Occassional cycle lanes isn't enough, we need a Transport Plan
In 2018, Transport accounted for 44% of all carbon emissions in Jersey. As we don't have large, long-distant lorries, we don't have many types of transport that cannot be de-motorised or made electric. We need a coherent, holistic plan, that specifically looks to cut our transport-related emissions in Jersey.
For me, this means:
- Electric buses (this is just obvious for an island this size)
- Much as I love my old motorbikes, we need to consider policies that discourage ownership of petrol or diseal vehicles (such as an efficiency-related yearly tax)
- We also need to support the availability of electric vehicles and related charging equipment, perhaps through subsidies, or perhaps through supporting access to wider, car sharing, schemes (ideally ones that let you put a surfboard on the vehicle!)
- Commuter cycle lanes across key, population-dense, locations (Gorey to St Aubins, as well as up to Red Houses and up to Highlands / Hautlieu / JCG / Vic / DLS / Beaulieu). If this means using a lane of Victoria avenue, then that is fine by me.
- Policies which incentivise non-motorised or low-emission modes of transport, such as priority to cyclists (if it is faster to cycle to work than to drive, then people might be more inclined to cycle).
- Support (where appropriate) to help families acquire bicycles / e-bikes.
Why the contribution is important
A clear Transport Plan is key to helping islanders understand the ultimate objective (i.e. a reduction of transport-related emissions to less than 20% of all Jersey emissions etc.) and the steps being taken to reach it.
The strategic process will engage islanders and avoid any obvious mistakes with regard to disproportionate cost implications for the vulnerable, inapproriate choices (such as cycle path materials, widths, locations), and will enable Jersey to incorporate expertise relating to successful models, such as Amsterdam and Geneva.
A clear Plan will bring greater confidence in decisions to build cycle lanes, as if it is obvious how they all connect and that this system will be an efficient option for many people going to work, there might be greater support and engagement.
It will also help people to understand how potentially unpopular aspects - perhaps making the St Clement's inner-road one way to create a cycle lane that connects Gorey to town... or policies that involve tax - are actually a justifiable and well-thought through part of building a better island, for everyone, overall.
by JerseyFleur on February 02, 2021 at 12:51PM