Around 25% of the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions come from transport, and personal car use is responsible for the lion’s share, so reducing this is crucial if we’re to tackle the challenge of carbon emissions and fossil fuel use in Kings Langley (see our Sustainable Kings Langley page).
In 2014 alone, people choosing to walk and bike their local journeys on the National Cycle Network saved a potential 435,612 tonnes of carbon dioxide.
On average, around half of all car journeys in European cities are shorter than five kilometres. “An intelligent city planner building from scratch would rather be assuming that cycling, walking and public transport would be the main forms of transport while trying to figure out how to accommodate inefficient, polluting, dangerous modes like private car use,” says Ceri Woolsgrove, a road safety policy officer at the European Cycling Federation.
Intelligent mobility has become a bit of a buzzword of late. But what does it actually mean? The general understanding is that it provides a different approach to the challenges of the transport sector, whether it be congestion, pollution or a lack of joined-up thinking.
There is also an emphasis on new approaches and the use of technology, for example autonomous vehicles, smart ticketing, flexible road pricing systems and the use of big data.
However, much dialogue seems to have largely forgotten two of mobility’s most important elements – especially with a local perspective – cycling and walking.
For instance, I would like to start a group in Kings Langley that encourages people to combine their exercise regime with social errands to help those in the village who have difficulties with mobility.
Gyms are a crazy invention. People have got too much energy so go to these torture chambers where they get purged of it by machines. We could channel the energy from people’s exercise into something more productive.
Anyone interested in getting involved, call Jeremy Dent on 07710 191550.
A local transport plan
By transforming the space outside people’s front doors we can make walking, cycling and public transport use the natural choice as soon as they step outside – giving the opportunity for intelligent, smart travel choices.
We will be exploring these ideas in 2016 and will come up with some practical schemes to minimise local journeys, cut emissions locally and reduce carbon miles.
Meanwhile, here are some links:
Love to Ride: riding a bike is good for your mind, your body, the environment and your community. If each of us can encourage a friend or two to ride, we could get loads more people riding bikes across the UK. That’s what Love to Ride is all about – join today and help us spread the joy of cycling!
Cycle to Work Day is a national event to be held on September 14th, 2016. It aims to encourage everyone to take to two wheels and cycle to work for at least one day.
Cycling: the way ahead for towns and cities: this handbook stems from the idea that the worst enemies of the bicycle in urban areas are not cars, but longheld prejudices. The handbook therefore corrects some of the prejudices connected with the use of the bicycle as a regular mode of transport in the urban environment. It also suggests some simple, inexpensive and popular measures, which could be implemented immediately.