Plan for new 20mph limit on Bishopston's roads gathers pace

December 31 2012

Plans to introduce a 20mph speed limit across Bristol were on the agenda at a meeting in Bishopston, which is one of the first areas that could be affected by the change.

Plan for new 20mph limit on Bishopston's roads gathers pace

Plans to introduce a 20mph speed limit across Bristol were on the agenda at a meeting in Bishopston, which is one of the first areas that could be affected by the change.

Following a vote by the city council in July backing the reduced speed for drivers, the limit could be introduced from September 2013 in central Bristol, which includes Bishopston.

The phase one boundary would be Muller Road and Kellaway Avenue, which are not included in the 20mph zone.

Inside the boundary, Gloucester Road would be considered for the new limit, which the authority said could benefit the shopping area.

A Bristol City Council spokesperson said: “20mph is recognised, not only for its clear safety benefits, but also as a way to increase walking and cycling. The pilots in Easton and Southville saw a significant increase in both.

“The council always looks at local shopping areas to see if they could benefit. Long ribbon-like shopping streets like Gloucester Road can really benefit from slower moving traffic as this improves shoppers' ability to cross to shops on both sides of the street with ease.”

Residents who attended December’s Bishopston Neighbourhood Forum heard more on the results of the pilot 20mph zones in Easton and Southville, where a report revealed 82 per cent of residents in the areas supported the lower speed limit.

Both areas, which have been subject to a 20mph limit since 2010, saw reductions in the average speed on their roads and more people cycling or walking.
The residents also heard that more than half of collisions in Bristol occur on the city’s main roads.

Councillor David Willingham, who chaired the meeting, said including main roads in the scheme could be a source of contention among city residents. He added that he was aware that a number of cyclists had been involved in collisions with vehicles at the junction of Strathmore Road and Churchways Avenue with Gloucester Road.

While the subject has been put forward for discussion at Neighbourhood Forums in the area, a formal consultation on the scheme is planned for spring. The scheme will cost £2.3 million to implement across Bristol.

For more information, visit www.bristol.gov.uk/20mph or email 20mph@bristol.gov.uk.