A big majority of people making use of Bristol’s first car-free Sunday have said they would like to see some roads in the city centre permanently closed to traffic.
The survey conducted by supporters of campaign group Living Heart for Bristol found 99 visitors in favour, 33 against and 13 don’t knows.
Traffic was kept off a number of city centre roads yesterday, including Corn Street and Baldwin Street, for the first of Bristol mayor George Ferguson’s Make Sundays Special events.
Mr Ferguson said at the launch of the series of car-free Sundays that he wanted to build on the examples taking place in twin city Bordeaux and in the Colombian city Bogota.
Living Heart for Bristol spokesman Steve Melia said: “What a fantastic start to the Make Sunday Special. We were delighted with the response we got from people out on the streets. This was really good for business. Any shops, cafes or bars who were open today were doing a roaring trade. And most of the public agree with us that through traffic should be permanently removed from these streets.”
Steve Ward, who conducted some of the interviews, added: “We were really struck by the number of visitors this event pulled into Bristol, and how many different traders had set up around Corn Street. Opening up busy streets to large numbers of pedestrians is good for business and for tourism. We need to make the Old City a special destination for traders and visitors, not just on Sundays but all year round.”
Yesterday’s event was the first in a series of five taking place throughout the year, and the aim is to extend the idea after a successful trial through this summer:
The next Make Sunday Special events are on:
- 21 July
- 18 August
- 29 September
- 20 October