Bristol's Road Infrastructure
The city is connected by road on an east-west axis from London to West Wales by the M4 motorway, and on a north-southwest axis from Birmingham to Exeter by the M5 motorway. Also within the county is the M49 motorway, a short cut between the M5 in the south and M4 Severn Crossing in the west. The M32 motorway is a spur from the M4 to the city centre.
The Council also supports several road building schemes, including re-routing and improving the South Bristol Ring Road.
Private car usage in Bristol is high, and the city is motorcycle friendly.
Bristol was named "England's first 'cycling city'" in 2008, and is home to the sustainable transport charity Sustrans. The city has a range of urban cycle routes, as well as links to National Cycle Network routes to Bath and London, to Gloucester and Wales, and to the south-western peninsula of England. Cycling has grown rapidly in the city, with a 21% increase in journeys between 2001 and 2005.