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The Possible project is set to take place in early 2022 in Bristol and will see if motorists can live car-free for a month. Organisers are inviting people to sign up and take part, pledging to pay whatever the costs are for journeys not taken by private car.

This is set to include taxi and Uber costs, e-scooter rental, car club hire and bus fares.

Participants will also receive a fee for taking part, as long as they promise log every journey they make, how they made it and whether or not they would have gone in the car to make it.

Possible, the climate action charity, are running the scheme to challenge people who would normally drive regularly in Bristol to see if it’s possible to not use their car.

The experiment is set to begin on January 10, 2021, and end four weeks later on February 6.

Rob Bryher, Bristol’s Possible coordinator, spoke of the importance of launching such a scheme and how it could benefit the city.

He said many people do need their cars, but many people manage without one at all.

The experiment was about seeing the kind of journeys that people struggle to manage without their own car, which will better inform future planning of public transport policies.

Mr Bryher continued, saying: “You’ll receive a participation fee and all non-car travel costs will be paid for, including cycle hire, car club and e-scooter credits.

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“We’re particularly interested in hearing from people of colour, disabled people, carers and parents of pre-school or school-aged children.

“We are working with communities currently blighted by traffic and air pollution to co-design changes to local streets, taking space away from cars and giving it back to people and nature.

“We recognise that there are many people, including disabled people, who cannot get around without a car.

“Our aim of fewer cars on the road means more space for those who need to drive – and a better Bristol for everyone.

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