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£35 million to improve life for Bristol cyclists

Bristol City Council wants to spend £35million pounds to improve life for cyclists as it tries to increase the number of commuters who use a bike to get to work.

The money will be used over the next five years to make roads more bike-friendly. However cycling campaigners worry that the council may not be able to deliver on it's promises. Robert Murphy reports.

Street art in Gloucester to deter people from cycling on pavements

Stencils in Gloucester city centre to prevent cycling on pavements

Gloucestershire Police have commissioned street art in Gloucester City Centre to deter cyclists from taking to the pavements.

The warnings have been stencilled on streets around the city by students from Gloucestershire College. They highlight the danger of cycling on the pavements at busy times.

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New 'Cycle Eye' technology trialled in Bristol

'Cycle Eye' technology trial launched in Bristol Credit: ITV West Country/Jonty Messer

The latest technology aimed at cutting the number of serious collisions involving cyclists was unveiled in Bristol today.

The trial is the first of its kind in the UK and involves placing cameras on buses which alert the driver when a cyclist is in their blind spot.

Elite cyclist's death ruled accidental

Junior Heffernan was killed during the Severn Bridge Road Race in March 2013 Credit: Herbalife-Leisure Lakes

A coroner has ruled that the death of a cyclist from Plymouth in a race was an accident.

23-year-old Junior Heffernan was hit by a car during the Severn Bridge Road Race in Gloucestershire in March last year. He was on the wrong side of the road and had been over the speed limit.

Police told the inquest the driver couldn't have avoided the collision.

More people are cycling to work in Stroud & Cheltenham

Cycling to work is on the increase in Stroud and Cheltenham Credit: ITV News West Country

More people are cycling to work in Stroud and Cheltenham, according to new Government figures. But other Gloucestershire districts have shown an alarming downturn, especially in the Cotswolds, where commuting by bike dropped by 26%. The local MP blames the poor condition of the roads.

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Inquest hears how cyclist drowned in Bristol's Floating Harbour

Sean Phillips fell off his bike into freezing water Credit: ITV News Westcountry

A father-of-two died when he lost control of his bicycle and fell into Bristol's Floating Harbour, an inquest heard. Sean Phillips, 40, from Backwell, north Somerset, had been training for a charity ride when the accident happened on March 6 2013.

Avon Coroner's Court heard the wheels of Mr Phillips' bicycle may have become trapped in rails which guide the cranes on Prince's Wharf. Mr Phillips, a procurement manager, was seen to suddenly lose balance on his mountain bike before plunging into freezing water nearby.

Two members of the public quickly jumped in to rescue the charity fundraiser, who had been wearing a helmet, but despite their "heroic efforts" he died at the scene. The inquest heard Bristol City Council had been aware of concerns for the safety of cyclists for a decade.

Avon Coroner Maria Voisin, who reached a conclusion of accidental death, said Mr Phillips' death had prompted a series of changes to make the harbourside safer. The inquest heard there are now signs warning cyclists to use a different route due to the tracks.

How almost £400,000 will make Bristol cycling safer

by Richard Payne

Nearly £400,000 is to be spent on trying to make cycling in Bristol safer. The numbers of people using two wheels in the city has doubled in the last decade, but injuries have risen, too.

Mayor George Ferguson arrived in office pledging to tackle Bristol's transport problems and has revealed to ITV News a controversial congestion charge may be one solution.

Government grant to make cycling on roads safer

Cycles in Bristol

The Transport Minister Norman Baker has announced £40 million to improve safety for cyclists on roads across England. He says,

"Cycling is healthy and reduces congestion so it is welcome news that more and more people are taking to two wheels.

"Ensuring this funding is targeted where improvements will make a real difference to cyclists is just one way we are ensuring this trend continues".

In South Gloucestershire, £275,000 improvements will be made to the A38 Gloucester Road. £100,000 of that will come from the Government while South Gloucestershire council will make up the rest.

In Bath, £322,100 will be spent on the Two Tunnels path, Northern Link. £252,100 from Government funds and £70,000 from Bath & North East Somerset Council.

In Bristol, £260,000 will be used to make Baldwin Street safer (half from the Government and half from the council). £500,000 will be used for a cycle path by the Gloucester Road (the funding again split between the Government and Bristol City Council)

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