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TOPIC: We need to change we need to talk - Better smarter travel choices are not optional.

We need to change we need to talk - Better smarter travel choices are not optional. #1

What initiatives are you involved with that are helping to reduce car use? Share with us sustainable travel projects and ideas that help that change mindsets, increase public transport, promote cycling, walking etc..

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I am particularly keen to work towards really meaningfully sustainable transport, as the Minister says 'as easy as jumping in the car'. This can be achieved through providing public transport on the same modal as we do public health.

One cannot price people out of their cars and one cannot induce them onto buses and trains by a plethora of reductions, concessions and multi-buy offers.

Long term reduction of car use, car ownership and car owning years will come by providing public transport with the same convenience to the user, as the National Health Service and like the NHS, ticketless.

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I am particularly keen on seeing the abandoned Crossrail extension from Abbey Wood built so that people from South Wales, Bristol, Reading, Central, East and South East London can access the high speed rail network directly to France. This benefit would be further enhanced if the abandoned Crossrail link from Watford to Cental London was built giving direct access to Europe for people from the Liverpool, Birmingham and Milton Keynes envelope.

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In my view – sustainability projects are a worthwhile investment, and the benefits reach beyond the organisation. There are many opportunities for the NHS to be more sustainable. The move from PCT to CCG has meant many staff are more spread out geographically – however initiatives such as being able to work from home, hot desking and using teleconference facilities aids staff to minimise unnecessary travel. I am currently encouraging staff within the CCG to cycle more through championing the Cambridgeshire Cycle Challenge; active travel is good for the environment and has many co-health benefits!

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The Disabled Motorists Federation would like to know of projects which local authorities and central government departments are delivering to improve public transport networks and also how or if they are considering improving the facilities currently available for individuals with disabilities.

This is especially important due to the new and incoming welfare reforms and appropriate personal allowances which may result in motability vehicle ownership becoming prohibitive and potentially isolate people in their own homes.

Social inclusion, equality and diversity as well as addressing sustainability and environmentally friendly societies are key to improving lifestyles and wellbeing of disabled individuals and those with 'Long-term' medical conditions.

I would also be keen to investigate how manufacturers are improving the environmental conditions of vehicles and the design of mobility aids.

Re: We need to change we need to talk - Better smarter travel choices are not optional. #6

Wheels 2 Work in North Yorkshire (part of the national Wheels 2 Work Association) is a moped loan scheme aimed at supporting people to overcome the problems of getting to work, training or education, where no alternative transport exists. A number of similar schemes exist nationwide, whilst here in Ryedale, we work at a local level through collaboration with partners such as county and district councils. I believe that schemes like Wheels 2 Work are great solutions to successfully tackling the problems that result from a lack of access to suitable transport. Such projects help to maintain the independence of the individual involved, enabling them to better access jobs or educational opportunities.

Please find below a link to our website for further information:
www.ryedalect.org

Re: We need to change we need to talk - Better smarter travel choices are not optional. #7

Kent Green Party has condemned the transport policies of Kent County Council as an 'overall failure.' Stuart Jeffery, Chair of Kent Green Party, explains:
"Obesity and avoidable illness are made worse in Kent by levels of car use. If we are serious about reducing the impact of avoidable health problems on the NHS, we have to make walking and cycling the most popular means of transport(1).
"But, out of 20 publications and submission Kent Green Party has compiled since early 2010, 10 are on transport since the policies of Kent County Council are a perverse concoction of pollution creating, road building and other money wasting fallacies(2). We judge that KCC’s transport policies are an overall failure in every aspect.
"Our County could be a quieter, cleaner and healthier place. But this cannot happen without policies to systematically reduce traffic levels. Kent Green Party wants:
1. A fight for lower rail and bus fares(3);

2. Allocation of resources away from road building and widening towards improving cycling and walking routes and creating better long-distance networks for both;
3. Improved Green Travel Plans for all workplaces;
4. Support for a rapid increase in the number of charging points for electric vehicles;
5. Promotion of higher Air Passenger Duty to encourage more use of rail for getting into Europe and travelling within the UK, instead of more aircraft polluting our environment and making more noise each year"


1. Stuart Jeffery is the national Health spokesperson for the Green Party of England and Wales.

2. Government policies clearly contribute also. SEE: www.kentgreenparty.org/publications.php KCC favours road-building, despite evidence that induced traffic generation fills up new road infrastructure making it worthless as a means of relieving congestion other than temporarily; it also favours airport expansion at Manston, port expansion without appropriate safeguards to reduce air pollution, and grossly inadequate cycling and walking routes throughout Kent.
3. Rail fares are roughly 40% above the European average in the UK. In 2011, the complete social and environmental costs of car travel were about £56 billion, making the current subsidy to private motorists in the UK about £24 billion a year after taxes. But from 2001-2011, rail fares increased 62% in real terms and bus fares by 69%, whilst revenue from motoring taxes has actually decreased during the last ten years. So it isn’t motorists who are hard done by, it is rail and bus users.( p3 Institute for Public Policy Research The War on Motoring: myth and reality: www.ippr.org/publication/55/9542/the-war...ists-myth-or-reality This must include road spending and the costs of A&E and policing, as well as the health costs of air pollution which kills about 29,000 people a year in the UK. SEE: Air Pollution: the invisible killer www.keithtaylormep.org.uk)

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Here in Derby we are operating a scheme that involves offering a half price travel pass for buses, to those seeking employment. The project which is being run by the Council alongside the Department for Work and Pensions and the local bus companies Arriva, Trent Barton and Littles allows those claiming Jobseekers' Allowance, Incapacity Benefit, Employment and Support Allowance or Income Support to travel on any Arriva, Trent Barton or Littles routes throughout the city, providing they are pro-actively engaged in looking for work. The project is funded by the Department for Transports’ Local Sustainable Transport Fund. I believe this scheme and others like it are a perfect demonstration of how we can address one of the major barriers that people face when attempting access employment.

