Pavement parking – when will the government change the rules?

The Department of Transport has been conducting a review of pavement parking regulations for years. They still have not yet published proposals, but at a recent Transport Select Committee meeting, a transport minister gave an interesting insight into the current thinking.… Continue reading

Walk Fest walkability reports available for download

BWA ran several events during the Bristol Walk Fest in May. There were several guided walks in Bristol’s neighbourhoods, exploring the good and bad walking environments in each neighbourhood. This was followed by an event that brought together the findings. The presentations from the event are available to download below, as are the walkability reports from each walk.… Continue reading

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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House of Commons Select Committee Inquiry into Pavement Parking

The House of Commons Select Committee has launched an inquiry into pavement parking and is calling for written evidence about: the impact of pavement parking; the enforcement of pavement parking offences; enforcement and, if necessary, reform of traffic regulation orders needed to deal with pavement parking.… Continue reading

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