I have come to the conclusion that the provision of cycling infrastructure in Bristol is utterly awful and the council doesn’t give a shit about the safety and life expectation of young children. The simplest way to reach this conclusion is to plan a ‘safe’ ride with young children, and see how viable it is to navigate through this supposedly forward thinking city. The next simplest way is to look at the condition and design of our roads outside primary schools.
I’m currently locked in battle with Bristol Council in a desparate bid to reduce road danger outside my daughter’s primary school. I’m staggered by what masquerades as priorities. For instance, at this moment in time, Bristol are not repainting any road markings whatsoever, and not tackling road safety issues until a new system of wards and budgets has been signed off. This has been happening for 18 months. This is the result: