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Bristol Cycling talk to Made in Bristol TV and @mark_bradshaw about Prince St. bridge

On Monday 13th February Bristol Cycling member Sam Saunders spoke to Made in Bristol TV about the work taking place to restore Prince’s St. Bridge repairs. Standing by the MShed, in front of the temporary structure spanning the Grade II listed bridge, Sam reflected on the changes pointing out that the whole area has been much more agreeable, and attractive for tourism, while free of motor vehicles during the closure.

The long running repairs have been taking place to tackle the corrosion that have afflicted the bridge which was built in 1879, and the resulting closure has prompted debate about how the bridge should be used when it is re-opened.

Bristol Cycling have been campaigning for the bridge to remain closed to motor traffic for the simple reason that the city center is a nicer, healthier place to be when not filled with cars that take up space and emit fumes & noise. Bristol Cycling’s petition in support of this campaign (open until 1st March) has attracted almost 600 signatures. Bristol Cycling support the vision of a Living Heart.

Last week saw the 2017 Sustainable Transport & Health Summit take place  showcasing the quality sustainable travel infrastructure and behaviour change initiatives that are incentivising active travel choices. There delegates heard the benefits that active transport, and a shift away from car use, can have on people’s health. By reducing air pollution and inactivity we can tackle widespread problems of obesity &  encourage healthier lifestyles.

At the conference Bristol Cycling member Nick Davies asked Deputy Mayor for Transport Cllr Mark Bradshaw what his plans for the bridge were. Cllr Bradshaw confirmed that the bridge would re-open to motor traffic once repairs are complete partly to mitigate some of the impact of the road works taking place in other areas of the city. Cllr Bradshaw said the decision could be revisited in the future, once the worst of the works has passed. We also understand the Council are reviewing closing the bridge to motors at the weekend which we would welcome.

While we can understand Cllr Bradshaw’s attempts to mitigate the disruption we feel he has made a fundamental  error. The roadworks do not increase the need to open the bridge to motor vehicles – in fact it amplifies the need to support far more efficient alternatives. Congestion in Bristol is a result of over-dependence on motor vehicles that take up lots of space. The only way to tackle congestion is to support the use of more efficient alternatives including walking, buses and cycling.

During the temporary closure the space either side of the bridge, while not completely car free, has been noticeably better. The air is much cleaner and pedestrian traffic has flowed much more freely. The decision not to claim the space for healthy streets is a missed opportunity and flies in the face of the Council’s commitments to clean up Bristol’s air and tackle the city’s congestion. We call on Cllr Bradshaw and the Mayor to be bold in the face of resistance and take the difficult decisions needed to build a better Bristol.

Cycling is great for easing congestion. Cycling is great for Bristol.

Bristol Cycling believe that cycling can help solve many of Bristol’s problems and we provide a voice for cycling in the city. If you’d like to support us please follow us at @BristolCycling or become a member.

Cycle plans around Prince Street include pedestrianisation

Good to see Bristol 24/7 keeping the issue of the future of Prince Street Bridge in the spotlight. Nothing new here however, beyond the consultation over the summer about the protected cycle route.

Our view was that the proposed 3m wide two way route wasn’t wide enough, that it gave up at the centre, and that a wholly different and more sensible solution will be possible once it’s decided that people walking and cycling should have proper provision. Sign the petition here.

Source: Bristol 24/7 – News and Features | News | Transport | Cycle plans around Prince Street include pedestrianisation

Could this Bristol city centre bridge shut [opened! – ed] for good? | West Country – ITV News

Our petition to keep Prince Street Bridge for walking and cycling has been getting media attention. We’re looking for people who can give an hour or two to help with leafleting. Get in touch if you can help.

 

A campaign’s been started to persuade Bristol City Council not to allow cars back on to an important bridge when it reopens after repairs.The crossing at Prince Street was replaced by a temporary footbridge this time last year – now a petition is calling for it to remain for cyclists and pedestrians only.

Source: Could this Bristol city centre bridge shut for good? | West Country – ITV News

Come and plot for a Peaceful Prince St Bridge (tonight!)

Prince Street Bridge

We hope everyone’s enjoying the heat! Do come along to share your ideas and inspiration for how we can sort out Prince Street Bridge. We’re at Roll for the Soul at 5.45pm. Who thinks we should offer ice cream instead of coffee today?

It’s been an exciting start to our quest. There’s been a tonne of support, and two news articles, even though the Council STILL hasn’t approved the petition.

http://road.cc/…/197537-bristol-cyclists-call-princes-stree…

http://www.bristol247.com/…/prince-street-bridge-bristol-no…

Tonight we’d like to 

– give everyone a chance to meet and say hi
– have a brief introduction on our aim and discuss what we can do
– discuss a protest parade and signature collection on PSB
– arrange our next meeting

See you later! 

Cheers, 
Adam

Campaign to keep Prince St Bridge for people walking and cycling

Prince Street Bridge is possible the most important single point in the city for walking and cycling. It is very heavily used and already a point of significant congestion. This will get worse as ever more people choose to walk and cycle.

It is clear that it can no longer continue to function safely and comfortably while meeting the needs of walking, cycling and motor traffic. Something has to give.

We’ve launched a petition for a one year trial of a proper design for walking and cycling. It’s been closed to motor traffic for six months so we know the city can cope.

There is a consultation on Prince Street out now to create a proper All Ages and Abilities (Triple A) route from Cumberland Road to the Centre, but it gives up at Prince St Bridge (and also doesn’t link to Gaol Ferry Bridge).

There’s a ‘plotting’ meeting for everyone who wants to make this happen on Weds 20th July, 5.45pm at Roll for the Soul. Come along!

Here’s the text of the petition

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