We held our first Living Streets Bristol open meeting on 23rd July. 15 people discussed issues and possible solutions, resulting in an agreement to concentrate on 4 areas:
1. Better Faster Crossings:
- a maximum wait for pedestrians at light controlled crossings of 30 seconds – though many should have no delay at all
- an end to the zebra cull – a commitment to preserve all existing zebra crossings – and make funds available for more
- more ‘informal crossings’ – raised road surfaces across side road junctions
2. Enforce existing parking rules
- A substantial investment in council parking enforcement – which could be self financing – throughout the city.
- Zero tolerance of pavement obstruction. In many areas, vehicles block pavements for days on end. We want this to be a citywide policing priority.
3. 20 mph limit citywide
- A 20mph limit as a default thoughout the city, including all residential roads and shopping streets. This should be supported by street design – ‘shared space’ being one example.
4. A Traffic free city centre
- Every Sunday, with many roads closed 7 days a week
Where and what are the obstacles to walking?
For example, a friend from Greenbank area tells me few people will walk home from the centre to Easton area as the underpasses on Easton Way and Lawrence Hill Roundabout are so dangerous. Does this affect you? If enough people are prepared to join together in demanding change, we can get something done!
We can log similar examples and build a picture of the ‘obstacles to walking’ across the city.
Many people complain about bins blocking pavements. The rules the council work to are complex and sometimes bins are allowed on wider pavements – if 1.2m width is left for pedestrians. Email us if you want further details.
Aled Williams, the Council Bin enforcement boss, says that people should email him about any bins that are causing an obstruction. He appears to be genuinely keen to help and their approach is very much to work with residents and traders to find them appropriate ways of dealing with their rubbish.
mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org