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 →

Carbon Neutral Wiltshire

Notes by Peter Harper, Transcoco March 2019 The Wiltshire County Council has adopted a policy of aiming towards ‘carbon neutrality’ by 2030. My impression is that they are not sure what this means. They appear to assume that ‘carbon-neutrality’ is a single and obvious thing, even if it needs boffins to work out the details. Unfortunately, it isn’t simple and there are many different understandings, so we have to sift through the various possible meanings, hoping perhaps to find one we can all agree on. Continue reading →

Corsham Town Council Cycling Strategy

Corsham Town Council held its first cycling strategy meeting of recent times on Wednesday 15th May.  The councillors acknowledged that the encouragement of cycling had multiple benefits connected with Corsham’s Strategic Plan and the strong desire to reduce carbon emissions.   Whilst a network of separate cycle paths serving Corsham and outwards for commutable distances would be the ideal the following objectives were put forward by the group:   Work with Chippenham Town Council to facilitate a safe cycle route between Corsham and Chippenham. Develop Continue reading →

A week is a long time in Climate Change Politics

Suddenly Climate Change is on the political agenda and there is real pressure on government, big business and the fossil fuel industry. Many conditions have come together to bring about the last weeks action, but the catalyst of this is down to one person, Greta Thunberg. It’s difficult to believe that she only started her campaign last August 2018 outside the Swedish parliament but this is how these things happen. The last weeks action by Extinction Rebellion has done more to advance the issue of Continue reading →

Reduce Climate Change by investing in Walking and Cycling

Wiltshire Council has recently declared a Climate Emergency and so Transcoco has decided to propose a number of changes that could be done to address this issue. The following proposal is for a realignment of Wiltshire Council’s transport spending so that it prioritises Walking and Cycling. Why Transport CO2 emissions in the UK are generally going down because many of the old Coal and Oil fired power stations are being closed. But Transport is the only sector where CO2 emissions are going up. This is Continue reading →

The case for traffic free cycle paths

Building and maintaining traffic free cycle paths should be a national priority in this country? But it is not, why? There’s huge sections of national government in this country that extols the benefits of cycling for reducing obesity and type 2 diabetes levels, reduces pollution, congestion and all those other good things and yet there is no investment. Even the wiltshire cycling strategy provides a detailed list of advantages of cycling and the respective cost savings to the country. Lets look at the local situation 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 →

Wiltshire Council declare a Climate Emergency

Wiltshire Council, a Unitary Authority, declared a Climate Emergency yesterday after more than an hour of debate The Executive had initially turned down the proposition of going carbon neutral by 2030, but the motion was eventually passed by 36 to 32 with lots of abstentions. The campaign was led by the Lib Dems who have 20 seats on the Council, compared to the Conservatives 68. This outcome shows clearly the importance of having a number of members of the public give passionate, supportive speeches at Continue reading →