Walking and cycling – really?

According to the report before the Strategic Planning Committee last week, the Willow Green area will be ideal for development as there will be a reduction in car use:

The site benefits from being reasonably close to city centre and major employment areas for walking and cycling trips, and with the proposed improvements is well situated for access to public transport. The measures outlined in the Framework Travel Plan would provide an incentive for encouraging sustainable modes.

Parking provision of 2 spaces per dwelling is suggested which is considered adequate.

Ok, we have all heard this before – the old walking and cycling routine is a familiar element of many planning proposals. An image of happy walkers and cyclists is conjured up resulting in cars being left at home, nay abandoned as relics of past transport policies!

The reality is that people will continue to use their cars to get about. For one thing there is no reason to think that people will work on nearby employment sites and many will want to drive into Truro city centre to shop.

If the aim is to reduce car use why are 2 car parking spaces per dwelling needed?


2 comments on “Walking and cycling – really?

  1. David T says:

    The facilities for cycling in the Truro area are rather patchy, there are cycle routes that go a little way and then stop in the middle of nowhere just before they are most needed. Observe the one that goes from near Carland Cross, via Trispen, then before it gets to the narrow and bendy part of the road into Truro, just stops.

    The current “Quiet Lane” to the north of the proposed devlopment at Langarth, may not be quite as quiet after it is built.

    Notice the changes to Trafalgar roundabout in Truro, there aren’t any cycle lanes there or on the approaches to it, and it is perhaps more difficult to negotiate on a bicycle with 3 lanes of approach. In all it seems that the highways department is still working to an outdated 1980s model of providing for capacity for cars rather that a junction layout that promotes safe usability for all categories of road user.

    Particularly at Trefalgar you may have young cyclists since its on the route to Penair and Truro schools. Is it not the worries about negotiating the roundabout and its approach roads what puts off parents from encouraging their children to cycle to school?

  2. David T says:

    Actually, the Threemilestone area has one of the highest % of cycling to work in Cornwall: http://datashine.org.uk/#zoom=13&lat=50.26532&lon=-5.08417&layers=BTTT&table=QS701EW&col=QS701EW0010&ramp=YlOrRd

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