Contact & Activities

Participating city

158.000 inhabitants

Local contact

Highways & Transport
Patrick Lingwood
Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford
MK429AP Bedford
++44 1234 276 328

Participation 2010

The participant is committed to:

Organising a week of activities, taking into account the focal theme.
Actions relative to the theme:
The opening of the bus lanes to sustainable modes of transport is aimed at both, easing congestion, and enhancing the length of cycle lanes in the Town Centre.

The Family Cycle Ride is designed to publicise and demonstrate the positives of active transport, as will the Commuter Challenge, which will also illustrate the alternatives to car travel.

The two new bus services will demonstrate Bedford's committment to more sustainable travel movements into Bedford.
Carrying out a Car-Free Day event by closing one or more streets to traffic, and opening it to pedestrians, cyclists and public transport. This should preferably happen on 22 September to mark your town or city as part of World Car-Free Day.
Zone opened to residents on Car-Free Day:
The area in the Town Centre that is bounded by High Street, Horne Lane, Greyfriars and Dame Alice Street. Harpur Street runs north south through the middle of this oblong area, and will be the location for the extra pedal cycle racks and Dr Bike, on In Town Without My Car Day.`
Implementing one or more new permanent measure(s), which contribute(s) to modal transfer from private car to environmentally sound means of transport.
Permanent measures implemented this year:
New or improved bicycle facilities
  • Improvement of bicycle network (creation of new lanes, extension, renovation, signposting etc)
Public transport services
  • Improvement and extension of the public transport network (creation of HOV lanes for public transport modes, new stops, new lines, reserved areas etc)
  • Improvement and extension of the public transport services (express services, increase frequency etc)
  • Launch of integrated services for the various public transport modes
Traffic calming and access control scheme
  • Create park and ride stations
  • New traffic regulations: traffic circulation and parking