Cambridge Living Streets, Camcycle and Cambridge Area Bus Users have today announced the formation of the Cambridgeshire Sustainable Travel Alliance. They call for other local groups, businesses and individuals to think big and speak up for the changes that can rapidly transform our places and transport.
The three organisations, which campaign for better walking, cycling and public transport respectively, support the principle of a Sustainable Travel Zone for Cambridge. They believe that the funding and opportunity presented by the Greater Cambridge Partnership offers a unique moment to reshape the city and wider county around the needs of its people. They urge local residents to respond in support of the Sustainable Travel Zone in question 9 of the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s current consultation. Individuals should also use the consultation survey to share their transport concerns and transform them into dreams for better places and transport. With £50 million of sustainable transport funding at stake, it’s vital that everyone gets involved to shape the proposal’s success.
The Cambridgeshire Sustainable Travel Alliance aims to unite and inspire people in Cambridgeshire working for a transport network that protects our future and offers genuine choice. Its vision is for a thriving region of opportunity and inclusion where people can get to where they want to be safely, easily and affordably. It believes that places should be designed around people, and streets organised in line with the Highway Code’s hierarchy of road users. Transport should be integrated, accessible, healthy, fair and fit for the future. The Alliance encourages sustainable transport groups from across the region to get involved, so that its voice can better reflect the needs and aspirations of everyone in Cambridgeshire. It also welcomes other groups, businesses, organisations and individuals as supporters. Find out more on its website at cambstravelalliance.org
David Stoughton, Chair of Cambridge Living Streets, said:
Too many people in Cambridgeshire aren’t able to walk safely to their local destinations including school, work, shops and local amenities. Together with our partners in the Cambridgeshire Sustainable Travel Alliance we want to change that. The Greater Cambridge Partnership must look to improve the transport system as a whole and work with communities to create walking, cycling and bus networks that complement each other.”
Camcycle’s Executive Director, Roxanne De Beaux, said:
A recent survey showed that 88% of our members support the principle of a Sustainable Travel Zone for Cambridge, which could be transformative for people in the area. They want local authorities to create a greener, healthier and more pleasant city to live and work in. It is vital that high-quality sustainable transport networks are put in place over the next few years. We’re proud to join voices with Cambridge Living Streets and Cambridge Area Bus Users to create an alliance which will speak up and work for the positive changes we need on our streets.”
Richard Wood, Secretary of Cambridge Area Bus Users, said:
With ever-deteriorating services affecting people’s lives, jobs and independence across the region, we must work for a frequent, reliable and sustainable bus network that becomes a preferred transport choice for people throughout Cambridgeshire. For too long, the voices of existing and potential bus users have been ignored, so we’re delighted to join the Cambridgeshire Sustainable Travel Alliance and help amplify their needs.”