Bristol Family Cycling Centre Engagement Survey

Closed 25 Mar 2020

Opened 24 Feb 2020


The Bristol Family Cycling Centre needs to relocate and one possible site is at Henacre, Lawrence Weston. 

Bristol Family Cycling Centre (BFCC) is a cycling facility that gives people of all ages and abilities the chance to ride different kinds of bikes in a traffic-free environment. They offer a regular timetable of drop in Learn to Ride and disability sessions, as well as Bikeability training, bike maintenance sessions and volunteering opportunities.

The centre has been operating in Hengrove since 2016, but the arrangement was always temporary and the lease for the site is coming to an end.

Bristol City Council has been investigating new sites for the centre, in hopes of finding a new location that will allow the centre to continue and expand on its current services, and also provide a closed-loop cycling circuit (CLCC) as part of the development.

One promising site that the council are looking at covers parts of Henacre Open Space and Merriman’s Drive Open Space. It has a similar profile to the Hengrove site and would allow BFCC to preserve and promote the existing BMX course, install a CLCC that could be used by cyclists of all ages and abilities, and potentially open a café and other facilities.  The site also benefits from an adjacent BMX track and a proposed new cycle route being built by Sustrans and funded by Highways England.

Council teams have been assessing the viability of this site and are looking for feedback from the community. Plans are still in the early stages but we are keen to work with the local community to ensure that any planned facilities complement the area.

We are asking local residents, BFCC visitors and the wider Bristol community to provide feedback on the suggested new location and what additional facilities they’d like to see. Once options have been drawn up, there will be a consultation with the public ahead of a proposed formal planning application later in the year.

The survey will close on Wednesday 25 March 2020. If you require a survey in a different format please contact or phone 0117 9036449.

Paper copies are available from Lawrence Weston Youth Centre,  Avonmouth Community Centre and Shirehampton Public hall.


  • Avonmouth and Lawrence Weston
  • Hengrove and Whitchurch Park


  • All residents


  • Sport and leisure