Published on 20/09/2018
An initiative designed to promote positive behaviour on shared paths was launched on the Bristol and Bath Railway Path (BBRP) yesterday.
“At peak times the path is very congested and users can experience increased levels of conflict.This is damaging its value to the communities it serves because the least confident and most vulnerable users are dissuaded from using it. We have instigated the One Path Initiative to ensure that its value to people and the localities it serves is enhanced and protected for generations to come.We are committed to a Bristol and Bath Railway Path that is a community space for everyone – a park, path and place for all, by foot or by wheel, enabling healthy lifestyles in a green and biodiverse corridor linking the two cities and communities across the West of England.”
“We are making improvements to Bristol’s physical infrastructure with upgrades to walkways and cycle routes, but this is only one part of creating a well-connected, efficient network.Conflict between pedestrians and cyclists is a growing challenge as more people choose to travel short journeys sustainably, by foot or bike, and we are concerned about anything which could disrupt or dissuade people from continuing these journeys.This has been no more evident than on the popular Bristol to Bath Railway path, and we want to work with local people, path users and non-path users alike, to identify how we alleviate pinch points and problem areas so we can all travel together in harmony.”
“The Bristol to Bath Railway Path is a wonderful resource for everyone and we are pleased to support an initiative which promotes it to new users and encourages sharing the space safely for people walking and riding, whether they are out to get fit or just take a leisurely ride or walk with friends and family.The section through South Gloucestershire is very popular and I want everyone to be able to use the path together, to respect each other as equal users and to be safe as they enjoy our wonderful environment.”
“The Bristol to Bath Railway Path is my favourite local linear park.It’s an ecological corridor, an oasis for human city dwellers and an excellent traffic-free resource for everyone not just people on road bikes going fast. Just like other public spaces in the city, we need to share it and make sure it stays accessible for everyone.”