10 Minute Towns
The Southern Regional Assembly is delighted to publish its 10 Minute Town Framework and Methodology to mark European Mobility Week 2020 which runs from 16th- 22nd September 2020 on the theme of Zero Emission Mobility.
The 10 Minute Town Framework and Methodology aims to improve accessibility to essential services and public transport hubs in all key towns in the Southern Region by improving infrastructure to ensure these essential services are within a 10 minute walk or cycle - Zero Emission Mobility.
10 Minute Town came about through the Southern Regional Assembly’s participation as a partner in the Interreg Europe MATCH-UP project to learn from other European regions how to improve our regional policies to increase the use of sustainable transport modes and reduce carbon emissions.
Following learnings from the MATCH-UP partners, we focused our policy improvement on the Regional Spatial & Economic Strategy – in particular Regional Policy Objective 176 on the 10 Minute Town Concept.
The 10 Minute Town Concept seeks to have all community facilities and services accessible within a 10 minute walk or cycle from homes or are accessible by public transport services connecting people to larger scaled settlements. We commissioned ARUP to assist in designing a framework and methodology to be used by local authorities as an implementation tool under the RSES for their key towns.
The framework and methodology were developed through an assessment of 3 key towns in the Southern Region – Carlow, Tralee and Ennis. The use of this implementation tool will assist all local authorities with fully integrating the “10 Minute Town Concept” into to future Local Development Plans and increase the use of sustainable transport and reduce carbon emissions in the Southern Region.
Find out more about European Mobility Week here.