Roads were not built for carsCarlton Reid: Roads were not built for cars

Saturday 12 July, Curzon Community Cinema, Clevedon, BS21 6NN

4.00 pm

All ages, free

Journalist, researcher and tireless cycling advocate Carlton Reid speaks about his new book: a look back at the turn of the 20th century, when cycling played midwife to the new-born automobile industry.

From high-quality road surfaces to pneumatic tyres, cars owe bicycles a good deal more than you might think. Carlton’s talk will explore how bikes inadvertently gave cars a leg up, and how the balance of power on the roads shifted in favour of motorised transport.

This talk is part of the “Wheels and Reels” all-day event at Curzon Cinema.

The Bike ShowJack Thurston: A thousand freely-chosen paths

Wednesday 9 July, Create Centre, BS1 6XN

6.00 pm – 7.30 pm

All ages, free

Jack Thurston, author of “Lost Lanes” and host of Resonance FM’s “The Bike Show” presents a history of cycle touring, from 19th Century explorers pass storming in the Pyrenees, to modern-day escape artists seeking enlightenment on the open road.

CCycling summitycling Summit

Wednesday 9 July, City Hall, BS1 5TR

5.30 pm – 7.30 pm

All ages, free

Bringing together council and transport bodies with campaign and community groups to review and discuss cycling plans and strategy, the second Cycling Summit will include the launch of Bristol City Council’s Cycling Strategy, a keynote speech by Mark Bradshaw, cabinet member for transport, and  more.

With Bristol winning Green Capital 2015, the national Space for Cycling campaign, and the Council unveiling a new 10-year cycling strategy, this an exciting time for anyone with an interest in promoting cycling.

Further info on the Bristol Cycling Campaign website.

Women and bicyclesBristol women and cycling in the city

Thursday 10 July, Roll for the Soul, BS1 2JL

6.15 pm – 8.15 pm

Women only, free

How can we get more women cycling in Bristol? How can we raise the voice of women in the cycling agenda? This event will bring together women who cycle and women who don’t, for talks, discussion, and the opportunity to learn and take action.

Including a talk by the University of Westminster’s Rachel Aldred, one of the researchers behind the Cycling Cultures project and a leading voice on women’s cycling in the UK.


6.15pm – open for tea and cake

6.30pm – Introduction to Bristol’s Cycling strategy (Jodi Savickas, City Transport)

6.45pm – Inner City Cycling Projects – case study and lessons learnt (Kate Cooke, Public Health)

7pm – Cycling inequalities in Gender and Age (Rachel Aldred, University of Westminster)

7.30-8pm – Breakout discussion

 8-8.15pm – Feedback and action

Women Cyclists of Bristol on Facebook


Previous years


Speakers in 2013 included Max Glaskin dropping some cycling science, endurance racer Mike Hall, author of “Conversations on the Coast” Nick Hand, Sustrans area manager Jon Usher speaking about the massively successful Two Tunnels project, and film-maker George Salt speaking about his work documenting Nairobi’s budding cycling culture.

Two Worlds, Two Wheels Talk – Bristol Cycle Festival 2013 from Stick in Mind on Vimeo.

You can also watch and listen to some of 2012′s talks online. Click here for more.