Speaking at the Sustainable travel town conference in Worcester, she highlighted some of their successes in increasing cycling, walking and use of public transport, and urged other councils to follow their example.
* Darlington saw the use of public transport trips increase by 14%, walking trips by 29%, and cycling trips by 79%. Car trips went down 11%
* Peterborough say public transport trips go up 13%, walking trips, 21%, and cycling trips, 25%. Car trips went down 13%
* Worcester's public transport trips increased by 22%, walking trips, 17% and cycling trips, 36%. Car trips decreased by 12%
Ms Merron said:
'These results show that simple things like giving people information about public transport, starting car share schemes and encouraging people to walk and cycle more can have startling results.
'People in these areas are already starting to swap their cars for walking, cycling and public transport. This can only be a good thing for reducing local congestion and pollution, improving people's health and helping to tackle climate change. I hope that this trend will continue, and that more and more local authorities will learn from these towns example.'
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