Better transport

Get Wells Cycling

Many residents of Wells and the surrounding area are very keen to make Wells better for cycling and get more people on bikes.  If you would like to be involved please get in touch via cycling@sustainablewells.org.uk

These are some of the areas we are working towards –

Facilities:

  • Bike racks – More of them, better ones (eg with lockers) and in more locations
  • Recognize employers who provide bike storage and facilities for staff
  • Showers available for longer-distance commuters
  • Electric bike charging point
  • Bike hire

Cycle routes:

  • Traffic segregated paths  
  • Greater connectedness of paths
  • Strawberry Line linking Wells to Cheddar and Shepton 
  • Better clarity on where cycling is allowed (not on pavements)
  • Improve some existing  paths – hedges, potholes, poor lighting

Events:

  • Regular cycle ride socials
  • Car-free day in the city centre
  • Electric bikes to try
  • Prominent towns folk cycling

Interrelations with other road users:

  • Encourage respect and awareness for cyclists from drivers
  • Appreciation that every cyclist is a potential car journey avoided – traffic and parking
  • Be designated as a cycle-friendly city

 

Electric vehicles

Transitioning from petrol/diesel vehicles to electric ones is going to be essential to decarbonize the transport system.  This is a huge change that will take years but it is vital and we need to encourage this process.

Government grants are available for up to £3,500 off the purchase price of a new electric vehicle (£8,000 for an electric van).  Electric cars have many advantages: typically far lower running costs per mile, generally no road tax (vehicle excise duty), free parking in many cities and exemption from most city congestion/emission zone charges.  

Car sharing/pooling

Making better use of existing cars helps to reduce emissions, and is something we can do today. An efficient car full of people is actually similar or less CO2/km per person than a typical bus journey.  

Establishing easier ways to car-share in and around Wells is an aim for the near future. A few UK-wide websites/apps offer the ability to arrange shared journeys . . .

https://www.blablacar.co.uk/
https://liftshare.com/uk
https://gocarshare.com/