wind turbine blades as bike sheds?
As the longstanding boss of the FairFuelUK organisation, which campaigns against tax rises on petrol, Howard Cox is used to criticism from environmentalists and cyclists.
What he did not expect was someone listing his home address in Kent as a petrol station on Google Maps in the middle of a fuel crisis.
“I got 70 phone calls with people saying: ‘Have you got any petrol for sale?’” he said. “I was panicking because my phone didn’t stop ringing and it’s my private home address. They typed in ‘petrol stations near me’ and it came up with a little flag over my house saying ‘petrol station’.”
Government urged to invest in active travel as motor traffic returns to pre-civid levels
Labour has called for rapid extra spending on safe cycling and walking, saying that as motor traffic levels return to pre-Covid levels the gains in active travel made during the pandemic could soon be squandered.
This is seen as particularly an issue for cycling: the number of bike trips rose notably during lockdown, but there is concern that many new or returning cyclists could stop now that the roads are busier.
National Development Plan, to be published on Monday, will include more than 50 projects with a price tag of more than €100m
Jack Horgan-Jones Sat, Oct 2, 2021
Tense negotiations over the level of investment in roads projects saw talks on the National Development Plan (NDP) go down to the wire, it is understood.
Government sources said significant investment in roads had been approved as part of the NDP process, which sources said had now been signed off.
The €165 billion plan, to be published on Monday, will include a swathe of heavy-spending schemes which will see more than 50 projects with a price tag of more than €100 million included.
Oxfordshire county councillor says motorists need to take ownership of congestion – and encourages them to use the bus instead
People driving into Oxford have been told that if they’re in a car, they are “part of the problem” of the city’s congestion and that they need to take ownership of the issue – by a councillor in charge of the county’s highways.
Like so many other towns and cities throughout the country, Oxford experiences horrendous congestion at peak times, with traffic regularly queueing from the city centre to beyond the ring road.
But despite park and rides located at key approaches to the city, many commuters drive all the way into the centre, resulting in long tailbacks and holding up buses.
Divert Lower Thames Crossing cash to active travel and public transport Plans for the multi-billion Lower Thames Crossing are completely at odds with the Government’s pledge to tackle climate change, argues Chris Todd
In the foreword to Government’s Transport Decarbonisation Plan, transport secretary Grant Shapps acknowledges that, “we cannot, of course, simply rely on the electrification of road transport, or believe that zero emission cars and lorries will solve all our problems, particularly for meeting our medium-term carbon reduction targets to 2035.”
This scheme will offer nothing in terms of improved accessibility for local communities either side of the Thames
Trees, trams and tricycles: no place left behind?The Commission into Community Prosperity and Placemaking seeks to identify and develop policy and practice that enables regenerative development in ‘left behind places’
The No Place Left Behind: the Commission into Community Prosperity and Placemaking has launched its new report at the House of Commons. Toby Lloyd, former Head of Policy at Shelter and Housing Adviser to the Prime Minister, chairs the Commission.
The Commission seeks to identify and develop policy and practice that enables regenerative development in ‘left behind places’. It aims to ensure that the government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda is deliverable and meaningful for those who live and work in these places. The commission’s mantra is that no place should be left behind
Welsh plan for cycleways and public Infrastructure
Rhodri Clark18 September 2021
Every village in Wales will have a safe cycle route to the nearest town and hourly public transport, if an ambitious Welsh Government plan comes to fruition. Details of the “rural offer” are due to be revealed next year, in the delivery plan for the Llwybr Newydd transport strategy. LTT has seen a list of rural proposals which was presented to the cabinet last spring, shortly before the transport strategy’s publication.
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Over the past six years, Paris has done more than almost any city in the world to take space back from cars. Mayor Anne Hidalgo has opened linear parks in the old highways along the Seine, phased out diesel cars in the city, opened bus lanes, raised parking meter prices, and plowed bike lanes down hundreds of streets. When COVID hit, Paris eliminated cars from the Rue de Rivoli, its major crosstown thoroughfare. Plans are in the works to pedestrianize the Champs-Elysées and plant thousands of trees to green, clean, and cool the city.