After a quick coffee the day started in earnest with a short cycle to Southville Surgery on Coronation Road, just across the footbridge/cyclebridge from Wapping Wharf. They were clearing requests preparing for the Bank Holiday.
I then meandered along the Malago cycle route to Bedminster East Street and visited Malago surgery.
Great to see the 20mph area in operation. It really does seem to make a difference. Streets are slightly less rushed, and feel safer and friendlier when on a bike. Really proud of all the work done by Cycling City. Much more to do though. We have already agreed to roll out 20mph across all residential streets in Bristol, and have extra Government funding to assist with that.
People definitely concerned about public transport in Bristol, and keen to hear of my plans for a Transport for Bristol style board or authority to deliver what people want rather than the expensive services that First Bus chooses to give us. If I am elected as Bristol's mayor, then transport will be part of my first phone call to David Cameron!
My next stop was Gaywood House Surgery, but I took the opportunity to stop by the wonderfully hidden Hebron Cemetery that the Lib Dem Cabinet saved for residents three years ago!
Gaywood House surgery has an impressive portico, but they are needing more space.
So far the main issues raised with me on my tour have been transport, jobs and the economy. People have also talked about school places, park improvements and safer streets, but generally with less concern. People appreciate the progress being made by our council, despite the tight budgetary constraints.
Lunch at Wetherspoon's was followed by a visit to Bedminster Family practice next to the big Asda. This was new premises to me – the last time I visited the practice it was based on Dean Lane and Dr Tony Lavelle was one of the senior partners. I was secretary of the Avon Local Medical Committee. Like at all the surgeries, the receptionists were welcoming and helpful. So far, not a dragon in sight!
Next week I hope to visit the practices in another two partnership areas.