Bingley Rural Green Travel Project takes a community-led approach to sustainable transport engagement, awareness-raising and development. For peri-urban areas such as Bingley Rural, which have become increasingly car-dependent over many decades, the imperative to reduce car use poses particular challenges. Understanding local views, needs and aspirations is key. This one-year project, funded through Shipley Climate Action Fund and run by the village and town councils of Cullingworth, Denholme, Harden and Wilsden, working with Sustrans and Mapping for Change, has set out to engage residents of Bingley Rural and Bingley, as well as some of the area’s thousands of visitors.
At a series of 4 roadshow events held in summer/autumn 2021, and through an online survey, people have identified the current barriers to travelling sustainably in and around the Bingley Rural area. They also identified what is needed to enable them to walk, cycle or use public transport more frequently. Crucially, local residents and visitors also expressed interest in and positivity about travelling more sustainably, if these barriers are broken down. A total of 249 surveys were conducted, alongside a range of qualitative input from conversations at the roadshows. This input has been analysed by Sustrans, who produced this report on behalf of the project’s steering group.
Download the Sustrans report here (PDF 981KB)