For a local transport system with a reduced carbon footprint which provides better air quality, fewer accidents, health benefits, quieter neighbourhoods and improved public spaces and good links to affordable and low carbon national public transport networks
Work with other local groups
We plan to make closer links to other local and wider Transport Lobbying groups in our responses to Transport related consultations. For example the Transport Group within Action Climate Teignbridge(ACT).
Also to produce an accessible list of (and links to) bus services through Ashburton and Devon wide car share services once the services have fully restarted following Covid 19 lockdown.
We asked local people what their priorities were for improving the provision of transport facilities in Ashburton.
The top priorities were for improvements to public transport, cycling and walking plus more low carbon travel.
The most popular projects were reducing the use of cars for school travel, providing electric vehicle charging points, local shopping and improved bus services.
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Assess ways children get to primary school and identify & promote ways of reducing car use
Last year with the help of a Primary school student a member of the group was surveying parents' drop off routines prior to the lockdown.
We are looking for a new champion to take forward the “vision” of working with the school's 'Ethos' group to start conversations about being more environmentally responsible and considering alternatives to driving, including Walking Bus, Lift-sharing, cycle training and Safe Cycling .
Lobby for electric vehicle parking and charging points
We have been lobbying the Town Council and Teignbridge District Council to provide charging points in the Kingsbridge Lane car park .
So far, we have been unsuccessful but will keep pushing for this particularly since it is Government policy that all new cars and vans should be electric by 2035.
Develop measures to increase cycling
We are supporting local cycle groups and Forums to promote electric bikes and develop cycle routes to and from Ashburton.
Post Covid we plan to ask local cafes and pubs if they would be happy if customers charged their e-bike batteries up while they had a coffee.
On parking we were pleased that in response to complaints motor bikes have moved from the cycle stands in the car park. We will continue to monitor this.