5000 against cycle path conversion

Protest against rapid transit bus route on Bristol-Bath track

The campaign against the proposed bus route along part of the UK's Bristol-Bath cycle path is gathering momentum. 

Some 5000 concerned citizens have, in just over a week, signed an online petition protesting against the proposal. The petition will run until December 22nd 2008 before being put to Bristol City Council, who are behind the plans to install the bus lane between Emersons Green and Bristol city centre.

The path is the most popular of its type in the UK, supporting 2.4 million journeys in 2007. It was the first to built by the country's leading cycling charity Sustrans between 1979 and 1986. Sustrans have already condemned the proposal, saying it would "tear the heart out of what is already one of the best used public spaces ... in Bristol and, indeed, the UK."

Bristol council, on the other hand, believes converting part of the path into a rapid transit bus route will help to alleviate congestion in the city.

Locals opposed to the development are planning a public meeting on Tuesday, February 5th, to discuss what action to take. It will be held at the Cornubia Pub, in Temple Street, Bristol, at 7.30pm.

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