Bristol was chosen because it has a lot going on policy-wise: Greater Bristol is now a "Cycling City", which means a total of £22.8 million over three years (including local authority funding) for cycling infrastructure, training, and promotion. This programme will be finishing as we do our Bristol fieldwork, so it will be interesting to study people's perceptions of its effects on cycling experiences and places in Bristol.
Sustrans was born in the area in July 1977 as Cyclebag (Cycle Bristol Action Group). Bristol is also home to UWE's Centre for Transport and Society, which is involved in a variety ofinteresting cycling-related projects.
Unlike the other three sites, Bristol is hilly and on the relatively wet west side of the country, and yet cycling rates are still double the national average.