City Ideas Studio: Improving Transport in Bristol, Bath and the West of England – 3 February to 10 April 2016
The West of England Initiative are pleased to announce that we are working with the Architecture Centre and other partners, to explore how transport can be improved in our region.
Acting as studio partner for the Architecture Centre’s fifth and final City Ideas Studio residency on transport, which runs from 3 February to 10 April 2016, we have put forward a number of questions and challenges.
- The West of England Initiative calls for a more joined up transport strategy.
- How can we improve public transport, active travel and make better use of our streets?
The ‘City Ideas Studio’ which is a year-long exhibition hub, explores solutions for a sustainable future through visual displays, interactive workshops, talks and events based around the key themes of Bristol European Green Capital. With the Studio already having addressed issues around Nature, Resources, Food and Energy, it was the Initiative’s turn to tackle Transport.
The West of England Initiative is committed to addressing the problems posed by transport in our region so we were keen to work the Architecture Centre to explore how the way in which we travel could be improved.
The exhibition, which uses the recently published Good Transport Plan for Bristol as a framework, showcases our belief that Bristol and the West of England needs a more joined up transport strategy that provides good access for all and a better environment in which to live and work and play.
There are current weaknesses in the quality and reliability of public transport, traffic congestion and air pollution impact on both our economic success, costing an estimated £600 million per year, and our quality of life, contributing to approximately 200 deaths a year from respiratory related illness.
Whilst major projects are finally happening, we need further coordinated action to make significant differences, particularly given the expected population and jobs growth over the next 20 years and beyond.
We need to ensure that
- All communities can easily get to workplaces and vital amenities such as schools and hospitals.
- Essential goods and services can be more easily distributed
- Transport corridors can be freed up to allow more efficient public transport
- Streets and places provide a better balance between pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles
- Air pollution and carbon emissions are reduced
- People have the option and can be encouraged to pursue a healthier life style
This exhibition gives us the opportunity to consider how we can promote the sort of effective, attractive and affordable transport alternatives that this city and region badly needs, and features projects including those by Sustrans, Playing Out, Let’s Walk Bedminster, North Bristol SusCom and UWE Bristol.
How to Visit the Exhibition?
The ‘City Ideas Studio’ is based at the Architecture Centre on Bristol’s Harbourside. The exhibition is open to the public 5 days a week and entry is free (Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays).
More information: http://www.architecturecentre.co.uk/about_the_architecture_centre