Last Wednesday (29 November) Up Our Street hosted a meeting with Sustrans about the Bristol and Bath Railway Path. We wanted to bring together different users of the path to discuss plans for improving this important community asset, reducing conflict, and making it safer for all. We showed this short film made by Telling Tales and fed back our findings from recent research and engagement projects, and made suggestions for future action which included:
- Trialling a Code of Conduct in the Easton and Lawrence Hill area
- Introducing signs and messages which seek courteous behaviour and ask for priority for vulnerable users of the path
- A process for developing a two year plan for the path culminating in a co-produced design vision
Our proposal is that a stewardship group, made up of stakeholders and path users, would oversee the plan going forward with opportunities for ongoing involvement as things develop.
There was a lot of positive energy in the room, and it was great to discuss how practical actions could work. Our next step is to finalise the content of the Code of Conduct, and create a plan for communicating this. We will meet again on Tuesday 19 December at 6pm at Beacon Centre, Russell Town Avenue, so if you’d like to get involved, please come along.
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Proposed Code of Conduct for Bristol and Bath Railway Path:
1. All users please keep left
2. Please only overtake when and where it is safe
3. Please be aware and considerate of more vulnerable path users
4. Always be alert for cyclists and other path users, even at quieter times
5. Please be aware that this path is for sharing not speeding
6. Please keep your dogs under control
Delaney, H. (2016) Walking and cycling interactions on shared use paths. PhD, University of the West of England Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/27108/