Bold plans have been drawn up to pedestrianise the Clifton Triangle:

Pedestrianise Clifton Triangle

It will take much more than a colourful diagram to change such a busy area of Bristol, but the plans are eminently sensible.

5 Responses so far.

  1. Nick Skelton says:

    As a nearby resident – yes, this does look like a big improvement.

    But is this actually planned work in the pipeline as the headline suggests, or just ideas someone has drawn up?

    • Hi Nick,

      This is an initial sketch done as a start to the Bristol Cycling Campaign’s cycle network described in the ‘Freedom to Ride’ manifesto. We’ll be creating more schemes in and around Bristol soon.

      One of my requirements of the scheme was to design it in such a way to keep down costs, following on from ideas seen in New York, which Mayor Ferguson will have seen in his recent meeting civil leaders there. You can see this TED talk for more details

      I’ve released this plan to start the debate before we call on Mayor Ferguson and councils to follow examples set and to improve problems around the city.


  2. Alecrai says:

    Hooray for the Bristol Cycling Campaign! It’s amazing that this wasn’t done decades ago. And now it has the added bonus of proper cycle paths like on the continent. Next stop: Old Market roundabout!

  3. Henry says:

    Firstly, can I frame the next statement by stating that I am, and have been for many years, a cycle commuter, a car owner (2) and a lifelong Bristol resident.

    This plan – if it is a representation of an actual plan and not a flight of fancy – is so fundamentally myopic it is hard to understand how it can have ever broken cover. It’s the same dipshit mentality that stops any thoughtful, considered approach to improving life for EVERYONE ever gaining traction.

    No growing city should ever stop thinking about how to improve its transport. Similarly, transport should be thought of as a whole and not just naive swipes at powered vehicles, land-grabs for pedestrianisation and cycle orientated halo-hunts.

    Just once – once is all it would take, the rest would follow – the thinker has to place themselves in the shoes of all concerned, consider their lives and motivations, how they have come to do what they do and be where they are, what factors can make life harder, what better.

    ‘Connect Bristol’s Green Spaces’?!! What sort of crap is that?! What possible reason would the little green outside the Quinton want with being attached directly to the next closest green space?! Think about it….just think.

    Credibility is further stretched by proposing widening of already wide – and pedestrian only spaces (Vic Rooms – no pedestrian enough already you think?)

    And finally, what restaurants and shops will be able to make good use of the outside space – Sainsburys? Wilkinsons? Bridal shop?

    Get a grip (whoever the author of this ludicrous little folly is/was).

  4. phil says:

    Agree with the principals behind the idea, and there are lots of good details (eg reducing richmond hill junction/making it easier to cross the middle of queens rd) but I am concerned about possible rat-running issues around the university campus area and any increase in traffic using st Michael hill/cheltenham rd. It could also increase the time it takes to get a taxi from clifton to temple meads, for example.

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