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Cycle!Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Transition Town group seek ideas for improving sustainable transport

Thanks to Mic Stocks for this item

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.

Email your ideas to Mic Stocks


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