You saw it in Australia – the climate emergency is now. Australia is but the beginning. Elmbridge is not immune. We need to act now but in a considered and measured fashion.
In Elmbridge one of the biggest causes of the climate emergency is car traffic. The internal combustion engine belching out fumes and carbon dioxide.
We, in Elmbridge, are big users of cars and compared to the national average we seem to like big cars that cause even more climate emergency problems.
What if we could travel safety to where we wanted to go without having to belch out fumes? Simply do what the Dutch and Danes take for granted – we could cycle.
Cycling is the healthiest form of transport. People who cycle live longer than those who do not.
We need to change the design of our streets so that our own first choice of travel is by cycle. To do that we need two things:
– 20mph speed limits on side streets – this is relatively cheap to do.
– Separate cycle ways alongside main roads – this is more expensive, but we can do it if we want a healthier and safer environment.