As the UK’s first Cycling City, Bristol has developed good facilities for walkers and cyclists in many parts of the city. However, the area to the south, including nearby towns and villages in North Somerset, remained cut off from the city centre by the River Avon and a complicated system of busy roads with difficult crossings. The only access for walkers and cyclists was via the busy road through Long Ashton village, or the main A370 carrying over 25,000 vehicles per day.
“ Cycling five miles to school used to mean sharing the road with speeding cars. The new cycle route is so much safer, more enjoyable and saves my mum a fortune on bus fares. I have so much more freedom and independence now. I also enjoy cycling into Bristol for leisure. ”
Sustrans developed The Festival Way, a largely traffic-free route from Millennium Park in Nailsea to Bristol city centre. The route links towns and villages along the way, including Backwell, Flax Bourton and Long Ashton, and travels through the Grade II listed grounds of Ashton Court Estate. The work involved creating new trafficfree links to existing paths and installing controlled crossings of busy roads.
The Festival Way offers residents in South Bristol and North Somerset the opportunity to cycle and walk right into the city centre via a safe, direct and pleasant route. This has significantly increased the number of people choosing to commute by bike or on foot. It also benefits people in the city centre, offering them access to Ashton Court Estate and the surrounding countryside, and university students now have a safer, more enjoyable journey to UWE’s Art Faculty.
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