Support for ‘No car day’ in Chichester

The region’s MEP is urging people in Chichester to get involved with an international event to reduce the number of cars on our roads.

Last week Keith Taylor, Green MEP for the south and south east attended a meeting at the Friends’ Meeting House in Priory Road to help galvanise support for the In Town Without My Car Day campaign.

The meeting was organised by Chichester resident Sarah Shap, and was attended by senior environmental officer for Chichester District Council, Simon Ballard, and Andy Mouland of the safe and sustainable transport group at West Sussex County Council, as well as residents.

A presentation was given by Mr Mouland about ways in which cities around the world have marked the event, from mass gatherings of cyclists, to organising events for children in spaces usually occupied by cars.

Mr Ballard said it was about making smarter choices and thinking of different ways of travelling, including car sharing and public transport.

Mr Taylor, a member of the European Parliament’s transport committee, said cars contributed to a number of problems.

“Air pollution is a very serious problem in the UK and something needs to be done,” he said. “Reducing car transport in towns and cities is a good way to reduce air pollution risk.

“Reducing car usage is not only better for the environment, but using cars less would create safer, less polluted and congested streets for us all.

“Dedicating a day every month to car free activities is a great way to get people thinking about greener alternatives.

“Its real purpose and value is to put to people that it doesn’t have to be this way, you don’t have to travel the way you think you do.”

Mrs Sharp said: “Reducing the number of cars on the road could make our city a more pleasant place for everyone. We would like to make this change a fun, community thing to get involved in.”