as a Liberal Democrat I can understand as it takes all the different views of all involved into account when formulating strategy.

With an increasing presence of Cyclists on Bristol's roads and with the ever present traffic building on a daily basis, Bristol needs sensible change and policy creation that should benefit all those concerned. The statistics tell a clear want for better opportunities for cycling, and in the run up to the 2016 Council elections I hereby pledge my support to promote the campaign through volunteering efforts when possible in order to help fulfill that desire. I have been Cycling for the best part of 5 years as a serious method of travel, for the survival of it as a feasible method of transport for others action needs to be taken now, and I promise to help deliver it!
Hengrove and Whitchurch Park Esther Keller Labour I am one of the three Labour Party candidates in Hengrove and Whitchurch Park. I've grown up cycling, as I was born in the Netherlands. I am very keen to see the infrastructure for cyclists meaningfully improved, so we can benefit from this healthy way of travelling around the city. We can learn a lot form our continental neighbours.

I've been here 35 years now and have seen the number of cyclists increase, but sadly little investment in safety measures for this form of transport. Some investment now will see benefits all round in health and people's pockets.
Hengrove and Whitchurch Park Harriet Clough Liberal Democrat As a keen cyclist despite my disabilities, I would definitely support the spirit of this, but as my colleague Tim Kent has said, there are practical difficulties with some of this wish list. That said, there are workable alternatives, many of which I'd love to see implemented that would make cycling safer in the area - which I agree needs to happen!
Hengrove and Whitchurch Park Timothy Kent Liberal Democrat I am a strong supporting of improving cycling infrastructure in the city and in the area of Hengrove and Whitchurch Park. Some areas I believe require good safe cycling routes to be established and improved are:
- Improving the path through Whitchurch Green.
- Creating a new shared path through Belland Drive green space leading to Rookery Way
- Along Airport Road towards Callington Road
- Improving cycling links in Hengrove Park as part of a masterplan for the whole area.
- Improving cycling provision along Whitchurch lane from Hartcliffe Roundabout to Belland Drive.
- Providing a safer route along Wharnecliffe Gardens.
- Opening the existing path between Walsh Avenue and Petherton Gardens which has been closed for some years
- Improving provision along the Wells Road
- Reducing the speed limit on Church Lane and signposting this as a safe route to Whitchurch Village.

I note that the one suggestion your campaign currently only supports is a route from Hartcliffe Way roundabout along Whitchurch Lane towards the Wells Road. Whereas the part of Whitchurch Lane near the roundabout would certainly be suitable for upgrades (as mentioned above) it should be noted that a lot of Whitchurch Lane is narrow and would present issues in creating safe and dedicated cycling infrastructure. Although this may be possible it is also important that we look at safer, alternative and parallel routes that may offer a far better and safer cycling alternative. There are a few routes above that link to create a better alternative route.

My fellow Liberal Democrat candidates of Harriet Clough and Nigel Emery are also very supportive of improved cycling infrastructure in the area. We look forward to working with you in the future to help promote more cycling investment in our area.
Hillfields Andy Morgan Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat Hillfields candidate, Andrew Morgan, strongly supports all efforts to enhance cycling in Bristol.
Hillfields Rick Lovering Green I live in Hillfields and have cycled 9 miles each way to work in Yate everyday for over 30 years so I am naturally keen to support and improve all cycling facilities in the city.

I am pretty fed up with the motorist v cyclist dialogue that regularly appears in the local press and would like to see both sets of road users showing more respect for each other. This also applies to cyclists and pedestrians on the cycle paths, particularly the Bristol Bath Railway Path.
Hillfields Roland Harmer Liberal Democrat As a Liberal Democrat candidate for the Hillfields ward, I support your your objectives for protected cycleways, better pavements and for a more cycle friendly junction at Forest/ Berkley Road.

Cycling is vital to Bristol’s future. Cycling keeps people fit and happy, makes little noise, makes almost no pollution and is modest in its demands for infrastructure. By encouraging more people to cycle we reduce the demands of cars. Cycling is to be encouraged.

With limited road space in Bristol, compared with many cities on the European mainland, I believe that cycling, along with walking and public transport have to take priority over the private car. This will probably mean that in some places that car parking spaces and traffic lanes will have to be sacrificed.
Horfield Chris Waller Green WARD SPECIFIC ISSUES
1. Gloucester Road from Sommerville Road junction to Horfield Common - the section of the A38 Gloucester Road within Horfield Ward serves as a key route between inner Bristol and the North Fringe, as well as various businesses, schools, and colleges, but is particularly poor for cycling and would benefit from a comprehensive redesign. There would be a short term benefit in restricting parking and installing painted lanes.

2. Monks Park Avenue and Toronto Road - I would in principle support protected cycleways (or if unfeasible in engineering terms, measures to restrict through traffic).

GENERAL QUESTIONS
Q1. Will you support and help produce a good transport plan for your ward and neighbourhood?
Yes, I would support these measures and would work with the Neighbourhood Partnership and other bodies in determining priority locations.

Q2. Will you press for Space for Cycling in your ward generally?
Yes, I would support these measures with particular priority given to the A38 Gloucester Road (see ward asks).

Q3. Will you work towards a Living Heart for your neighbourhood?
Yes, although some areas arguably come close to this (eg Shakespeare Avenue) there is further work that could be done - the locations would be decided through the Neighbourhood Partnership.

Q4. Do you recognise that some changes will be controversial and will you stand up for those with most to gain but whose voices are often not heard - the young, the old and the disadvantaged?
Yes - although there are some 'quick wins' (such as some cycle contra-flows) that will not cause any meaningful level of additional inconvenience for any road user, a particular issue in Horfield is parking in proximity to Southmead Hospital, and the prospect of parking being removed for cycle infrastructure - therefore if parking is removed, the design and coherence of such infrastructure needs to be good enough to entice at least an equivalent number of people away from their cars.
Horfield Olly Mead Labour Here are my responses to the questions from the councillor manifesto:
1) I am already working to try to improve cycling safety in Horfield Ward. I want people to be able to cycle safely, as this will encourage more people to take up cycling which will, in turn, reduce congestion and improve air quality. As someone who did the ROSPA cycling proficiency training in my teens, I understand how dangerous Bristol’s roads are for cyclists, and I am often shocked at how little safe space there is for people cycling along the A38 Gloucester Road. I have recently reported the state of the existing cycle lanes, especially southbound along the A38, and hope to see repairs being made soon. I am also working with a senior officer to secure funding for cycle path improvements, and recently received a verbal guarantee from Peter Mann, the Director of Transport at Bristol City Council, that he would look into ensuring that all new cycle lanes on our road networks are mandatory, rather than discretionary. This would mean that cars could no longer park legally on them, and could be towed away and their owners fined if they block cycle lanes.
2) I am happy to support the measures proposed, and will email officers to lobby for the traffic lights to be made cycle friendly at the Monks Park/Toronto Road junction. I am also happy to be contacted if people have further suggestions for improvements.

General Questions:
1) Yes. As a pedestrian and bus user with minor mobility impairment, I am keen to make the whole city as safe for pedestrians as possible. I am not a transport expert (although I have developed a strong body of knowledge on transport matters in my role as Councillor), but work closely with the Traffic and Transport group of the Neighbourhood Partnership, and would be happy to get officers to work with us to draw up a decent transport plan for the Horfield area. This will be especially vital with the new Cribbs/Patchway building development in South Gloucestershire. On a positive note, transport officers at the Council have already taken on board some of my suggestions, and the long-term blueprint for the area is much more cycle friendly than the present situation. However, it will take my continued pressure on officers to ensure that this comes to fruition.
2) I support the principle of Space for Cycling, but would need to do the work outlined in the answer directly above to be able to ensure that new routes were developed that ensured decent and safe space for cyclists.
3) The Living Heart idea is a fine one. It may prove difficult to deliver in full, as the main through routes for vehicular traffic also serve a major hospital, and I would be keen for ambulances to be able to get through as efficiently as possible. That said, there are plenty of roads that also experience through traffic and are increasingly used as rat runs that could be helped and improved with this policy.
4) I have never shied away from controversial decisions, and try to act always in the best interests of the residents of Horfield, but also any other neighbourhoods affected by my committee and Full Council decisions, especially in the field of planning.
Hotwells and Harbourside Chris Millman Green My short answer is 'yes' to all your questions; I approve of your manifesto, and your suggestions for improvements in my ward are absolutely in keeping with my vision of how we should change Bristol to become a truly green city, and a beacon of good practice in the UK. A motor vehicle is my main form of transport but those of us who have the privilege of bringing our own personal space into town need to be more respectful of those doing personal transport in a better way than we are.

