Bristol City Council sent a letter to residents of the area in regards to the proposed changes to some roads in the area. We support these measures and would like you to do so as well. We’ve composed a template which you can use to email the Council in support. Please email CAF@bristol.gov.uk by Monday 26th of June 2017.
Reference: Easton Safer Streets
Dear CAF Team,
I am writing to express support for the measures outlined in the letter from 12/06/2017. I appreciate that areas throughout Easton were used to consult with the local community and road users, and that only limited funding is available for implementation, however, there are more roads in Easton which need calming, and the edge of Easton/Lawrence Hill area of the map has significantly less measures despite serious issues existing there as well. Additionally, it is hoped there will be enforcement in regards to parking.
As a local resident, I am concerned with issues resulting from air pollution such as: damages to children’s lung development, decreased ability to concentrate, and lower levels of wellbeing. ClairCity researchers said that more than 5 deaths per week in Bristol are linked to air pollution.
Decreasing congestion and unnecessary car journeys will improve the air quality in our neighbourhood, but fewer cars on the road will also mean that it will be easier to do the school run on foot or on a bicycle. Less than a year ago, a child was seriously injured in front of Bannerman Road school up the road in a collision with an automobile, this child nearly lost their legs. Fewer cars driving to and from school, as well as fewer cars driving through our neighbourhood will make our school run a safer one.
During road closures associated with the Easton Safer Streets project, the spaces the proposed changes transformed from one usually dominated by speeding vehicles into a vibrant area for pedestrians and cyclists. As there are serious health inequalities in Bristol, with higher rates of Type II diabetes and obesity in the BS5 area, it is important to create spaces like these which people want to be physically active in.
All of these measures proposed throughout the area will improve conditions for walking and cycling in the Easton and Lawrence Hill area which is blighted by rat runs and heavy traffic. The routes which children and parents make to our school will be calmer, and less congested when these measures are implemented. As the traffic in our neighbourhood peaks around these times, it should ease congestion for all road users.
As the wards of Easton and Lawrence Hill have worse health outcomes than other parts of Bristol with more space for people, making active travel easier may also help to tackle the health inequalities which exist in Bristol.