This will require a significant reduction in transport’s share of emissions.
We intend to work closely with the public, the police and transport operators to improve safety on all modes of transport.
We will give priority to and invest in walking and cycling.
Tyne and Wear will have a fully integrated and sustainable transport network, allowing everyone the opportunity to achieve their full potential and have a high quality of life. Our strategic networks will support the efficient movement of people and goods within and beyond Tyne and Wear, and a comprehensive network of pedestrian, cycle and passenger transport links will ensure that everyone has access to employment, training, community services and facilities.
A House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee report from January 2011 has advised that interventions to change peoples’ travel behaviour to more sustainable modes do not appear to have been successful in most instances and have not resulted in a significant reduction in CO2 emissions from transport. The report states that, whilst technological measures are important in reducing transport-related emissions, they will not be sufficient to achieve target reductions in carbon emissions over the short-term. If these aims are to be met, individuals will need to considerably reduce their levels of car use.
Goal: to create a fairer Tyne and Wear, providing everyone with the opportunity to achieve their full potential and access a wide range of employment, training, facilities and services and to protect, preserve and enhance our natural and built environments, improving people’s quality of life and creating high quality public places.
Our Vision for Road Safety
We will combat casualties by every available means including education and training, publicity, engineering measures and enforcement. We believe the most effective approach is an integrated and holistic one using a strong mix of education, engineering and enforcement.
We will also use Engineering measures and 20mph zones, following public consultation, to make our streets safer and reduce the dominance of traffic, improving the ease and safety of pedestrian access and access to public transport, especially for people with limited mobility. Research from the Department for Transport indicates that a cut in speed to 20mph has a dramatic impact in making areas safer for cyclists and pedestrians. One in 40 pedestrians struck by a car at 20mph dies, compared with one in five at 30mph. This should not only improve road safety but should also assist our goal of promoting healthier and more active modes of travel.
We will review the speed management strategy in partnership with the police.
We will promote developments which reduce the need to travel, allow low car dependency and are accessible to existing walking, cycling and public transport networks or where effective new connections could be made to the existing sustainable transport network.
Well-intentioned efforts to address these fears, by the use of barriers, pedestrian refuges and segregated links across busy roads tend to reinforce the view that the car has primacy and other road users must be kept apart from it, or forced to modify their route.
Analysis suggests that there is an opportunity to significantly reduce emissions by up to 2MTCO2 in 2020 by better integrating land use planning and transport policy, so that decisions made are taken in consideration of the transport emissions that will be produced. Source: Committee on Climate Change
Neville Street in Newcastle, outside Central Station. Newcastle City Council has aspirations to reduce the amount of traffic here and create a more fitting gateway to the city
We will use a combination of engineering, education and enforcement to curb illegal (including pavement) parking.
14.2 Active travel
Policy 21 We will give priority to and invest in walking and cycling.
14.2.1 Streets for everyone
Policy 22 We will seek to reduce car dominance in residential areas.
Research conducted in San Francisco and Bristol illustrates what we intuitively know – that heavy traffic reduces social interaction. Calming traffic and designing streets for people can create stronger, happier communities.
Policy 26 We will examine ways in which Metro can better accommodate the needs of cyclists.
As plans for new rolling stock are developed, the case for carriage of bicycles on Metro will also be examined, reflecting the significant demand from local cycle groups for this to be addressed
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