Here are my longer answers to your questions:

SPECIFIC PRIORITIES
1. Yes, I will work towards making my ward a better place to cycle and walk. Hotwells and Harbourside straddles a gateway into central Bristol from the South and from The Portway. The most frequently expressed concern from residents of Hotwells Road and Cumberland Road is the high volume of traffic. Noise and air pollution, and lack of safety for cyclists and pedestrians are all voiced as causes of concern. Should I be elected, making my ward a better place to walk and cycle will be central to my work as councillor.

2. I broadly agree with the improvements identified by Bristol Cycle Campaign, but I am wary of making grand promises during an election campaign that may prove difficult to achieve.

2:1 I agree that the northbound uphill side of Jacobs Wells Road is a long slow climb and cyclists should not feel threatened or pressurised when they need to go slowly. A continuous protected cycleway, with priority for cyclists at the junctions with Constitution Hill and Lower Clifton Hill, is an aspiration I would support. But I am also aware of other, possibly competing interests within the community, such as the desire of the Dance Centre to have the parking restored which they believe is central to their sustainability. If elected I will do my best to balance such competing demands and always try to act in the interests of the common good.

2:2 It would be marvellous to pedestrianise Park Street! This is a grand ambition and much opposition would need to be overcome. The time may not be yet. Let’s start by campaigning for a cycle lane. (Having said that, pedestrianisation might resolve some of the issues put in the way of a cycle lane, so make that a maybe.

2:3 Yes, Hotwells Rd and the gyratory on the North side of Cumberland Basin are extremely intimidating for cyclists. There is a high volume of traffic moving at relatively high speeds, and a number of lane changes may be required, depending on one's route. I believe that protected space for cyclists linking The Portway and Merchants Rd with the centre will help to resolve this and improve cycle access to the centre. In addition I will be campaigning for a 20 mph limit on Hotwells Road. The quid pro quo is that once these things have been achieved, the time will be right to restrict commuter cycling on Harbourside and leave that to the pedestrians.

GENERAL QUESTIONS
1. I will be happy to work alongside Bristol Cycle Campaign to produce a Good Transport Plan for Hotwells and Harbourside. I endorse and support the policies of the Streets for All campaign.

2. I will press for Space for Cycling in my ward, meaning protected space on high volume and 30mph roads, and accepting no less than the triple A standard of design, construction and maintenance, for All Ages and Abilities. Having suffered a cycling accident at a young age, I am very sympathetic to the need for the triple A standard.

3. I will work towards more than one 'Living Heart' in my ward, meaning areas not dominated by through motor traffic, where people, not traffic, are the priority. This concept is in line with plans for the city centre low emission zone for which the Green Group are campaigning. There is much underused space around the Cumberland Basin which the community hopes to reclaim and it may be here that a new ‘living heart’can grow.

4. Yes, I recognise that these proposed changes will be controversial. For decades the car has been marketed to us as an essential to our personal freedom. It is paradoxical that the car actually restricts our freedom: the freedom of children to play safely outside and walk safely to school, and of pedestrians and cyclists to move safely around the city. Furthermore it deprives city dwellers of clean air and quiet, calm neighbourhoods. The ultimate challenge is to unravel 50+ years of indoctrination from the motor trade, and persuade car drivers that by exercising their personal freedom to drive, they are denying freedom, safety and health to many people, including themselves.

One of the factors that motivated me to join the Green Party and to stand for council, is the Green vision of safer, cleaner, less congested cities. It is quite plausible that Bristol, with the help of Bristol Cycle Campaign, Sustrans and a healthy number of Green councillors, could become an example of good practice for the rest of the country. The tide is beginning to turn as more and more people begin to take notice of the fact that two hundred Bristolians a year are dying from air pollution related causes.

I am committed to creating a cleaner, healthier, cycle friendly Bristol.
Hotwells and Harbourside Mark Wright Liberal Democrat I've been a happy supporter of the campaign since late 2014 when I first signed up!
Hotwells and Harbourside Ted Fowler Labour Thank you for promoting this discussion locally and Bristol wide. As you will see I am keen to engage, although have to be choosy about priorities. First of all I think I should describe the pragmatic base from which I am responding.

I am a half Dutch man who grew up and continues see myself as a person who cycles, walks and, when I need to (with my breathing disability), drives or is a passenger in other peoples including public transport: Horses for courses (although riding a horse remains my most humiliating of all transport experiences).

I was an early activist in Bristol’s cycling campaigns of the ‘80s, then as a County Councillor from 1985-1989, I took a political lead in both implementing the pioneering cycling infrastructure of the time, as well as work making the city and county more accessible for pedestrians and disabled people generally, this includes stopping Ashley Road becoming a dual carriage way and building in 5 traffic calming pedestrian crossings. In the 1990s I led and developed Bristol Community Transport which kept me in the transport field, with an enhanced range of perspectives.

In 2008 I chaired the steering group and accepted the cross party political liaison role for the Save the Railway Path Campaign which protected the Bristol to Bath Path from being taken over almost entirely as an arterial public transport route. We obtained massive support from residents as well as cyclists and a far wider community, leading to cross party political support. We held a massive party and demonstration. Our activities as a community saved the path: as a multi user greenway connecting communities, whole parts of the city and providing, park, transport and healthy living infrastructure where it is vitally needed. The path and the campaign remain a credit to the movement, the city and those involved. I now lead a task group that is looking at design and stewardship of the path for the future.

I most recently experienced in economic and community development but also am a member of the Academy of Urbanism and the Town and Country Planning Association, and as a Fellow of the RSA I am stimulating a range of debates on how we can empower ourselves to "Make our own Futures".

If I am elected to represent the communities in Hotwells and Harbourside I will do my best to represent the interests of that community, in the wider Bristol and regional context.

This experience and these values describe the lens through which I assess the general and ward specific issues you raise. In terms of the general issues I have no problem with them and I have demonstrated the willingness to implement e.g. 4. Unfortunately for the details of the specific ward proposals the relevant City Council officers made clear to me in November that they will not supply candidates with any detail information on traffic matters, so all my responses are provisional dependent on what I find out after election:

1) I have not been privy to any study on this proposal. It looks interesting, and when I see what the usage might be and how the modelling might work this could be a priority for consultation and design. There will be a pedestrian crossing on JWR which will be a great help, although this might prove frustrating to uphill cyclists (!), also we do hope that the Dance Centre will be redeveloped (with parking for disabled people and some group transport?) to better fit its purpose, so this might also have an impact.

2) This feels more like rhetoric than a clear proposal. The language is cliché and without any foundation: the idea that Bristol’s great need is to connect Clifton Village – Park Street and the Centre reads like pastiche planner talk and is irrelevant to the needs of Bristol, the element of managing pedestrians thus protecting freewheeling down Park Street all being enabled by road design lacks both sense and sensibility. Thank you for allowing me the space to deploy a range of rhetorical responses, but I am genuinely upset by what I read and I'd rather we use our energy to fight a real cause. A well intentioned and articulated proposal will receive my full attention.

3) This, as I understand it, is as close to policy that I can go before being elected and and all the data which I hope will flow from being in a position of recognised responsibility. I am advising people in the gyratory area that this is part of our ambitions I see a massive overlap of commuter and local cyclists’ interests in providing a segregated cycle route (maybe busses? I don’t know) on the main roads. There could be more pedestrian facilities: both as crossings and also for parked cyclists/pedestrians to enjoy the Harbourside and some regenerated shopping/leisure spaces at both Hotwells and Jacobs Wells/Brandon Hill. Liveability is a term I like. There is much more we can work on together, step by step. My party intends to implement a low emissions zone in the old centre – the two proposals can work together well if we have someone with experience and grit to engage people and negotiate on it (that might be me – see above?). We should see the ward in the wider as well as the local context as a place for living and doing business etc., not just an interest zone, considering responsibilities and not just assumed rights – on all sides. Are you game?
Knowle Christopher Davies Liberal Democrat Just checked and found that Gary Hopkins and I are not yet listed as supporting. We Do.
Knowle Gary Hopkins Liberal Democrat Just checked and found that Chris Davies and I are not yet listed as supporting. We Do.
Lawrence Hill Isaac David Green As a Green, I am in full support of measures that encourage cycling. The specific measures you have highlighted for Lawrence Hill are ones I would be happy to promote as a Councillor.

Each Councillor sits on a Neighbourhood Partnership made up of a number of local wards. Lawrence Hill is partnered with Easton and Ashley.

If elected, I will use my position on the Neighbourhood Partnership to push for Council funding to make the projects you have described possible for all three wards within the Partnership, ie Lawrence Hill, Easton *and* Ashley.

With Green Councillors in all three wards, this would be easier to achieve agreement on.
Lawrence Hill Jon Eccles Green The short answers to questions from the councillor manifesto are yes, yes, yes, yes, yes and yes. Here are some longer ones as well.
1) Yes I will work to make my neighbourhood and ward a better place to cycle and walk. Lawrence Hill is one of the most difficult wards in the city to travel round by any means. This of course includes the car, as indulging the desire of individuals to drive inconveniences everyone including other drivers. This is the paradox of the car, in which central intervention to curtail the liberties of the individual actually improve the liberties (and health, and quality of life) of all, including those whose individual liberties you have curtailed.
Anything that can be done to improve the experience of cycling and walking mitigates the paradox, by increasing the proportion of the population who are prepared to seek alternatives voluntarily. The same is true of bus and train travel, of course, but cycling and walking will never be improved upon for their contribution to improved air quality.
2) Replies to Lawrence Hill ward questions:
1.1 I am very keen that the Railway Path should be extended to Temple Meads. I live in Barton Hill and cycle this way regularly. There is currently a route through around the back of Days Road tip that is mainly off road, but it requires detailed local knowledge and is little used. The Green Party is committed to improving transport links around Temple Meads to encourage greater use of rail, and linking up the Railway Path would tie in with our commitment to promote the Henbury loop and other proposed rail links.
1.2 The proposed Old Market Neighbourhood Development Plan, which was recently approved by a referendum, contains plans for Lawrence Hill roundabout to be replaced with a junction. I would push for this opportunity to improve cycle links to be taken up.
General Questions:
1. Yes I will support and help with a good transport plan for Lawrence Hill, and for the neighbourhood, presumably through the Neighbourhood Partnership. This question could have been written with Lawrence Hill specifically in mind, as transport plans for the area have historically focussed on the needs of people living beyond the ward to travel through it. If you look at a map of Bristol it becomes instantly clear that between the M32, Stapleton Road, Lawrence Hill itself, Feeder Road, Bath Road and the St Philips Causeway a large proportion of traffic into and out of the centre of Bristol passes through or very close to our ward.
In some ways this is inevitable due to the area's location on the fringe of the centre, but what isn't inevitable is that so much of this traffic should come in the form of single-occupant private cars. This has many disastrous effects, the most serious of which is the poor air quality, but on top of that I would add the sense of dislocation it brings, the ridiculous journey times for buses and, of course, the difficulties in cycling.
Our most powerful tool in addressing this problem for the whole city is the proposed Low Emission Zone, which we think needs to be given a date by which it should be done and a budget to implement it, but your suggestions for residential streets make perfect sense for Lawrence Hill. If elected I would work with any group to encourage the council to implement them.
2. Yes I will press for Space for Cycling in the ward. Fully offroad cycling routes are in my opinion the best way to make space for cycling. Input from people who actually cycle themselves is very important to avoid farces such as the Dutch-style cycle lane bollards that were put along the river between Temple Meads and Bedminster, only to be subsequently removed at great cost.
3. Yes, I will work towards a Living Heart for the neighbourhood. The best way to prevent through traffic using residential areas as rat runs whilst allowing residents to drive in and out is to use one-way streets and other similar measures to make those areas less permeable to cars (though not bikes, which should always be excused one-way restrictions and allowed through cul de sac barriers). This would be particularly appreciated in the Barton Hill area of Lawrence Hill, whose streets are often full of traffic trying to avoid congestion by the Lawrence Hill roundabout. Living as I do in Barton Hill, I say this with some feeling.
4. Yes, I recognise that change in this area is controversial. I am constantly amazed that some people find statements like “you do realise 200 people a year die” so easy to brush off. It’s a battle that simply has to be fought, or the death toll will continue to rise.
Yes, I am willing to stand up and be counted, for (and with) those whose voices are seldom heard. There is a term for the routine and systematic impoverishment of the environment of the poor and disadvantaged. That term is environmental racism. Lawrence Hill has a high BME population, but the term applies to low-income, disadvantaged communities generally.
The tide is with us in Bristol, and it is quite plausible that we could be the first British city to truly engage with the problem. This would achieve three things. Firstly, many people who think their self-interest lies with private motoring would realise it does not. Secondly, Bristol would become an example of good practice for the rest of the country. Thirdly, people who want to live in such a city would move here. It is this vision of a cleaner, kinder, less car-clogged city that more than any other has motivated me to run for councillor.
Lawrence Hill Margaret Hickman Labour SPECIFIC PRIORITIES
1. We want to encourage more people to cycle but for this to happen cycling has to be made more accessible and safer. There are a number of initiatives to teach cycling proficiency in Lawrence Hill and neighbouring Easton. We need to find a way of ensuring that all communities in Lawrence Hill can access safe cycling. I am heartened that there is a group looking at the cycle track and the incredible speed in which cyclist cycle. It is quite scary and the track is less and less available to the local community as a leisure resource.

As a labour councillor I would support a review of cycle lanes and ensure that they are improved and maintained as a baseline. We need to address this through the Neighbourhood Partnership.

2. Many residents would like to see the cycle path extended to Bristol Temple Meads. Maybe this is something that the Old Market Community Development Plan could look at investing in.

GENERAL QUESTIONS
1. Delivering a world class integrated accessible and sustainable transport network is essential to our city's future. I will work if elected with the community to make school routes safer by making sure the right level of highway and pavement protectionism in place and that it is both enforceable and enforced. 20mph needs to be promoted in a way to change attitudes not inflame. the city needs to create a safe sustainable and attractive environment by using modern street lighting solutions throughout the city.

2. Safe space for cyclists needs to become a reality in the city. Links to key destinations need to be improved. We need to meet with the different communities in the ward to explore ways that cycling can be an attractive option for young and old alike. I've mentioned above about continuing the cycle path to Bristol Temple Meads.

3. Through the neighbourhood partnership and other initiatives, which have already come to Lawrence hIll, we will work with the community to create as appropriate cycle hubs and cycle parking.

4. We will work with and listen to communities to ensure any improvement to Bristol's transport networks are sustainable and safe. By asking Neighbourhood Partnerships to review cycle lanes and to prioritise the ones that need improving we will put the power back into the hands of local people. Some plans may be controversial but encouraging more people to cycle safely must be a priority.
Lawrence Hill Ryan Lailvaux Liberal Democrat I'm standing as the Liberal Democrat candidate in the Lawrence Hill ward and I'm happy to support the campaign.
Lockleaze David Wilcox Green I am long term member of the Bristol Cycling Campaign, chair of Bristol Council Cycle Forum and I support whole heartedly support all the aims and priorities of the Space4Cycling Manifesto.

I recognise that access to sustainable transport solutions is a key priority for Lockleaze and I will aim to work with the community to:
- deliver a continuous segregated Concorde Way for both cyclists and walkers that meets the Triple A Standard for all Ages and Abilities.
a segregated east-west route from the Eastgate Centre to Southmead Hospital to the Triple A Standard.
- that all cycle lanes and tracks are gritted in Bad Weather - too many accidents happen as result of icy paths.
- I will support any other form of sustainable transport that reduces pollution and reliance on motor car use.
- Emphasise road safety at every possible opportunity, this includes speeding, mobile phone use, pavement parking and cyclists with out lights.

These changes will make Lockleaze a much more pleasant, safer and healthy place to live.

I would be more than happy to work with the community and implement a good transport plan for Lockleaze.

I have been pushing for controversial solutions for decades and I see no reason to stop now!
Lockleaze Estella Tincknell Labour SPECIFIC QUESTIONS
1. Will you work to make your ward and neighbourhood a better place to cycle and walk?
Lockleaze ward is relatively isolated and has poor transport links and we want to improve all forms of access, especially public transport (bus and rail) as well as walking and cycling. We want to encourage more people to cycle and to do this we know we have to make cycling more accessible and safe. Labour councillors are will expand and promote the cycling proficiency test (Bikeability) to help boost cycling skills across all sections of the community. We will also Invest in better signage on non-road cycle routes, including the whole of the Bristol-Bath railway path and also links to important destinations such as UWE. These will include cycle speed limits and exit signs. We will also review cycle lanes and take relevant steps to improve and maintain them all year, as prioritised by Neighbourhood Partnerships, including Horfield and Lockleaze NP.

