The Transition Black Isle group is celebrating the huge success of their Million Miles project, which has taken more than 1.3 million car-miles off the roads by promoting walking, cycling, public transport and carsharing.
John Finnie has lodged a motion at the Scottish Parliament marking Transition Black Isle’s success, which has so far been supported by 12 other MSPs:
That the Parliament congratulates Transition Black Isle on the success of its Million Miles project; understands that the initiative’s aim was to cut car use on the Black Isle by 1 million miles per year by encouraging increased usage of cycling, public transport and lift sharing; further understands that Transition Black Isle achieved what it considers this phenomenal target through the active participation of local people, including 471 events organised as part of the Million Miles project, which was attended by 5,369 people; believes that Transition Black Isle serves as a wonderful example to other community groups, encouraging a more sustainable travel model, and looks forward to its continued good work on the Black Isle.
Million Miles began in 2012 and aimed to help the Black Isle community cut their car use by 1%, or the equivalent of one million miles of driving. But the initiative outstripped its initial target by 30%, cutting 1,352,277 car miles, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 718 tonnes (CO2e) per year.
“Transition Black Isle deserve to be hugely proud of their achievement. Their work over the past three years has made travel around the Black Isle and beyond easier, cheaper, safer, healthier and more sustainable.
“This shows that our communities are more than capable of solving tough problems for themselves. If we put more money and power in the hands of local people – like the hugely successful Climate Challenge Fund that supported Transition Black Isle – I think we’ll continue to be impressed at what can be achieved.”