Local campaigner and South Glos Council by-election candidate, Raj Sood, has called for improved safety for people traveling by foot and bicycle around Frenchay & Downend. In an extensive correspondence with council officials, he has raised a number of issues including potentially confusing traffic signals on junctions such the Hambrook Lights, the need for traffic calming measures outside the Quaker's Road schools in Bromley Heath, and the lack of safe pedestrian routes around Frenchay. Officials have now offered him an on-site meeting at the Hambrook Lights to discuss this topic further.
"The recent appalling incident at the Hambrook Lights junction in which a cyclist was very seriously injured must act as a wake-up call for our community. Active travel - by foot or bicycle - has enormous health and environmental benefits. We need to encourage it by providing safe pedestrian and cycle routes, including safe places to cross our roads, and by discouraging speeding traffic in residential areas.
"These are topics that are frequently raised with me by local residents. People want to be able to walk safely to school with their children. It should be safe to cycle to the shops or other amenities rather than feel one has to use a car. We should be doing so much better."