Build on this

We now know that a lot of people could work from home most of the time but we need better broadband. We know that some education could be delivered remotely. We know that when the roads are quiet, people cycle and walk. Lets not forget this in our rush to get back to normal

Why the contribution is important

We don't want hundreds of thousands of people suddenly trying to drive everywhere to avoid public transport. Lets limit the vehicles entering towns to deliveries, public transport and those with health issues, and encourage people to walk or cycle where possible, keep the streets clear for safe, socially distanced travel and help pollution reduction at the same time

by Ruth on May 05, 2020 at 06:32PM

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  • Posted by Southsider4 May 05, 2020 at 19:40

    I wholeheartedly agree, especially in relation to taking traffic out of city centres. It has always seemed to me that a lot of people will take their cars when it might actually have been easier and less costly to take a bus or to walk and this would free up road space for an even larger number of buses and other public vehicles. It would also be great if we could carry these lessons we have learned about home working and education into the future and, in turn, improve the accessibility of jobs and education to everyone. I would certainly like to see our broadband and mobile phone service increase nationwide as there are still many areas of Scotland where coverage is very low and broadbans speeds absolutely dismal. Now that we've all seen that technology is an important tool it woul be silly not to look at how we can utilise it more.
  • Posted by Tiltic May 05, 2020 at 20:18

    The lack of traffic has been one of the positive parts of lockdown. I think in the short and long term there should be moves to encourage home working. Especially where people have shown that there full role can be fulfilled remotely. A lot of people have said they miss the social aspects of the workplace but this might be partly due to not being able to socialise at all at the moment. i have a very short commute by public transport but have gained an extra hour and a half at home .
  • Posted by JohnED May 11, 2020 at 19:15

    This requires a major culture change. Those with motor vehicles, remember almost 50% of Scots do not have access to one, find it too easy to use them for short journeys. The majority of motor vehicle journeys are between 1-5 miles. The push has been to get people from the car onto public transport. However due to Covid measures people are now being encouraged to not take public transport. Our road network, towns and cities will not be able to cope with the influx of cars. We will have gone from having a period of the lowest pollution to possibly even higher levels of pollution. Air pollution kills thousands of people every year. We can only avoid this by enabling people to walk or cycle. This can only be achieved through significant investment in Active Travel and legislative change.
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