As part of a strategy to reduce congestion and improve air quality in Bristol and to manage parking pressure and improve the local environment in inner neighbourhoods, Bristol City Council is introducing a programme of 15 residents’ parking schemes (RPS). The RPS are designed to free up parking space for residents, visitors, community organisations and essential business vehicles by reducing on-street parking for commuters.
The next scheme to be launched will be Clifton Village RPS. In addition to two new park and ride services, car sharing again has been identified as a flexible and sustainable alternative transport method.
Bristol City Council has acquired Faxi journey sharing software to assist businesses in Clifton and other large employers across the city to set up their own journey sharing groups. Recent surveys revealed that although people are unwilling to share with strangers, approximately a quarter to a half of commuters would in fact share with people they know going in the same direction.
One of the first organisations to set up their own journey sharing group is Clifton High School. Subject to success, Bristol City Council plans to roll Faxi out in other areas across the city.