Safer cycling in Bristol

Junction Lock swing bridge

Bristol City Council’s cycling campaign, The Cycling Ambition Fund, is a developing strategy designed to make city cycling safer and more accessible. One of the intended routes takes cyclists across Junction Lock swing bridge on Merchants Road; a relatively narrow crossing with segregated pedestrian walkways but with no defined space for cyclists.

The relevant planning application sees the bridge’s cantilevered eastern walkway extended from 1.5m to 3m to create a shared, safe space for cyclists and pedestrians. But, as one objector pointed out, “a cantilever (extension) on one side of the bridge could cause twisted distortion during the swing”.

Following our long association with the moving assets in the Bristol docklands area, the Council asked us to undertake the mechanical and electrical checks. Our functional performance specification of outcomes on the related M&E components will provide the council with the right recommendations to help them take their comprehensive cycling network vision one pedal push closer. 

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