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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 08:50 
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More politically correct anti-car nonsense:

BBC News

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Roads in part of Bristol city centre are closing in the city's first car-free Sunday.

Baldwin Street, King Street and Corn Street will be shut to traffic in Mayor George Ferguson's Make Sunday Special initiative.

It is the first of five monthly events aimed at opening up the centre of Bristol for pedestrians.

But some people claim Mr Ferguson - who is closing the roads from 09:00 -18:00 BST - is anti-motorist.

The city has been crowned the European Green Capital for 2015 and the traffic free Sunday idea was part of the bid.

Similar schemes exist in Bordeaux and Bogota.

A range of performers, including circus acts and community choirs, will take to the streets in the area surrounding St Nicholas Market.

There will also be sports games, tours and alfresco café lounges.

"This is about the city and how we bring it alive," said Mr Ferguson who aims to extend the scheme beyond October if it proves popular.
'Totally confused'

People will still be able to drive into the city as there will be routes to the main car parks, Mr Ferguson added.

There is also provision for disabled drivers and public transport is largely unaffected.

But some taxi drivers told the BBC that they are not happy about the plans.

One said: "It's ridiculous. The passengers that want to go to the city centre, just the other side, they can't go there so you have to go all the way around."

Another claimed: "Everybody gets totally confused with it."

The scheme was originally due to run weekly, but will run once a month due to operating costs of £195,000 for all five days.

The money will pay for some of the entertainment and marshalling the road closures.

Hmm, I thought councils were strapped for cash, but obviously not. And making car journeys longer isn't exactly very green, is it?

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 09:01 
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you sound as bad as the grumpy taxi driver they interviewed on tv.

a few streets, on a sunday, once a month ?

sounds like it was a fairly big part of his election campaign too so not exactly being forced on people.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 19:49 
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People will still be able to drive into the city as there will be routes to the main car parks

So, just part-time pedestrianisation then. Nothing special.

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