A reader has sent in a series of photos to BBC Bristol of the Bristol and Bath Cycle path that show just how popular it is. This is the path described by local politicians, the West of England Strategic Partnership (WESP) and their BRT Project Board as “disused”.
One of the most interesting aspects of the photo above is that it demonstrates not only that people move up and down the path and use it as a safe cycling and pedestrian route but that they also go across it at very regular intervals to easily and safely access other communities and facilities.
A rapid transit bus route would put an end to this. The crossing points on the path would have to be reduced to a minimum of footbridges and the BRT route would effectively act as yet another road barrier as far as local communities and pedestrians are concerned.
This could be a potentially catastrophic development for Easton in particular, which is already blighted and hemmed in by the M32 and the only section of the abandoned inner-city ring road ever built. Movement, particularly on foot, is already difficult in the area. The BRT can only make it worse.
The Bristol Blogger is unable to attend this evening’s meeting about the BRT scheme. Anyone who attends, feel free to post a report, rant, update or opinion in the comments.