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Implement Liveable Neighbourhoods

We the undersigned call on the council to push ahead in implementing the East Bristol Liveable Neighbourhood (EBLN) trial, whilst exploring further measures to reduce car dependency in Bristol to make our streets safer and easier for people to walk, cycle and use public transport.

A vocal minority who are in opposition to the scheme have refused to engage in good faith with extensive consultation efforts, and certain bad actors are stoking division by spreading misinformation to frustrate BCC's democratically mandated responsibility to improve our city's public realm for all.

EBLN represents the bare minimum of changes needed to meet BCC's 2030 carbon neutrality commitment. Any shift from the status quo naturally provokes fear and concern, but such schemes are essential for public health, safety and equity. Please implement the trial without further delay, so that honest misgivings may sooner be allayed by the inevitable improvements EBLN will bring to the area.

Desperate attempts by the failing central government to create media controversy over motoring issues are not grounded in reality and have muddied the waters for normal Bristolians who just want to be able to move about the city safely, affordably and reliably.

There is sound, peer-reviewed evidence that Low Traffic Neighbourhood schemes such as EBLN can reduce road traffic injuries (1), air pollution (2) and street crime (3), without increasing traffic on the surrounding roads. Nor will emergency services be adversely affected by the changes (4).

Over time the scheme can be expected to reduce vehicle ownership in the area (5), thereby helping to get Bristol moving much better than in its current congested state, via more sustainable means, and in fact making it easier to drive for those who want or need to continue using a car.

(1) Laverty, A., Aldred, R. and Goodman, A. (2021). The Impact of Introducing Low Traffic Neighbourhoods on Road Traffic Injuries. Findings, January.

(2) Yang, X., McCoy, E., Hough, K. and Nazelle, A. (2022). Evaluation of low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) impacts on NO2 and traffic. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment. 113

(3) Goodman, A. and Aldred, R. (2021). The Impact of Introducing a Low Traffic Neighbourhood on Street Crime, in Waltham Forest, London. Findings, February.

(4) Goodman, A., Laverty, A., Thomas, Asa and Aldred, R. (2021). The Impact of 2020 Low Traffic Neighbourhoods on Fire Service Emergency Response Times, in London, UK. Findings, May.

(5) Goodman, A., Urban, S. and Aldred, R. (2020). The Impact of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods and Other Active Travel Interventions on Vehicle Ownership: Findings from the Outer London Mini-Holland Programme. Findings, December

Started by: Tom Cuthbertson (Safe Streets Now)

This ePetition ran from 23/10/2023 to 31/01/2024 and has now finished.

323 people signed this ePetition.