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Local Transport Plan - please have your say and pass on!

Dear Fellow Cyclists, Pedestrians and Environmentalists,

You may be aware that Cornwall Council has recently opened up for consultation the Local Transport Plan 3. If you live in or near Penzance you will be aware how feeble the facilities currently are for cyclists and pedestrians:

pavements that don’t join up, and are often used for car parking,
lack of crossings where they are needed,
lack of safe cycle routes serving schools, shops, residential areas;
30mph speed limits (often ignored) where 20mph or less is needed.
poorly maintained roads resulting in dangerous potholes – particularly dangerous for cyclists
You may also be aware that the UK has the lowest cycling rates in Europe, and the highest obesity rates, so this is an issue critical to our health as well as our environment.

Friends of the Earth want to encourage as many people as possible to respond to this consultation and to press for better transport infrastructure that will make walking and cycling attractive, safe and fun for everyday life, and not just for the occasional leisure pursuit.

There is also an important equity issue here: current infrastructure favours wealthier car owners, and systematically disadvantages young people and those on low incomes, for whom cycling and walking may be their only source of transport.

Can I urge you to respond to this and help ensure the Council rapidly rectifies the dismal infrastructure of active travel in and around Penzance?

The consultation is open until September 13th and can be found at http://www.cornwall.gov.uk/connectingcornwall You could also make your views known to your County Councillor (Sue Pass, Ruth Lewarne or Tamsin Williams for Penzance) To find your councillor and their contact details visit: http://democracy.cornwall.gov.uk/mgMemberIndex.aspx?FN=WARD&VW=LIST&PIC=0

For your further information you may wish to read the brief report Take Action on Active Travel, written by the Association of Directors of Public Health, and supported by over 100 other health and environment groups. I urge you to look at it as it is an easy read, and inspirational in showing how much better Penzance could be with more thought to pedestrian and cyclist needs. The report is at: http://www.adph.org.uk/downloads/policies/Take_action_on_active_travel_2...

I very much hope we can count on your support for this opportunity to make Penzance a healthier, cleaner and more pleasant town.

And please pass this mail on to others whom you think would be interested and supportive!

Desmond Whyms

On behalf of West Cornwall Friends of the Earth