Bristol Lib Dems' Manifesto for Cycling
The Bristol Liberal Democrats have drawn up a cycling manifesto to address a real need in Bristol for a healthy, flexible and low carbon way to get about a growing city that we all also want to remain liveable.
The manifesto was drawn up by Ian Townsend, council candidate for St George West ward on 5 May, for Bristol's elections in 2015 and 2016 elections. Ian has cycled to work for well over a decade, initially when he lived in London and since moving back to Bristol in 2012. He is an active Bristol Cycling Campaign member and was previously elected to the London Cycling Campaign’s policy forum.
Based on the nation-wide Space for Cycling campaign, the cycling manifesto assesses Bristol’s progress across six themes, and outlines the Liberal Democrats' record of delivery on cycling in Bristol, and what we will work towards after elections. Ian attended the Bristol Space 4 Cycling campaign launch on 14 March 2016 along with several Liberal Democrat councillor candidates. Ian has endorsed the aims of the campaign, see his statement on the campaign's St George West ward page.
Our mayoral candidate, Dr Kay Barnard, has pledged to segregate cycle lanes across the city where possible, encourage cycling in green spaces and introduce better cycle parking facilities in our 'Six to Fix' mini-manifesto for the elections in May.
Ian said: "We have a strong track record of encouraging cycling in our city. We have long campaigned for the Council to take cycling more seriously. The case for more investment in cycling is simple; the more journeys we can encourage residents to make by bike, the less congestion we will see on our roads and the healthier we all will be. Our aim is to encourage more people to take up cycling and gain from its benefits through better facilities and training. We have drawn up this cycling manifesto as part of transport plans for our city that will make a real difference to the lives of thousands of Bristolians.”
Cllr Glenise Morgan, cabinet advisor on neighbourhoods with particular interest in public health, added “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."
You can download the manifesto here or read it below.