"Bristol has built a name for itself as being a cycling city. Statistics suggest Bristol has very high levels of walking and cycling to work compared to most other large cities in the UK.
"Not only does cycling have great health benefits, keeping us active and improving our air quality by reducing the amount of cars, it also has social and economic benefits."
- Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol
Our new Bike Life report published today, details women’s travel habits, views and attitudes towards cycling across the seven Bike Life cities. It clearly shows there is an appetite from women to start cycling or cycle more but significant barriers to overcome.
'Women: reducing the gender gap' adds new evidence to existing research that shows we need to do more to address women’s needs and help make cycling more inclusive in cities across the UK.
Bristol City Council has been developing a dedicated cycling route from the Bath to Bristol Path into the centre of Bristol. A two-way dedicated cycle track along the length of Baldwin Street will complete a traffic-free link across the city centre from Castle Park to College Green.
Cobble sets have been flattened and the pedestrian pathway widened in Castle Park so that cycling is more comfortable whilst preserving the historic environment.
Caroline Bannister, Deputy General Manager South Bristol Community Hospital
"Two members of our Early Supported Discharge (ESD) team came to me with the idea of trialling e-bikes to make home visits to stroke patients recently discharged from hospital. Bristol City Council provided us with two e-bikes to trial for six months. The bikes proved to be such a success that after three months we secured the use of three more.
"Every member of the ESD team is now using the e-bikes. This means we’re putting fewer cars on roads for short local journeys, and the journey times are proving to be the same or even less than by car. It’s better for the environment and it’s saving the hospital time and money."