Leggin' it in Thirsk
The North Yorkshire County Council are running a pilot project in Thirsk to increase residents' awareness of the real time involved in walking or cycling around their town. The aim is to have a lasting impact on transport choices - influencing individual decisions with practical information rather than just telling people what they 'should' be doing. Methods will include changes in the streetscape and the County Council is open to good ideas in this area. Read more below and contact at Geoff Gardner if you have any suggestions.
Not winning on energy
The UK Parliament Select Environmental Audit Committee report, published this week, makes for some disappointing reading. It reviews progress, or lack thereof, in regard to emissions targets to combat climate change, transport, tax incentives to increase energy efficiency, and the development of alternative fuels.
"Carbon emissions from transport are still moving in the wrong direction. The Government must use the fiscal incentives at its disposal to curb transport growth while at the same time ensuring that there is sufficient investment in low-carbon public transport systems-particularly in the development of new communities-to provide an efficient and effective alternative." (paragraph 4 of the Conclusions and Recommendations)