2. Will you do all you can to deliver the specific improvement in your ward?
The main cycle path to UWE passes through the ward and is heavily used. We are aware of some safety and security issues that have arisen on parts of that route and have taken steps to resolve this and will continue to give this priority. The improvements around Gainsborough Square were designed in part with cycling in mind, for example in the layout and design of roads and pavements, and this has made it easier for those who are cycling. The failure to open up the link at the top of Romney Avenue link has been a major shortcoming, reflecting problems between Bristol City Council and S Gloucestershire. We have been working hard to resolve this.

We also know of problems caused for cyclists by speeding cars in specific roads (such as Dovercourt Rd) and have taken steps to raise this and will continue to try to find a solution. Lockleaze has a number of sites available for future housing development and we will press to ensure that these are designed with cycling in mind in terms of road layout, access and storage. Stoke Park / Purdown is a major recreational asset to our ward and the city as a whole. Whilst access to this area for motorized transport (cars and motor bikes) is not appropriate, we will work to ensure that cyclists can use this area where possible when working on future plans and investment. Muller Road (especially near the junction with Gloucester Road and near the M32) Grenfrome Road and Filton Avenue are major through routes within the ward where there is a need to take further steps to improve the situation for cyclists to reduce potential conflict with other road users.

GENERAL QUESTIONS
1. Will you support and help produce a good transport plan for your ward and neighbourhood?
Delivering a world class, integrated, accessible and sustainable transport network is essential to our city's future. I will work with the community to make school routes safer by making sure the right level of highway and pavement protection is in place and that it is both enforceable and enforced. We will promote 20mph zones more positively in order to change attitudes. Labour Councillors will also work hard to ensure all pavements are well-maintained and safe. This will include greater joint working between the Police and civil enforcement teams to combat dropped kerb and pavement parking. We also want to create a safe, sustainable and attractive environment by using modern street lighting solutions throughout the city.

2. Will you press for Space for Cycling in your ward generally?
We will work with local residents and the Mayor to ensure Space for Cycling becomes a reality throughout Bristol. We will start by reviewing cycle lanes and take relevant steps to improve and maintain them all year, as prioritised by Neighbourhood Partnerships. We will also review the cycling network throughout Bristol to link routes and improve access to key destinations. Encouraging people of all ages and abilities to cycle is important. That is way we will expand and promote the cycling proficiency test (Bikeability) for people of all ages. We will also seek sponsorship funding for cycle hire (including e-bikes and folding bikes) at all stations on the Bristol Rail Network.

3. Will you work towards a Living Heart for your neighbourhood?
We will create cycle hubs and increase cycle parking provision in neighbourhoods and parks where it is currently lacking. We are also committed to increasing shared space in communities. Implement a safe systems approach to road safety including road, pathway and cycle lane maintenance and we will develop a sustainable schools policy will help schools to promote walking and cycling to and from school.

4. Do you recognise that some changes will be controversial and will you stand up for those with most to gain but whose voices are often not heard the young, the old and the disadvantaged
Lockleaze ward is one of the more deprived in the city and has an increasingly diverse population. I am very aware of making sure that all voices are heard. Gender equality is also an important consideration in all transport provision and planning. We will work with and listen to communities to ensure any improvements to Bristol's transport networks are sustainable and safe. By asking Neighbourhood Partnerships to review cycle lanes and to prioritise the ones that need improving we will be putting power back into the hands of local people. While some plans may be controversial, we are determined encourage more people to get on their bikes. This means we work tirelessly to make cycling more accessible and safer for people of all ages and abilities.
Lockleaze Gill Kirk Labour I am delighted to support space for cycling. I fully appreciate the value of cycling for health and wellbeing and am keen to encourage as many people as possible to be able to cycle safely in Bristol. In Lockleaze we are working with the Traffic and transport group within our Neighbourhood Partnership to improve cycle routes and ensure safety for both cyclist and pedestrians. We are aware improvements need to be made along the Muller Rd, where Petheridge Way cycle path joins the Muller Rd and also at the M32 Junction and Eastgate roundabout, and these will receive priority attention.

I am pleased to say that the Romney Avenue Link is now open to pedestrians and cyclists which has improved connectivity to South Gloucestershire, Abbeywood in particular, and we hope to work towards better integration for cyclists who wish to also use rail connections.

I am very keen that pupils at our local schools are able to cycle safely and we are looking to improve road safety in the area around Fairfield School, including Rousham Road. We are looking at issues including pavement parking, reduced visibility, improved lines and signs for 20 mph limits close to schools.

I am very happy to hear from anyone in the area who has concerns or suggestions regarding safe cycling in Lockleaze.
Lockleaze Les Cooper Liberal Democrat I am one of the Lib Dem candidates standing for Councillor in Lockleaze Ward. I support your campaign. The Lib Dems are committed to push to make cycling safer and more widely used in Bristol and I hope that the May elections will return sufficient numbers of Lib Dems to continue the work already undertaken and strive to achieve our shared goals.
Redland Crispin Allard Liberal Democrat I support your space4cycling campaign
Redland Fi Hance Green Happy to support your campaign. The Zetland road junction is indeed a nightmare, and one which local police have described as a deathtrap. Funds to redesign it were swallowed into the Baldwin Street project so Martin Fodor and I have been pressing hard to get replacement funding to make it safer for cyclists and pedestrians. The Gloucester Road also presents complex problems which are likely to get worse with the development of Filton Keynes on the old airfield further up the A38. We know that officers have given thought to creating a contraflow on North Road to avoid the worst of the traffic but we really do need to bend our minds to how shoppers, busses, pedestrians, traders and cyclists can use the space safely together.
Redland Glenise Morgan Liberal Democrat I support all 6 key measures and have actively supported better cycling provision for several years as Liberal Democrat lead member for health and social care. Bristol Liberal Democrats published our cycling manifesto last year see here

I would prioritise a) safer routes to schools and b) early intervention in new planning applications.

We must work with schools, parents and local communities to look at improvements that can be made to the infrastructure of roads near schools that will make children and parents feel safe, and also ensure that training is available to get children into the habit of cycling. More children cycling to schools will lead to a noticeable reduction in congestion on our roads. We should also promote a change in driving culture, building on the fact that drivers are usually willing to slow down near schools and support 20mph zones near schools even if they don't more broadly.

We must ensure that all planning officers make cycling provision a key consideration and condition when assessing any new developments, taking account of future requirements as the number of cyclists increases. Segregated protected cycle lanes should always be the first choice, as safety is often cited as the greatest inhibitor of cycling. This will require proactive support from the Mayor and more intense lobbying of central government to provide the necessary funding and suitable planning policy.
Redland Martin Fodor Green As elected councillor for Redland ward and Green Party candidate for re-election I am pleased to support the campaign.

I supported the launch of the Cycling Strategy for Bristol and have always argued it needs to be properly resourced, not left for implementation if opportunistic project funds are made available.
I also attend the Cycle Forum when I can.

In addition, as an active member of the BCR NP Sustainable Travel Working Group, I have always supported safer cycling routes across and through the neighbourhood. I have been active in supporting residents' traffic calming schemes, have spoken up in Full Council for 20mph limits, and helped draft our submission from BCR NP to the west of England transport strategy, which promotes cycling, walking, and other forms of sustainable travel. I take an active part in discussions on cycling and also actively supported Cycle Sunday on the Downs - intervening when it was going to be turned down by the committee initially, and advising the group through their negotiations. I am currently supporting the Downs Place and Movement strategy implementation. I have also supported the Living Heart campaign for the city centre.

I also get a significant amount of email on cycling and am very supportive.

I have spoken out many times to try and restore the funds previously allocated to the junction safety scheme for Zetland Rd/Gloucester Rd, making sure it is raised on many occasions and also brought to the Mayor's attention directly in the neighbourhood. I also pressed for relining the road's cycle track when it was not promptly repainted, and personally took up the failure to restore the safety colouring of the track in autumn, pressing for this to be put back when temperatures permit.
I have pursued many options for safer routes through the neighbourhood, from contraflows to remodelled junctions, and shall continue to do so.

I can therefore confidently say that I support the four asks you have and look forward to discussing the campaign further.
Southmead Brenda Massey Labour SPECIFIC QUESTIONS
1. Will you work to make your ward and neighbourhood a better place to cycle and walk, so that people can travel safely to work, to school, to shop, to play, and to green spaces?
Yes. We want to encourage more people to cycle and to do this we know we have to make cycling more accessible and safe. Labour councillors will expand and promote the cycling proficiency test (Bikeability) to help boost cycling skills across every community Bristol. We will also invest in better signage on non-road cycle routes, including the whole of the Bristol-Bath railway path. These will include cycle speed limits and exit signs. We will also review cycle lanes and take relevant steps to improve and maintain them all year, as prioritised by Neighbourhood Partnerships.

