Christchurch an opportunity for sustainable and active travel, says charity

Road safety charity Brake is welcoming the official opening of the new bus exchange in Christchurch today, and is calling for more to be done to encourage sustainable and active travel in the city.

Brake is calling for traffic free routes for people across the city, inclusive of cycle paths and pavements, as well as integrated public transport. Providing people with safe, alternative transport choices helps to create safer communities, as well as easing congestion and reducing pollution.

The charity cites international cities such as Zurich, which has become celebrated for its public transport systems and accessibility for people on foot and bicycle, as examples of how effective transport planning and investment in sustainable and active travel can help to create safe, healthy communities.

Mary Williams, Brake's chief executive says: "We welcome the opening of the new bus exchange, but Christchurch has a fantastic opportunity to become a shining light for modern sustainable and active travel, by doing more to provide safe walking and cycling routes and encourage active travel.

"We know many people would like to use public transport, but frequency and connections for services mean it is easier to get in the car and drive. We also know many people would like to walk and cycle more but don't feel safe doing so. With safe walking and cycling routes and integrated public transport we can create safer, healthier, happier communities."

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