Pedestrianise Baldwin Street where it meets The Centre

The success of Make Sunday Special has shown how removing traffic from this area can benefit for everyone.  This proposal would pedestrianise the Western end of Baldwin Street, between its junction with Marsh Street and The Centre.  A clearly marked cycle lane should run through the area, to minimise conflict between cyclists and pedestrians.  Buses could be re-routed via Broad Quay and Marsh Street, or The Grove.

If there was concern about too much traffic on Marsh Street, then general traffic could also be removed from Prince Street Bridge at the same time.  These two changes would remove through traffic from many parts of central Bristol, but would not prevent anyone from driving to any street or building where they needed to go.  Through traffic which currently uses Baldwin Street would go round the Inner Ring Road (Bond Street, Temple Way) instead.

Why the contribution is important

The Council has already said that it wants to reduce traffic in the central areas of the city (see page 19 of the Draft Public Realm and Movement Framework) but has not decided how to do this.  These proposals would offer a way.  The plans for Metrobus will change the road layout of The Centre, offering an opportunity to make this change for very little extra cost.

by stevemelia on December 08, 2013 at 07:06PM

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  • Posted by Bryony December 09, 2013 at 14:08

    ban vehicles from Corn Street too
  • Posted by lucypedler December 09, 2013 at 17:26

    Anything that can improve air quality and urban space in central Bristol is to be encouraged-this one certainly achieves this. Pedestrianised urban spaces are good for people..and business
  • Posted by mjw December 12, 2013 at 16:02

    As Make Sunday Special showed, the pedestrianisation of this part of the centre was a great success, encouraging innovative use of available space. I believe this is an excellent proposal
  • Posted by Cevans December 14, 2013 at 16:21

    I have suggested to The Mayor before he got my vote that an area 3/4 of a mile from the Centre should be Traffic Free with Free Bicycles to Pick Up & Drop
    Delivery vehicles would be allowed
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