Liveable Neighbourhoods for Bristol

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In Bristol, the busy traffic in our streets causes noise, pollution and danger.

But there’s a better way, and it’s tried and tested – Liveable Neighbourhoods.

These are residential neighbourhoods that contain traffic filters to stop cars, vans and lorries using the streets as rat-runs. Residents can still drive to their homes, residents and businesses can still get deliveries, and pedestrians and bikes can get through freely.

In Liveable Neighbourhoods, the resulting reduced traffic has many benefits. Air quality improves. So does road safety. There is safe space for play areas for children, and room for outdoor seating for businesses. Tree-planting and landscaping can be done, making the streets greener and more pleasant.

Residents’ life expectancy improves because the air is cleaner and they walk and cycle more. High streets in Liveable Neighbourhoods become attractive destinations where people want to spend their time again and again, and so footfall and trade increase.

There is now a groundswell of public support for low-traffic neighbourhoods, but the council won’t provide them if we don’t show we want them.

So please join the organisations listed below and ask Bristol City Council to work with local people to create Liveable Neighbourhoods across the city, starting now and completing by the end of the next mayoral and council term in May 2024. We will break down signatures by postcode to show the council where there is local support.

And please join the discussion in your local Liveable Neighbourhood online group – there is one for each local area of Bristol.

There’s more information on our website. Let’s make Bristol liveable!


Supporting organisations

Bristol Civic Society
Bristol Cycling Campaign
Bristol Dementia Action Alliance
Bristol Older People’s Forum
Bristol Ramblers
Bristol Sight Loss Council
Bristol Walking Alliance
Bristol Youth Strike 4 Climate
Christian Climate Action Bristol
Future Economy Network
Landscape Institute South West
Living Heart for Bristol
Playing Out
Transport for Greater Bristol
Zero West
Bishopston and St Andrews Traffic and Parking Group (BOSA)
Bishopston, Cotham & Redland Community Partnership
Clifton Climate Action
Cycle Sunday
East Bristol Kidical Mass
Let’s Walk Bedminster
Totterdown Residents Environmental and Social Action (TRESA)