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Reducing the Dominance of Cars

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

Exeter’s vision is to be the most active and accessible city in England. We will work with our partners 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

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.

 

Imagining the Future of Exeter

Through our engagement activities with the diverse business and local communities of Exeter and by analysing best practices of other cities across the globe we have identified a set of features that Exeter will need to demonstrate in order to meet this Goal.

 

  • Visitors and citizens have access to tools and services that help them know how to easily move around the city in an affordable and sustainable manner
  • Exeter has a city-wide mobility scheme that improves movement into and around the City and reduces the 4.4 TWh of annual energy consumption from vehicles
  • A programme of trials is running on selected major transport corridors to validate alternatives to car use and better manage efficient and reliable movement of people
  • Exeter has a high proportion of under 25s using public transport, as a result of awareness campaigns and better routes, enabling easier access to education and employment. 
  • “Exeter will be the most active City in the country, with Cranbrook providing a model of best practice in encouraging families to be active together. “
  • Exeter has a safe, simple, convenient and accessible cycle network (with segregated lanes) increasing cycling uptake at all ages for commuting and leisure purposes 
  • The majority of (60%+) of children who live or are educated in the city get to school by active modes or public transport
  • Travel training is provided for all school children across the city to support children to use active and sustainable transport across the city
  • All Exeter businesses with over 1000 employees have launched active and shared travel initiatives to reduce the number of car journeys to their sites 
  • The number of trips originating in Exeter using active modes of transport (walking, cycling etc.) is 50% or more.
  • There is a network of work hubs in the travel to work area that contribute to a reduction in the need to travel into the City for work
  • Electric bikes are commonplace across the city and are free for use by people delivering community services
  • The city centre is free from motorised vehicles and provides a vibrant public space 
  • City waterways and rivers are being better utilised for sustainable and healthy methods of travelling across the City
  • The proportion of passenger numbers on public transport is increasing year on year and this growth is supporting investment into new mobility schemes
  • Exeter has freight consolidation centres at key access routes that reduce the need for heavy-goods vehicles (HGVs) to enter the city centre 
  • 100% of freight deliveries within the city centre are made by freight consolidation non-fossil fuel vehicles 
  • 12,000 new homes have been built in Exeter with the design assuming that residents do not have access to a private car 
  • Land in Exeter city centre that is currently allocated for parking is freed up for social and economic activities 
  • Exeter provides infrastructure (such as changing and storage facilities) in the City centre and at major employment/education sites to support walking and cycling

City Showcase

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