New ‘mobility hubs’ that could incorporate facilities such as toilets, exercise equipment, hot desk spaces and community gardens when they are introduced at certain sites are to be trailed across Bristol.
The idea of the new scheme being piloted in areas of Bristol is to make it easier for people to switch between different modes of transport, such as buses, e-scooters and bikes, by providing dedicated places with access to a number of options.
The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) is planning to run the pilot, in partnership with Bristol and South Gloucestershire councils, as part of the Future Transport Zone, which is a series of transport innovations and trials funded by the government and WECA.
The plan is to create ‘hubs’ at key sites that could include Kingswood High Street, Portway Park & Ride, Southmead Hospital, UWE’s Frenchay campus, Aztec West in Patchway, Lyde Green Park & Ride and Bristol & Bath Science Park in Emersons Green, reports Bristol 24/7.
There will be larger hubs on public transport routes and at key destination points and smaller, local hubs in neighbourhoods to provide more options to connect to public transport, as well as improving space for communities and businesses.
Residents and commuters are being asked to give feedback on each of the sites proposed for the ‘transport hubs’ and state what they want to see incorporated in the trial.
Alongside different transport options and information for travellers, the ‘hubs’ could include seating, remote working spaces, play or exercise equipment, maps and information on local parks and destinations, parklets, ‘energy generation’, parcel lockers or public art displays, depending on space and accessibility.