Did you know that if everyone made one less car journey per week car traffic wouldbe reduced by at least ten per cent? That means less congestion, less pollution and less CO2 emissions and, if you walk or cycle instead, less money spent but more energy gained and more of the feel good factor. From the 1 - 7 July, as part of its 30th anniversary celebrations, the sustainable transport charity Sustrans is
encouraging everyone to “Change Your World” by switching one car journey in that week to a more environmentally-friendly way of getting around, such as walking, cycling or using public transport.
By logging on to the special website www.changeyourworld.org.uk during the month of June you’ll be able to make your pledge, perhaps take a walk to the local shops, hop on the bus to the cinema or cycle to the gym. The website also has tips on other ways to change your travel habits and details of the benefits that “greener” travel can bring.
People who are already pledging to change their world this summer include Adam Hart Davis, Wayne Hemingway, Miranda Krestovknikoff (from BBC TV’s “Coast”), Alistair McGowan, Aardman Animations’ Nick Park, Dr Alice Roberts (of BBC TV’s “Don’t Die Young”) and Jon Snow.
Further information about Sustrans, including other news releases and detailed online route mapping, is available through our website: www.sustrans.org.uk
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1 On average across the GB population there are 435 car driver trips per person per year.
- 57% of the population has a drivers' licence
- so there are around 435/0.57 = 763 car driver trips per car driver per year.
- a 10% reduction would be 76 car driver trips per car driver, or 38 return journeys.
- switching one journey per week would achieve at least this (even taking into account that not everyone who has a licence drives, and that there are less than 52 travelling weeks in the year)
Sustrans is the UK’s leading sustainable transport charity. Its vision is a world in which people choose to travel in ways that benefit their health and the environment. It is achieving this through innovative but practical solutions to the UK’s transport challenges.
This year Sustrans celebrates its 30th anniversary, it was founded in Bristol on 7 July 1977. During 2007 there will be a variety of activities to mark the year, including a celebratory cycle ride and party in the charity’s home town of Bristol.
Sustrans’ flagship project, the National Cycle Network is currently over 10,000 miles long and runs within one mile of over half the UK population. By July 2007 it will reach 12,000 miles. In 2005 it was used for 232 million trips and is maintained by a team of 2,200 volunteer Rangers.
Every year Sustrans spends a staggering £1.3 million looking after the 323 miles of the National Cycle Network which the charity owns. The charity receives no government or lottery funding for this vital maintenance work so the money has to come directly from Sustrans. Please support the Maintenance Appeal by donating now, visit www.sustrans.org.uk .