Inspiring great place-making
As the Green Capital year ends I wanted to share my experience as a pedestrian (and occasional cyclist). It seems to me that private car use in Bristol has not reduced and remains both high and destructive. Buses continue to be delayed by streams of cars, a very high proportion with only one occupant.
Walking the older narrower streets of town you feel persecuted as the pavements are blocked by parked vehicles, and you find yourself walking in the road, only to have to scuttle back onto the pavement again when a car comes, if you can find a gap.
At major crossing points the priority remains for cars, for instance at Cabot Circus Newfoundland Way junction, a pedestrian has to stop and wait for at at least 3 sets of traffic lights while no car has to wait at more than one.
Standing here on a weekday morning at around 7am I have done a running count of vehicles over a series of days (at least 5
times), in each case over 90% of private cars have only one person in them. This is before the “school run” so these must be mostly commuters.
All very familiar stuff but we know there are 3 main issues here:
If you are carrying a lot of kids then a car becomes competitive with public transport, but for a single passenger within Bristol it is more likely to be about getting to where you need to be on time, and the flexibility that cars appear to offer.
What I would like to see – or hear about from transport experts, Bristol City Council and people involved in the Green Capital initiatives, are ideas like:
Nothing very radical or new, and I am sure there are a 1000 objections apart from just money and driver-voter resistance, but I would like to hear about it. Maybe it is already out there and i haven’t been paying attention, but then nor have the drivers by the looks of it.
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