During the summer, the council responded to the COVID-19 crisis by providing more space for walking and cycling on certain community roads to support social distancing. This included using temporary barriers to widen pavements and provide bike lanes. We have been flexible with our approach and we have been listening to suggestions from local people for improvements to support high streets and help people get around safely both during the pandemic and in the long-term.
The council has now secured further funding to provide more space for pedestrians and cyclists while public transport capacity is reduced. As a result, we are now looking for suggestions on how we can change a number of busy neighbourhood roads and high streets around the city, including Redcliff Mead Lane and Prewett Street.
We are aiming to:
- Reduce speeding and rat running traffic
- Maximise enjoyment of the areas being considered
- Improve access for all
- Create more liveable neighbourhoods with less traffic congestion and pollution.
The government funding must be used to improve cycling and walking journeys. Changes could include:
- Consistent or timed traffic restrictions to stop motorists cutting through community hubs
- Changes to the road layout or direction
- Wider pavements
- New bike lanes
We know from discussions with the community that Redcliff Mead Lane and Prewett Street have suffered from issues with speeding traffic. We are therefore considering two options for restricting access to motorised traffic on these streets, to reduce speeding and rat running traffic.
We are now seeking local views on these suggestions and your views of the street environment as a whole. We would particularly like to hear your views on traffic speeds. We aim to ensure that any changes benefit the local community and any local businesses.
Below is a survey asking local people to think about Redcliff Mead Lane and Prewett Street. What would you change about the streets, what is working well and what could be improved?
We are keen to work with the community to co-design a scheme and there will be further engagement in the coming months on any detailed proposals. Temporary changes may be put in place following this engagement, but any permanent changes would be subject to a public consultation.