Get Bristol Moving – Lessons from Amsterdam

Bristol is to gain inspiration from Amsterdam on how to revolutionise transport provision in the city. This Saturday Molly will chair an event which is one of several across the country where cities in the UK twin with existing Green Cities in Europe to share ideas [1].

Last year Bristol Green councillor, Carla Denyer, successfully pushed through the UK’s first climate emergency motion. This event will provide an opportunity to discuss what actions are needed to respond to this and make Bristol carbon neutral by 2030.

Amsterdam has agreed to ban all petrol and diesel vehicles from the city centre by 2030 and is well-known the world over for being bicycle and public transport friendly. A member of the Amsterdam council will join Green Mayoral Candidate, Sandy Hore-Ruthven, and Bristol Councillor, Jerome Thomas, to discuss transport policy. Molly Scott Cato said:

“This event is very timely as it takes place while Extinction Rebellion activists again draw attention to the failure of government at national and local level to respond meaningfully to the climate emergency. Bristol has passed a climate emergency motion but the council and mayor have as yet failed to put forward a clear action plan on how the city can become carbon neutral by 2030.

“Action on transport is critical in this respect, as it is one of the leading contributors to carbon emissions in the city. With its pledge to rid streets of cars, its excellent tram system and some of the best cycling infrastructure in the world, Amsterdam can teach us many lessons. Meanwhile, last week the Green Party pledged to scrap HS2 and invest the billions being wasted on this damaging scheme into regional rail instead, and to introduce free buses across England. All of which is likely to lead to a fascinating discussion.”


[1] The Bristol Green Cities Tour event – Get Bristol Moving – Lessons from Amsterdam – will take place on Saturday 12th October at The Pavilion harbourside, 1 Hannover Quay, BS1 5JE from 2pm – 4.30pm. Full details here