Back in 2008 universities in
Leeds realised they had a big problem with cars and parking congestion. There
were also concerns for students’ health with 50% taking part in physical
activity less than three times a week.
We introduced a pioneering bike hire
scheme to help reduce traffic and car parking and to improve the health of
students and staff. By 2013 there was a dramatic increase in walking and cycling
to the university.
Our project in Leeds is a great example of how we've
successfully worked with partners to solve a problem around access to education
Why is it that despite living
closer together and having more access to communication tools we feel more
disconnected? In this inspirational and empowering talk, Megan Streb, Sustrans
Partnership Manager for the South, explores how we can be more connected to
ourselves, our community, and our environment.
A sound understanding of the law
as it relates to planning and highways can assist in identifying the right legal
mechanisms for delivering walking and cycling schemes more quickly and easily.
These legal mechanisms exist and we need to use them where necessary to achieve
a real step change in the quality and quantity of walking and cycling provision
in the UK.
The time, energy and legal
effort of negotiating with the many parties involved to ensure the Quietways
project reached completion, was certainly worth it.
urgent action needed to improve air quality across the UK we've joined other
health, environmental and transport charities to call for a new Clean Air Act.
It's vital that it includes provision to help shift short journeys from the car
to walking and cycling.