What would make you ditch the car and hop on a bike?
A survey is being launched to gather views on how the authorities should develop the transport network – and encourage people to leave the car at home.
Shetland Islands Council, NHS Shetland, ZetTrans, and local tourism bodies are working together on the possibility of developing a network of “active travel hubs” and they want to gauge local opinion.
The study will explore options which could encourage more folk to travel on foot or by bike. Choosing to walk or ride instead of using the car offers the “win-win situation” of reducing carbon emissions and improving physical health, according to the SIC.
Transport policy and projects officer at the SIC is Peter Mogridge. He said: “It’s rare to come across a genuine win-win situation in life but deciding to walk or cycle instead of going by car is exactly that; you can do yourself – and the planet – some good even if it’s just once a week or for part of your journey.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for folk to let us know how they think we could develop local services to help them increase their physical activity and reduce their carbon footprint.”
Development of any “hubs” would be linked wherever possible to public transport, such as buses and ferries.
The survey will ask about issues such as the possibility of new ticketing and payment options, extending the smart card system, and the potential for extending the network of electric vehicle charging points. It is available online until 4th December. Paper copies can be collected from
Shetland Library, the SIC’s offices at 6 North Ness in Lerwick or SRT leisure centres.
The results will help shape applications for external funds to develop the project further.