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To: The Downs Committee, which controls what happens on the Downs.

Safe Cycling for Kids on Bristol Downs

We are asking the Downs Committee to grant permission for a series of four Sunday morning road closures during Bristol Green Capital 2015. These family friendly cycling events would give children the freedom to ride around the Downs in safety without the worry of passing traffic.

Why is this important?

We are a growing group of families in North Bristol who want our children to grow up as fit, healthy and confident cyclists. At present there are very few opportunities for safe traffic-free cycling in this area; currently we need to load bikes on to cars and drive to places such as Festival Way or Ashton Court.

Cycling on the Downs is forbidden due to a bylaw which was made in 1861. The Downs Committee (7 Merchant Venturers and 7 Councillors) has permitted a short stretch of cycle path near the Water Tower. Apart from that, this uniquely beautiful and flat parkland can only be explored on foot or via the road.

Temporary closures of Circular Road on the Downs would create a brilliant car-free loop of over 3km, which children of all ages and cycling abilities could enjoy. It would also open up the Downs to people with disabilities who don’t feel safe cycling on the road alongside cars.

Our campaign has support from Sustrans, The Bristol Cycling Campaign, CTC Bristol, LifeCycle, Travel West, Bikeability and Bristol Public Health.

We want you to help us show the Downs Committee that there are many, many people who feel that the Downs should be a place where children can enjoy cycling in safety. By signing this petition and pledging to join our rides during Bristol Green Capital 2015, you will help to convince the committee that children should indeed have the freedom to ride on the Downs, and that this can be arranged in a way that accommodates the interests of all users of the Downs.

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2014-10-18 10:24:39 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2014-10-17 10:55:40 +0100

500 signatures reached

2014-10-16 21:08:22 +0100

100 signatures reached

2014-10-16 19:46:53 +0100

50 signatures reached

2014-10-16 16:52:34 +0100

25 signatures reached

2014-10-16 15:51:57 +0100

10 signatures reached