Brighton & Hove’s climate assembly took place at the end of 2020 and was one of the first to be held entirely online. Made up of 50 randomly selected local residents the assembly focussed on the question: “How can we step up actions to reduce transport-related emissions in the city?”
Many of our readers have helped the climate assembly with their input, expert advice, materials, presentations and time. Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far.
In 2021 taking forward actions to reduce the impact of climate change will be more important than ever, and we look forward to being part of achieving the goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.
*Ranked in order of importance
- A car-free city centre
- The public transport system should be affordable/accessible
- Creation of healthier low traffic/pedestrianised communities
- The council should actively consult and engage with the community
- Introduce mobility hubs - a mobility hub is a recognisable place which provides and connects up different types of travel, like cycle hire, station, parking and transport information
- Cyclists should be prioritised over cars through well-designed dedicated cycling networks that are safe and practical for day-to-day use as well as leisure
- Introduce a park and ride to minimise car use in the city
- Make public transport a more convenient alternative to driving a car
- Messaging should focus on what people gain rather than lose and educate/expand citizens' knowledge
- There should be a focus on incentives rather than sanctions as interventions
The recommendations are viewed by the assembly as a suite, rather than standalone ideas. They should all be implemented together in order to be as effective as possible.
Despite the difficult challenges everyone is facing the climate assembly has been a great achievement and a sign of how seriously the people of Brighton & Hove take the climate crisis.
The outcomes of the Climate Assembly will be used to inform the development of the city’s fifth Local Transport Plan, the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan and the 2030 Carbon Neutral Plan.