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5. Physical, operational, behavioural measures

As part of our stakeholder workshops, physical, operational and behavioural measures for cycling were considered according to how well they would fit in South Gloucestershire, the aim being to identify the most effective measures to improve the current local cycle network, and to be implemented in new developments like Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood or new Enterprise Areas.

  • Physical measures are cycling infrastructure such as cycle paths and cycle parking.
  • Operational measures relate to how the Council and other partners can put policies into practice (e.g. – maintenance processes)
  • Behavioural measures are those that help people to start, maintain or increase the amount of cycling that they do

Measures were considered based on how well they have worked before in other parts of the country, their affordability, and their benefit to cost ratio. A table summarizing some of the measures that could be implemented in South Gloucestershire is included below:

Cycling Measures
Physical Develop and maintain an inclusive and attractive network of cycle routes
Install intuitive signage and way-finding for easy navigation around the cycle network.
Identify and provide continuous high quality routes from key journey origins to important destinations and trip attractors
Cycle route priority over side roads and driveways
Reallocation of road space and construction of dedicated, segregated cycle route provision.
Cycle Contraflows and routes through cul-de-sac’s
Locate high quality cycle facilities at the beginning and end of journeys including secure cycle parking and bike hire at transport interchanges.
Enhance the quality of the public realm and street environments.
Operational Maintenance and improvement of existing and propose cycle provision to ensure the safety of users in accordance with maintenance standards.
Accommodate cyclist’s needs and requirements.
Highlight ‘best practise’ technical guidance and advice to developers and planners for designing cycle-friendly infrastructure.
Ensure cycle strategy is integrated within other relevant local authority policy frameworks and visions.
Seek financial streams for developing active travel network through large scale funding bids for major transport projects.
Behavioural Provide widely accessible Bikeability Training.
Promote the Health benefits of Cycling, expand health programmes and cycling initiatives through the Physical Activity Strategy and Tackling Obesity agenda.
Work with key stakeholders in the voluntary, public and private sectors to increase the exposure of cycling amongst the local population.
Introduction of 20mph zones near to schools.
Encourage innovation in the approach to overcoming barriers to cycling such as electric bicycles and on-street bicycle maintenance tools.
Cycle awareness training for professional drivers, focus on HGV


M32 junction 1 signal controlled crossing

Improving pinch points on our existing cycle network is an important factor in encouraging more people to cycle more often. A new signal controlled crossing was installed across the M32 slip road in 2015, to provide a safer crossing point for pedestrians and cyclists using the busy Ring Road Cycle Path, which is part of the Cycle Trunk Route. Prior to the installation of this crossing, funded by the Cycling City Ambition fund, users were forced use an informal crossing point during a gap in traffic, and the completed scheme has improved safety, whist providing adequate crossing times.

M32 slip road crossing, before and after:

Photo of M32 Slip road Before Photo of M32 Slip road After