Hi there. Can I tell you what I dream of doing?
I want to change the way people in the UK think about transport by converting all journeys made within an integrated transport area to bike and electric bike. This will be a locally delivered initiative, essentially run through local government, but on a national scale. This will mean that no car journeys will be permitted within these transport areas (apart from emergency services).
It's all part of making a better world.
Fewer traffic jams in urban areas, much less air-borne pollution, less noise and dirt. Safer streets for children, (improved fitness if they have to walk to school and less asthma through improved air-quality). Pyschological benefits and streets freed from endless parked cars. Reduced dependency on imported fossil fuels.
This is really going to help people.
The impact of my vision will be mainly felt by everyone, but particularly by those who live in crowded urban city centres. The impact will be less outside the designated transport areas. Consideration will given to those who have to commute long distances and exemptions allowed.
It's not just about having an idea though - here are the things I know I can achieve:
Cut traffic and air pollution
Make a measureable difference to the UK's carbon output
I'm going to make this happen, and this is how I know it'll make a difference.
If there is little or no active resistance among local populations and no disruption to employment patterns or school runs. But councils will have the ability to monitor local conditions and have the power to modify or alter where car travel is permitted. A smooth transition is too much to ask for, for it will take some adjustments in attitude and approach to car use which have become engrained.
Thanks for listening to me. Will you help me build a better world?