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E-petition calls for safer road
A man has begun an online petition calling for safety improvements on a road in Bristol where a woman was killed last month.

Pam Beckett, 37, was struck by a car as she crossed the A4 railway bridge in Totterdown on 21 January.

Local resident Sam Menter has used the city council's e-petitioning service on its website to highlight his concerns.

His ideas for improved safety include raising the kerb, building a pedestrian bridge or installing railings.

'E-democracy'

"The existing pavement is low and narrow, inches away from four lanes of traffic steaming in and out of Bristol," he said.

"It's a very unsafe route for pedestrians and cyclists."

The council introduced its e-petitioning service to help petitioners reach a potentially wider audience, provide background information and promote online debate.

The aim is to give decision makers the chance to see the strength of feeling about an issue.

"I've never tried anything like this before," said Mr Menter.

"But it would be great to see how effective 'e-democracy' can be."




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