Transport remains the largest source of pollution in the UK, accounting for 28% of emissions according to 2020 government data. The government has banned the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030 to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles. But greater use of public transport, cycling and walking also has to be encouraged to get the country down to net zero carbon emissions.
Actions to take
- Assess how much of your day-to-day life needs a car – if the answer is “a lot” – start researching electric cars using our extensive range of guides (see below).
- If cycling is too strenuous – consider an electric bike to help take the strain – see our guides below.
- Support campaigns by Cycle Lewes and Lewes Living Streets to help make our town more cycle and pedestrian friendly.
- Give feedback to local consultations on road and transport planning – SCATE can keep you informed on the latest local plans.
- Pledge to go Flight Free
To help drivers decide which type of electric vehicle is right for them, Transition Town Lewes has held a number of electric car shows where would-be buyers can talk to local residents who have already gone electric and check out their chosen cars. The shows have also featured electric bicycles and motorbikes.
The Lewes Online Electric Car Show 2021 attracted nearly 70 people who heard about a variety of electric cars from their enthusiastic owners. Afterwards there was quite a bit of discussion of the issues surrounding ownership of an electric car. If you missed it, here is the link to the video. You can see the electric bike show video here.
- Watch our electric car and bike shows 2021 online
- Five things we learned at the 2019 electric car show
- TTL’s beginner’s guide to choosing an electric car
- A deep dive into electric cars
An electric bicycle can offer the best of both worlds. You can use pedal power when you have enough bodily energy. Then let the battery-charged motor kick in when you need a bit of help: perfect for Lewes’ steep hills and if you’re carrying a heavy load or the weekly shopping. Lots of Lewes residents attest to the joy of using an e-bike – particularly allowing the less physically fit get on two wheels again. You can watch a recording of our recent online talk on e-bikes HERE
A car club membership allows those who only need a car intermittently to pre-book a vehicle for periods from half an hour to a few days, and can include insurance, cleaning, servicing and refueling. TTL has regularly promoted Co-Wheels, which as at 2021 has four vehicles in Lewes, which can be booked online.
Other useful articles
- Are our local buses getting on board with clean travel?
- Cycle COP26: Join the ride of our life
- Support a sustainable A27 alternative
- Cargo bikes catching on in Lewes
- Q&A with Cycle Lewes and Lewes Living Streets