What do we want? Quality Streets…

20 mph signs in Mina Road

20 mph signs in Mina Road

…When do we want them? Now!

SUSTRANS has a great new campaign, encouraging residents to email their councillors to push for improvements to our residential streets, “making my street into a space for people as well as cars”.

http://www.quality-streets.org.uk/

I have had 13 emails so far from Ashley ward residents.  There are now two large 20mph pilot areas in residential streets in Bristol, with more planned. Slower speeds make our streets safer, friendlier and quieter.

The campaign is very close to my heart, and Bristol City council is pushing to introduce 20mph areas (such as the new one on Mina Road), as well as giving priority to people walking and cycling.
Many people have been involved in the development of a new walking strategy and a new cycling strategy for Bristol and both are being incorporated in the new local Transport Plan.
The council are also encouraging use of public transport with funding for Severn Beach line services – closest stations Montpelier and Stapleton road, and new Showcase bus routes, as well as Rapid Transit route bids.
The official Bristol traffic heirarchy is that walking has priority over cycling, cycling has priority over public transport and finally public transport has priority over private single occupancy vehicles (cars!). This is not yet always observed!
There is also some great work with Living Streets in Bedminster and elsewhere and take a look at Playing Out, which shows what can be done simply by opening residential streets to children after school! http://playingout.net/
Finally, keeping street clutter to a minimum, encouraging residents to hold street parties, and discouraging wheelie bins and cars on pavements, can all help keep our streets healthier, safer, friendlier, cleaner and generally more sociable!
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About Jon Rogers

Avonmouth GP, Ashley Ward Liberal Democrat councillor, Bristol City Council Cabinet Member for Care and Health and responsibility for Cycling City. Enthusiastic commuter by foot, cycle, train and bus. Car for special occasions!
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2 Responses to What do we want? Quality Streets…

  1. Pete Tiley says:

    The official Bristol traffic heirarchy is that walking has priority over cycling, cycling has priority over public transport and finally public transport has priority over private single occupancy vehicles (cars!). This is not yet always observed! Is this Bristol City Council policy?
    As yet cyclists and walkers are not given priority in road design in the city. Bike routes are truncated, dog leg or just stop. Cars are allowed to park on pavements, and on bike lanes without fear of punishment, and cyclists are targetted for behaving badly when the whole transport infrastructure has been designed against them – excuse the rant but Bristol has yet to begin to address its transport needs fairly and seriously. Perhaps th council could begin diverting budgets away from roads and ontp dedicated cycling routes, and improving the quality of pavements

    • Jon Rogers says:

      Yes, the traffic hierarchy IS policy. In fact it is already policy for all four local unitary authorities, Bristol, South Glos, BANES and North Somerset!

      You are right. It is not observed more often than not. However, this is the beginning. Personally I want to see safer roads, and see the 20mph areas as being a step in the right direction. We need to change attitudes and behaviours as much as infrastructure.

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