Some have to rely on cars

Bristol Post - - LETTERS&OPINION -

EV­ERY sin­gle street in cen­tral Bris­tol – in­clud­ing Bald­win Street,

Bris­tol Bridge etc – has been closed to cars.

This makes it im­pos­si­ble for dis­abled peo­ple to park nearby, as men­tioned by a lady with a dis­abled hus­band on Nextdoor so­cial plat­form, and I to­tally agree with her.

Also, as a fam­ily, we used to be able to pop on a metro to visit St Nick’s Mar­ket or bars/restau­rants along the water­front. It is now vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble to get there un­less you drive all the way out to Tem­ple Meads and back (more omis­sions and traf­fic jams).

It is ridicu­lously dif­fi­cult to ac­cess Queen Char­lotte Street and other car parks – do try for your­selves!

This mayor and city council are so anti-car and have closed so many roads, to en­cour­age us to use their non-ex­is­tent or un­re­li­able public trans­port sys­tem in the mid­dle of this pan­demic when the main govern­ment are ‘specif­i­cally re­quest­ing that public trans­port is for essen­tial use only’.

Also, peo­ple are gen­uinely fright­ened of us­ing public trans­port due to Covid-19.

Have the council and the mayor also for­got­ten that a lot of peo­ple in Bris­tol are ‘un­able to cy­cle’, due to health con­di­tions, dis­abil­ity, age, or be­cause they can’t af­ford a bike?

A lot of peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties have to rely on their cars to get about – so what do they do now?

And, on top of all this, let’s not for­get how th­ese road clo­sures will fi­nan­cially ruin busi­nesses in the Old Town/cen­tral Bris­tol, which have been al­ready bat­tered by this pan­demic.

An­nie Hawk­sley Bris­tol

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