Synopsis of Sustainable Transport talk

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Thank you to Dick Follows for this synopsis of John Whitlegg’s talk for Transition city, held on 8/2/11 at the Gregson centre. The talk poses some valuable questions about what we in Lancaster and district could do in terms of sustainable transport.

What can Lancaster learn from the very green German city of Freiburg in terms of sustainable transport?

Lancaster lacks a distinctive national image that would attract innovative sustainable investment. How can it develop one? Freiburg is a national by-word for photo voltaics, even the local football stadium runs off them. Developing the Canal Corridor imaginatively rather than for shopping and car parking would be a start. In the 80’s Morecambe Bay was being considered as a pilot for wave power. What is your idea for making it more attractive in a green kind of way?

Are you active enough? Freiburg greened up largely through citizen action which grew out of an anti-nuclear campaign group. There is plenty of environmental concern in our district but not enough action. Be honest, do you do enough?

Freiburg has an integrated transport hub where bike, bus and rail co-terminate. Is this feasible here? What can we build on in Lancaster? There are plenty of positives. Lancaster like Freiburg is a compact city, a city with great potential for short trips by foot or bike.

Lancaster is about to launch a car sharing scheme, a common feature of green German cities.
We have the basis for a decent cycle network but still lack safe dedicated routes to all our schools.

The planned introduction of a 20mph speed limit on all residential roads in the county is brilliant news.

The financial squeeze should be good for cycling and walking. Australian research has shown how expensive it is to run car dominant cities. Think about it. The financial argument for cycling and walking over cars needs to be won. Go out and make it to the local power brokers.

As a cyclist you need to realise that campaigning solely for cycling improvements will only get you so far on the road to Freiburg. We need to broaden our horizons.


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Dynamo is a cycling group, established in 1994, to work with official bodies, other cycling organisations and interested individuals to promote cycling as a safe, enjoyable and healthy means of transport.
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