Meet James Coomber
James Coomber of Cycle the City tells us about Harbourside Market…
"Bristol’s on a bit of a roll. There are a lot of people moving here, attracted by the quality of life, and businesses are relocating as well. We’ve got so many tech start-ups that some people are calling Bristol ‘Silicon Gorge’, after the great Avon Gorge that runs westwards from the city.
There’s so much to do here: festivals, events, attractions, and every weekend there’s something to do
But Bristol isn’t some grey town where people just go to work. There’s a real sense of fun and quality of life here. We’ve got great access to the countryside, including hills, forests and the seaside, and the Harbourside is a great addition. I run a market here selling local produce, and the waterside area is getting better all the time. There’s even talk about putting a beach here and why not? We already have watersports in the harbour, including stand-up paddle borders.
Culturally, Bristol is also very exciting and inclusive. There’s a group of great museums, including At-Bristol, our science museum, and the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. Last year’s waterslide down Park Street, by Luke Jerram, was a great example of an art event that united the city. That’s typical of Bristol’s sense of freedom and fun and transfers into our cycling business, which we set up to take advantage of the city’s amazing location. From our Harbourside HQ, for instance, you can cycle one of our fleets of Pashley bikes under Clifton Suspension Bridge to the seaside at Portishead, which takes about 1hr 10mins, or to the great Georgian city of Bath, which is a great route and takes about 1hr 45mins, via a vintage café and old train tunnels. And if you’re feeling less ambitious, there are plenty of good cycle lanes throughout the city.
In town I’d recommend visitors to orientate themselves in beautiful Queen Square, the second biggest town square in the country. From here you can discover the Harbourside and the city centre, then go up to nose around Georgian Clifton and over the Suspension Bridge to Ashton Court, the big house and park with views back onto the city. If you like street art and independent shops, I’d recommend the area of Stoke’s Croft, which is becoming a real hub. There’s so much to do here: festivals, events, attractions, and every weekend there’s something to do. Come and enjoy Bristol with us.”
Cycle the City, No1 Harbourside, 1 Canon’s Road Bristol BS1, cyclethecity.org
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