In 2011 Bath was shown to have air pollution levels that more than double the EU limits. Bath is a World Heritage City which deserves to be treated better by the council and by its citizens. The Transport group’s aim is to reduce the carbon footprint in this city, putting an emphasis on greener transport projects including cycling, walking and trams!
Come and join the group to help lobby, campaign and take action to make Bath more carbon neutral. We are always looking for exciting projects to get involved in where we can begin to make a difference in a city we all care about and love. . - Ped Asgarian, Transport Group Convenor
Our priorities with regards transport in Bath are:
- All the rest
This fits with our focus to concentrate on the shortest journeys first, the medium journeys second, and the longest last.
The possible benefits from a sustainable transport system and built environment are great.
Walking – for short journeys - No carbon emissions or oil needed – more people walking makes for safer streets, stronger communities, freedom for children, health, fitness and wellbeing. Our aim – to increase the numbers and accessibility for all to walk to, schools, shops, parks, bus stops, work etc. Bath is starting from a powerful position of 28% of people already walk to work.
Cycling – for short and medium journeys - No carbon emissions, no oil needed – convenient, direct door to door, freedom for children, health and fitness. Our aim – to dramatically increase the number and ability to safely and directly cycle for all short and medium journeys to schools, shops, parks, work, city centre, railway station etc.
Buses – medium to long journeys – carbon emitting and oil dependent – Our aim – to have a bus system that is cheap or free to all, which is well used at all times, going to and from where people want, when they want. To have the resources used efficiently and as low carbon as possible.
The rest – to encourage car clubs, car sharing, and taxi sharing, shared delivery systems.
The built environment – A well designed and thought through built environment discourages journeys by car, and is a space that is a rewarding experience to spend time in or to be moving through.
Bath is based on a vibrant and imaginative built environment, which has the potential to be a leading example of a how a city can be both a great place, and to live sustainably.
We actively engage with the council and have submitted to a number of consultations, such as the Public Realm and Movement Strategy and the Joint Local Transport Plan 3 (JLTP3).
We engage with other groups to support and encourage those who are already active in making a difference, particularly in the area of transport in Bath, such as: Bath Cycling Campaign, Bath Bus Users Group, TravelWatch South West.
Chelsea Road Project: The aim of this project is to promote and enhance walking and other non-car access to Chelsea Road – a local centre with a variety of shops and other services. We hope that this project can be used as a “test case” and the findings applied to other local centres, both within Bath and elsewhere. If you are interested in finding out more please click here.
Chelsea Road Questionnaire: We thank all those that took the time to completed the questionnaire and we are compiling the results. We will be holding a final public meeting open to all traders and residents in the new year, date to be confirmed, to feed back the results.
Ride To Work Project
Transition Bath's Ride to Work by Bike project aims to encourage commuters in Bath to switch to cycling to work in preference to commuting short distances by car. The focus of this initiative is electric bikes (ebikes) in order to reduce the barriers to people who are put off cycling by Bath’s hilly terrain, or consider themselves too unfit – or too old even – to commute by bicycle.
The project has its own dedicated website with more information here: http://ridetowork.bike/