At a Full Council meeting on July 11, Bristol Council passed a motion proposed by Green councillors calling for a ‘vision zero’ approach to road safety, aiming to achieve zero deaths or serious injuries on Bristol’s roads by 2030. The motion passed unanimously with support from all parties in the chamber.
The Green Councillors said they were delighted with the outcome. David Wilcox, the motion’s proposer said:
“I’m delighted Bristol City Councillors have voted unanimously tonight to adopt a Vision Zero Strategy for the City. Passing this motion sends a clear statement of intent that as a city we can, and must, do more to protect everyone who uses our roads – whether they walk, cycle or drive – and that we believe the only acceptable number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads is zero.”
Emma Edwards, Green Group leader, spoke to second the motion at the meeting. She said:
“We’re thrilled that all parties see the value of this motion and share our ambition for a city with no road deaths or serious injuries. But just as with the climate emergency, this declaration is just a first step. The real test for us, as a council and a city, will be whether we put in the work to make it happen. For the sake of everyone who uses our roads, I hope we do.”