Campaigning for a better Southampton
The aim of Southampton Cycling Campaign is to make Southampton and the surrounding areas more pleasant places to live by improving cycling as a transport option. It is clear that the majority of the population currently do not feel comfortable cycling due to the high volume and speed of motor traffic. Southampton Cycling Campaign would like to see high quality cycling infrastructure (such as that found in the Netherlands and more recently, in London) and the removal of through motor traffic in residential areas to make cycling a safe, comfortable and convenient mode of transport for all. We also try to ensure that we are involved in the planning process of new developments, so that wherever possible, cycling infrastructure and cycle parking is included in future plans.
Improving Southampton to be more cycle friendly would provide many benefits. These include:
- Reduced traffic congestion
- Quieter neighbourhoods
- Improved general health of the population
- More transport options, including more combinations of transport modes (for example, cycling to a train station or a bus stop and continuing the journey using public transport).
- Reducing the problem of transport poverty.
- Improved walking conditions
- Less conflict between people walking, cycling and driving due to separation of transport modes and better road design
- A better local economy, due to more people shopping locally
- Lower levels of air pollution
Cycling provides many benefits to the general population, but children especially benefit from being able to cycle. A safe cycling environment enables children to use cycling as a mode of transport, giving them much more freedom and independence in addition to improving their health. Currently, cycling conditions in Southampton are generally poor and children have very limited transport options for getting to school, to their friend’s houses and for other journeys. More information about how cycling can benefit children can be found on the Campaign for Childhood Freedom website and on the Bicycle Dutch blog.
Improving infrastructure to enable children to cycle also creates suitable conditions for other people to cycle, including older people and people with disabilities. Furthermore, this enables children to walk more short journeys, spend more time outdoors and to be able to play in more residential streets.