What does Travel & Transport on Arran in 10 years look like? 100% electrified vehicles? Self-driving cars? Or perhaps a public transport and active travel system so good we won’t even need cars? These topics were brought to the fore as over 100 Arran residents gathered for the Arran in 10 Years: Travel & Transport event hosted by Arran Eco Savvy Sustainable Island Life (SIL) project team and supported by over 10 local and national travel and transport focussed organisations.
The event was an opportunity for organisations with travel and transport priorities to support Arran residents in the adoption of sustainable travel, to absorb local insight valuable to improving service offerings and widely challenge everyone to think about what Arran’s travel and transport will be like in 10 years. People were encouraged to think creatively, positively and ambitiously about the future of sustainable travel on the island, with the aim to ultimately cultivate a community where active travel is the norm.
The first part of the event saw community members engage with the following organisations:
Arran Bike Club
Arran Mountain Bike Club
Home Energy Scotland
National Trust Brodick Castle
North Ayrshire Council
Arran Community Voluntary Service
Arran Medial Group
As well as this, event attendees were welcomed to trial the SIL project’s expanded fleet of eBikes, including one eTrike which proved popular with residents of all ages and physical capabilities queuing for trials!
The highlight of the event seemed to be the 3 by 2 meter map of Arran, which locals were invited to evolve by drawing their current active travel journeys. The routes contributed by community members will be used to inform other residents and tourists looking to travel more sustainably on Arran through Arran’s first Savvy Travel Map.
The event also saw Eco Savvy project manager Jude give event attendees insight into the Sustainable Island Life project, funded by the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund and multi-dimensional, delivering activities in sustainable travel, food & energy efficiency as well as climate literacy education. The project is set to save 6% of Arran’s annual domestic CO2e emissions.
The travel strand of the SIL project is delivering an island wide eBike programme launched in June, that has seen 6 organisations involved so far and 48 employees within them having the chance to use a range of eBikes for daily journeys for up to 1 month.
Organisations involved in the eBike Scheme so far:
NHS Arran Medical Group
The Kinloch Hotel
As well as this, Eco Savvy is set to deliver Arran’s first Savvy Active Travel Map, and Island Lift Share Scheme, bike maintenance points and tool library, provide an online resource of sustainable travel information specific to Arran, as well as continued travel and transport workshops and events.
The event also provided a chance for the community to hear about the current National Transport Review from guest speaker Sharron Jefferey of Transport Scotland. Transport Scotland launched the consultation on the draft strategy on Wednesday 31st July and Arran residents were encouraged to make their views heard before the deadline of the 23rd October. This can be done online at: www.transport.gov.scot/NTS2
The event was rounded off with the opportunity for locals to participate in lively community discussion set to visualise and shape the future of travel and transport on Arran. Event attendees enthusiastically took part in discussion led by sustainable travel coordinators Andrew & Emma, identifying the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of Arran’s travel and transport systems. From strengths citing kind bus drivers and good cycling hills, to weaknesses such as no bike racks on busses identified, there were common views discovered and shared by all. Encouragingly, community discussion was largely centred around the opportunities of the future with over 40 future opportunities and ideas identified and discussed.
Flag a bus down at anytime
Kind bus drivers help us meet ferries etc.
Buses meet ferries
Walks well signed
Shared taxis to school
Transport hub -train | boat links
Roads are not congested
No bike racks
Drive by bus drivers (time constraints)
Limited bus services esp Kildonan & the North
Width of busses off roads
Cycling is a challenge without wider roads and cycle routes
Coordination – bus/ferry/train
Busses v. expensive – especially for kids
No separation of cyclists
Only late busses in summer (Sundays!)
No bikes on buses
MyBus (limited service and access)
School trip car sharing
More tolerance for active travel
Car users using bikes instead
More carsharing/hitch hiking
Better school routes
Technology to increase transport communication/social media
Post buses! Arran Deliveries/Haulage
Bike pick ups
Incentives to lift share
Electronification of buses
Community led MyBus management
More frequent busses – could potentially create more demand by providing a better service
Bikes on busses
Better bus connection
Increase cycle routes & walking routes
Ecar charge points at all village halls
On demand busses
Net Zero emissions
Change the national speed limit on the island
Increase multi use travel paths
Revive good communication of the past
Hitch hiking but with a scheme behind it to ensure safety (stickers for residents to put in their car saying “hitch hiking friendly” + specific, recognisable flags for hitch hikers to hold out, this scheme could also be consolidated with a website
TV presentation on ferry regarding transport on Arran
Bus connection at Ardrossan terminal
Isle of Wight narrow busses – example opportunity
Develop path (mixed use) between villages (Brodick to Lamlash most prominent)
“Arran- the first bike friendly Isle!!”
Bike friendly buses
Improved driver behaviour
Integrated education for mutual respect
More cycling info for residents and tourists
What would Greta do?
More cycle paths (National Cycle route to Corrie is scary)
Electric / Driverless? No!
Wider pool of bikes for community: folding, trikes, eBikes
Campaign for universal bike chargers and charge points
Bike chargers at car charge points
“screened” car share participants
Carshare pick up points
Visitor websites containing more info on cycling
Causeway – sea level rises
Gerard Tattersfield, trustee of Arran Bike Club who has put some serious time into supporting our eBike scheme and many years into developing mountain bike paths and safer cycling routes on Arran says: “I hope this could be the start of our local island community coming together to help inform and solve our future local travel and transport issues, rather than waiting for others who may not understand how unique Arran’s issues can be, to do it for us.”
With a rapidly changing world impacted by explosive environmental, social, economic, technological and political factors, it’s crucial for us to plan and be proactive for the future we want to inhabit. This event hopefully contributed to the strengthening of a collective voice, understanding and action for sustainability in travel and transport on Arran. From the engagement at the event it is evident that there are many mutual concerns over weaknesses and threats of Arran’s travel and transport systems, many of which can be converted to strengths and exciting opportunities. Thank you to everyone who came and participated and to all the organisations that contributed; from here we hope that the community and our partner organisations keep up this momentum so we can deliver some of the change that Arran in 10 Years needs.
Overall, Arran in 10 Years was a refreshing and exciting exploration of the future, with a palpable enthusiasm for change, we aim to support an island where low carbon & active travel is the norm and not the exception, for everyone on Arran.
If you would like to implement a change to the way you travel get in touch with Andrew or Emma on 01770 303 016 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com