Editor's comment: Car free Sundays most not stop access to shops
MAYOR George Ferguson paints an idyllic picture with his vision for a car-free city centre on Sundays. He says he wants to make Sundays special again.
He cites the likes of Bordeaux and suggests streets bustling with market stalls.
He says he wants the scheme to bring people into the city centre.
And that's the key. While some hark back to the time when Sunday was truly a day of rest, in our modern society it is day of trade for many.
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Shops, restaurants and visitor attractions are among the organisations that can do good business on the seventh day.
With our economy still fragile and grasping for any sign of growth, we can ill afford to hamper business with new restraints.
Shoppers and visitors must be able to get into the city centre without obstacles put in their way.
That means drivers need access to the car parks and, ideally, decent bus and train services for those choosing to leave the car at home.
Mr Ferguson proposes to test the car-free Sunday idea in Big Green Week before going further, and this seems a sensible approach.
But if he can square the circle of car-free city centre streets with easy access for shoppers, then Sundays could truly become special.