The centre of Bristol is changing with pedestrianisation schemes being implemented in the Old City, on Bristol Bridge, and on King Street among others. Bikes, certain deliveries, and on Bristol Bridge, buses and taxis, are allowed through but not, in general, private vehicles. We can all now look forward to improved air quality, safer walking and cycling routes, better public transport, and more space to enjoy our city centre!
These schemes are being paid for by the first “tranche” of Covid-19 related emergency funding from the Department for Transport. Some “pop up ” cycle lanes, also predominantly in the City Centre are coming. The West of England Combined Authority (WECA), of which Bristol City Council are part, won maximum funding for its bid so much is promised although little has been done, as yet, and details are sketchy. There’s a second tranche of this emergency funding up for grabs and Bristol City Council, as part of the West of England Combined Authority (WECA), must submit it’s bid for this funding early in August 2020. We have written to both local authorities with our suggestions.
We welcome these measures and give full credit to the City Council, its dedicated Officers, WECA, the DfT, Mayor Marvin Rees and Councilor Kye Dudd, who has responsibility for Transport. We’d like to see even more ambition and schemes outside the City Centre. We’ve ideas for roads which could be opened to people, on foot, on bikes, with buggies, in wheelchairs and children playing, by being closed to through motor traffic with local vehicle access maintained. So we contributed an article to Bristol 247 setting out a dozen or so suggestions from all over the city.
Such pedestrianised roads could be the basis for more liveable neighbourhoods and communities. And they are one half of a cyclable city, accessible to all. The other half is cycle routes on main roads, or strategic corridors, as planners call them. Our comments on these can be seen in our article on the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan. The Bath Road would be a good one to start with.