The City of Yarra has declared a climate emergency – recognising that we all need to do more to reduce our collective carbon emissions.
The UK Parliament has an All-Parliamentary Group for Cycling and Walking, which hosted a webinar on investing in cycling and walking to help achieve net zero emissions.
Presenters in webinar made many points, including:
- Many journeys are short, and can be made by cycling or walking
- E-bikes can help attract people to cycling
- COVID showed that people are able to change
- Solutions include congestion charging, parking restrictions, 30 km/h (or 20 mph) zones, street space reallocation, parking levies, 20-minute neighbourhoods
- We need to move from a “vicious circle” to a “virtuous circle” of infrastructure, participation and political support
It’s great to see further evidence supporting the changes that Streets Alive Yarra are advocating for, including:
- reducing subsidies for parking
- 30 km/h superblocks
- demand responsive driving charges
- a cohesive network of protected bicycle lanes
We urge local and state government to follow this evidence an invest to kick-start a virtuous circle.
Published 9th November 2020