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As part of Southend’s LSTF project we have been working with the voluntary sector who we have trained up to give personalised travel planning advice to residents. They knock on peoples doors, give out flyers, help people in the street and also buddy up with people to take them on public transport to increase their confidence.

As part of Southend’s LSTF funding we opened a shop in the town centre and next to the train station which is a social enterprise offering travel planning advice, cycle hire, running events and selling cycling equipment. Southend has a number of cycling initiatives and particularly focuses on Bikeability for children in schools. We do also offer adult cycle training.

We also implemented some shared space schemes to give pedestrians and cyclists more priority. The schemes included reducing road space for vehicles in order to improve accessibility to the seafront and town centre by walking and cycling. One of the schemes also gave more priority to buses and provided a public transport interchange.

Re: We need to change we need to talk - Better smarter travel choices are not optional. #10

Here at Suffolk County Council we are focusing on commuter & business travel as this has the most impact on our transport network at peak times. Our Sustainable Transport Forum brings together like minded people from businesses along with transport operators, cycling organisations, developers, health and carbon reduction teams. Working within a specific remit means we can use our resources more efficiently and tailor our support to the needs of the group whilst also using the group for peer to peer support, advice & good practice.

With the transition of the PCT to the local authority we have been able to work closely with these teams to ensure that the sustainable transport presence is already in place within their new strategy and forward plan.

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I am engaged in identifying options for improvements in towns to the cycling and walking infrastructure especially for the commuter traffic. A modal shift to cycling and walking will provide improvements in the pollution levels and peak time traffic congestion.
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Re: We need to change we need to talk - Better smarter travel choices are not optional. #12

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is a large rural authority with an aging population, which in itself presents a number of problems in terms of encouraging people to use sustainable transport. Many people are, and will continue to be, reliant on their car as their main mode of transport because of the long distances to employment and education facilities and other services combined with the lack of public transport alternatives to car use. Some commercial bus services that visit more rural settlements have been cut in recent years as they are no longer economically viable, and many towns and villages in the area are not on a rail line.

The Council has worked hard to ensure that everyone can continue to access services while encouraging those in our larger towns and more built up areas to make short local trips on foot, by bike or using public transport. We have invested significant funds in recent years to construct numerous new on and off road cycle links connecting villages and other residential areas to town centres and employment hubs. To publicise these new routes we have developed a series of town centre cycle maps and leisure cycle maps containing local routes using these new cycle links. Each leisure map contains a variety of different routes to suit all ages and abilities, and we have distributed nearly 10,000 copies of the leisure maps alone over the last 12 months. We also offer level 2 bikeability training to all school children and level 3 training to teenagers and adults. To provide support and encouragement to cyclists the Council has joined forces with British Cycling to run a number of rides across the East Riding in the summer months, led by trained and experienced ride leaders. Attendance numbers have been encouraging and counts show that the number of people cycling across the East Riding is steadily increasing.

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Achieving national sustainability objectives will require a co-modal approach, getting the most out of existing networks whilst intelligent transport systems and smart ticketing will enable people to switch modes seamlessly throughout their journey. In our rural county, transport poverty and access to employment and services is a key challenge which necessitates a number of community led schemes such as wheels to work and community buses. For the towns, we are developing comprehensive transport strategies to support the Local Plan. Integrated planning is fundamental to achieving the best outcomes and these strategies will include high quality cycle networks which focus on key utility routes and improved bus service provision and facilities to support our ambitious targets for modal switch.

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“CONNECT is a campaign to encourage residents to choose healthier, greener ways of travelling including walking, cycling, car sharing and public transport. It also aims to improve travel infrastructure giving people more travel options, reducing car usage and lowering carbon emissions. For further information about the campaign please visit bwdconnect.org.uk/

Re: We need to change we need to talk - Better smarter travel choices are not optional. #15

Richard Beauchamp wrote:
I am particularly keen to work towards really meaningfully sustainable transport, as the Minister says 'as easy as jumping in the car'. This can be achieved through providing public transport on the same modal as we do public health.

One cannot price people out of their cars and one cannot induce them onto buses and trains by a plethora of reductions, concessions and multi-buy offers.

Long term reduction of car use, car ownership and car owning years will come by providing public transport with the same convenience to the user, as the National Health Service and like the NHS, ticketless.


Substantial change to something approaching sustainable Transport has to be big, bold and simple!

The minister wants public transport to be as easy as getting in the car. That will reguire not needing to remember your wallet for cash or concession card because there will be no need for them in a NTS where the costs are met by the taxpayer directly. If this seems absurd consider that all public transport (and all private transport) is all ready paid for by the taxpayer! If we cut out the costs and the bother of the current multiple routes that payment reaches the providers we will save substantially. Next, consider that every one will be able to reconsider their individual need for their own vehicle. Car ownership will become optional. Major savings will come when people leave their cars at home and dip their toes in the practice of public transport. Further savings will accrue when they cease car ownership before retirement rather than after. The next tranch of saving will follow when youngsters leave it longer before setting out on car ownership, and some never make that investment.
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