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Residents move away from car use
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There has been an increase in pedal power in Darlington
A scheme which encourages Darlington residents to stop using cars is showing great progress, the council says.

The Town On The Move project was launched last March to increase the number of people walking, cycling and using public transport.

An annual census of pupils' travel behaviour showed a 120% increase in numbers cycling to and from school in the year from January 2005.

And there was a 14% increase in public transport use in target areas.

Thousands of homeowners have been contacted to see if they want individual travel plans, while local schools have embraced the greener travel message.

Nick Wallis, Darlington Council's cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "These figures demonstrate that the initiative is proving very successful and the level of interest from local schools is particularly pleasing."

Darlington was chosen as one of only three sustainable travel demonstration towns and the borough council received 3.24m from the Department for Transport for the initiative.


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