Bristol City Centre has seen recent road closures to provide a more peaceful environment for pedestrians and cyclists. However, we would hope that any further changes will give greater consideration to accessibility for less able citizens of Bristol. Keeping the city centre air clean, must not come at the exclusion of those with less physical mobility.
Bristol City Council must also keep aware of the danger of disproportionately affecting parts of Central Ward with air pollution just by displacing it with such road measures elsewhere. The welfare of all residents of Central Ward needs to be safeguarded. We encourage the council to look into supporting biodiversity infrastructure, such as the planting of vertical gardens, moss walls and parklet planters to provide a natural mitigations against air pollution. Such initiatives would complement the many trees which contribute to cleaner air and create a pleasant environment for all.
The enforcement of the new system, especially around Bristol Bridge, also requires more consistency. Strategically minded road closures in the City Centre have the potential to give local businesses a much-needed boost COVID lockdown. However, such measures should only be done while keeping in mind the overall quality of life of those living and working in Central Bristol.
The upcoming lengthy closure to the Redcliffe Bascule Bridge will undoubtedly present an obstacle to the flow of pedestrian and cycle traffic in the area. To alleviate this, we advise that Bristol City Council look into revisiting the project of a bridge from King Street and across the Harbour in Welsh Back. This project could change the layout of the centre in a way that would be beneficial to both local residents and businesses on Kings Street.
Furthermore, we back the proposal by Lib Dem Metro Mayor Candidate Stephen Williams to allow provision within multi-story car parks in Central to also provide safe bicycle storage. Recent surges in bicycle theft in our city highlights the provision of this facility as a pressing issue.