The Mayor wants a metro…

By Rwendland - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

…to solve Bristol’s congestion problems. (More here)

We wish him all the best in this. But:

For a fraction of the cost and in a fraction of the time it would take to build we could have a fully protected network of cycle routes.

Whatever the final outcome of the studies, Bristol needs to reduce motor traffic and increase active travel to make it a healthier and more ‘liveable’ city.

And that means being radical. That means taking steps to physically prevent through traffic in our city and district centres as well as in our residential streets. And that means taking the risk of losing popularity for a while. A competent politician will know how to compensate for this in the short term by being generous to Bristol with other things. While in the long term Bristol will thank the mayor for the vast improvement to the quality life for everyone (and not just the few, to borrow from Marvin’s party boss).

So, Marvin, we call on you to go for the low hanging fruit first and honour your commitment to the Bristol Cycling Manifesto. Not just for us who are already cycling, but for the many more who would cycle if only they felt safe to do so.