June 2019

PROTEST AGAINST BAN ON CYCLING ON EASTBOURNE SEAFRONT

Seafront cycle ride 9th June 2019

Eastbourne is one of the last seaside resorts on the south coast not to allow cycling along most of the prom.

Please join Bespoke and Parents for Future Eastbourne to call for a safe cycle route along Eastbourne seafront on 9th June 2019.

We’ll be cycling on the road, and marching on the prom from the Towner Gallery to the Pavilion Gardens by the Redoubt Fortress. We depart at 11:30 am, with cyclists expected to arrive around 11:45 am.

We’ll also be carrying on to Sovereign Harbour around 12:15 pm for a social ride for those who want to make a day of it.

Organised by  Eastbourne cycling campaign group Bespoke

COMPLICATIONS FOR BRIGHTON BUS USERS

Black boxes are appearing by exit doors on Brighton & Hove buses.

They will go live over the summer to allow contactless users to tap off as they leave. Contactless users will tap on using the ticket machine by the driver without the need to specify a ticket type.

Paying the driver will remain an option for those travelling in groups. The exit card readers will calculate the single fare according to distance/zone travelled and will cap the fare at the day Saver price if several journeys are made. (information from Brighton Buswatch)

THIS MONTH’S WALKS

From Lewes to Spain
A grand excursion from the ancient town of Lewes all the way to a microcosm of Spain by the costa, by way of lowland villages and spacious downland vistas. 7. 5 miles, 12.5 km

Paths less travelled- Ringmer to Berwick
A traverse of the lonely Laughton levels.  Savour the joys of solitude and a surprising variety of scenery. 13.34 Km / 8.29 miles on level ground,

To Blackcap with the Monday Group (Cooksbridge to Lewes)
Blackcap is one of the most attractive hills on the south downs. This route reaches it from Cooksbridge station, using a newly created path. The walk then continues over the Downs to Lewes. The walk features the work of the Monday Group. 5.5miles 8.9km, about 2 hours, a number of stiles, one steep climb.  Can be muddy after periods of rain.

Away from it all in Hooe
The walk starts and ends at Normans Bay station. Seaside, marshland, biodiversity, big sky and panoramic views, tranquil farmland, gentle hills, a lost village, a hidden church, a nearly forgotten prison, smugglers trails – a walk of contrasts where you are likely to have the walk to yourselves.  An opportunity for a drink or a swim at the end. 10km/ 6.5 miles

To Littlehampton!
A countryside and seaside adventure for adults and energetic children with varied things to see

The Rye and Cambler Cheeky Girls Walk
A walk linking one of the most beautiful and historic towns in the South East with one of the best beaches in the region, using the track of an old tramway.  A great walk any time, but particularly on a sunny day. 4 miles / 6.4 km, 1hr 20 minutes, flat.

TRANSPORT FOR THE FUTURE, BE PART OF THE SOLUTION- A CONFERENCE IN BRIGHTON

Saturday, 15 June, 12 – 5pm

Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton BN1 1YD

Air pollution, nature, buses, climate change, lobbying, community, cycling, health and happiness, walking, housing, landscapes, learning, planning, trains

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Organised by SCATE (South Coast Alliance for Transport and the Environment) www.scate.org.uk
Come and find out about unsustainable development and damaging new roads in Sussex and Hampshire. A chance to hear from two keynote speakers about how we can do things better and how to make change happen. There will also be an introduction to SCATE’s New Transport Vision as well as workshops on a variety of topics. An opportunity to meet like minded people, share information and to learn new skills.

Chris Todd of SCATE wrote the following about the importance of getting transport right:

  1. Transport is the biggest sector impacting on climate change, and its emissions are not falling in line with what is needed – that is to meet our current targets in the Climate Change Act, let alone what we signed up to in Paris.
  2. New roads create new traffic and will only increase carbon emissions and move congestion onto the next bottleneck, while also increasing congestion in our towns and cities
  3. We need a new approach, one that puts people (not cars) first – that’s what SCATE’s new Transport Vision does – it shows there is a different way of doing things that could reduce traffic levels and increase choice with better alternatives.
  4. Rather than new roads we need investment in alternatives – walking, cycling and public transport:
    1. to give people real choice to tackle inequality (those without access to a car),
    2. To increase health and happiness (especially through active travel) – reducing long term NHS costs and reducing number of years people spend in ill-health
    3. reduce congestion and pollution (air and noise)
    4. strengthen the local economy – through better transport links and less congestion
  5. It is possible to do these things but we need more joined up government and more people making the case for change:
    1. There’s a case for more rail devolution that could be pushed for through Transport for the South East – leading to better stations and services
    2. Rural transport has been decimated in many areas by cuts to buses, leaving many communities isolated
    3. New development needs to be planned around public transport and not have buses tacked on as an afterthought
    4. Stop the council (ESCC) taking money from active travel to buy its overspend on the Bexhill Hastings Link and other roads

HOLIDAYS BY PLANE

For years Travelman has been limiting flights to one short-haul return journey a year, but now begins to wonder if even this can be justified.

We know that there is a climate emergency and also that, as Chris Todd points out above, transport contributes to this. Although flying’s contribution to this is still comparatively small, because many people cannot afford to fly, it is growing fast and low cost carriers are making things worse.

There are many ways to measure the effect of various forms of travel, but a good rule of thumb may be that for each passenger in a plane the same pollution is caused if that person drove the same distance in a car on their own.

Can we really justify this?

For some alternative holidays see the Travel Log web site  

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