Participating towns and cities

United KingdomDorchester, United Kingdom

15.000 inhabitants
Laura Russ
County Hall Colliton Park Dorchester
DT11XJ Dorchester
(++44) 01305 225085
Dorchester already registered 5x for EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK in: 2009 2007 2006 2005 2004

Participation 2009

Activities within the week Activities within the week

Dorchester organises activities during EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2009, taking into account the annual theme.

All week
Because Dorset is a largely rural area and has no cities, we have adapted the theme to "improving local climates" enabling towns and villages in Dorset to participate. Our programme, which aims to promote the benefits of sustainable travel in a holistic way, includes mass cycle rides, a sk8jam (with promotions for carsharing, cycling, walking, public transport and car clubs), sustainable travel business breakfasts, cycle training for adults, and the launch of a second vehicle for the Dorchester Car Club. We shall focus on local air pollution and climate change in our marketing and publicity and shall be asking people to think these issues about during our week of events, but we will not neglect other important benefits of sustainable travel such as improving health and personal fitness, reducing congestion and financial savings.

Permanent measures Permanent measures

Dorchester implements one or more new permanent measure(s), which contribute(s) to modal transfer from private car to environmentally sound means of transport.

New or improved bicycle facilities
Improvement of bicycle network (creation of new lanes, extension, renovation, signposting etc)
New forms of vehicle use and ownership
Launch of online car-pooling and car-sharing schemes

Car-free day Car-free day

Dorchester carries out a Car-Free Day 2009 and closes off one or more streets to traffic, and opens it to pedestrians, cyclists and public transport.

Zone opened to residents on Car-Free Day:
We will close Upper Fairfield Road in Dorchester on the 19th of September from 7am until 7pm. It is a short link road between two of Dorchester's main streets and provides access to the skatepark and a carpark.

On the 22nd of September Christchurch Borough Council will close its carpark and in order to encourage its staff to leave their cars at home.