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First public bicycle pumps installed in South Glos

Posted on Saturday 19th July 2014 at 11:27 am by SH (Editor)

Public bicycle pump at Bitton.

The first free public bicycle pumps have been installed in South Gloucestershire.

Two new pumps have been installed on the popular Bristol and Bath Railway Path, with one situated in Bitton and the other in Warmley.

These heavy duty public bicycle pumps provide cyclists with a convenient facility to pump up deflated tyres. The pumps are permanent fixtures, bolted to the ground and are suitable for both types of tyre valve and have a handy gauge to check pressure. They feature a robust stainless steel pump handle and an armoured air hose, and have been designed to withstand constant use.

Two local organisations – Avon Valley Railway and Webbs of Warmley have kindly volunteered to look after the pumps and carry out routine maintenance, for example by replacing pump heads where necessary.

Richard Shacklock, manager at the Avon Valley Railway who will be taking care of the Bitton pump, said:

“This is a really good thing. We get so many cyclists here visiting the railway. It’s lovely to be able to give them back something by providing this facility.”

Simon Davis, director of Webbs of Warmley, has volunteered to take care of maintenance for the Warmley bike pump. He said:

“What a fantastic idea!”

The new free bicycle pumps are available as part of a drive to make the West of England region cycle-friendly and improve safety for cyclists and have been funded by the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF).

To find free cycle pumps across the West of England region visit the Better by Bike website

Photo: Richard Shacklock from Avon Valley Railway using the public bicycle pump at Bitton.

Source: South Gloucestershire Council


Tickets on sale now for Downend firework spectacular

Posted on Wednesday 9th October 2013 at 11:21 am by SH (Editor)

Downend Firework Show 2013.

Tickets for Bristol’s biggest charity firework display are now available to buy from local outlets.

The event, which is taking place on Friday 1st November, has celebrated over 40 years in the city, raising vital funds for charity and drawing crowds from across the south west.

Organisers say they expect this year’s display to be another sell out success and are urging people to get their tickets sooner rather than later.

Andrew Simmonds, 34, from Downend, is one of the Great Western Round Table members who helps to arrange the show each year. He said:

“Tickets are now on sale and judging by the positive feedback we’ve had about the event so far we’re expecting them to go fast!”

“We are the largest charity display in Bristol and people travel far and wide to come so we’re urging those interested to get their tickets soon.”

“Tickets are available from local shops and PTAs or from the website.”

“We have secured the best firework company in Bristol – Skyburst – and have increased our spend by £2,500 so it’s guaranteed to be a spectacular show.”

“It’s a marvellous opportunity to see the best pyrotechnic display for miles around while raising money for great local causes at the same time.”

Held at the King George V playing fields in Sutherland Avenue, the event is set to attract thousands of visitors from the region.

More: Event has raised more than £500,000 since 1971 »


Cycle and pedestrian routes now better than ever

Posted on Thursday 4th April 2013 at 6:22 pm by SH (Editor)

Better by Bike.

April marks the completion of a range of improvements to three cycle and pedestrian routes across South Gloucestershire, thanks to a grant from the Government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF).

A growing number of cyclists are now benefiting from the improvements which build upon the network constructed during the Cycling City project – completing missing links and providing more continuous routes between key destinations. The works include new shared paths, crossing facilities, direction signage and lighting.

The LSTF routes connect Parkway Station to Cribbs Causeway, Lockleaze to Parkway Station and Lockleaze to Cribbs Causeway. In addition, bespoke direction signing has been used to highlight the Concorde Way cycle route, which extends from Bristol city centre to Cribbs Causeway. For dedicated commuters who cycle or walk all year around the addition of lighting and the installation of 1.5 kilometres of new solar studs will improve visibility along green areas of the route. The studs use solar energy to light up the routes after dark and are located in newly constructed off-road sections of path in Forty Acres, Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke Park and Bonnington Walk playing fields, Lockleaze.

Cllr Brian Allinson, Chair of the Planning, Transportation and Strategic Environment Committee, said:

“A £900,000 grant from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund has been devoted to these latest improvements. The existing routes now link up residential areas with key travel hubs such as Bristol Parkway Station as well as the major businesses around Filton, Patchway, Stoke Gifford and Bradley Stoke. It is hoped that the improved standard of the routes will encourage more people to think about active alternatives to their regular commute – even if this is only on a seasonal or occasional basis.”

Roy Brewster, a regular cyclist and member of the South Gloucestershire cycle forum, said:

“Congratulations to South Gloucestershire Council on their many efforts to improve the welfare of cyclists and pedestrians.”

He added:

“There is a lot more work is still to be done, but the team have made a commendable start.”

Maps for cycle routes across South Gloucestershire can be downloaded from the South Glos page of the Better By Bike website.

Source: South Gloucestershire Council


Cycling groups angered by MP’s refusal to support Early Day Motion

Posted on Tuesday 18th December 2012 at 5:47 pm by SH (Editor)

The Times' Cities Fit For Cycling campaign.Local cycling groups have labelled Filton and Bradley Stoke MP Jack Lopresti “a wimp” for not signing an Early Day Motion (EDM) that calls for measures to be taken to make cycling more popular and safer.

In reply, Mr Lopresti says the ‘Get Britain Cycling’ EDM has little prospect of achieving anything, adding that he prefers to help the cause by pressing the Government to continue its support for initiatives such as the £600 million Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

CTC Right to Ride officer for South Gloucestershire Richard Burton said:

“Other local MPs, have signed this, but Mr Lopresti has said he won’t. He has made positive statements about encouraging cycling, but when push comes to shove, he won’t sign this EDM in case cyclists hold him to account. It’s extremely disappointing that the first time he’s asked to do something constructive for cycling, he wimps out.”

“MPs from all parties have signed it, so it isn’t a party political matter.”

Bristol Cycling Campaign spokesperson Eric Booth said:

“In this era of austerity and obesity, many people are discovering the financial and health benefits of regular cycling, saving money, getting fit and losing weight all at the same time. We are extremely disappointed that Jack Lopresti hasn’t immediately signed this EDM, and are puzzled about why he won’t. He’s made positive statements about cycling, but doesn’t seem to want to do anything about it. The benefits to our area of increasing cycling would be tremendous, with reductions in congestion and pollution, improved health and better road safety, so why won’t he sign? We’re baffled.”

The EDM points out that cycling is very beneficial for society with huge gains in public health, the economy, the environment and quality of life, and calls for more government action to increase the number of cyclists and to reduce the risks.

More: MP says campaigners’ statements are misleading »