SAFERoads campaign begin community traffic survey

July 04 2016

Campaigners for SAFERoads in the central Bishopston area have decided to do their own survey to measure traffic flowing in and through the area, rather than wait for council funding.

by Zuzana Pohloudkova 

 

Campaigners for SAFERoads in the central Bishopston area have decided to do their own survey to measure traffic flowing in and through the area, rather than wait for council funding.

People  living on or near the streets bounded by Ashley Down Road, Brynland Avenue and Kennington Avenue have turned into data collectors for several hours during different days and times in the week.

Steve Ward, UWE Traffic Researcher and resident from the wider area, suggested that they monitor the time, whether the car goes in or out and the last digits of the number to see if people are driving through, looking for parking or what might be the other issues.

He said: “The numbers will tell us how busy the junctions are and should help us to understand the problem before finding the solution.

“There are many things we can implement in our streets to improve the situation and we are happy to work with the Neighbourhood Partnership and the council to find the best option for the residents in the area.”

Neil Wellman, who began the original campaign for Dongola Road, said: “With the survey we want to support and strengthen the work we have done so far around safer roads for Bishopston.

“We hope to have a public meeting as soon as the surveys are analyzed and involve a wider area as well.”

Residents involved in the campaign are often frustrated by the situation and hope that the survey will help to solve the issue. Jodie Steimetz said: “These roads are not built for 21st century when we have so many cars in the city.

“I accept that we live in the centre of the city and people have cars, but we need to work out the solution together for all the residents living here.”

Annie Sparks said: “We need more passing spaces. One way might not be the best solution, speed bumps make noises, we will see what comes out of the survey.”

Gill Sandford said: “The situation has got worse in the last two years. I live at the Kennington Avenue junction and I see regular standoffs.

"They are building more flats and there is not enough parking. This is residential area. It should be safe also for walking.”

SAFERoads are planning more surveys in the following month. If you would like to get involved contact SAFERoads@nwellman.com.