Pensioners who videoed pavement cyclists in Bristol are now campaigning for more cycle infrastructure

Group has recognised root cause of pavement riding and backs European-style network

by Sarah Barth   September 22, 2012  

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A campaign group that made a stand against pavement cycling has appealed to Bristol City Council to improve its "inadeqate" cycling provisions that force riders onto the pavement.

Judith Brown, chairwoman of the Bristol Older People’s Forum, which has been campaigning against cyclists using pavements, attended a Sustainable Development and Transport Scrutiny Commission meeting on Thursday.

After the meeting she told the Post that the council should listen to what had been said and change its “inadequate” policy.

Last month we reported how another member of the group took video footage of cyclists on the pavement in Bristol city centre.

But in a clear sign that the campaigners had seen that the root cause of the pavement cycling was poor provision for riders around town, they attended the council meeting in support of improved insfrastructure that separated cyclists and pedestrians and diminished the potential for conflict.

Mrs Brown said: “I think the council has to think seriously about its inadequate policy for all.

“As Bristol is a cycling city, the council must think how it accommodates them properly.

“What countries have done in Europe looks promising and it’s certainly worth thinking about how they can make life safer for everybody. “I’m going to take this away to digest and tell my members.”

Dr David Horton, a sociologist focusing on cycling, also attended the meeting. He said that his research showed how potential cyclists were put off by “terrifying” road conditions.

He said: “Too often words like ‘petrified’ and ‘terrified’ crop up in surveys when people are asked why they don’t cycle around town. “In urban Britain, at the moment, we are really struggling to provide for cyclists.

There’s a real mismatch between policy and practical work leading to improvements.”


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posted by velobetty [67 posts]
22nd September 2012 - 19:33


Well, we're in the west country Wink

…Mind you, Sarah isn't Thinking

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4201 posts]
22nd September 2012 - 20:05


Well done Bristol Older People's Forum, problem identified along with the underlying reason. It's all too easy to blame the individual cyclists who take to the pavement, and who do pose a risk to pedestrians, lets hope that intelligent campaigning like this catches on.

posted by FMOAB [262 posts]
22nd September 2012 - 20:26

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tony_farrelly wrote:
Well, we're in the west country Wink

…Mind you, Sarah isn't Thinking

I am, but only for the weekend. It must've rubbed off tho...

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posted by Sarah Barth [1267 posts]
22nd September 2012 - 21:56


Good on the pensioners then.


posted by OldRidgeback [2579 posts]
23rd September 2012 - 21:31