The 'softer measures' designed to encourage people to cycle have so far concentrated on events and one-to-one advice. Now that some of the new Cycling City routes are in place, you'll begin to see a lot more advertising about cycling and Bristol and South Gloucestershire's Cycling City project.
We have a dedicated team working with businesses to help them provide the facilities their staff need to cycle more often.
This includes help with grants for stands and lockers, or help with on-site events such as bike-to-work breakfasts and maintenance sessions. Loan bikes are also available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to know how your business can get involved.
Visit the Cycling and Employers section to find out more about our business projects.
As well as educating young people about the joys of cycling, Cycling City has also kick-started some fun extra-curricular activities. Cycle Hub, Bike Club and Go-ride are all helping young people find fun in a two-wheeled world!
Visit the Cycling and Schools section to find out more about our school projects.
From small events in local parks to citywide road closures, Cycling City will be present at hundreds of events designed to get more people engaged in cycling, including Bristol's Biggest Bike Ride, Bristol Cycle Festival and Carnival and Cyclescreen Film Festival.
Plus, as far as possible, the Cycling City team are encouraging events organisers to provide temporary cycle parking zones at other city events.
Watch out for the Cycling City road show team (and their unmissable trike!) at an event near you soon.
One of Cycling City's aims is to get communities enthused about using their bikes more often.
We're working with many voluntary and community organisations to run courses, events, activities and promotions. Four specific projects were designed to tackle barriers and cater for certain groups.
Work in the community
The Cycling City Community Fund allowed community organisations to bid for grants of up to £10,000 to set up activities designed to encourage cycling. Seventeen projects have been set up with 14 different community groups.
Cycling City advertising has hit the city in a big way. A combination of print, radio and outdoor advertising is helping to raise awareness of the Cycling City project and the fantastic reasons to take up cycling.
Plus the Cycling City roadshow team are regularly out and about, handing out information and Cycling City promotional items.
Cycling City has given Bristol and South Gloucestershire the chance to get involved in some innovative and exciting 'smarter choices' projects. These include:
Bike Back is a project being run in conjunction with Life Cycle UK, SOFA Project and HMP Bristol to provide low-cost refurbished bikes in Bristol.
You can either donate a bike or buy a bike from Bike Back.
Bikes are expected to cost from £30 for a child's bike and £50 for an adult's bike. The project is due to launch in Autumn 2010.
- All Abilities
The All Abilities Cycling Project has been designed to encourage disabled adults and children to take up cycling. Twelve adapted bicycles are available to try at a specially-designed play park in Bristol.
- BMX pump tracks
Two short pump tracks are planned for Bristol, with delivery expected in 2011.
- Mountain bike trails in Ashton Court and Leigh Woods
Together with the 1 South West project and Ashton Court Estate, Cycling City are helping to upgrade and improve the mountain bike trails in Ashton Court and Leigh Woods. A new mountain bike and golf hub will also be built in Ashton Court during 2011.