How to improve our infrastructure for greener transport.
I'm going to launch a thread about the second point - what should the Government be doing? Please feel free to add any ideas about this below.
We need to see the publishing of a full and detailed Active Travel Plan that will outline how Jersey is going to get the bare basic level of active travel infrastructure. How every village is going to be linked by at least using green lanes/shared-use footpaths. How the gaps are going to be plugged in the Jersey cycle network (for example linking St Martin & St Ouen into town). How cycling is going to be made easier.
For over 10 years at least the transport policy has been to put cyclists and pedestrians above the motorist in the transport hierarchy. We need to see evidence that the Government is putting deed to word on this fact. For example, when you look at the "upgraded" Commerical buildings - 10 years ago (Google Street View) vs today. You can see that the road hasn't changed at all, except for putting up a few cycle signs on the western footpath. The car still has four widths of space, while pedestrians and cyclists (the supposed "priority") have a narrow stretch of tarmac. It's no wonder most cyclists stick to the carriageway.
Furthermore, every parish, including St Helier, should publish with the support of the Government a parish improvement plan that will outline how the parish will be improved for walking/cycling. This could involve new paths, new pedestrian crossings, new green lanes, better signage. This would also outline how traffic calming will be introduced in relevant speed limit zones according to national standards and how "Safe routes to School" will be achieved, so the majority of students at every school can feel safe walking and cycling to/from school rather than the endless amounts of morning traffic.
These projects need public engagement. The Government should launch a community crowdsourced web based mapping project (such as commonplace) so people can suggest areas for improvement. People know the problems they face every day while using Jersey's roads and public spaces. This could include things such as "there aren't enough bins here"; "it feels unsafe to cycle here"; "this pedestrian crossing doesn't give me enough time to cross"; "it is hard to cross the road safely here"; "a filter in turn could be introduced at this junction"; "a large number of cars rat run down this road" and much much more. The key thing would be that this project is easy to use and well publicised.
Why the contribution is important
We need the Government to actually act on the things brought up in this climate conversation with funding and a proper plan.
by Jerriaisjanne on March 08, 2021 at 08:05PM