Date: 7 June 2011 08:50
Subject: Re: Equality Trust events
Many thanks for the notification of this talk. We will be there! It’s great to be on your mailing list.
Let me just shamelessly plug a report along the theme of “equality in our transport system”. You may have heard of the recent report “Fairness in a Car Dependent Society” by the Sustainable Development Commission. Full report here http://www.sd-commission.org.uk/publications.php?id=1184
“Fairness in a Car Dependent Society” finds that vulnerable groups carry a greater burden of the costs of other people’s travel, including
>> air pollution
>> traffic danger
The report is recommending a new approach to transport policy (in line with the Coalition Government’s commitment to fairness as one of its three guiding principles). The Commission’s recommendations centre on its Transport Hierarchy for policy makers, calling on policy-makers to prioritise
>> reducing the demand for transport [importance of local services]
>> encouraging more sustainable modes of transport [walking, cycling]
>> improving the efficiency of existing modes of transport over increasing the capacity of the transport system [restricting access by car to give other modes the chance to flourish = this is the difficult but crucial one]
You may, of course, already have known about this report.
In any case, I hope you find this useful.