CTC View (formal statement of CTC's policy):
- The imperative to halt and reverse the growth of greenhouse emissions should be the central aim of wider transport, planning and economic policies, locally, regionally and nationally.
- Cycling should be promoted as a zero-carbon transport option that can deliver worthwhile carbon savings, together with many other benefits, at very low cost.
- For longer distance journeys – including international travel in Europe – the combination of cycle travel with public transport should be facilitated.
- Transport projects and development proposals that are predicted (or are likely) to increase greenhouse gas emissions should be rejected, and low-carbon alternatives developed instead.
- The aims of reducing the need to travel, and of promoting cycling and other low-carbon alternatives to the car, should be a central objective for all relevant development agencies and local authorities.
- The Government should oblige local authorities to make their contribution towards meeting the targets set by the Climate Change Act and progress should be reported and monitored effectively. Voluntary action alone is not sufficient.
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Publication Date:September 2012