Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Transition Town group seek ideas for improving sustainable transport
Transport being responsible for 25% of global CO2 emissions is obviously a key cause of global warming, and therefore a key part of the solution.
As part of the transition to a more sustainable, locally-based economy and society, there is an inevitable re-learning process needed towards minimising the impact of transport, and withstanding the impact of inevitable fuel supply problems.
Hebden Bridge Transition Town believes in encouraging lower-impact transport options, whether by train, boat, bike/electric-bike and trailer.
There are current initiatives, involving the ATC and CV Sustrans about the development and use of electric-bikes, and the re-charging and storage of bikes and e-bikes. Also issues around bike-awareness and training are being looked into, as well as general road-safety/sharing developments, both from cycle and pedestrian points of view.
Recognising that public-transport is to be encouraged over private in this 're-thinking', current campaigns also include resistance to Network Rail's down-grading plans for Hebden Bridge's station to un-manned status, and the encouragement for buses, and indeed trains, to continue with, and improve bike-carrying facilities.
We want to hear your views on how we can create and improve sustainable transport for Hebden Bridge.