BOPF Transport Action Project

The Transport Action Project will deliver on transport priorities recently identified by our members as their top issue of concern. There are 3 parts to this project:

1. Transport Special Newsletters
2. Development of our  On-Line Transport Information Hub
3. Formation of our Transport Action Group (TAG)

Launch of our BOPF Transport Action Project at BOPF Open Forum, 6 June 2019

The launch of our BOPF Transport Action Project in June this year was our opportunity to further build upon the BAB findings and examine some of the concerns identified by older people. At our transport workshop, attended by approximately sixty people, we looked at both the issues and the possible solutions.

1. Buses

Design:  Suggestions included extra space for luggage or shopping.  Extra space for push chairs/buggies/wheelchairs also need to be considered in future planning.

Improving safety:  The issue of bus drivers not waiting for passengers to sit down, bus speed and jumping red lights was raised.  Suggested actions were to improve staff training and to introduce ‘secret shoppers’ as a safeguarding check.

Anti- Social Behaviour:  The issues of rubbish being left behind and people putting their feet up on the seats were highlighted.  It was recommended that a Respect Notice should be introduced.

Pollution – Clean Air:  To discuss with First Bus on further improving bus carbon emissions.

Bus regularity and Connections:  It was mooted that improvements are needed to synchronise bus and rail time tables. For bus reliability there should be wider coverage of the electronic timetables on bus stops.

Bus Stops:  It was pointed out that not all bus stops/shelters are covered.  Changes to the geographical placement of bus stops have caused accessibility problems.

Bus travel by Older People:  It was suggested a need for improvements to bus information, including wider publicity about the popular Safe Journey cards and details around ticketing/bus route options.  Unreliable bus transport and the links to loneliness and isolation were underlined.

2. Bicycles

Shared Spaces: It was stressed that shared spaces present a real challenge for disabled people.

Cycle training: There should be cycle training for school children and first time cyclists. It was felt that irresponsible cyclists gave responsible bike users a bad name. To counter this there should be more police and

local authority enforcement to prevent cycling on pavements and to raise awareness of good cycling/car driving practice.

3. Cars

Clean Air:  Pollution and carbon emissions could be decreased by reducing car journeys and providing free school transport. The high volume of cars entering the city is a concern, with a need to improve the Park & Ride facilities. There should be a discussion with Bristol City Council around the scheduling of major road works and the high number of temporary traffic lights.

Speeding:  An issue was raised about the need to slow down traffic, particularly on ‘rat runs’ and link in to a more rigorous approach to policing 20 mph areas.

4. Trains

Local services: It was suggested that local train services are not adequately publicised. The need to improve accessibility for disabled passengers was highlighted. 

5. Pedestrians

Walking around:  Concerns were raised about street clutter/obstructions and how this can make it difficult to walk safely, particularly for wheelchair users, those with sight loss and parents/carers with buggies. Parking on pavements was also identified as a major problem.

Next Steps

The full transport Report was sent to key transport providers and decision makers.  It will also be used as part of a more substantial research, which will be developed from member feedback, local transport issues and current national transport development.

To request the full report email Ian Quaife:

Ian Quaife
BOPF Development & Engagement Manager