Leicester City Council has produce a Covid-19 Transport Recovery Plan designed to support walking and cycling. Please would you send a letter to Adam Clarke (Deputy City Mayor for Environment and transportation) and you own councillors in support of it. We don’t often get to be positive about the council’s transport policy, so this is a good opportunity. You can find a templete letter and suggestions here, the councils plan here, and who your councillors are here.
Climate Action’s Transport Action working group is campaigning for council policies which will prioritise people over cars. For example changes which will make taking public transport, walking and cycling easier for people, and make driving less attractive.
Our main aims are:
- To reduce car use;
- To improve public transport;
- To encourage active transport (cycling and walking);
- To shift public attitudes away from the car dependence culture;
- We’ve also been thinking about freight in the city and county. Our suggestions are here: Freight plan suggestions.
At the moment, our campaigning goals are:
1. To ensure that Leicester City Council (LCC) sets annual targets to reduce car use and implement policies designed to discourage car use;
2. To improve bus services. We will encourage LCC to apply for a Bus Franchise under the Bus Services Act. If this proves impossible, we will support an enhanced partnership;
3. To work with the LCC to implement a city wide congestion charge (but with agreed exemptions, and reduction for people on low incomes);
4. To increase and enforce the number of segregated cycle lanes and connect them up to form a network across the city;
5. To encourage the LCC to widen their proposed Workplace Parking Levy to the whole city;
6. To introduce a 20mph speed limit across the city;
7. To ensure that LCC develops a detailed policy for freight. This should include targets for reducing the number of HGVs in the city, and shifting freight to zero carbon options to reduce the impact on cyclists and pedestrians.
8. We have also been reading and responding to council transport consultations. You can see our response to the Leicester and Leicestershire Strategic Transport Priorities consultation here.
Links to interesting reading see below: