MK Council sets aside half a million pounds to provide new greener transport initiatives

Tuesday 6 October 2020

 

Councillors are set to approve a fund of £500,000 towards sustainable and active transport in MK at a meeting on 6 October.

Ambitious plans are in place to encourage more people in Milton Keynes to cycle, walk, scoot or use public transport, building on a rise of public participation in greener, people-powered journeys, with figures showing that since the start of thes COVID-19 pandemic, there’s been an increase of almost 60% people cycling in some areas of MK.

As well as helping MK take a further step towards becoming one of the greenest and most sustainable cities in the world, the proposed package aims to promote mental and physical health and wellbeing, and feed into the overall post-COVID economic recovery plan by encouraging people to use active forms of transport to commute to work and school, explore our many green spaces and visit all the wonderful independent shops and eateries hidden across the new city, all whilst improving fitness levels and enjoying the great outdoors.

To get the action plan moving swiftly, MK Council would commit to investing in the right infrastructure, supplementing existing schemes and working with local partners. New plans include:

  • Providing small grants to workplaces to encourage staff to adopt sustainable transport;
  • Access to bike schemes – providing access to bikes for people that are unemployed, on low incomes or whose circumstances make them vulnerable;
  • More security cameras and activated flood lights at key transport interchanges such as Station Square, Bletchley Station and the Coachway to ensure people feel safe;
  • Using our unique redway system for guided CMK walks and mobile film screenings, to open them up to people who may otherwise not use them;
  • Improving the Get Smarter Travel website, journey planner and interactive map and developing an MK Transport App integrating all mobility providers in MK on to one platform.

Councillor Lauren Townsend, Cabinet Member for Transport said, “We want these new initiatives to encourage people to change their behaviours and feel confident that Milton Keynes is set up for greener travel for everyone. The benefits are big - reducing single occupancy car use, a lower impact on the environment, improved health and fitness and tools to help residents find and explore some of our incredible hidden gems across the city. We aim to make it easier for everyone to travel around MK, particularly on foot, by bike and public transport.”

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