Motherload In Corsham

The film Motherload is playing at the Pound Arts in Corsham on 1st October at 7.30pm.   MOTHERLOAD is a crowdsourced documentary about a new mother’s quest to understand the increasing isolation and disconnection of the digital age, its planetary impact, and how cargo bikes could be an antidote. Filmmaker Liz Canning cycled everywhere until she had twins in 2008. Hauling babies via car was not only unsustainable but took the freedom and adventure out of life, and Liz felt trapped. She Googled “family bike” and Continue reading →

Letter to Michelle Donelan

Ref http://www.transcoco.org.uk/michelle-donelan-responds/ Dear Michelle, Thank you for your response which I very much appreciated.  With respect to CO2 emissions, yes I acknowledge that over the last few years there have been great increases in energy efficiency, coal fired power stations have been replaced with more efficient gas and latterly increased renewable production which has significantly reduced carbon intensity as a scientific fact.  However, any scientific fact has well defined ‘assumptions’ and ‘scopes’ which in this case do not include international shipping, air travel and the embodied CO2 Continue reading →

Michelle Donelan Responds

See previous Letter to Michelle: http://www.transcoco.org.uk/letter-to-michelle-donelan/ Dear Richard, Thank you for your reply. I can confirm that the claim you reference in your first line is absolutely incorrect. It is not a government claim that C02 has fallen by nearly 40% since 1990, it is a scientific fact. I would urge you to read the following short brief: https://www.carbonbrief.org/analysis-why-the-uks-co2-emissions-have-fallen-38-since-1990 . I would also urge you to consider that the 40% is figure is actually rather conservative in its use, given that growing population figures meant that emissions Continue reading →

Letter To Michelle Donelan

Dear Michelle,   thank you for your response where you highlight the governments claim to have reduced CO2 emissions by 40% since 1990.  I note that Ms Thunberg rebuked the government for quoting this figure as it does not include aviation, shipping and imports.  Ms Thunberg said that the real figure was closer to 10% but that depends on how the accounting is done and as we all know accountants can be very ‘creative’.     My concern in this response is the contribution of transport Continue reading →

Chippenham-Calne cycle path under threat

UPDATE 28th March – Wiltshire Council has agreed to fund the path for 5 years so the petition has worked for now. see http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/news/articles/chippenham-calne-cycle-path Using the following link to access the petition site https://www.thepetitionsite.com/en-gb/174/602/091/keep-the-calne-chippenham-cycle-path-open/?taf_id=61746431&cid=fb_na The North Wilts Rivers Route is a 16km shared use cycle and pedestrian path established in 2000 by North Wilts DC. 7km is owned by eight different private landowners and leased to Wiltshire Council.The leases are all due for renewal on 1st April 2019 and the non-renewal of the leases and Continue reading →

Why is active travel important for health

Active Travel is a form of transport of people and sometimes goods, that only uses the physical activity of the human being for the locomotion. The most known forms of active travel are walking or cycling.  Daily physical activity is hugely important for maintaining health  and inactivity directly contributes to one in six deaths in the UK. The recommendation from the chief medical officers (CMO) of the UK is clear: all adults should aim to be active daily. Over a week, activity should add up to at least 150 minutes (2½ hours) of Continue reading →

A re-balancing of our travel system is needed.

Some key messages when developing a healthy local transport strategy include:  physical inactivity directly contributes to 1 in 6 deaths in the UK and costs £7.4 billion a year to business and wider society  the growth in road transport has been a major factor in reducing levels of physical activity and increasing obesity  building walking or cycling into daily routines are the most effective ways to increase physical activity  short car trips (under 5 miles) are a prime area for switching Continue reading →

Just joined 20sPlenty

We have just registered the 20mph campaign with the national 20sPlenty organisation.  Similar groups in Wiltshire would be: Atworth, Bradford-on-Avon,  Dilton Marsh, Lockeridge, Malmesbury, Marlborough, Purton, Salisbury, Shrewton, Winsley and Turleigh.  There are a number of areas that are already 20mph including Biddestone, Melksham and parts of Chippenham. Our local MP Michelle Donelan is also interested in 20mph speed limits and you can complete her survey here  We need to improve Corsham’s public realm and encourage active travel.  This will lead to health and well-being benefits, Continue reading →

Film Bicycle

Dear Transcoco supporters, The film ‘Bicycle’ is being shown at the Pound Tuesday 10th March at 7.30pm and the Pound are doing a special 2 for 1 deal. Members of the Transcoco’s Transport Group will be there from about 6.45 to canvas opinion on 20mph speed limits and any other ideas that would support a more sustainable transport future in Corsham. Hope you can be there Rob Gallagher Richard Moulton Tim Lammin Anne-Marie Willis

Transport Group Meeting

Minutes of First Transport Group Meeting 6th March – Pound We discussed promoting 20mph Speed zones and shared space in Corsham. We identified that getting people’s opinion was important as part of generating support. 20mph may not be supported by the police because of enforcement issues. We will need to produce a map of the proposed routes that would be the subject of the restriction to allow people to understand the proposal and and make suggestions. Shared space would be expensive so any implementation would need Continue reading →