2. Will you do all you can to deliver the specific improvement in your ward?
It was interesting to read the comment about protecting cycle routes through Southmead to Southmead Hospital. As local councillors we have been engaged in talks with South Gloucestershire Council and Bristol City Council planners about dedicated cycle routes from the proposed new development on the old Filton Airfield site when the new housing is built. I think that it is important to encourage cycling to work for potential buyers of housing on those sites and also at the new Dunmail site, so that this will be a preferred choice than using private transport. Routes have been indicated already and further discussion will take place in the future on this.

GENERAL QUESTIONS
3. Will you support and help produce a good transport plan for your ward and neighbourhood which puts people first, and particularly the young, the old and the disadvantaged? Streets for All in residential areas means low speeds, continuous pavements across side streets, no rat running or through traffic, and all streets open for cycling, including oneway contraflows.

Delivering a world class, integrated, accessible and sustainable transport network is essential to our city’s future. As a school governor, as well as a local Councillor, I will work with the community to make school routes safer by making sure the right level of highway and pavement protection is in place and that it is both enforceable and enforced. We will promote 20mph zones more positively in order to change attitudes. Labour Councillors will also work hard to ensure all pavements are well-maintained and safe. This will include greater joint working between the Police and civil enforcement teams to combat dropped kerb and pavement parking. We also want to create a safe, sustainable and attractive environment by using modern street lighting solutions throughout the city.

4. Will you press for Space for Cycling in your ward generally?
We will work with local residents and the Mayor to ensure Space for Cycling becomes a reality throughout Bristol. We will start by reviewing cycle lanes and take relevant steps to improve and maintain them all year, as prioritised by Neighbourhood Partnerships. We will also review the cycling network throughout Bristol to link routes and improve access to key destinations. Encouraging people of all ages and abilities to cycle is important. That is way we will expand and promote the cycling proficiency test (Bikeability) for people of all ages. We will also seek sponsorship funding for cycle hire (including e-bikes and folding bikes) at all stations on the Bristol Rail Network. I am aware that there are already bikes for hire at Bristol Parkway station, and that is a positive move.

5. Will you work towards a Living Heart for your neighbourhood?
We are already discussing a community plan for Southmead, that includes reviewing public spaces in the area, and hopefully changing the way that they are used. Obviously this is subject to achieving appropriate funding, but working with the residents on this is a key priority for local Councillors.

6. Do you recognise that some changes will be controversial and will you stand up for those with most to gain but whose voices are often not heard the young, the old and the disadvantaged?
Getting the community to work together is essential, and we need to respect the wishes of all the residents, including the young, the old, and the disadvantaged. We should not prioritise one group over another, and that includes looking at transport in the area, whether it is acknowledging the need for better public transport, or for providing cycle lanes.
Southmead Helen Godwin-Teige Labour SPECIFIC QUESTIONS
Q1. Will you work to make your ward and neighbourhood a better place to cycle and walk?
Yes. It is important to encourage as many people as possible to cycle, and do this we need to ensure cycling is accessible and safe. As a mother of young children, safety is paramount to enable them to cycle safely and develop habits for life. Labour councillors will expand and promote the cycling proficiency test (Bikeability) to help boost cycling skills across every community Bristol. We will also invest in better signage on non-road cycle routes, including the whole of the Bristol-Bath railway path. These will include cycle speed limits and exit signs. We will also review cycle lanes and take relevant steps to improve and maintain them all year, as prioritised by Neighbourhood Partnerships.
Q2. Will you do all you can to deliver the specific improvement in your ward?
As local councillors and candidates we have been engaged in talks with South Gloucestershire Council and Bristol City Council planners about dedicated cycle routes from the proposed new development on the old Filton Airfield site when the new housing is built. Additionally we want to encourage cycling to work for potential buyers of housing on those sites and also at the new Dunmail Fields site, so that this will be a preferred choice than using private transport. Routes have been indicated already and further discussion will take place in the future on this. We will also discuss cycling with local schools to consider how we can encourage more local children to cycle to work. Many of our residents work locally at Filton or Southmead Hospital and we need to encourage safe cycling to work for as many people as possible.

GENERAL QUESTIONS
Q3. Will you support and help produce a good transport plan for your ward and neighbourhood?
Delivering a world class, integrated, accessible and sustainable transport network is essential to our city’s future. I will work with the community to make school routes safer by making sure the right level of highway and pavement protection is in place and that it is both enforceable and enforced. We will promote 20mph zones more positively in order to change attitudes.

Labour Councillors will also work hard to ensure all pavements are well-maintained and safe. This will include greater joint working between the Police and civil enforcement teams to combat dropped kerb and pavement parking. This is particularly relevant where we have excessive overspill parking due to the proximity of Southmead Hospital. We also want to create a safe, sustainable and attractive environment by using modern street lighting solutions throughout the city.

Q4. Will you press for Space for Cycling in your ward generally?
We will work with local residents and the Mayor to ensure Space for Cycling becomes a reality throughout Bristol. We will start by reviewing cycle lanes and take relevant steps to improve and maintain them all year, as prioritised by Neighbourhood Partnerships. We will also review the cycling network throughout Bristol to link routes and improve access to key destinations. Encouraging people of all ages and abilities to cycle is important. That is way we will expand and promote the cycling proficiency test (Bikeability) for people of all ages. I will be keen to push cycling in local schools as part of their healthy living priorities We will also seek sponsorship funding for cycle hire (including e-bikes and folding bikes) at all stations on the Bristol Rail Network. I am aware that there are already bikes for hire at Bristol Parkway station, and that is a positive move.

Q5. Will you work towards a Living Heart for your neighbourhood?
We are already discussing a community plan for Southmead, that includes reviewing public spaces in the area, and hopefully changing the way that they are used. Obviously this is subject to achieving appropriate funding, but working with the residents on this is a key priority for local Councillors. Public spaces have to work for all residents.

Q6. Do you recognise that some changes will be controversial and will you stand up for those with most to gain but whose voices are often not heard the young, the old and the disadvantaged?
Getting the community to work together is essential, and we need to respect the wishes of all the residents, including the young, the old, and the disadvantaged. We should not prioritise one group over another, and that includes looking at transport in the area, whether it is acknowledging the need for better public transport, or for providing cycle lanes.
Southville Charlie Bolton Green I am very happy to support the cycling campaigns demand for Space for Cycling. I am also happy to support the ward level demands you ask for.
Southville Fred Jerrome Labour SPECIFIC PRIORITIES
1. Will you work to make your ward and neighbourhood a better place to cycle and walk?
Of course. Both of us cycle and walk as our main means of getting around the ward and the city, and neither of us own cars, so we understand just how much this matters. We want to see a city where cycling and walking become routine forms of transport for a far larger number of people, beyond enthusiasts like ourselves.

Labour councillors pledge to expand and promote the cycling proficiency test (Bikeability) to help boost cycling skills across every community in Bristol. We will also invest in better signage on dedicated and shared space cycle routes, including the whole of the Bristol-Bath railway path. These will include increased promotion of consideration of all users (cyclists and pedestrians) and better entrance/exit signs so more people are encouraged to use these routes. We will also review cycle lanes and take relevant steps to improve and maintain them all year, working closely with Neighbourhood Partnerships to understand local priorities.

2. Will you do all you can to deliver the specific improvement in your ward?
In principle these proposals are all ones we would support, and are very positive about, but we would want to consult with residents and other interested parties (including Bristol Cycling Campaign) to develop plans for safer streets for cycling and walking, and see a proper assessment of their impact before implementation.

We do not want to see a repeat of the imposition of the Residents’ Parking Scheme without adequate consultation, which ignored many concerns raised by residents and owners of local businesses, and as a result is both highly unpopular and not as fit for purpose as it should be.

The cancellation of the Camden Road Bridge was a disappointing blow for Southville cyclists and walkers, and we would want to see some of the alternative promised improvements to cycling provision benefitting our ward rather than being diverted elsewhere.

GENERAL QUESTIONS
1. Will you support and help produce a good transport plan for your ward and neighbourhood?
Since starting our campaign to be elected, we have supported road safety measures outside schools like Holy Cross and Ashton Gate, and the need for an area wide transport plan. One of us (Robert) has a young child, so we are well aware of the general need to encourage children to be able to walk around safely, and to access cycling at an early age.

