Mobility and Travelling
Promote sustainable travel options for your members or for any events you run
68% of all car journeys taken across the UK are under 5 miles (and 23% are under 1 mile) and transport is one of the largest contributors to Devon’s carbon footprint. If you are running an event, encourage people to travel sustainability.
Travel Devon has a wealth of resources on how to easily cycle and travel more for shorter distances. For longer distances, it also has a lot of information on planning trips by public transport. Highlighting these resources to your participants or members could help them to adopt more sustainable options. If public transport is not an option, why not facilitate car sharing between participants – signpost them to Car Share Devon or to the Pasty Connection for SW based car sharing.
Community transport is about providing flexible and accessible community-led solutions in response to unmet local transport needs, and often represents the only means of transport for many vulnerable and isolated people, often older people or people with disabilities. Community transport has enormous social and economic benefits to communities across the United Kingdom. Community transport can also have great environmental benefit if it reduces the amount of private car journeys taken in places where traditional public transport is not suitable. For example, ‘Bob the bus’ in Totnes transported children to the local Grammar school after their bus service was axed, which helped to reduce the number of parents driving their children to school.
Get in touch with current community transport providers across Devon including:
If there isn’t a provider in your local area, consider becoming a Community Transport Association member and set up your own service.