Sustainable travel and transport

Encouraging people to get out of their cars, and walk or cycle more or use the bus, is one of the main campaign themes for FoE Tayside.  Dundee city centre has some of the worst air pollution in Scotland (see this News item), and we can help to reduce this by encouraging people to travel more sustainably.  This also cuts down on greenhouse gas emissions.

Active Travel

For individuals, making more short journeys on foot and by bike is a great way to keep fit and save money.  There is more advice on this on the Stride website (Sustainable Travel in Dundee).

Public Transport integration

In September 2010 we held a demonstration in Dundee City Centre to protest about the lack of connections between the bus and train stations, and the bus stances in the city centre.  We have also raised our concerns about the lack of attention to the needs of pedestrians and cyclists in the major Waterfront redevelopment in Dundee.

We do of course support positive developments.  The real-time information on bus services, available at bus stops, online and on mobile phones, is excellent.  Dundee has some high quality cycle paths – although provision on most other routes is poor.  We contributed views towards the development of an improved signage system for pedestrians in the City Centre.  There are reports that Dundee could lead the way in Scotland in introducing a smartcard covering different forms of public transport, similar to the Oystercard in London.  If this happens, it would be a very welcome development.

Public Transport Demonstration, September 2010

Public Transport Demonstration, September 2010

Safer streets

We are affiliated to Living Streets, which promotes the interests of pedestrians, and we support the Responsible Parking (Scotland) Bill which it is promoting in the Scottish Parliament.  This would make it illegal to park motor vehicles on pavements where they often block the way for pedstrians, especially the disabled and those with pushchairs.  We also support a campaign to introduce a 20 mph speed limit to residential streets across the city.  This is a Scottish Government policy, but Dundee lags behind other cities with only a few “pilot” streets and locations outside schools restricted to 20 mph.

Cycling on Broughty Ferry esplanade

Cycling on Broughty Ferry esplanade

Walkers in Finlathen Park, on the Green Circular path

Walkers in Finlathen Park, on the Green Circular path