One caveat on this is that we would not support measures that disadvantage people with disabilities, for whom cars are often essential. If properly planned though the suggestions are ideas we favour.

Delivering a world class, integrated, accessible and sustainable transport network is essential to our city’s future. Labour has pledged to work with local communities across the city to make school routes safer by making sure the right level of highway and pavement protection is in place and that it is both enforceable and enforced. We recognise the benefits of 20 mph zones where people live and will promote them more positively in order to change attitudes.

Labour councillors will also work hard to ensure all pavements are well maintained and safe. This will include greater joint working between the Police and civil enforcement teams to combat dropped kerb and pavement parking. We also want to create a safe, sustainable and attractive environment by using modern street lighting solutions throughout the city.

2. Will you press for Space for Cycling in your ward generally?
Yes. We have seen some of these measures implemented in cities like London, so place a high value on them. With a young child, it is impossible to overstate the importance of safe routes to school, and as cycle commuters we both fully understand the need for similarly safe and properly connected routes to work, to shops and to access leisure activities.

If elected, we will work with local residents and the Mayor to ensure Space for Cycling becomes a reality throughout Bristol. Labour will start by reviewing cycle lanes and take relevant steps to improve and maintain them all year, as prioritised by Neighbourhood Partnerships. We will also review the cycling network throughout Bristol to link routes and improve access to key destinations. Encouraging people of all ages and abilities to cycle is important. That is why we will expand and promote the cycling proficiency test (Bikeability) for people of all ages. We will also seek sponsorship funding for cycle hire (including e-bikes and folding bikes) at all stations on the Bristol Rail Network.

3. Will you work towards a Living Heart for your neighbourhood?
Yes, in principle. We would again though wish to consult with residents and the electorate, and for example we would be keen to work with local residents and businesses to improve destinations such as North Street but would want to ensure plans don't have unintended negative consequences on local businesses.

If elected, we will work to create cycle hubs and increase cycle parking provision in neighbourhoods and parks where it is currently lacking. As Labour candidates, we are also committed to increasing shared space in communities. This includes implementing a safe systems approach to road safety including road, pathway and cycle lane maintenance, and we will develop a sustainable schools policy that will help them to promote walking and cycling to and from school each day.

4. Do you recognise that some changes will be controversial and will you stand up for those with most to gain but whose voices are often not heard the young, the old and the disadvantaged?
In local politics it is important to accept that you sometimes advocate changes that are controversial. As Labour politicians we are natural supporters of the interests of diverse groups of disadvantaged people, with the aim of removing that disadvantage, to allow everyone who wishes to do so to participate fully in society.

The local Labour pledge is to work with and listen to communities, to ensure any improvements to Bristol’s transport networks are sustainable and safe. By asking Neighbourhood Partnerships (NPs) to review cycle lanes and to prioritise the ones that need improving we will be putting power back into the hands of local people. We would encourage Bristol Cycling Campaign members to get involved in this process through their NPs. While some plans may be controversial, we are determined to encourage more people to get on their bikes. This means we work tirelessly to make cycling more accessible and safer for people of all ages and abilities.
Southville Robert Massey Labour Since the late 1980s a bike has been my main means of transport, in cities including Bristol, Leicester, Manchester and London. It's normally a huge pleasure to be on a bike, even in an urban environment, and even in (light) rain.

If I'm elected as a Labour councillor in May, I will be delighted to work with the Bristol Cycling Campaign and strongly support their aim to get far more people of all ages cycling to work, to school, college and university, and simply for the fun of it!

SPECIFIC PRIORITIES
1. Will you work to make your ward and neighbourhood a better place to cycle and walk?
Of course. Both of us cycle and walk as our main means of getting around the ward and the city, and neither of us own cars, so we understand just how much this matters. We want to see a city where cycling and walking become routine forms of transport for a far larger number of people, beyond enthusiasts like ourselves.

Labour councillors pledge to expand and promote the cycling proficiency test (Bikeability) to help boost cycling skills across every community in Bristol. We will also invest in better signage on dedicated and shared space cycle routes, including the whole of the Bristol-Bath railway path. These will include increased promotion of consideration of all users (cyclists and pedestrians) and better entrance/exit signs so more people are encouraged to use these routes. We will also review cycle lanes and take relevant steps to improve and maintain them all year, working closely with Neighbourhood Partnerships to understand local priorities.

2. Will you do all you can to deliver the specific improvement in your ward?
In principle these proposals are all ones we would support, and are very positive about, but we would want to consult with residents and other interested parties (including Bristol Cycling Campaign) to develop plans for safer streets for cycling and walking, and see a proper assessment of their impact before implementation.

We do not want to see a repeat of the imposition of the Residents’ Parking Scheme without adequate consultation, which ignored many concerns raised by residents and owners of local businesses, and as a result is both highly unpopular and not as fit for purpose as it should be.

The cancellation of the Camden Road Bridge was a disappointing blow for Southville cyclists and walkers, and we would want to see some of the alternative promised improvements to cycling provision benefitting our ward rather than being diverted elsewhere.

GENERAL QUESTIONS
1. Will you support and help produce a good transport plan for your ward and neighbourhood?
Since starting our campaign to be elected, we have supported road safety measures outside schools like Holy Cross and Ashton Gate, and the need for an area wide transport plan. One of us (Robert) has a young child, so we are well aware of the general need to encourage children to be able to walk around safely, and to access cycling at an early age.

One caveat on this is that we would not support measures that disadvantage people with disabilities, for whom cars are often essential. If properly planned though the suggestions are ideas we favour.

Delivering a world class, integrated, accessible and sustainable transport network is essential to our city’s future. Labour has pledged to work with local communities across the city to make school routes safer by making sure the right level of highway and pavement protection is in place and that it is both enforceable and enforced. We recognise the benefits of 20 mph zones where people live and will promote them more positively in order to change attitudes.

Labour councillors will also work hard to ensure all pavements are well maintained and safe. This will include greater joint working between the Police and civil enforcement teams to combat dropped kerb and pavement parking. We also want to create a safe, sustainable and attractive environment by using modern street lighting solutions throughout the city.

2. Will you press for Space for Cycling in your ward generally?
Yes. We have seen some of these measures implemented in cities like London, so place a high value on them. With a young child, it is impossible to overstate the importance of safe routes to school, and as cycle commuters we both fully understand the need for similarly safe and properly connected routes to work, to shops and to access leisure activities.

If elected, we will work with local residents and the Mayor to ensure Space for Cycling becomes a reality throughout Bristol. Labour will start by reviewing cycle lanes and take relevant steps to improve and maintain them all year, as prioritised by Neighbourhood Partnerships. We will also review the cycling network throughout Bristol to link routes and improve access to key destinations. Encouraging people of all ages and abilities to cycle is important. That is why we will expand and promote the cycling proficiency test (Bikeability) for people of all ages. We will also seek sponsorship funding for cycle hire (including e-bikes and folding bikes) at all stations on the Bristol Rail Network.

3. Will you work towards a Living Heart for your neighbourhood?
Yes, in principle. We would again though wish to consult with residents and the electorate, and for example we would be keen to work with local residents and businesses to improve destinations such as North Street but would want to ensure plans don't have unintended negative consequences on local businesses.

If elected, we will work to create cycle hubs and increase cycle parking provision in neighbourhoods and parks where it is currently lacking. As Labour candidates, we are also committed to increasing shared space in communities. This includes implementing a safe systems approach to road safety including road, pathway and cycle lane maintenance, and we will develop a sustainable schools policy that will help them to promote walking and cycling to and from school each day.

4. Do you recognise that some changes will be controversial and will you stand up for those with most to gain but whose voices are often not heard the young, the old and the disadvantaged?
In local politics it is important to accept that you sometimes advocate changes that are controversial. As Labour politicians we are natural supporters of the interests of diverse groups of disadvantaged people, with the aim of removing that disadvantage, to allow everyone who wishes to do so to participate fully in society.

