Developing effective alternatives to car commuting
Summary of some points to bring to Transport Strategy Group 11 November 2009
Publicising alternatives to car use is often more cost-effective and attitude-changing than civil engineering.
• Better web- and physical signage of routes for cyclists and pedestrians (some exists already).
• Webtools for personal cycleroute planning such as Google pedometer http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/
• Advertise Cycle to Work scheme benefits + 20 p per mile expenses claimable if own cycle used for work-related travel versus real costs of motoring
• Regular updates on e.g. Sustrans’ cross-campus to Kenilworth route http://www.sustransconnect2.org.uk/schemes/project_detail.php?id=146
Small works bring big benefits
• Covered ‘Sheffield Stand’ parking close to building entrances
• Secure cycle parking across campus
Planning and implementation in consultation with user communities
• Improving cycle routes around campus would have a significant impact on safety of all campus users, on foot, cycle and car
e.g. entrance / exit to Gibbet Hill cycletrack behind SU; entrance / exit to shared use path between boilerhouse and University House.
• Unforeseen consequences of parking changes on campus – surrounding roads are more congested, more dangerous for cyclists.
Consider http://www.cycletoworkguarantee.org.uk/ The guarantee covers 5 areas:
• Cycle to work scheme – the University subscribes to this
• Cycle storage
• Changing facilities
• Repair/maintenance facilities
• Inspiring cycling – including cycle training)
Adoption of the full guarantee would be a good step towards encouraging more staff and students to take up cycle commuting to campus.
PDF version here cycleagenda.pdf