Does Bristol need a Good Transport Plan?

UPDATE 19/11/2015 BCyC has sent in comments on the draft: BCyC response to Green Transport Plan draft Nov2015.

The Green Capital transport group, lead by Sustrans, have been working on a Good Transport Plan for Bristol. Bristol Cycling Campaign have been following this with interest including a discussion at our April members meeting, it’s possible that the reason there has not been much involvement or response is possibly due the rather unchallenging ‘motherhood and apple pie’ content?

Who could disagree with it? But equally, where are the ambitious and visionary (and challenging) plans or actions?

As campaigners at a city, residential, school or business level, it’s not clear what is being put forward for practical use as a tool or framework, other than, ‘let’s do more of what we’re already doing’ (and so by implication we’ll go on getting what we’ve always had).

I’m not sure there’s much to be gained from BCyC supporting it as it stands with the rather limp statements on cycling that support continuing piecemeal and marginal incremental improvements. On the other hand a plan that set out a more determined vision and which had clear losers and challenges to the status quo would no longer be fluffy enough to be widely supported.  Don’t think it can be done.

One might say “The reasonable campaigner adapts themselves to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to themselves. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable campaigner”, to paraphrase George Bernard Shaw.