The local Labour pledge is to work with and listen to communities, to ensure any improvements to Bristol’s transport networks are sustainable and safe. By asking Neighbourhood Partnerships (NPs) to review cycle lanes and to prioritise the ones that need improving we will be putting power back into the hands of local people. We would encourage Bristol Cycling Campaign members to get involved in this process through their NPs. While some plans may be controversial, we are determined to encourage more people to get on their bikes. This means we work tirelessly to make cycling more accessible and safer for people of all ages and abilities.
Southville Stephen Clarke Green I have cycled to work every day for the last 20 years plus so have seen huge changes in the number of people cycling and the attitudes to them in Bristol over that period. Then we were seen as eccentric, sandal-wearing pinkoes and attracted a lot of abuse and derision. Now cycling is seen as practical, fun and cool. What a change! But there is still much more to do in Bristol so we can reach a genuine tipping point where the cyclists and walkers set the agenda rather than the cars. I will support those changes I any way I can.
St George Troopers Hill Sean Buchan Green As a Green and also personally, I fully support the Space 4 Cycling campaign on a city-wide level and locally in Troopers Hill. The key measure and smaller details all make sense to me and would create a safer, healthier and yes, more prosperous Bristol. I am a cyclist myself but also a road user on occasion and so I understand that all the suggestions made make a lot of sense for all road users.

It is worth noting our Mayoral candidate Tony Dyer's own statement (appended below) and that I would work with him or any other Mayor and councillors for such a vision.

"It is my intention to rebalance Bristol's transport network by improving public
and active transport – the latter includes both walking and cycling.

By providing a range of attractive travel alternatives to sitting in a car stuck in
a traffic jam breathing in car fumes, I believe that we can deliver a far cleaner,
less congested, much healthier, city. A city fit for the 21st century.

Such a city recognises that, for some, there is little alternative to the car for a
substantial number of their journeys – for example, Blue Badge Holders,
community nurse, and care workers. However, we also need to recognise that
a large proportion of the population consists of those would consider using a
bike if they were confident that it would be safe to do so, and that our cycling
network was suitable for all ages and abilities.

If we can deliver such a system, the benefits will accrue to all – better quality
air to breathe, healthier lifestyles for an increased proportion of the population,
less congestion and shorter journey times for those who continue to use the
car, and less damage to the built environment including pavements.

A Bristol designed first and foremost for people not motor vehicles is a Bristol
fit for the future."
St George West Asher Craig Labour The Labour Party want to encourage more people to cycle and to do this we know we have to make cycling more accessible and safe. We will invest in better signage on non-road cycle routes, including the whole of the Bristol-Bath railway path. These will include cycle speed limits and exit signs. We will also review cycle lanes and take relevant steps to improve and maintain them all year, as prioritised by local Neighbourhood Partnerships.

I fully support your proposals for a protected cycle way on Netham Rd to give access to Netham Lock and Feeder Road towards St Georges and for a protected section as far as Fireclay Rd.

The political will is already in place so once elected I will work with my local St George Ward Councillors, residents, cyclists and Space for Cycling Bristol to seek the funding required to needed to protect the cycleway.
St George West Ian Townsend Liberal Democrat I have supported the aims of the Space for Cycling campaign across Bristol and neighbouring areas for several years as a Bristol Cycling Campaign member. If elected I will work with ward residents and decision-makers to make this a reality in the ward.
Cycling has a vital role to play in addressing Bristol's transport nightmare. It may not be for everyone, but many people find it the easiest way to get around the city. For those who can we need to make it as easy and welcoming as possible. Joining up existing routes is key to encouraging take-up, with segregation on larger roads - to ease safety fears - and cycle contraflows on smaller ones.
More cycling also benefits motor traffic - private cars and buses - by freeing up road-space. For maximum success, Space for Cycling needs to be part of an integrated transport strategy for our city and I hope mayoral candidates will all endorse as an urgent need.
Stockwood Jenny Smith Labour I have been a cyclist for many years, but more recently have had operations on my knees, when they are healed then I intend to go back to my bicycle which is currently gathering dust.

I support safe cycling routes. There are not many in this city, but at the same time I am aware of the need for the disabled and older residents to have access to facilities in the city via cars or taxi's, which means we must balance their needs against the needs of cyclists in a safe constructive way.

For your information my father was the South West Road Champion in the 1920’s and I was brought up in a household where we all cycled to work and for our recreation.
Stockwood Kerry Vosper Green Pete Goodwin and Kerry Vosper (Green Party)

Both of us live in Stockwood and are lifelong cyclists – to drive is, for both of us, a very rare exception to the rule.

As a pensioner, Pete is now as likely to use the bus, or occasionally walk, as use the bike. Kerry is a daily peak-hour cycle commuter into her job at Bristol University, braving not only the hills en route but the hazards of Temple Meads and the city centre

We neither of us have any problem with the broad policies listed BCC's S4C manifesto, which make eminent sense.

Here in Stockwood, we do feel there are particular priorities that reflect those in S4C, and would enormously improve the safety and attractiveness of cycling within and out of the ward. Which should take precedence is a moot point!

- Complete the 'missing links' on NCN3 Whitchurch Way. First, this means the narrow, busy, Sturminster Road; through the NP 'Traffic Choices' process, we're already lobbying for 'shared use' of the pavements up to and beyond the West Town Lane roundabout. Second, the long promised – but never progressed – section of the disused railway beneath the A4 Bath Road in Brislington, most recently quietly dropped from the Arena transport proposals, would make a huge difference to the quality and safety of the journey into the city.

- Safe routes to school: the Sturminster Road link (as above) would provide key access to the West Town Lane Academy (primary) which currently has a massive 'school run' problem. Just up the road, the Oasis Academy, Brislington takes a big proportion of Stockwood's secondary students, but bike travel is pretty well ruled out by extremely dangerous and circuitous road routes – all this while a perfectly good cycle path from Stockwood passes the (locked!) back entrance to the school. To the west of the ward, there are very few viable routes on or off-road to the A37 Wells Road and the secondary schools of Hengrove.

- Stockwood Lane has become a major rat-run linking the A37 Bath Road and the A37 Wells Road – presenting big problems for everyone using it or living nearby. All measures to discourage this use will be welcome!

- Other opportunities: Given that Stockwood shares a Neighbourhood Partnership with Hengrove & Whitchurch Park, there should be opportunities for ward councillors to influence cycling priorities across both wards (it would be the first time!). There's certainly a need for better bike/foot access from this ward to Hengrove Park and on to the new routes (via the South Bristol Link) to Ashton Vale.
Stockwood Pete Goodwin Green Pete Goodwin and Kerry Vosper (Green Party)

Both of us live in Stockwood and are lifelong cyclists – to drive is, for both of us, a very rare exception to the rule.

As a pensioner, Pete is now as likely to use the bus, or occasionally walk, as use the bike. Kerry is a daily peak-hour cycle commuter into her job at Bristol University, braving not only the hills en route but the hazards of Temple Meads and the city centre

We neither of us have any problem with the broad policies listed BCC's S4C manifesto, which make eminent sense.

Here in Stockwood, we do feel there are particular priorities that reflect those in S4C, and would enormously improve the safety and attractiveness of cycling within and out of the ward. Which should take precedence is a moot point!

- Complete the 'missing links' on NCN3 Whitchurch Way. First, this means the narrow, busy, Sturminster Road; through the NP 'Traffic Choices' process, we're already lobbying for 'shared use' of the pavements up to and beyond the West Town Lane roundabout. Second, the long promised – but never progressed – section of the disused railway beneath the A4 Bath Road in Brislington, most recently quietly dropped from the Arena transport proposals, would make a huge difference to the quality and safety of the journey into the city.

- Safe routes to school: the Sturminster Road link (as above) would provide key access to the West Town Lane Academy (primary) which currently has a massive 'school run' problem. Just up the road, the Oasis Academy, Brislington takes a big proportion of Stockwood's secondary students, but bike travel is pretty well ruled out by extremely dangerous and circuitous road routes – all this while a perfectly good cycle path from Stockwood passes the (locked!) back entrance to the school. To the west of the ward, there are very few viable routes on or off-road to the A37 Wells Road and the secondary schools of Hengrove.

- Stockwood Lane has become a major rat-run linking the A37 Bath Road and the A37 Wells Road – presenting big problems for everyone using it or living nearby. All measures to discourage this use will be welcome!

