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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.


  • 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


  • 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 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. 

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