Some have to rely on cars
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