16 Sep 2008 05:09:02
Travel plans aim to reduce car journeys
Bicycle route maps are to be handed to Lowestoft residents in a bid to help them make healthier transport decisions.
TravelSmart Lowestoft, a scheme to encourage people to use transport other than a private car to travel, will offer 25,000 households advice on alternative transport.
In a bid to cut congestion, carbon emissions and boost residents' health, transport charity Sustrans has teamed up with local councils to implement the scheme.
Representatives of the project will contact residents over the phone or on their doorstep to offer walking and bicycle maps, bicycle safety training and public transport timetables.
Ken Sale, Waveney District Council's portfolio holder for the environment, told the Eastern Daily Press: "The scheme will not only benefit the town, helping to ease congestion and protect the environment, but it will also provide health benefits for anyone who now leaves their cars at home."
Other projects around the country, such as the Do the Local Motion scheme in Darlington, report achieving a ten per cent cut in car journeys.
According to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, road transport accounted for 22 per cent of carbon emissions in 2006.