Invest in active travel

Prioritise spending on active travel (walking, running and cycling) with dedicated segregated facilities in order to provide safe and attractive environments for people, thus reducing the number of cars on the road.  This leads to lower road maintenance costs as they are no longer suffering the current unsustainable levels of motor traffic, and it improves the health of the citizens of Glasgow leading to greater happiness and productivity.  As shown by many studies, provision of segregated bike lanes and good pedestrian environments and the reduction of cars also increases trade to shops by up to 25% thus boosting the city's economy through local spending.

Why the contribution is important

This idea is important as it wil boost the city's economy, address Glasgow's shocking health record, and showcase Glasgow as a vibrant city of the future to match those in Denmark and Holland, rather than being a motorway city of the 1960s and 70s condemned to every-increasing gridlock as a result of induced demand through spending on roads for cars rather than spaces for people.  If people do make Glasgow, build the city around people and people's needs.

by bigmoose on January 24, 2016 at 01:55PM

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Comments

  • Posted by Jerome January 24, 2016 at 14:26

    agree with all of this - Glasgow should be taking a big lead on promoting active transport - it's the future ..
  • Posted by cemorr January 25, 2016 at 07:33

    Totally agree with this.
  • Posted by GeoG February 01, 2016 at 12:21

    I think the idea is towards the 'philosophy' of sustainable development and I agree with it. More active citizens who could spend their car savings in city activities or unpaid annual leave.
  • Posted by Matthew February 11, 2016 at 11:25

    Definitely think there need to be more segregated bike lanes. Having bicycles and motor vehicles share roadspace is both unsafe and, as we've all seen/heard, frustrating for cyclists and motorists.

    Encouraging more cycle use would be an excellent boon to public health in the city and would reduce carbon output, but it needs to be safer and people need to be more aware of the separate cycle routes that already exist.

    We also need to put an end to the farce of the tiny segregated cycleways which go on for only a few dozen meters and which are dotted throughout the city - join them up!
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