Horfield Sainsbury's 'would endanger cyclists'
Cyclists will be put in danger if plans to build a new Sainsbury’s supermarket in Horfield go ahead, local residents have said.
Traders & Residents Against Sainsbury’s Horfield (TRASH) are concerned changes to the road layout to enable access to the new supermarket will jeopardise the safety of cyclists.
The group maintains: “HGVs turning left into Filton Avenue from Muller Road will sweep across the designated waiting area for cyclists at the traffic lights.
“In order to enable HGVs to enter the Sainsbury’s supermarket, and to cope with the additional traffic, several changes to road and junction layouts in the area are proposed.
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“Pavements will be narrowed, making the area less safe for pedestrians
“Filton Avenue will become three lanes at the junctions with Muller Road and Gloucester Road making it more difficult for buses to negotiate and cars to park.
“A mini-roundabout is proposed in the middle of Filton Avenue.”
A Sainsbury’s spokesperson contested a number of the group’s claims. It told This is Bristol: “The concern raised by TRASH about an increased risk to cyclists on the Filton Avenue, Muller Road junction is based on a highways scheme in the committee report we are no longer proposing, so this is not an issue.
“We will be narrowing one pavement, but this has been considered by officers and they find it acceptable. We certainly aren’t changing the number of lanes at any existing traffic light junctions.”
TRASH is opposed to the Sainsbury’s development “on the grounds it will increase congestion, increase pollution and damage the local Gloucester road shops”.
Group member Daniella Radice, who ran as the Green candidate in Bristol’s mayoral election, said: "Bristol is supposed to be a cycling city.
“This area is already heavily congested and it just takes one incident to cause traffic chaos on Gloucester and Muller Roads.
“I do not see how articulated lorries will safely negotiate a mini-roundabout in the middle of Filton Avenue. From a traffic and safety perspective this proposal does not work”.
Martin McDonnell, Secretary of Bristol Cycling Campaign, said: “Bristol Cycling Campaign is in principal against large chains and large stores because the kind of culture we are trying to move towards is one where people use small and local shops that are convenient and can be accessed by means of active travel – i.e. walking and cycling.
“It’s easier to get from shop to shop on a bike and you can go down the high street, from shop to shop, like in the old days.
“This also keeps the economy within the local community as well as reducing greenhouse emissions and combatting obesity and inactivity issues.
“Large chains are not very good at providing cycle parking and they tend to be in out-of-town areas. They can turn what was a fairly safe place for cyclists into a dangerous place, with the increased volume of traffic and the danger from large delivery lorries in urban areas.
“We have scant information on the overall proposals and hope that more information will be made available and the Bristol City Council under the new Mayor will stick to their commitments to make the roads safer for cycling and stop this proposal from going ahead.”
Bristol City councillors will meet next Wednesday to decide whether to give permission for the new Sainsbury’s supermarket. The council was unable to comment ahead of the meeting.