- Other opportunities: Given that Stockwood shares a Neighbourhood Partnership with Hengrove & Whitchurch Park, there should be opportunities for ward councillors to influence cycling priorities across both wards (it would be the first time!). There's certainly a need for better bike/foot access from this ward to Hengrove Park and on to the new routes (via the South Bristol Link) to Ashton Vale.
Stoke Bishop Gillian Donald Liberal Democrat This is to confirm that I am in full support of your campaign.
Westbury-on-Trym and Henleaze Alastair Watson Conservative Alastair Watson – Councillor, Westbury-on-Trym; Conservative Candidate, Westbury-on-Trym and Henleaze
Geoff Gollop – Councillor, Westbury-on-Trym; Conservative Candidate, Westbury-on-Trym and Henleaze
Liz Radford – Conservative Candidate, Westbury-on-Trym and Henleaze

We are very supportive of measures that encourage cycling in our ward. We recognise that cycling is a healthy and low-carbon mode of travel that reduces congestion and air pollution. We are committed to finding ways to provide safer routes for all modes of transport in, and through, the ward. Where possible, segregated spaces for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists would be the ideal solution. However, we will look at every road situation and make decisions on individual schemes. Not everyone will be able to take up cycling and leave the car at home. There is a higher than average number of older people in the ward. Additionally, when highways are modified, there are often unintended consequences elsewhere in the system that must be considered. Many of our roads are narrow, and well used by public transport as well as private cars. We advocate a balanced, and pragmatic, approach to the development of more, and safer, cycle routes in Bristol.

During his year as Chair of the Downs Committee, Alastair Watson enabled the Cycle Sunday initiative that resulted in a number of morning closures of Circular Road for recreational cycling on the Downs. He also instigated a Place and Movement Framework study to look into the possibility of improved access for recreational and commuter cycling in, and around, the Downs. A segregated cycle path along Westbury Road was passed by the committee with support from Conservative Councillors, although there is no funding to build this at present. We are strongly in favour of this proposal when it reaches the top of the funding priority list. The modification of White Tree Roundabout in the style of a Dutch ‘annular roundabout’ is something we have not looked into, nor have any experience with. We would certainly consider it on its merits, given the complex nature of all forms of transport that negotiate that traffic island.

We, as Conservative candidates, are broadly in favour of measures to make cycling more pleasant and safer for everyone. We also want to protect pedestrians and allow traffic to move efficiently and safely through Wesbury-on-Trym and Henleaze. We support, and encourage, the ideals of the ‘Space for Cycling’ campaign, and will consider all suggested schemes in the context of the holistic traffic management situation.

Cllr Alastair Watson
Cllr Geoffrey Gollop OBE
Liz Radford
Westbury-on-Trym and Henleaze Geoffrey Gollop Conservative Alastair Watson – Councillor, Westbury-on-Trym; Conservative Candidate, Westbury-on-Trym and Henleaze
Geoff Gollop – Councillor, Westbury-on-Trym; Conservative Candidate, Westbury-on-Trym and Henleaze
Liz Radford – Conservative Candidate, Westbury-on-Trym and Henleaze

We are very supportive of measures that encourage cycling in our ward. We recognise that cycling is a healthy and low-carbon mode of travel that reduces congestion and air pollution. We are committed to finding ways to provide safer routes for all modes of transport in, and through, the ward. Where possible, segregated spaces for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists would be the ideal solution. However, we will look at every road situation and make decisions on individual schemes. Not everyone will be able to take up cycling and leave the car at home. There is a higher than average number of older people in the ward. Additionally, when highways are modified, there are often unintended consequences elsewhere in the system that must be considered. Many of our roads are narrow, and well used by public transport as well as private cars. We advocate a balanced, and pragmatic, approach to the development of more, and safer, cycle routes in Bristol.

During his year as Chair of the Downs Committee, Alastair Watson enabled the Cycle Sunday initiative that resulted in a number of morning closures of Circular Road for recreational cycling on the Downs. He also instigated a Place and Movement Framework study to look into the possibility of improved access for recreational and commuter cycling in, and around, the Downs. A segregated cycle path along Westbury Road was passed by the committee with support from Conservative Councillors, although there is no funding to build this at present. We are strongly in favour of this proposal when it reaches the top of the funding priority list. The modification of White Tree Roundabout in the style of a Dutch ‘annular roundabout’ is something we have not looked into, nor have any experience with. We would certainly consider it on its merits, given the complex nature of all forms of transport that negotiate that traffic island.

We, as Conservative candidates, are broadly in favour of measures to make cycling more pleasant and safer for everyone. We also want to protect pedestrians and allow traffic to move efficiently and safely through Wesbury-on-Trym and Henleaze. We support, and encourage, the ideals of the ‘Space for Cycling’ campaign, and will consider all suggested schemes in the context of the holistic traffic management situation.

Cllr Alastair Watson
Cllr Geoffrey Gollop OBE
Liz Radford
Westbury-on-Trym and Henleaze Graham Donald Liberal Democrat I am emailing to say that I am in full support of your campaign.
Westbury-on-Trym and Henleaze Helen Cuellar Liberal Democrat I am emailing to say I am fully in support to your campaign.
Westbury-on-Trym and Henleaze Liz Radford Conservative Alastair Watson – Councillor, Westbury-on-Trym; Conservative Candidate, Westbury-on-Trym and Henleaze
Geoff Gollop – Councillor, Westbury-on-Trym; Conservative Candidate, Westbury-on-Trym and Henleaze
Liz Radford – Conservative Candidate, Westbury-on-Trym and Henleaze

We are very supportive of measures that encourage cycling in our ward. We recognise that cycling is a healthy and low-carbon mode of travel that reduces congestion and air pollution. We are committed to finding ways to provide safer routes for all modes of transport in, and through, the ward. Where possible, segregated spaces for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists would be the ideal solution. However, we will look at every road situation and make decisions on individual schemes. Not everyone will be able to take up cycling and leave the car at home. There is a higher than average number of older people in the ward. Additionally, when highways are modified, there are often unintended consequences elsewhere in the system that must be considered. Many of our roads are narrow, and well used by public transport as well as private cars. We advocate a balanced, and pragmatic, approach to the development of more, and safer, cycle routes in Bristol.

During his year as Chair of the Downs Committee, Alastair Watson enabled the Cycle Sunday initiative that resulted in a number of morning closures of Circular Road for recreational cycling on the Downs. He also instigated a Place and Movement Framework study to look into the possibility of improved access for recreational and commuter cycling in, and around, the Downs. A segregated cycle path along Westbury Road was passed by the committee with support from Conservative Councillors, although there is no funding to build this at present. We are strongly in favour of this proposal when it reaches the top of the funding priority list. The modification of White Tree Roundabout in the style of a Dutch ‘annular roundabout’ is something we have not looked into, nor have any experience with. We would certainly consider it on its merits, given the complex nature of all forms of transport that negotiate that traffic island.

We, as Conservative candidates, are broadly in favour of measures to make cycling more pleasant and safer for everyone. We also want to protect pedestrians and allow traffic to move efficiently and safely through Wesbury-on-Trym and Henleaze. We support, and encourage, the ideals of the ‘Space for Cycling’ campaign, and will consider all suggested schemes in the context of the holistic traffic management situation.

Cllr Alastair Watson
Cllr Geoffrey Gollop OBE
Liz Radford
Windmill Hill Andrew Brown Liberal Democrat I'm standing as Liberal Democrat candidate in Windmill Hill ward and am happy to support the campaign
Windmill Hill Eleanor Vowles Green I'm one of the Green Party candidates for Windmill Hill. I wholeheartedly support the campaign for better, safer cycling facilities in the area.

We have collected data from thousands of households in the ward and found that a very large number of residents are worried about the lack of cycling facilities. If elected, I will do everything in my power to ensure more safe, user friendly cycle routes are built.
Windmill Hill Jon Wellington Labour I'm delighted to support the Space for Cycling campaign. As someone who cycles to work every day and uses my bike to get around the ward I'd be very keen to see improvements not just in the ward but on routes in an out of the city centre and to Temple Meads as well as to our neighbouring communities in Bedminster, Knowle, Filwood and further afield. If elected I will work with the Mayor of Bristol, other councillors, the Neighbourhood Partnership and other agencies to bring safer cycle routes to the ward and to the city.
Windmill Hill Lucy Whittle Labour This is an important campaign, as a cyclist myself and having children who regularly cycle, it is essential to me that we have a safe and welcoming city for cyclists. More cyclists is better for everyone, even those who can't or don't want to get on a bike. Let's not make this an "us or them" issue, more cyclists is win:win for us all, it means less pollution, less congestion, less road rage, and fitter, healthier and happier communities.
Windmill Hill Natalie Jester Liberal Democrat I'm standing as Liberal Democrat candidate in Windmill Hill ward and am happy to support the campaign
Windmill Hill Rosa Targett Green I’m one of the Green Party candidates in Windmill HIll. Talking to residents it is clear that provisions for cyclists are currently inadequate. In trying to negotiate a safe route, cyclists are navigating busy roads where the fear of collision is ever-present and pavements that cannot accommodate both cyclists and pedestrians. Better routes for cyclists are imperative and I support your suggestions for positive change.