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Some examples of poor walking infrastructure – 1

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

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

Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy

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 Bugbears

broken-pavementBristol 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”

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

Mayoral candidates and the BWA pledge

The Bristol Walking Alliance has written to all mayoral candidates that we could identify. We asked them to support the BWA pledge:

“I share the goal of the Bristol Walking Alliance to make Bristol the best city for walking in the world. I too want to create an environment for those on foot that is welcoming, safe, convenient, and inclusive. Continue reading “Mayoral candidates and the BWA pledge”

Good Transport Plan

good-transport-planLaunched in January 2016, the Good Transport Plan [PDF] sets out a vision for the future of travel in Bristol. As part of Bristol Green Capital in 2015, Sustrans agreed to take the lead in developing the plan, with many organisations contributing and six months of public consultation. BWA members, Bristol Civic Society, Bristol Ramblers and Living Streets are all amongst a long list of supporting organisations on the back of the document. Continue reading “Good Transport Plan”

Sub-regional planning

sub-regional-planBristol Walking Alliance (BWA) has commented on the Issues and Options consultation for the West of England sub-region’s Joint Spatial Plan and Joint Transport Study, which set out possible ways forward for the period to 2036 in the context of a projected housing need of 88,000 homes. This is a summary of our comments. Continue reading “Sub-regional planning”