Overton Road Engagement Survey

Closed 7 Feb 2021

Opened 11 Jan 2021

Feedback updated 6 Oct 2021

We asked

The engagement on Overton Road was open for six weeks from Monday 11 January 2021 and Sunday 7 February 2021. People were asked about their street environment, what they liked about the street, what they would improve and what would they prioritise. The survey captured views from residents, businesses and anyone who uses the street to help build a picture of what people would like to see improved in the street environment and provide feedback on their own experiences.

Individual responses were received via the online survey and, to ensure the survey reached as wide an audience as possible, paper copies with a language template covering 12 languages were posted along with a free post envelope to more than 700 local properties. 20 posters were put up in the local area to raise awareness of the survey. Local stakeholders and community groups were also asked to help raise awareness of the survey and it was promoted via social media platforms. Due to Covid19 restrictions preventing face to face engagement, the team offered virtual chats and phone appointments to anyone who didn’t want to submit a written response but wanted to ask questions and provide feedback.

You said

From this survey we received 322 responses to the engagement, which were made up of 177 online and 145 paper copies. Of the responses received 92% are residents who live within one mile and walk to the road with 46% riding a bike and 43% driving a car/ van.

From the respondents most liked the closeness to Gloucester Road (89.1%) whilst 45% liked that it is easy to walk around and 45% liked the character of the street.

 68% thought pavements are too narrow over 50% thought cycle parking was a moderate or serious problem with a similar number wanting dedicated space for cyclists.

In terms of priorities: 66% wanted wider pavements, 60% wanted motorised traffic restricted, 57% wanted more greenery and planters, 55% wanted it made easier to cross the road, 55% wanted more space for community amenities, 53% wanted prioritised space for cycling, and 20% wanted motorised traffic maintained.

75% agreed with the proposed scheme to close access from Gloucester Road and free text responses showed majority support for closing the street and total closure from both ends rather than just Gloucester Road end.

We did

The feedback from this survey along with the engagement with local businesses, community groups and local stakeholders has been used to help decide on next steps. A few proposals to maximise pedestrian space in the area have been designed and will be discussed with local businesses to ensure they meet loading requirements before being subject to local consultation. More information about what we engaged on and the results are available in the full report. 


We are asking businesses, residents and anyone who enjoys Overton Road to make suggestions on how to make walking and cycling easier and how to improve the general street environment.

You can take part by following the link at the bottom of this page. 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions the team are currently unable to carry out face to face engagement. However we are offering phone appointments and virtual chats to anyone who wishes to discuss anything in more detail. If you wish to organise either of these please contact us using the details below and a team member will organise a mutually convenient time to have a chat.

The following survey works with word reader software. However if you have a comment, question or you would like this information in another format such as a different language, Braille, audio tape, large print, easy English, BSL video or CD rom or plain text please contact us:

  • Email: transport.engagement@bristol.gov.uk
  • Phone: 0117 903 6449 and leave a message on the answerphone.
  • Write to: Overton Road, Transport Engagement Team, PO BOX 3399, 100 Temple Street, Bristol, BS1 9NE


  • Bishopston and Ashley Down


  • All residents
  • Business


  • Traffic and transportation