GOAL 2012 is Sustrans’ vision of a sustainable transport infrastructure for the London Olympic Games, and now British Cycling has pledged its support for the idea. Greenways for the Olympics and London, or GOAL 2012, is Sustrans' vision of how the Olympics and London can capitalise on the opportunity presented by 2012 to create a sustainable transport infrastructure that would benefit both visitors to the Games and Londoners.
By creating a network of Greenways across London GOAL 2012 would help to deliver:
1/ Low carbon - building on the existing work of Transport for London, GOAL 2012 would create an environment that will encourage behaviour change to create even higher levels of walking and cycling, one of the most straightforward and immediately effective ways of reducing CO2 emissions from transport.
2/ Improved health - encouraging cycling and walking to and around the Games encourages "active spectators", and provides a lasting network of routes that will allow healthy, active travel to school, work, shops and beyond.
3/ Improved access and social inclusion - the GOAL 2012 routes pass through and link together many London Boroughs, bringing communities together. By enabling people to move around their local area and meet with and talk to each other, everyone will benefit, especially those most vulnerable on busy roads such as the young, the elderly and people with disabilities.
4/ Neighbourhood renewal - GOAL 2012 links together a network of popular public spaces, reconnecting communities divided by busy roads, helping to regenerate neighbourhoods, repopulate both streets and green spaces, and encourage more active lifestyles.
From: Cycling News, British Cycling endorses Sustrans' Olympic vision, 23 October 2006
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See also: Sustrans Goal 2012
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Sun, 29/10/2006 - 06:40.