Increasing vehicle traffic on our roads and the use of vehicle on rural byways is putting various pressures on the countryside. Our Transport Group campaigns for a sustainable transport system in Hampshire through reducing the need for people to use environmentally damaging transport. Expansion of small airports is also affecting the tranquillity of the countryside.
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Electric Bicycle Network
The South East's first Electric Bicycle Network (EBN) launched in April 2012. This gives visitors to the South Downs the opportunity to hire and ride ebikes around the rural lanes and trails of England's newest national park. Strategically located hire points have been set up at local businesses in the western end of the national park.
The launch of the EBN follows a set of trials in mid-2011 and is the result of a partnership between CPRE Hampshire and Electric Travel. Our EBN pages include details and results of the trials, details of how the scheme works and coverage of the launch.
Policy: Sustainable Solutions for Rural Communities
Why have rural communities had to take a back seat when it comes to formulating national transport policy? And why does rural transport present such a challenge to policy makers? CPRE want to address that problem and is developing a Transport Toolkit that will equip local people to implement sustainable local transport projects in their communities. We are holding our first sustainable transport trial - an electric bike trial in Four Marks and Medsted.
Keeping Rural Roads Rural
Increasing traffic on our roads is increasing pollution and congestion and destroying the tranquillity of some of our best loved rural areas. We have made steps to reduce the clutter of 'signage on rural roads' and seek better road layout in villages. There are always dilemmas to resolve such as that of the proposed Lyndhurt bypass.
CPRE Hampshire's anti-clutter campaign has been running since 2004. This resulted in a pilot project that on the A32 that both reduced road signage and changed the surface in West Meon so that drivers are now more aware of other road users.
Our clutter campaign pages give the full story of the pilot and subsequent initiatives.
Byways Not Highways
The use of motorised vehicles on rural byways (BOATs - Byways open to all Traffic) has churned up some of our magnificant byways making it unpleasant or difficult for cyclists, horse-riders and walkers to use. Until 2006 we had the the absurd situation in which historic evidence of use by horse-drawn vehicles in previous centuries, could allow registration of these quiet byways as BOATS, thus allowing motorised vehicles, such as 4x4s, to use them.
Thanks to efforts by Rosemary Horsey, many of these applications were challenged and now there is greater protection.
Aviation - A Threat to Tranquillity
The number of flights has increased three-fold over the last few years. In the South East major expansions are planned for Bournemouth and Southampton, and many small airfields such as Farnbrough have ambitious plans.
CPRE Hampshire wants to see a more balanced approach when it comes to planning issues. A good starting point would be to include local airfield planning in Local development Frameworks and Local Transport Plans.
This page last updated 17th September 2012.
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