Do Cars Dominate Your Street?
By Julia Hilton Green Party councillor
Hastings has one of the lowest percentages of car ownership in the country: a third of Hastings residents don’t own a car and yet cars dominate our streets. Are you concerned about speeding cars in your neighbourhood? Do you want to make your street more welcoming? Maybe you’d like to become less car dependent, but are too scared to cycle?
If that’s you, please come and join our discussion with Roddy Crockett from walking and cycling charity Sustrans about how to create liveable neighbourhoods, including ways to reduce our reliance on cars.
Many towns are trialling the idea of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods, using filters where residential streets are still accessible to residents but can’t be used as cut throughs for cars, an increasing problem since the arrival of sat navs.
Elsewhere School Streets are being trialled, where the street outside the school is shut to traffic, either for the morning and afternoon school run, or permanently. This creates a safer route to school, encouraging more walking and cycling and cutting air pollution. The recent School Street trial at Ark Academy Blacklands resulted in a permanent reduction in car drop-offs for pupils.
Many cars spend 95% of time unused, taking up space and dropping in value. Could a well-run car club work for you?
• Join the discussion on Saturday 6th November at 11.45am, All Saints Church Hall, All Saints Street, followed
by a soup and bread lunch.
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