Why Sustainable Transport?


The indiscriminate use of the motor car has led to many unintended problems:

  1. Road congestion and the noise and air pollution that goes with it.

  2. Social exclusion of those who do not have access to a car and have to rely on poor public transport and inadequate facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.

  3. Poor quality public realm, designed largely to accommodate motor traffic, with no consideration of the needs of other street users or aesthetics.

  4. A road environment in which non-motorised travellers feel vulnerable and often are.

  5. Reduction of independent travel options for children.

  6. Environment damage, both local and global.

  7. Health problems caused by lack of exercise and poor air quality.

We believe that these problems can and should be tackled by changing the way we travel and making better provision for alternatives to the private car. We don’t believe in banning cars, or castigating the motorist, but in making the alternatives more attractive, for example:

  1. Giving priority to pedestrians and cyclists in town centres and implementing ‘shared space’ schemes where appropriate.

  2. Making the public realm an attractive place in which to walk and cycle.

  3. Providing appropriate safe on and off-road cycle and pedestrian routes.

  4. Overcoming the perception that cycling is inherently unsafe, by training of children and adults.

  5. Increasing numbers of cyclists to reduce cyclist casualties per mile as other road users are more aware of cyclists, and reduce serious accidents because there are fewer cars on the road.

  6. Making public transport attractive, convenient and low cost relative to the private car.

  7. Promoting the health benefits of walking and cycling as means of transport.