- People enjoy their car free neighbourhoods and quiet streets. Car ownership is down by 80% on 2009 figures. 100% of local cars are all electric & plug into the grid. A survey shows that car use continues to reduce as cycling has become a national pastime. Per capita energy use of energy for all transportation is down by 80% on 2008 statistics.
- More young people have taken up skateboarding and roller skating Road traffic accidents have diminished as the main cause of death or injury for under 14 year olds.
- Jogging and Cycling clubs numbers continue to grow and members can join from age 7. The new tandem club has bicycles that can carry families of four people and tow a trailer. The Tour de UK stops over in Totnes and links with the Tour de France via Plymouth.
- Totnes Chamber of Commerce agrees to Totnes High St being completely pedestrianised (delivery only) as cars are few and far between anyway. Shoppers and visitors use the popular Hopper Road train; this has increased access and enjoyment of the town.
- European Car free day bike is renamed European Walking day; over 500 people join the carnival procession around the T&D walkers’ 20-mile loop.
Policy Makers & Service Providers
- DCC upgrades a number of bike priority lanes to “Class A” where commuters and racers can travel at top speed. Some cycle/walking routes have been widened and marked out with lanes to increase safety. More transit hubs for out of village locations to accommodate extra needs.
- National Rail is expanding the rail network to reduce distances on some journeys. At the request of Totnes Travel group, they are to consider extending the Totnes – Buckfastleigh Train line to Paignton via Berry Pomeroy. The re-opening of the Primrose line to Diptford and Kingsbridge is also under discussion. Gladys Davies of Diptford travelled on the last train in 1968; she hopes to be the first on the new train service. The refurbished trains are likely to run on electricity rather than steam.
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