Browsing articles from "August, 2011"
Aug 30, 2011
emilyharrup

Great news – 53% of our members travel to work sustainably!!

Thanks to those Travel Plan Club members who participated in our recent Snap Shot Travel Survey.  We asked you how you had mainly travelled to work over the past month.  A fantastic 53% of you came to work on your bike, on foot, by bus, train and carshare or you worked from home.

The most common ways to travel sustainably were by bike and foot (12% each) and by bus and carshare (10% each).

So, only 47% of you drove alone to work, and amongst the drivers an impressive 39% also did their bit for sustainable transport and got to work another way at least three times during the month.  Bus, carshare and working from home were the most popular alternatives.

An incredible 91% of you are aware of your organisation’s efforts to promote sustainable travel for the journey to work.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the survey and congratulations to Anita Steinberg from the University who wins the Chocolate Studio voucher and Mandy Wood from Colchester Borough Council who wins a meal for two at the CO1 cafe in town.  

 Photo from workabilitymanagement.com

Aug 24, 2011
Andrew Budd

“21st Century” national event coming to Colchester

 
‘Transport in the 21st Century’ is the theme of a conference being held at the University of Essex. The event will explore the implications of future transport policy and how sustainable travel interventions will need to advance in order to address the growing environmental demand. Presentations and workshops will showcase developing solutions to achieving reductions in carbon such as the ECOSTARS Fleet Recognition scheme, the Pan European cycle logistics project and the development of high-speed cycle lanes as seen in the Netherlands. Future technology will also feature with a demonstration of developments in mobile phone applications for travel planning. However, enhancements to traditional travel planning interventions will also be highlighted with a new twist on behavioural change and an interactive workshop on motivational interviewing.
 
The event will be run by ACT TravelWise (Association of Commuter Transport) on Friday, 30th March 2012. For more information about this organisation and the Colchester event, check out http://www.acttravelwise.org/home
 
Colchester2020 Travel Plan Club could have some involvement on the day – watch out for details……….
 
(Photo from http://www.care4air.org/eco_stars_profiles.html, we look forward to finding out about your scheme.)
Aug 16, 2011
Andrew Budd

Car sharing – can we make it more appealing?

We are promoting smarter driving and car sharing this autumn. But how do we make it appeal to a wider audience? Having looked at other campaigns on the internet, my conclusion is that there are some pretty uninspiring campaigns and images out there. Who wants to see pictures of serious looking folk pretending to car share to work? Where’s the joy, where’s the fun, why would I want to join in? At least the Highways Agency image (above) has a sense of quirkiness, with large numbers of people squeezing into a small car.

In the Travel Plan Club our members have tried different approaches to get people sharing. At one end of the spectrum is linkage to a national database, registering your journeys, setting up blocks so that one only gets acceptable matches, and searching for possibilities. But people often don’t like such processes, and have concerns about strangers, no matter how re-assuring the website tries to be. At the other end of the spectrum is the informal “coffee-morning” approach where people meet other potential rides from people in their company, maybe using much simpler technology –  real cards on real noticeboards – or just meeting actual people!

Of course, both approaches and concerns are valid, and we have to mix and match to get as much take-up as possible. Meanwhile, just up the road, a weird and wacky approach is being tried, a welcome contast to some of the worthy-but-dull approaches found elswhere on the www. Have a look at http://www.sharecarsnotcake.com/news/ to see something being tried in Suffolk.

New approaches are always worth looking at, and we would welcome YOUR ideas.

 

Aug 3, 2011
Andrew Budd

High vis v getting kids on bikes

  

 It’s Sunday morning, 24 July, and the Travel Plan Club members have been invited, with their families, to attend a “Young Explorers” bike ride from the town centre to Friday Woods. It was run to show people the cycle routes, to get people active, and to raise awareness of Type 1 Diabetes (www.justgiving.com/planetfrank ). As a public event, a risk assessment had been prepared, and one of the options was to offer participants advice on cycling, helmets and high-visibilty vests; and some were available if people hadn’t brought their own.

One parent, in the friendliest possible manner, informed the organisers that if we wanted to get young people cycling, don’t expect them to wear a high-vis jacket, as they will want to put fashion before safety. Bear in mind that this was a led 10 kilometre ride (at a slow pace), with almost every metre off-road, with people wearing bright clothing in perfect visibility conditions.

As with many interventions when trying to bring about changes in transport habits, beware of the unintended consequences. By co-incidence there was a recent news story (link below) about the perpetual cycle helmets debate, with many doctors not supporting proposals that might improve safety, but which would also reduce cycling levels, on balance to the detriment of public health. Of course, we all want to see a reduction in head injuries, and helmets might help, but look at things through ordinary people’s eyes, and think about how they will respond. After all, many of us reading this are motorists, and we too could possibly benefit from wearing helmets when travelling in a car, as many of us suffer head injuries in collisions. Think how you would feel if a road safety person promoted helmets to you as a motorist – what would your reaction be, and what reasons would you use to excuse yourself from this road safety measure? 

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23974179-doctors-dont-make-bike-helmets-compulsory.do

 

What’s coming up?

5 - 19 May Colchester Walking Challenge

10 - 25 June Colchester Cycle Challenge

(10 - 17 June National Bike Week)

14 June CTPC members meeting

15 June National Clean Air Day

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