Keith Taylor, MEP for the South East, launched a new publication setting out his transport vision for the region, and country, on Tuesday in Oxford.
The senior Green politician and staunch opponent of the planned Oxford to Cambridge Expressway unveiled his 'Outmoded: a call for sustainable mobility in the 21st-century' report during a meeting with Cyclox, the voice of cycling in Oxford, at the new Broken Spoke workshop on Osney Lane.
The publication calls for an end to the 'disjointed' and 'outdated' infrastructure planning process that prioritises 'environmentally-damaging roadbuilding projects' that 'only put more traffic on our roads.'
Instead, Mr Taylor, a member of both the European Parliament's Environment and Transport Committees, uses the report to call for a substantial uplift in investment in public transport projects, ensuring they are affordable and accessible, and the promotion of, and infrastructure, active transport, walking and cycling.
"The car can no longer be the unchallenged king of Britain's transport projects, or we will drive ourselves towards and climate and environment Carmageddon," Mr Taylor said.
During the meeting with Cyclox, Keith learned about the flaws in Oxfords 'patchy' cycling infrastructure and supported the group's call for increased investment to make it easier for existing cyclists and also encourage new cyclists out of their cars.
After the meeting, Mr Taylor said:
"Prioritising cycling and pedestrian infrastructure should be a no-brainer: it reduces air pollution and the climate impact of transport by taking polluting cars off our roads, and encourages healthy behaviours that could save our health service billions of pounds every year."
"Yet government spending on roadbuilding continues to outstrip active and public transport investment. The Oxford Expressway is the perfect example of the wrongheaded ideological commitment to roads 'at any cost' in action."
"I will continue to stand with campaigners to oppose the monumental disaster which amounts to an act of environmental sabotage. I will also stand with campaigners calling for the electrification of the parallel East-West rail route to be prioritised. And I call on the government to ensure the rail link is accessible and fully integrated with existing public and active transport networks."
"Part of that is ensuring that there are guaranteed and sufficient provisions on the rail route to carry bicycles; something Greens are currently fighting in the European Parliament to be enshrined in EU law, and apply to all rail routes at all times."