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Welcome to Bristol

Officially Britain’s first Cycling City, Bristol’s independent nature and eco credentials make bikes a natural fit.

It was here that the first modern cycle route was built, the famous Bristol-Bike Railway Path. (Its promoters, Sustrans, are still based in Bristol today.) Other routes have joined it since, and a vibrant cycling scene has sprung up – proof that the odd hill here and there need be no barrier to biking. There’s still much to be done in taming roads, and many are best avoided, but cycling is fast becoming part of the Bristol way of life.

Bristol’s bike strategy promises to “make cycling simple”

Monday 7 July

The city of Bristol, led by cycling mayor George Ferguson, has unveiled a new cycling strategy that aims to “simplify cycling” with new, attractive, safe bike routes. Mayor Ferguson, one of the founding…

Chocolate Path reopens

Monday 7 July

The popular waterside Chocolate Path, along the tidal River Avon, has reopened after “significant ground movements” forced its closure. Bristol City Council say “no further work is required in the…

Popular Bristol path closed

Wednesday 25 June

The ‘Chocolate Path’, the cycle path that runs besides the tidal River Avon on the south side of Spike Island, has been closed due to subsidence. Bristol City Council says that…

Portishead path upgraded

Tuesday 3 June

The main cycle route from Portishead towards Bristol has received an upgrade – as the first step of a plan to create a direct commuter route. The path behind the Portbury Docks…

Saturday is ‘Big Ride’ day

Wednesday 14 May · 1

This Saturday, 17th May, thousands of cyclists will be taking to the streets to demand better cycling conditions – while having fun doing so. The ‘Big Ride’ event, part of the…

Feeling deflated? On-street pumps bring bounce back

Friday 21 March

If you’ve ever had that sinking feeling while cycling home, Bristol’s new roadside bike pumps could be the thing for you. Five municipal pumps are now being installed around the…

Bristol Cycle Festival returns in July

Wednesday 19 March

Bristol’s 2014 cycling festival has been confirmed for 5th–13th July. The week-long festival is one of the largest in Britain. Last year’s event included guided rides, bike maintenance courses, talks…

Bristol goes Dutch with half-mile path

Monday 3 March

While London’s mayor Boris Johnson dithers, Bristol’s mayor is pressing ahead with the construction of a new ‘Dutch-style’ cycleway in Bristol. George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol and a founder of…

Ban lorries at rush hour, says Bristol mayor

Thursday 5 December

Boris Johnson might be unconvinced by the merits of an HGV ban on London’s streets, but Bristol’s mayor George Ferguson is strongly in favour. At a question and answer session…