‘Road Sharing – A Restorative Approach’ was an innovative project funded by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner through Bristol City Council Crime Reduction Team, linked to Bristol’s status as European Green Capital for 2015. It was undertaken by Bristol Mediation, following a proposal put forward, which employed two part-time project coordinators for half a day each per week for 10 months.
The results were very positive. Instead of regarding different road users as enemies and competitors, this project harnessed listening and consideration of other views, leading to a cooperative ethos. We conclude that this model of restorative working could be applied to many other situations, such as focus groups and hard-to-reach groups with fixed views.
Participants said the workshops met their expectations, were well organised, and they appreciated the opportunity to work with others to find possible ways forward. They had a greater understanding of other road users in the city, and they felt they had had a voice and felt heard.
We used ‘before and after’ forms to capture any changes in attitude towards other road users, and these showed positive changes in attitude towards road users who were present in the group, suggesting that this method can improve attitudes towards other road users.
Please click on the link below for the final report of the project.
To watch the video of the workshops please click on the following link to view the video.
For Press Interviews of the Project Coordinators or the workshop participants please contact Julie Cox at Bristol Mediation
Tel: 0117 9415379
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