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All those annoying expensive pseudo retro p**spoor designer posters, the council keeps littering public spaces with - usually picking up on a meaningless outdated statistic ie 20 per cent of Peterborough Takeaways don't have a four or five star health certificate (suggesting they're havens for food poisoning ... ) but leaving that to one side... Here is one report the Dear Leader isn't too keen to share. In view of the Bourges Boulevard shambles, perhaps someone should give it an urgent read?
By the way Marco (who blocks us on Twitter!) if the pedestrian controlled traffic lights outside Waitrose, were re-calibrated to realistically reflect the much shorter time a person takes to slowly cross the road; you'd probably eliminate the non-stop traffic jam tailing back all the way from Queensgate to Toys R Us as the unpoliced Keep Clear boxes at Roundabouts would also be unobstructed.
But back to the report.Why did Peterborough come last? Peterborough scores poorly almost right across the board. For access to primary schools by walking and public transport, the city scores in the top ten, and many people already cycle regularly, showing there is scope for improvement and a will for active travel.
But a lack of use of public transport and heavy reliance on cars to get around shows that people do not have the options they might need to get around more sustainably.
The 2014 Car Dependency Scorecard rates the quality of public transport, cycling and walking facilities provided by different towns and cities. It also examines the use of planning policies that support sustainable transport.
The Scorecard reveals that Milton Keynes comes last in many of the metrics due to its low density planning and a road system that is better suited to cars rather than public transport. Colchester also ranked lowest for accessibility and planning.
Peterborough was also judged as having a heavy reliance on cars but the report said there are signs of improvement and ‘a will for active travel’. ( !!!!!!! )
London, Manchester and Liverpool emerged as the easiest places to live if you don’t have a car. Newcastle, Cambridge and Brighton also ranked highly because of investment in car-free transport options, despite having lower building density.
Chief executive of the Campaign for Better Transport, Stephen Joseph, said the highest rated cities had good quality public transport and plan new developments ‘thoughtfully’.
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