Andrew Jenkins, Associate Director, Arup, Bristol
“I think 20 mph will shift the balance in terms of road space in the city – it’s going to lead to a better balance between different users. There are proven links between reductions in traffic speed and the severity of accidents and perceived attractiveness of walking and cycling. A 20 mph policy should therefore make Bristol’s roads safer and change the environment for all road users encouraging walking and cycling in the city.”
“There are a lot of benefits to developing a sustainable transport plan within a business. People generally like working somewhere that they can cycle or walk to, with facilities that support that, and being close to the city centre and station, as we are, helps that.”
“There are associated benefits for individuals too: it’s cheaper to cycle or walk than drive and it improves wellbeing and fitness. The sustainability and community benefits align with our business culture – we even have a company allotment for people to dig into during their lunch hour.”
“We provide specialist advice to other business and help them to develop their own travel plans and sustainable business practices. We work with employers and employees to develop an appropriate mix of facilities and management measures to encourage sustainble travel be it on foot, bicycle, public transport or car sharing. Of course the context of the business is important – it’s no good having great cycle facilities if the building is encircled by a dual carriageway.“
Arup is a design and engineering firm that has transformed some of Bristol’s landmark buildings including Colston Hall and the Harbourside. There are currently around 180 people working for Arup in the city and they recently won a Gold award at the the West of England Travel Plan awards.