Exeter has some of the worst congestion in the UK, much of it due to the huge numbers of people who commute to the city by car from far and wide. The city’s heavy traffic makes local streets unpleasant and sometimes unsafe, causes serious air pollution and contributes to climate change. Greens want to see real action taken urgently to make Exeter a city where is it easy to live without owning a car and safe to walk and cycle.
Both Exeter City and Devon County Council have failed to back good words on transport with leadership or action. They have actively resisted taking actions that would make a real difference, such as a Work Place Parking Levy and a Cycling and Walking Plan.
We are championing Low Traffic Neighbourhoods, where careful planning and design restrict through movements of traffic (rat-running), reduce traffic speeds, and so make walking and cycling safer, easier and more pleasant. We want to see street layouts redesigned, reducing space available for cars and exchanging this space with ‘pocket parks’, safe play areas for children, more tree-planting and on street bike ‘bunkers’ offering covered bicycle storage.
See a blog post by our Devon County Council candidate and long-time transport campaigner, Andrew Bell.