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Ideas and comments shared digitally on transformational proposals

A new mapping tool has been launched to capture the public’s views on transformational plans for transport in Bristol.

The interactive map gives people the opportunity to share ideas and comments digitally, on wide-ranging proposals for safer and better public transport, cleaner air and improved walking and cycling routes across the city. The plans were announced by Bristol City Council last month.

Mayor Marvin Rees proposed bringing forward long-term schemes to enable people to move safely as Bristol emerges from the coronavirus lockdown.

The initial proposals include:

• Pedestrianising the Old City area of Bristol

• Introducing a bus priority route over Bristol Bridge and at the entrance to Baldwin Street

• New sustainable transport, walking and cycling upgrades in central areas. For example, Marlborough Street, Park Row, Victoria Street, Lewins Mead, Stokes Croft and the Clifton Triangle

• Citywide pavement widening for local shopping areas to enable social distancing, including Bedminster Parade, Stapleton Road, St Marks Road and Clifton Village.

Bristol City Council is working with the West of England Combined Authority to provide information regarding social distancing at bus stops in and around the city. At stops where high footfall and queuing is anticipated the council is exploring a range of options including the closure and relocation of some stops, pavement widening, additional signage and stencils.

Other measures being considered include; stencils to help with pedestrian flow and social distancing, one way pedestrian routes in busy areas and additional social distancing reminders around the city, for example at taxi ranks. Guidance has also been provided to the taxi trade on safe operation during the pandemic.

The public can add their comments and ideas to the map online. This could include difficult locations to maintain social distancing, which roads could be included in the plans and ways to create better spaces for cycling and walking across the city.

A number of suggestions have already been received from local councillors and the general public and these will be transferred to the new interactive map. Comments provided through the widen my path website will also be transferred to the new map. Please go to Bristol COVID-19 transport request form.

Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, said: “These are exciting proposals that are designed to make Bristol a safer city for everyone to travel in. Lockdown has brought significant challenges to our transport networks and we have more work to do to ensure no one is left behind when it comes to delivering an inclusive and connected city.

“This mapping tool is another step in making sure we bring everyone in the city with us on this journey into a post Covid-19 world. We will listen to all the points put forward and take advantage of what Bristol could be like with less traffic congestion and pollution, but more walking and cycling trips.”

The council will be reviewing all suggestions made via the mapping tool, as progress to implement these schemes continues with the aim of completion by the end of summer 2020.

The One City Transport Board has welcomed the transport plans, enabling people-friendly spaces at the heart of the city centre. The schemes are part of the planned transformation of Bristol’s transport system, as set out in the Bristol Transport Strategy which the board helped develop.

Melanie Watson, Co-Chair of The One City Transport Board said: “There is a clear and widespread support from the independent Transport Board for these proposals. ​Transport Focus latest research suggests that many people plan to change how they travel, with more people suggesting they will cycle and walk more.

“The Board is keen to see greater levels of engagement with the people of Bristol. The Active Travel Map is a great initiative that Bristol City Council has launched today enabling the people an opportunity to have their say and enhance Bristol’s transport for the future.”

Cllr Kye Dudd, Bristol City Council’s Cabinet member for Transport and Energy, said: “These are far-reaching proposals for Bristol’s future transport network, which is something we’ve been building towards for some time. We recognise that this will require adjustment and behaviour change and we’ll remove traffic through the city centre. We firmly believe the long-term benefits for everyone in Bristol outweighs the inconvenience while we make this transition”.

Press release by Bristol City Council.

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