Chelmsford, Colchester, Harlow, Uttlesford and Southend
  • Chelmsford, Colchester, Harlow, Uttlesford and Southend are planning on upgrading their own councils’ fleet to latest low-emission technology and have been working with other public sectors to improve cycling and walking routes, encourage sustainable transport and reduce traffic congestion.
Harlow and Uttlesford
  • Harlow and Uttlesford are working towards growing on the electric vehicle infrastructure by installing electric car charging points and improve digital connectivity to reduce the work travel demand.
  • Harlow pledges to actively promote schemes to encourage children to walk to school such as the Walking Bus initiative and WOW (walk on Wednesdays).
  • Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) will encourage the uptake of virtual meetings, events and training by providing virtual access to all of these (including Board meetings and volunteer committee meetings etc.) in order to reduce workforce business travels.
  • Royal Town Planning Institute will implement active travel facilities: undertake a cycle-ready survey of the London office to determine the need for improved cycle facilities and the means by which cycling may be optimised within the 20 organisations. Where necessary, implement active travel facilities including, but not limited to, bike racks or stands, shower and locker facilities. For the Edinburgh office, the landlords and tenants should be engaged to this end.
  • Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) will implement the Cycle-to-Work Scheme. Description: Implement the Cycle-to-Work Scheme for those wishing to continue to use the office as their main place of work and/or those who travel frequently for work.
  • Royal Town Planning Institute will implement a Climate Action Pledge System: implement a climate action pledge system to provide employees, volunteers and members with the opportunity to pledge to act to reduce their personal and professional emissions. These might include SMART pledge statements such as ‘I will use active transport to travel to work one day a week’.
  • Greater Anglia is committed to improving every aspect of its own environmental performance, as well as encouraging more people to use the railway, as it is one of the greenest forms of transport available. With greenhouse gas emissions per km by rail being far less than cars, only walking and cycling are better for the environment.
Living Streets
  • Living Streets will be supporting and encouraging local councils to introduce default 20 mph speed limits in built-up areas, to improve crossings and junctions and to introduce walkable neighbourhoods.
  • It pledges to work with residents to reduce car dominance and prioritise people.
  • Living Streets pledge to raise awareness and educate drivers about health problems cause by idling vehicles. It therefore encourages local authorities to issue fines to stationary vehicles with engine running.
  • It will also support local councils to make routes to school safer, cleaner, less congested, as well as developing car-free areas and prioritise investment in public spaces for recreation. Many cities and towns (Oslo, Barcelona, Brighton and York) are making large areas car-free, especially where there are large numbers of people on foot.
  • As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Rural Community Council of Essex staff have worked from home over the past year. In future, it will propose to combine office and home working much more extensively than in the past thereby reducing travel from pre-pandemic levels. The same will be for its events, meetings and training courses. It is planning to offer a greater mix of physical and virtual events which will reduce travel significantly.