Last week Bristol Ageing Better hosted the 'Age Friendly Transport: Are we there yet' event at The Watershed. A wide variety of people took part in the event and were encouraged to share their thoughts and ideas on the future of accessible transport in Bristol.
At the start of the day we asked everyone to think about three questions:
1. What do you think is already working well for age-friendliness in transport locally?
2. What do you think the barriers are?
3. What do we need to do to get these ideas to happen in Bristol?
These questions were a great start to opening up the discussion around age-friendly transport and we are pleased to be able to share the responses we received below:
We started by asking: What do you think is already working well for age-friendliness in transport locally?
"Transport is starting to be accessable for wheelchair users and drivers are patient for those who need it"
"The bus drivers are becoming more aware of everyone's needs and I am hoping this will keep improving"
"There are more bike racks than ever and we are lucky in Bristol to have some great cycle paths"
"The buses are certainly a lot more accessible than they used to be"
We then asked: What do you think the barriers are?
"We need more funding in the public sector. The roads and pavements are inaccessable in places and we need to help people cross roads"
"It isn't always clear what buses are running when and where, which can be very confusing"
"The problem with walking is that anywhere you go you need somewhere to sit, and there is not always a free bench to use"
"When a bus is cancelled it isn't clear what alternatives there are, especially when the weather is bad it is extremely difficult for people"
We finished by asking: What do we need to do to get these ideas to happen in Bristol?
"The council needs to be pushed more and we need to put more pressure on them to be proactive"
"We need to encourage people to improve the information at stops and show them the effect it can have"
"Keep training bus drivers to be aware of struggling passengers and help them where they can"
"If the pavements were better and we had more benches maybe we could help the people who want to walk more"