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Reduced Dominance of Cars

Cleaner, more efficient public transport and reduced dominance of cars in the city centre making more attractive public places.

We want a City where sustainable means of travel will be cheaper, quicker and more convenient than private car ownership. Where land currently dominated by driving and parking will be freed up for social and economic activities and where air will be clean and healthy.

Delivering this Goal will create a city where everyone has access to the places and services which enable them to meet their needs and lead fulfilling lives.

Exeter’s vision is to be the most active and accessible city in England and have set our sights on reaching 50% of all journeys within the City being made on foot and cycle. 

We must work together to make Exeter a city where shared and active travel is promoted and where transport is not a barrier to accessing education, jobs, services or social activities. This will need to be supported by the right infrastructure (like changing and storage facilities) and a comprehensive network of safe routes, to ensure that most everyday journeys can be made by walking and cycling.

Exeter can become a City where shared and active means of travel are cheaper, quicker and more convenient than private car ownership. Where air is clean and healthy, and where land that is currently dominated by driving and parking is freed up to create high-quality spaces that can be used for social and economic activities.


A Net Zero Exeter will have cleaner, more efficient public transport and reduced dominance of cars in the city centre, making more attractive public places.


  • The city transport network (including highways, cycleways and waterways) shall be optimised to give priority for sustainable, shared and active modes of travel.
  • Exeter shall have a city-wide mobility scheme, supported by integrated multimodal ticketing, that improves zero-carbon movement into and around the city.
  • Exeter shall have a safe, segregated, convenient cycle and walking network that is accessible to all ages and supported by infrastructure (such as changing and storage facilities) across the city centre and at major employment/education sites.
  • Exeter shall provide residents and visitors with access to facilities, tools and services that help them to easily move around the city in an affordable and sustainable manner (e.g. real-time journey information, electric bike schemes and car-clubs).
  • The majority of under 25’s who live, work or are educated in the city shall travel by active modes or public transport; supported by travel training for all school children across the city, awareness campaigns and better bus routes.
  • All Exeter businesses shall have implemented sustainable travel initiatives to reduce their carbon footprint.
  • A network of work and healthcare hubs shall exist in Exeter’s travel-to-work area contributing to a reduction in the need to travel into the city for work or health.
  • The city centre, and core walking areas, shall be free from non-essential motorised vehicles, providing a vibrant public space and freeing up land currently used for driving and parking.
  • Pedestrian environments in residential areas shall be enhanced by removing through traffic; creating quieter and safer streets.
  • Freight deliveries within the city centre shall be made by non-fossil fuel vehicles, with freight consolidation centres at key access routes, reducing the number of vehicles entering the city.
  • The planned 12,000 new homes in the city shall be built with the design assuming that residents do not have access to a private car.

City Showcase

Here are projects being undertaken across Exeter that are already working towards this goal.