A Bristol City Council website has been set up ‘to capture requests for walking and cycling improvements during this COVID19 pandemic.’ One submission proposed the following change of access to the Ostrich footbridge:
The connection to the footbridge from Guinea St is very poor. Remove the steps and create a straightforward path to the bridge to avoid tight angle turns and adverse camber. Would be much better for wheelchairs, cycles, and people walking.
This suggestion would remove a piece of the heritage dockside railway platform. It would also allow cyclists to cross the narrow footbridge without slowing down. Whilst there are thoughtful cyclists, there are many who are not. We posted the following comment on the Council’s site:
Friends of Bathurst Basin see no reason to change access to the Ostrich footbridge. The current layout forces cyclists to slow down before crossing a narrow pedestrian bridge. There is sufficient access for pedestrians, cyclists and wheel-chair users.