Communities, climate action and transport

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  • Communities, climate action and transport

    1. 1. Communities, climate action and transport Stephen Joseph, Campaign for Better Transport
    2. 2. Transport is an issue for communities and climate action <ul><li>Communities need access to key facilities and services but </li></ul><ul><li>growth of car dependent development excludes those without cars </li></ul><ul><li>poor, no, expensive public transport </li></ul><ul><li>dangerous roads with too much traffic going too fast </li></ul><ul><li>And transport accounts for 26% of UK carbon emissions now, if road and air traffic grow could be higher by 2050 </li></ul>
    3. 3. Car dependent development
    4. 4. A simple suggestion: <ul><li>It’s not possible to build enough roads for everyone to drive where they like, when they like as fast as they like! </li></ul>
    5. 5. Where’s the carbon? Mainly single car drivers
    6. 6. Action to help communities and climate <ul><li>Better public transport </li></ul><ul><li>Safer roads so more can walk and cycle (over half of car trips are under 5 miles) </li></ul><ul><li>Travel plans for schools, workplaces etc </li></ul><ul><li>“ car clubs”: low cost, local car sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Manage roads and car parking properly </li></ul><ul><li>Communities are promised new roads as the solution, but big new roads worsen rather than improve things and there’s no money anyway </li></ul>
    7. 7. Car use can be reduced: Sustainable Travel Towns 2004-6 Darlington Car use Public transport Cycling <ul><li>11% </li></ul><ul><li>+ 14% </li></ul><ul><li>+79 % </li></ul>Worcester Car use Public transport Cycling <ul><li>12% </li></ul><ul><li>+ 22% </li></ul><ul><li>+ 36% </li></ul>Peterborough Car use Public transport Cycling <ul><li>13% </li></ul><ul><li>+ 13% </li></ul><ul><li>+25% </li></ul>
    8. 8. What can communities do <ul><li>Better buses and trains </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Access to stations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community Rail Partnerships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quality bus partnerships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social enterprises (HCT) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Travel plans for schools and workplaces </li></ul><ul><li>Support cycle training, safe routes to schools etc </li></ul><ul><li>Street audits </li></ul>
    9. 9. Walking and cycling <ul><li>Safe routes </li></ul><ul><li>Signing </li></ul><ul><li>Cycle parking </li></ul><ul><li>Street design (e.g. advanced stop lines at lights) </li></ul><ul><li>Speed management where people live </li></ul>
    10. 10. Public transport <ul><li>Information: needs to be high quality and easily available </li></ul><ul><li>Area-wide ticketing </li></ul><ul><li>Marketing: “metro” maps, branding etc </li></ul><ul><li>Personal security: CCTV, policing priority </li></ul><ul><li>Good access to stops/stations </li></ul><ul><li>Young people’s fares e.g. “Youth Mover ticket” (Isle of Wight) </li></ul><ul><li>Community rail partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>Real time information and bus management </li></ul><ul><li>Bus priority </li></ul><ul><li>Above all treat public transport as a priority network that decision-makers and car users might want to use </li></ul>
    11. 11. Shared space <ul><li>Redesign roads as streets </li></ul><ul><li>Removing signs, barriers etc </li></ul>
    12. 12. General Government policy <ul><li>Higher rail fares – join www.fairfaresnow.org.uk </li></ul><ul><li>Reduced bus funding – campaign against bus cuts </li></ul><ul><li>Planning changes will reduce controls on traffic-generating development </li></ul><ul><li>But there is good news – the local sustainable transport fund, to be launched this week: get councils to apply for it </li></ul>
    13. 13. Conclusions <ul><li>Current transport patterns and trends are not sustainable </li></ul><ul><li>Communities can make a difference to transport and to climate change </li></ul><ul><li>Technology will help but won’t solve the problems </li></ul><ul><li>Some government policies will make things worse, communities can campaign against them </li></ul>
    14. 14. Different routes to prosperity <ul><li>Vienna: car use has fallen from 40% - 36%, 30% of journeys are now on foot or bike, 34% public transport </li></ul><ul><li>Los Angeles: 90% car, 10% rest </li></ul>

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