The cycling developments need to happen over the next couple of years and, after some shaky forays into consultation and doubts over the usefulness of proposals, a plan will finally go before a cabinet meeting of Bristol City Council later this month.
At a meeting earlier this month, John Grimshaw, founder of Sustrans and now with Cycling England, the body which awarded the
Comments such as “We have got to get on with this, otherwise 11.4 million pounds could be wasted” (from the council officer in charge of the project) do not inspire confidence.
Bristol architect and long-standing cycling activist / Sustrans patron George Ferguson has analysed some of the proposals and compared them to that icon of high-quality cycling, Groningen in the Netherlands. His findings imply that
However, if things have gone and continue to go flat-out, with plans approved and effectively implemented, Bristol could double the number of its cyclists from 30,000 to 60,000. Proposed measures include 20mph zones in three residential areas, up to 35 contra-flow cyclepaths to allow cyclists to ride in both directions along one-way roads, 9,200 cycling proficiency lessons a year for schoolchildren compared with 2,500 now and enhanced cycleways on four main routes.