A public consultation on plans for a cycling and walking route which will cut through the Northern Slopes and Victoria Park is taking place this month.
The Filwood Quietway will link Hengrove with the city centre and is being built by Bristol City Council as part of its Cycle Ambition Fund (CAF) project, which aims to “give communities in South Bristol a proper, attractive and healthier alternative for travel” and reduce traffic congestion.
Consultations have been held on a number of different sections of the route – and local people can currently have their say on the Northern Slopes route until 29 June and Victoria Park until 26 June.
A number of changes have been made to both sections following some public opposition and after talks with local groups and organisations, including the Northern Slopes Initiative (NSI) and the Victoria Park Action Group (VPAG).
On the Northern Slopes, Bristol City Council has carried out an ecology study and a tree survey. The council says there will be some loss of trees but the new route is designed to avoid “bigger trees and the more sensitive planting areas”. The proposal is for a 3m wide path (currently it is 2m wide ) and the route will be more of a zig zag than the current path.
There have also been changes to the lighting system after concerns it would impact on wildlife, particularly bats and the entrances are changing to K barriers. The idea is to encourage more cyclists and other people to use the path.
Changes to the Victoria Park section include a change of route to make it more central. The length and width have also been reduced from 850m to 760m long and from up to 4.7m wide to 3m. The barriers will no longer be removed and replaced with bollards – but instead new K frame cycle barriers.
The NSI is holding a meeting on Thursday 15 June at The Park in Daventry Road at 7pm to discuss the plans.
As part of the informal consultation a public meeting about the Victoria Park plans will be held at St Michael and All Angels Church, Vivian St, Windmill Hill, BS3 4LW on Monday June 19 at 7.15pm
The consultation is available online for the Northern Slopes section at www.northernslopesbristol.commonplace.is by 29 June and for Victoria Park victoriaparkbristol.commonplace.is by 26 June. People can also write to: CAF Team, 3C, City Hall, PO Box 3176, Bristol, BS3 9FS or email firstname.lastname@example.org