Bedminster Friendly Shops Project

Bedminster Friendly Shops Project is aimed at local businesses to encourage and help them become more accessible, both as individual premises and in terms of the walkability of streets that link them.

The campaign so far has included a number of initiatives:

  • promotion of the project via local media and direct to businesses;
  • street issues: reporting issues, encouraging action by the BCC Enforcement Team, delivering letters on residential sheets, talking to shops on North Street about A-boards;
  • identifying a network of ‘key routes’;
  • an offer to help design access ramps to shops;
  • creating a group to offer advice on accessibility issues from different perspectives;
  • initiatives to improve the street scene, eg seating, planting, art;
  • toilets: contacting businesses to encourage them to join the community toilets scheme in time for updating the local Toilet Map.
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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

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

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

Somebody ought to …

It’s fine to say that somebody else ought to make Bristol more walkable and it’s true that BCC, the police and other agencies have an important role, but it’s also you and your neighbours that park cars poorly, leave obstacles on pavements and, on the good side, present attractive and flowery front gardens that make walking parts of our city a great pleasure.… Continue reading

Action on pavement obstructions

pavement-obstructionNeighbourhood activists interested in enhancing their local environment will know that one of the main issues is the litter and obstacles left around by our neighbours. In particular, efforts to enhance the walking environment are sabotaged by people who allow their hedges to overwhelm the street, park their cars on pavements and corners and permanently store their many and smelly recycling bins on the walkway.… Continue reading