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
- 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
- Each new 'C' route should have a focused Development plan - each C route should be entirely either:
- Green lanes
- Segregated cycle/foot paths
- 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