The alleged lack of infrastructure for cycling and pedestrians in Bristol has led one presumably fed up cyclist to set up a Twitter account highlighting the issue.
Like oil and water, cyclists and pedestrians shouldn't mix, both punished to favour car centric culture. Bristol's cycling infrastructure is the result of bad planning, illogically disjointed schemes designed purely for show rather than practicality. #bristol #shitfrastructure
— Bristol Shit Cycling Infrastructure (@shitfrastructur) April 17, 2018
Bristol Shit Cycling Infrastructure, with the Twitter handle @shitfrastructure, has been posting frequent photos and retweeting others to show examples of badly planned cycle lanes and motorists blocking the paths. The account admin describes the page as "a showcase of terribly shit cycling & pedestrian infrastructure (abused by motorists) in the city of Bristol, once (allegedly) the UK cycling capital."
New public realm in the centre next to the cenotaph. Pedestrians on the cycle path that is not clearly marked. Cyclist pushed onto pedestrian area. A complete failure. #bristol #shitfrastructure pic.twitter.com/uYghEhO09z
— Bristol Shit Cycling Infrastructure (@shitfrastructur) April 19, 2018
Another day another lorry parked in the cycle lanes on Baldwin Street. 8.45 this morning. pic.twitter.com/sB6bx6tkR5
— Chris Percival (@sprintstar) April 24, 2018
Numerous posts show vehicles, often delivery vans, blocking access for cyclists and pedestrians, such as the example on Baldwin Street above. And another post (below) shows that the council's solution was to place a concrete block on the Baldwin Street cycle path in question to deter lorries parking on it, leading to further Twitter derision.
Looks like a temporary solution has been put in place this morning. pic.twitter.com/uX0gDPVcht
— Matthew Pick (@MatthewPick1) April 26, 2018
The page didn't go unnoticed on road.cc's forum, and it's just the latest in a line of numerous social media pages, blogs and even books dedicated to poor cycling infrastructure around the UK; one of the best examples being the long-running website Warrington Cycle Campaign, which has been posting monthly examples of bad bike lanes nationwide since 2001.
Arriving at road.cc in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of road.cc in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.