Transport seminar to discover project results

TRANSPORT, health and environmental professionals will hear how residents' travel habits have changed across Darlington during the past five years on Wednesday.

A seminar has been organised to hear how the Local Motion project has changed how people travel across the town.

Darlington was chosen by the Department of Transport in 2004 as one of three pilot sustainable travel towns across the country. Its primary aim was to reduce unnecessary car trips.

It was part of a strategy to tackle traffic congestion and reduce the impact of travel on the environment.

Independent research has shown levels of cycling in Darlington have more than doubled in the past four years. The same research showed car mileage has reduced by 13 per cent, equivalent to 60,000 miles per day.

Wednesday's seminar will be opened by Mike Airey, a senior member of staff at Barclays Bank and the Chair of Darlington Partnerships economy and environment theme group and the Local Motion Reference group.

It is an opportunity to see how residents' travel habits have changed since 2004, as well as attitudes to travel and discuss the successes and lessons learned in Darlington.

Councillor David Lyonette, cabinet member for transport, said: "The seminar will show how Local Motion has improved the environment and Darlington residents' health, through encouraging the use of sustainable transport such as cycling and walking.

"It will also be a good opportunity to discuss how this success can be built upon to ensure that people continue to select more sustainable ways to travel in the future."

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8:58am Fri 5 Jun 09

Sardonicus says...

It is not so much as what is reported back to the "Transport Professionals" but, more importantly, where and how the data was gathered and collated and by whom.
We are all aware there are lies, more lies and statistics. Have the Town's residents been canvassed on this issue? I know I have not. Surely, how local people perceive the changes is just as important as how the council sees it. Personally, I can't believe how congested the Town has become over the last few years. It now takes longer to cross the town than it does to make the journey from Northallerton to Darlington - and that is outside of 'rush-hour'.
It is not so much as what is reported back to the "Transport Professionals" but, more importantly, where and how the data was gathered and collated and by whom. We are all aware there are lies, more lies and statistics. Have the Town's residents been canvassed on this issue? I know I have not. Surely, how local people perceive the changes is just as important as how the council sees it. Personally, I can't believe how congested the Town has become over the last few years. It now takes longer to cross the town than it does to make the journey from Northallerton to Darlington - and that is outside of 'rush-hour'. Sardonicus
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12:50pm Thu 11 Jun 09

miketually says...

The data was collected by a combination of automatic sensors and a survey, carried out by a reputable company. The same methodology was used each time, so results can be compared.

Took me 9 minutes to get from my front door in Springfield to the middle of Darlington town centre today, at the height of rush hour...
The data was collected by a combination of automatic sensors and a survey, carried out by a reputable company. The same methodology was used each time, so results can be compared. Took me 9 minutes to get from my front door in Springfield to the middle of Darlington town centre today, at the height of rush hour... miketually
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