Memorandum by Mrs J Cuff (WTC 107)
I understand that the Environment, Transport,
and Regional Affairs Committee of the House of Commons has resolved
to undertake an enquiry into Walking in Towns and Cities.
I offer a few points which might encourage people
to forsake their cars for short walks in towns and at the same
time improve conditions for walkers.
(a) Improve crossing times for pedestrians
at pedestrian crossings (this would slow down cars and make things
easier for pedestrians).
(b) Pedestrianisation of selected streets
(this would reduce motorised access and cut pollution).
(c) Enforcement of penalties for parking
on the footway (this would make parking more difficult and walking
(d) Traffic calming schemes (probably a deterrent
to the motorist but a help to the pedestrian, who will no longer
be threatened by speeding traffic).
Other possible measures:
(a) Enforcement of penalties for obstruction
of the footway by advertising boards.
(b) Highway signage should not obstruct the
(c) Keep open traffic-free "ginnels"
ie short cut-throughs to pubs, post offices, schools etcbut
keep these well lit to allay fear of crime.
(d) Emphasis on the health promotion aspects
of walking, making the point that you do not need to go on a nine
mile ramble to derive health benefits from walkinga brisk
15 minute walk to the bus stop (or whatever) daily will do your
heart a lot of good.
Finally, I would like to make the point that
I think local authorities would be much more likely to introduce
measures to deter the use of cars in towns if the Government were
to oblige out-of-town retail centres to charge for parkingin
other words, there should be "a level playing field"
so that local authorities are not forever fearful of customers
deserting in-town shops for free and plentiful parking at out-of-town