Cut down on your car journeys. Road transport accounts for around a quarter of UK green house gas emissions. Car use is growing, but many journeys are unnecessary. Around 22 per cent of all journeys that people make are less than one mile, and 42 per cent less than two miles. Walk, cycle or use public transport wherever possible.
Car Sharing is when two or more people share a car and travel together. It allows people to benefit from the convenience of the car, whilst easing problems from congestion and pollution and you can share the cost of fuel. The University has its own private group to match car sharers:
Once you are registered on the Kingston lift share page, the online network matches you with people with similar journeys. You then pick the most convenient journey based on your travel preferences. Once you have started car sharing, the website allows you to track your journeys and the savings you have made.
The scheme is voluntary and you can organise the journeys to suit your timetable and lifestyle. You can also choose how often you would like to car share; this can be as regular as everyday or just once a week.
Well I Never...
The University has a Travel Plan which means we are trying to reduce staff and student car use and promote alternatives. Since 2000 the number of staff using their car to get to work has reduced by 16% to 39.9% and student car use has reduced from 14% to only 7% traveling by car.
"Using my bike to get around is quicker for most journeys and keeps me fit as well!"
What Can You Do?
Do you have to drive everyday? Try walking for short journeys, car share once a week or work from home if possible. Send us your suggestions. The best ideas win prizes!