Prioritise active and public transport.

Photo by Geof Sheppard

Active transport - methods of transport that involve physical activity such as walking or cycling, that don't depend on motorised vehicles

Public transport - system of vehicles that follow a fixed route and timetable, used and funded by the public, such as buses and trains

Prioritise active and public transport through attitudes and city infrastructure.

WHY DO WE BELIEVE THIS DEMAND IS IMPORTANT?

  • Following the COVID-19 pandemic public transport uptake is likely to be low, pedestrianisation will allow people to safely travel to work without depending on private cars

  • Reduces air pollution, creating a better natural environment and consequently improving public health

  • Carbon neutrality by 2030 means that all petrol and diesel vehicles will need to be taken out of Bristol - therefore, systems need to be put in place to make this viable and other options available

COSTS OF CURRENT BUS TRAVEL:

  • The Metrobus offers accessible single-journey prices at £1.60 for a young person, however, frequent traveller passes are £50.80 per month which is inaccessible for many students and young people.

  • FirstBus charges £501 for an annual pass for a 16-21 year old 

    • For 16 - 17 year olds earning minimum wage, this equates to 110 hours of work 

    • For 18 - 20 year olds earning the minimum wage, this equates to 78 hours of work

  • Occasional single journeys are relatively cheap, but the cumulative cost creates a barrier against the use of bus services for regular commuters for young people

BRISTOL BUS SURVEY:

  • Bristol Youth Strike 4 Climate conducted a survey to gauge the relationship between Bristol’s young people and bus services. Overall there were 118 respondents, 80% of whom were under 25.

  • 39% used the bus a few times month, only 14% used the bus every day 

  • 80% voted that the current bus fares in Bristol are not reasonable 

  • 90% responded they would use the bus more frequently if it was free

Other issues raised:

  • People would be more inclined to use the bus if they were more reliable 

  • Lack of frequent buses means current services get overcrowded, especially during commuting hours 

  • Lack of bus infrastructure leads to delays, often due to car congestion 

* A student here is defined as someone in full or part-time education, including apprenticeships and vocational training schemes.

 

Current bus pricing uses 21 as the cutoff qualifying ‘young person’ age. Fee-waiving is targeted at regular commuters as this is where prices become inaccessibly high.