Bristol, Britain’s Cycling City
23rd March 2021
Whether for business or pleasure, as part of your daily commute, a family day out or a way to explore your surroundings, cycling is a great way to stay healthy and reduce stress. It is also often the quickest way to get around in Bristol and incredibly popular - 28% of Bristolians reporting they cycle to work at least once a week.
Bristol was named Britain's 'First Cycle City' way back in 2008, but what does this mean in practice? Primarily, it has meant record investment in cycle infrastructure, safe cycling routes and greenways - there are 12 miles of segregated cycle tracks in Bristol that make the city a great place to get out on two wheels. The focus on cycling has continued with Bristol now in the third year of a partnership with British Cycling that aims to support everyone from cycling beginners to elite athletes with an array of initiatives, coaching and events. There is even a regular public forum that provides a platform to discuss upcoming projects and drive Bristol's cycling agenda forward.
Our new homes at Viewpoint@Totterdown are perfectly placed to take advantage of Bristol's brilliant cycling infrastructure and initiatives. We've integrated secure cycle storage into the development to make owning and using a bike that little bit easier. The location is perfect with just a 10 min cycle to the city centre or Temple Meads station. The open space of Victoria Park is just around the corner from Viewpoint, and this is on the Filwood Greenway route, a recently upgraded cycle trail connecting Hengrove, Filwood and Victoria Park to the city centre.
Bristol's Cycling Network's crowning jewel must be the 13 mile Bristol to Bath Railway Path, which joins the two cities. The route was the first major project undertaken by the cycling charity Sustrans and is open to walkers and cyclists alike, with disabled access provided. You can start the trail from the city centre and enjoy an entirely traffic-free ride, with public art and pub stop-offs along the path. A train ride back to the start is also an option. This bike path runs from Bristol's centre, passes through Mangotsfield, Warmley and Saltford before arriving in the heart of Bath.