City councillors win top award for promoting sustainable transport

March 16, 2010 12:24 PM
Cllr Colin Rosenstiel

Colin Rosenstiel

Cambridge has won a top national award for promoting sustainable transport.

The city council's Liberal Democrat group has been granted the Improving Transport Award by the Local Government Association's Liberal Democrat Group.

Their success comes after taking action to improve the city's carbon footprint by tackling traffic congestion, encouraging use of public transport, walking and cycling.

The competition judges were particularly impressed with toad-friendly cattle grids at the entry to the city's commons which are also better for cyclists.

Cambridge City Councillor Colin Rosenstiel, one of those who accepted the award on behalf of the council group said: "I am absolutely delighted that the work we have put in to encourage alternative forms of travel has been recognised nationally.

"Cambridge leads the country in sustainable travel with over 25 per cent of its residents cycling to work. This award is an excellent accolade to mark our achievements as the Lib Dems prepare to mark 10 years of city council control."

The city council demonstrated to the competition judges how in partnership with Cambridgeshire County Council, it had been chosen as a Cycling Demonstration Town enhancing its cycleway investments.

It started a successful car club, introduced emissions-based charging in the city car parks and plans to install charging points for electric vehicles this year.

Cycle parking provision has been improved with secure and covered bike racks in city centre car parks.

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