Survey of neighbourhood walkability initiatives

In June 2018, BWA invited neighbourhood groups across Bristol to send in information of community efforts across Bristol tackling obstacles to walking, or making positive improvements, and whether any collaborations are working well, or not.

An interim report has been published – available here.  … Continue reading

20 mph scheme review – please respond

The 20mph scheme review involves consulting local councillors and residents “to examine how well 20mph is working in each area and assess whether there is anything that can be done better”. The review runs till 31st August. Whilst there seems to be no intention by the Council to significantly alter the scheme, there are 83 20mph roads and only 6 30mph roads up for review.… Continue reading

UWE student report on ‘walkability’ in Bedminster and Southville

Three Architecture and Planning students from UWE carried out a five week ‘walkability’ survey in BS3 for their finals in 2018. The survey was linked to Action Greater Bedminster’s aspiration to make BS3 a more Age Friendly Neighbourhood. The community contact was Ben Barker.… Continue reading

Campaigning on clean air near schools in St George

I and my fellow campaigner Jo Chesterman have been concerned about the air pollution at Summerhill Infant School and Summerhill Academy (Junior) School, situated just past the end of Church Road in St George. Jo has children at both schools, and I have a granddaughter at the infants’ school.… Continue reading

Which way for the Bristol & Bath Railway Path?

An urban experiment

The Bristol & Bath Railway Path carries over two million journeys each year, and is one of the UK’s most popular traffic free walking and cycling routes. It was built in the early 1980s by Sustrans, with help from many local volunteers, and turned a derelict railway line into a valuable amenity and green space.… Continue reading

Walkable countries

In a recent study (paper in PDF format) by researchers at Stanford University, Indonesia, the world’s fourth-most-populous nation, came in last among 46 countries and territories for the number of walking steps its citizens take, averaging only 3,513 a day.

By comparison, Hong Kong was first with 6,880, and China second with 6,189.… Continue reading

Victoria Park and Northern Slopes consultation

The Bristol City Council Cycle Ambition Fund includes provision for creating a new radial cycle route called the Filwood Quietway. It is proposed to pass through Victoria Park and Northern Slopes, two green spaces used for recreation.

The Council have consulted on the route through Victoria Park before, when their proposal for a 4.5m wide delineated cycle route was rejected by local park users.… Continue reading

Register your local path on the Definitive Map before it’s too late

When the Countryside & Rights of Way Act 2000 was being haggled over, land-owners wanted clarity about footpaths on their land and the Government agreed that the official record of footpaths and bridleways should be closed to new applications based on historical evidence.… Continue reading

Shared use and Prince Street consultations

‘Shared use’ routes policy

Bristol Council is consulting on a draft policy on ‘shared use’ routes for people walking and on bicycles. BWA welcomes the council’s initiative to create this draft policy. The document fulfils a need to make clear the Council’s policy for how the balance between provision for walking and cycling will be achieved.… Continue reading

BWA and equalities groups

BWA representatives have been talking to people from equality groups with more to go.

Not surprisingly, groups representing partially sighted and blind people and those with mobility problems have issues around the walking environment. Like most other people, they are concerned with broken pavements, obstructed pathways, speeding cyclists on the pavement, difficult or inadequate road crossings and fast cars.… Continue reading