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Cars: Hampshire

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the car-free day initiative in Hampshire in September 2007; and if she will make a statement. (157257)

The Department for Transport sponsors a national coordinator to promote the car free initiative (‘In Town, Without My Car’) and to collate information about local authorities who wish to register. This event takes place annually on 22 September as part of European Mobility Week. We also provide a good practice guide—Making ‘In Town, Without My Car’ Work—which is available free of charge to the public. Records of participating towns and cities throughout the UK are kept on the Mobility Week website. This year there were 58 participating towns although none of them were in Hampshire. The link is at:

http://www.mobilityweek.eu/cities/participants_eu.php?page=rubique

The event is voluntary and it is for local authorities to decide whether they take part and how they wish to participate. Each year European Mobility Week has a theme aimed at promoting sustainable travel initiatives. This year's theme was ‘Streets for People’.

Local authorities are aware that the Government see most merit in initiatives that reduce the need for car use and encourage better facilities for cyclists and walkers and we have stressed that it is essential that sufficient good quality public transport is provided to meet the needs of those who wish to travel on the day.