See this interesting article “50 Reasons Why Everyone Should Want More Walkable Streets”. From 1: It helps people live longer, to 50: It supports cultural heritage. This is part of a report by Arup called “Cities Alive: Towards a walking world” – see here.… Continue reading
The SHINE healthy environment team is organising an event on “shared use routes” on the afternoon of Tuesday 1st November 2016. You are invited to a discussion about how to improve shared use routes, and resolve concerns about tension and conflict between people who walk and people who cycle.… Continue reading
‘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 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
At the Citywide Neighbourhood Partnership meeting last week, Carew Reynell and I led a short session that introduced the Bristol Walking Alliance. With six NPs already having joined the Alliance, and another imminent, the walking needs of our neighbourhoods are already a significant part of the work of the Alliance.… Continue reading
Carol Freeman responds to BWA’s invitation to suggest examples of poor walking infrastructure. BWA will collect other examples and will then choose its top few examples for campaigning.
Queen’s Rd/Old Habitat location
Hundreds, possibly thousands, of students and others walk down through the back roads of Clifton and try to cross Queen’s Rd opposite the old Habitat every day.… Continue reading
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
BWA has responded to the government’s consultation on a cycling and walking investment strategy (CWIS). The commitment to producing a CWIS came into being as part of the Infrastructure Act 2015 and followed intensive campaigning from environment, health and transport groups.
BWA’s response states that:
- The amount of government funding described by CWIS is insufficient. There remains a huge imbalance in the level of investment for the different transport modes, and the health, wellbeing and economic benefits of walking and cycling are not being recognised. Continue reading “Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy”
Bristol City Council has some money to make small improvements to walking and cycling routes. Fixing small things can make a big difference – bugbears are the small irritating things that hinder your walking through Bristol. It could be roads that could be made safer, missing signage, overgrown paths, uneven surfaces, obstacles or potholes. Continue reading “Bristol Bugbears”
Neighbourhood 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