Active travel is key!

Active travel is the easiest and best way to tackle emissions in Jersey. We have a reasonably good start. The longest cycle ride you can take is around 20 kilometres - yet the roads are still choked by cars (some even travelling within their own parish). What do we need to support this then?

Simple, basic short term improvements

  • Advanced stop lines - these are already used in the UK and France and should be implemented here.
  • Better facilities for pedestrians everywhere - we need more pedestrian crossings, for example in St John's and Trinity villages and a good network of footpaths along main roads (so pedestrians don't have to walk alongside 40mph traffic and drivers don't have to worry about pedestrians in the carriageway). All junctions should have pedestrian facilities - for example the junctions in the Georgetown area and along La Route du Fort do not. What has been done in St Aubin's with the crossings is good! Furthermore, we should have more frequent and safer crossings from First Tower area over the road to St Aubin's Bay.

A review of the cycle network

Currently the cycle network doesn't serve the purpose of an everyday cyclist (instead showcasing some beautiful routes, sure, but not connecting the places people want to go with direct and safe routes!).

My proposal is that, instead of the current system, routes should be based on routes that mirror the islands main roads, since these are the routes people are used to.

C1 - Matches the route of the A1 and A13

C2 - North of island main route, connecting the five northern villages together (and then to Gorey).

The remainder of the routes matching the A road they travel along the route of - e.g. the C11 would be the St Peter's Valley path (follows the A11).

A clear, integrated set of cycle plans

  1. South island cycle route Development plan - a clear, detailed and direct plan how the route from Gorey to St Helier to St Aubin to Les Quennevais will be improved and brought into the 21st century. The route from St Helier to St Aubin should be world-class cycle infrastructure - the aim should be nothing less. Otherwise the 
  2. Each new 'C' route should have a focused Development plan - each C route should be entirely either:
    1. Green lanes
    2. Segregated cycle/foot paths
    3. Cycle-safe roads if it has to join a main road (e.g. if there is no other possible route that can be constructed that would be convenient for cyclists - these should be a last resort).

In this way, each parish would be connected to its neighbouring parishes with safe cycle routes which would encourage people to cycle more. This means cyclists would have a set of routes that match the routes provided to motorists.​​​​​​

Why the contribution is important

The largest contribution to carbon emissions in the island is transport - 44%! This is the key way we can cut down our carbon emissions.

by Jerriaisjanne on February 02, 2021 at 06:53PM

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  • Posted by Jerriaisjanne February 02, 2021 at 18:58

    I forgot to tag the post! I will repost it with the correct tags. Can a moderator remove it please.
  • Posted by Jerriaisjanne February 02, 2021 at 19:00

    Actually I'm not sure how to tag posts.
  • Posted by lisanoel1968 February 02, 2021 at 19:50

    once ppl retire they should get a free bus pass if they give up their cars
    free bus passes should be given to 16 years if they learn to drive a moped or car
    bus services need to access all areas of Jersey and run more late night buses
    School children especially when they go to secondary school should be encouraged to ride their bikes
    Pedestrians Horses and Cyclists should have right of way
  • Posted by philipjohnson February 02, 2021 at 21:51

    Cycles is only part of the answer, but is not for everyone. It needs to an integrated transport policy. You need to look at where and why, and how you can make the greatest inroads into carbon neutrality. The best place to start is commuter and school traffic, followed by delivery and trade traffic, but each solution is different.
  • Posted by philipjohnson February 02, 2021 at 22:02

    Free bus passes are nice, I have one, but are only any good if there is a service to take you where and when you are going. For example, tomorrow I am going into the next Parish, not far, google says it will take 7 minutes in the car, but the trip is 2 buses and a travel time of 1 hour 41 minutes one way. I intend to stay about 30 minutes then return. But with the bus wait, that will be another 2 and a half hours, so what will be under an hour of my day, will turn into nearly 5 hours. This is why I will use my car, and not my free bus pass.
  • Posted by KarsyMarsy February 04, 2021 at 11:21

    We need the Government to encourage everyone who is capable to cycle everywhere by making cyclists have priority on the roads over cars. For example:-
    - cyclists should be given right of way over cars
    - cyclists should be able to turn left at traffic lights without stopping where there is no oncoming traffic (an example of such junctions is at Springfield turning left on Val Plaisant and on Union Street turning into Bath Street.)
    - cyclists should have bicycle parks in all open air car parks especially at beaches and places of beauty and recreation like St Catherine’s, along the coastlines.
    - The Government should put cycle paths on all major roads in Jersey so children and commuters can cycle to school and work.
    - there should be a culture promoting cycling and ebikes as better for the island and health of the community with incentives to help people buy a bicycle whether manual or electric. There should be the opportunity for individuals to trial cycling on free bicycles to encourage the take up in cycling.
    - there should be free cycle training on safety on the roads for adults and children alike.
    - the Government should make the Island safe for cyclists as a priority!
  • Posted by lisanoel1968 February 04, 2021 at 19:16

    amendment to my post on 2.2.2021
    free bus passes should be given to 16/17 year olds if they DON’T learn to drive a moped or car
  • Posted by lisanoel1968 February 04, 2021 at 19:18

    The tax on the clean diesel needs to be put on traditional diesel we want to change behaviour so we must make it affordable
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