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A ‘quick win’ for Filton Road in Horfield

Bristol Mayor’s congestion task force looking at opportunities for quick wins that reduce congestion and journey times without disadvantaging other road users.

We have a modest suggestion for Filton Road in Horfield which we put forward for consideration, Filton Road improvement Oct2017 for Congestion Task Force. This aims to:

  • improve safety and attractiveness of southbound cycling – cycles do not need to overtake stationary traffic queuing at Dorian Road junction.
  • reduce congestion on Filton Road southbound, especially in pm peak hours
  • improve journey reliability for buses, which currently get caught in congestion in the pm peak hours.

Please note however that this very modest proposal aimed at relatively quick deployment. However, a large volume of evidence demonstrates that increasing the attractiveness of cycling for people of all ages, especially children, is the most cost-effective way of improving health and reducing car trips; and that this is best achieved through increasing the amount of cycle lanes which are completely segregated from traffic. A quick glance at the type of cyclists encountered in Dutch cities – all ages, social backgrounds and abilities – indicates why. Further information on practical steps can be found at Space for Cycling