Neighbourhoods urged to shape future of road improvements
Bishopston, St. Andrews and Redland citizens are being asked how investment could be used to enhance several busy roads and high streets across the city.
Thirteen roads are earmarked to receive funding from Bristol City Council to improve walking and cycling journeys across the city, including Cotham Hill, Overton Road, Mina Road, Park Row and Picton Street.
The streets were chosen following suggestions made by the public during lockdown for ways to better manage through traffic and prevent rat running.
These plans follow major improvements to the city centre delivered this summer, with the Old City now pedestrianised, new city centre bike lanes and the closure of Bristol Bridge and Baldwin Street to through traffic to give priority to buses, pedestrians and cyclists.
Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, said: “We are taking bold action to create a better, more connected future for everyone and to help Bristol emerge from this crisis in a more inclusive and sustainable way.
“By diverting through traffic away from our community hubs, we will protect public health and unlock barriers to inclusive economic growth with cleaner air, safer and better public transport, and improved walking and cycling routes for everyone. It is essential any change works for the benefit of everyone in the community so we are asking for ideas from local people.”
Potential changes could involve alterations to the road layout or traffic direction, widened pavements, timed or consistent traffic restrictions, new bike lanes, additional seating, better lighting, resurfacing, or more greenery.
Surveys will be distributed across households and businesses in each area to collect feedback on what people like about the road in question and what they feel needs improving. The council is also liaising with local groups and organisations to gather views and ideas from their members.
For exact dates on engagement launch, links to the online surveys and more information, visit: bristol.gov.uk/roadchanges
If you do not have access to the internet please write to: Transport Engagement Team, PO Box 3399, Bristol, BS1 9NE. Or call 0117 9036449 and leave a message on the Transport Engagement answerphone.