City of Bristol elects cycling friendly mayor

The city of Bristol has elected its first ever Mayor, in an election where candidates argued hard over the issue of cycling.

Architect, George Ferguson eventually came out on top in a head-to-head battle against Labour candidate Marvin Rees. 

 The city of Bristol has elected its first ever Mayor, in an election where candidates argued hard over the issue of cycling.

Architect, George Ferguson eventually came out on top in a head-to-head battle against Labour candidate Marvin Rees.

Ferguson praised cyclists in the run up to the voting and said they are “doing their bit to improve Bristol’s environment and help improve the degraded urban air quality that they suffer from.”

“There is the odd idiot cyclist that gives cycling a bad name, but they are very much the exception”

The newly elected Mayor has now confirmed that he will work on dissuading parents from driving their children to school, and that he plans to look in to the development of radical cycling paths in and around the city centre. 

Ferguson added that he was keen to introduce bike lanes and said he wants Bristol to cycling to be modelled on the Dutch cycling system. 

“I presented a BBC1 film challenging Bristol about Cycling City, comparing it with Groningen in Holland which demonstrated how far we have to go,” he said.

“However, Bristol has significantly increased an awareness of cycling and most importantly encouraged school children to cycle and the Council to work for safer routes to schools, for which much more work still needs doing.”