Reducing, or finding more sustainable forms of, travel can cut costs for groups, individuals and businesses whilst also reducing pollution and carbon emissions for communities.
Around a quarter of the UK's greenhouse gas emissions come from
transport and in Wales, the long term trend is that
emissions from transport are increasing.
Transform your Commute!
One way your group can start to think about this is through
developing a Travel
Walking or cycling for some or all of your daily journeys is one
of the easiest ways to fit regular exercise into a busy lifestyle.
It saves you money, is good for the environment and is also
brilliant for your sense of well-being - it lifts your mood,
improves motivation and energises you for the day ahead. Sustrans Cymru
provides information on how to encourage active travel at all stage
of life including how to plan safe routes to school and a
Smarter Journeys to Work tool-kit for the
workplace. There is also information on cycle training, volunteer
opportunities and educational resources for practical activities
and the curriculum.
Love to Ride - National Cycle
The National Cycle Challenge is a fun, free competition to
encourage friends and colleagues to experience first hand the joys
and benefits of riding a bike - and to be in with the chance of
winning some prizes in the process!
Based on tried and tested behaviour change methods, the challenge
is about encouraging people onto - or back onto - a bike to break
down some of the barriers that people have to cycling. To date,
almost 4,000 organisations in the UK have taken part.
Have your say on Active Travel in Wales!
In 2013, the Welsh Assembly passed world-first legislation in
Active Travel (Wales) Act, for the first time placing a legal
duty on councils across Wales to map out active travel routes in
their communities and then start filling in the gaps.
Sustrans Cymru describes this as your chance to
make a difference to walking and cycling routes in your
In 2014 Cilgwyn Community Association undertook
research into the feasibility of establishing a rural
electric-vehicle car club - REV Cymru - that would
improve people's access to transport - and help reduce carbon
emissions - in this rural area. This was done with funding from the
Welsh Government's Supporting Sustainable Living Grant
Scheme delivered by Environment
The study looked at the barriers and viability of this model
including issues of cost, location and also people's attitudes and
motivations. It concludes with the potential viability of this
model and how it could be offered as a draft strategy for other